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Whedonland [Mar. 29th, 2011|01:19 am]
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auriellis
Feel like boosting those writing skills? A great place that has helped me explore a lot of different styles of writing is whedonland. It's a great comm with writing, graphics, videos, and games all dedicated to Joss Whedon's work (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible).

Granted, it is fan fic but it's not SRSBSNS fan fic in the least. And I will say, it has really helped me in finding the voice of my some of my characters in my novels. Check it out if you like and feel free to apply. I'm on Team Buffy.

Sorry for the spam but it's part of one of the challenges and this is writing related. I love you all!

Jen the Red
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NaNo poke [Nov. 20th, 2009|07:32 pm]
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relativeatbest
Hey, is this thing on?
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Words of the Day and Writer's Challenge [Dec. 26th, 2008|03:34 pm]
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sonanova
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After writing a first draft of a book, it suddenly dawns on you that your vocabulary is shit.  There you are, thinking you have a pretty good grasp on the verbage and then BAM! you come across like a two year old on flipping steroids.  Or something.  See.  Case. In. Point.

That said, I think I am going to start putting up my words of the day here.  They are not words that are "hard" or even "big" - just words that I like that I can't always remember to use when I am freewriting.  In addition, if someone is looking for a writing excersize, I would offer that they should respond to the post with a snippet that includes the use of all 5 words.  Finally, if anyone else wants to post words for the day, I am all ears.

Here are my words:

Retiscent
Derelict
Ineffable
Relentless
Jettison
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March is the writer's favorite month [Dec. 9th, 2008|08:59 pm]
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sonanova

...or at least this writer!  Sure, it's not as rewarding as NaNoWriMo is to some, but to me, picking up that red pen is the best, especially when you are working on a finished project. 

National Novel Editing Month

OR

NaNoEdMo, if you will!
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Feeding the Purple Prose Eater... [Dec. 7th, 2008|10:31 pm]
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sonanova
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Yes, yes.  Apparently more than a few published writers have been guilty of it too!

To relate:  One way of identifying purple prose is by your reaction when you read it. Does it make you laugh out loud because it's so ludicrous? Or does it make you shake your head in disgust? If it does either, feed it to the Purple Prose-Eater. He'll appreciate it a lot more than your readers will.


Stover's The Purple Prose Eater
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Networking in Chi-town [Dec. 7th, 2008|09:56 pm]
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sonanova
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So I was asked by a local business owner to attend an open house last night in Elgin in order to meet another local writer and owner of a small press.  George and I talked for quite a bit and he kindly extended an invitation to me (and to those friends of mine I mentioned to him who are also writing) to attend a publishing party on Sunday the 14th at Sheffields in Chicago, from 7-10PM.  The reason is that several interesting writers will be there, as well as the president of the Chicago Writers Association.  The party is to celebrate the publishing of the book:  Cubbie Blues: 100 years of Waiting Til Next Year

So, kirstenclio  and relativeatbest  , if either of you are up for attending, it would be a good networking opportunity.

The CWA website is here:  http://chicagowrites.org/membership.aspx
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time, scene order, and a snippet [Dec. 2nd, 2008|11:09 pm]
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sonanova
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Well, my novel is technically done.  I say technically because I am still missing a few scenes and the major surgery of time order will most likely produce another 20-30k of material in estimation.  Right now, I am at 76k.

One question I wanted to ask of all of you (or the few of you, since only a couple people are posting!):  what is your take on "flashbacks" versus following a chronological order versus an unconventional approach that has a present, happening now, while large chunks of the story occur in the past?   I think I have given up on chronological workings, as it appears that I am already committed to allowing my character a great amount of insight on past events.  I was just wondering if anyone had any pitfalls or pointers to share when working with time.

And here's a snippet of a scene from today's efforts:


“Aren’t you tired,” I ask him, giving the bed a cursory inspection before sitting down. 

“Tired of what? Goldie was just giving me music lessons.”

 “In bed?”
“Yes, in bed. I need to know how to carry a tune while lying down. Have you ever tried it?”

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NaNoWriMo, sorta [Nov. 30th, 2008|06:18 pm]
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relativeatbest
I just reached my PERSONAL goal of 30,000 words!!
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Letters from your characters - an excersize in frustration [Nov. 27th, 2008|02:40 am]
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sonanova
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There's a forum over on NaNo that actively encourages this kind of rant.  I thought the one wrote in response to a scene I completed tonight was kind of funny.  It goes like this:

Dear Author...Collapse )</div>
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Something unexpected [Nov. 20th, 2008|11:30 pm]
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sonanova
I am curious to know:  what unexpected things have you had to learn about or read about on account of the fiction piece you are currently working on?  I've spent more time reading up on certain mental disorders than I initially intended.  Turns out that there really is not too much out there on catatonic states.

Also, I once heard that there are only two professions which might require you to be an expert at lockpicking.  One of them is a writer.  So what useless bits of knowledge are now embedded in  your head, thanks to your writing, the piece you are working on now, or another?
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