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it does not matter how slow you go as long as you do not give up

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Thanks guys! Very helpful!

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I hope this does not come across as having an attitude -- but I am an inspiration to myself. I have achieve so many things -- things that no one ever expected me to achieve. because of how I changed my life around, it has given me inspiration to lose this weight

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You know, I was just thinking of Marie Curie the other day. She DIED because of her research. ... though I don't know if I'd call her an inspiration to me. I'm sure she is to others.



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so, I know that this is not exactly the answer you are looking for, but I am going to answer it any way. The person who inspires me the most is a man. His name is Yadir Madrez. He lives in Minneapolis, and is originally from Nicauragua. He hated the Sandinistas so much he literally walked from Nicaruagoa to the USA, learned English, and now has a Masters Degree in Nursing from a college in Minnesota.

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Hey guys, I have a random question to help with some research for a writing series:

Name a woman who inspired you, how did she inspire you, and what did her contributions do for our society.

*Please list a woman who is NOT your mom, grandma, aunt, sister, friend, etc. I am looking for a woman who is on a national or global level. Though your mom does rock!

Thanks!

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Much thanks!



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Unless you have a real yen to support a local business, you may want to look into a POD distribution model. Createspace, Amazon, Xlibris and so many others offer services where your books are printed only upon order. It's a physical book, not an electronic version, but you only pay for the books ordered.

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We have a new print shop in this town of 10K. I talked with one of the owners. She seemed very positive about getting into independent publishing. As soon as I can see the end of my novella, I'm going to talk with them about $$. I did ask if they had any distribution connections? Not at this time, but they are definitely working on that.



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I would think that would be hard

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Oh, yeah. Even when it's just my mom - if she's visiting, I'm not writing.



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Back home, back to writing.
it's next to impossible to write at a family reunion, especially when a third of the guests are under the age of 10.



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just to say hi

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That sound like a good idea. You can give people an idea on maybe what works and what doesn't though everyone's body is different, good luck!!!

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I am getting used to owning a dog -- always owned cats

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I have a Labrador retriever that does not retrieve. Not even for a treat, so I guess I was wrong earlier... ;)



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interesting --- I'll go to it from time to time

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I decided to start a new blog.

I'm going to review different diet plans, food, recipes, and track my weight loss journey.

thepudgyninja.blogspot.com/

I think I'll be trying to update it twice a week. We'll see if I can get some readers.

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interesting. I still prefer cats. cats rule

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We're dog sitting for my parents' two cocker spaniels this week. They're not trained at all. They're barely housetrained. I've had the female come in from the yard, and go right to the carpet to pee. The male is better, but will only poop on the concrete patio, not in the grass.

Our German Shepherd is having a nervous breakdown with these two dogs. She keeps trying to herd them to where they're supposed to be, and they won't go. When they bark and howl, she nips at their flanks, or comes to me to tattle on them when they start chewing on something they shouldn't. She does not understand what they think they're doing.

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Our dog does anything for a treat. :)




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It'll come. Just remember: you're the pack leader :)

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Patience , Patience.



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thanks. house training him is harder than I thought. I am used to cats

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went to the humane society came home with a new puppy

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I like villains that come across as redeemable or conflicted, with understandable motivations for their actions.

Like Loki from Thor/Avengers; Lina from Singin' in the Rain; Frankenstein's monster; Jareth from Labyrinth.

In my own first book, the villain is a man who turned to dark magic as the only way to save his son's life. He spends most of the book helping the heroine. It's not until the end when she refuses to help him that he turns against her.

The obviously evil bad guy with no redeeming qualities is boring. Give me Richard III over Emperor Palpatine any day.

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just to say hi

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I agree. A villain should be a villain.

If (s)he is confused, they make a good target for elimination.

Unless the hero needs to convert them to enhance his/her hero/heroine-ness.

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If I create a loathsome villain, I want he or she to always be loathsome. If they stop to get a kitty out of a tree, it's because they're hungry, not being nice.



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that's good to know

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What Myrea said. SaveTheCat.com - pick a beat sheet of a movie you've seen and you can read how it goes.

BTW - IIRC, Save the Cat comes from creating characters, not the outlining. In order to make a despicable character likeable, you have to have him do something heroic, like getting a cat out of a tree.



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git. will go to writers web site

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"Save the Cat" was originally a screenwriting book. It details every "beat" you're supposed to hit in a movie, from the opening image, setup and theme through the "All is lost" moment, finale and final shot.

I think it's roughly based on Joseph Campbell's Hero's journey archetype, but more granular.

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If you visit the Writers Digest shop, you can count at least 50 different books describing 50 different outlining, or storyboarding, or 'beat' sheeting, etc. methods. Some have monikers that would make a First Grade reading teacher smile: Snowflake, clothesline, Scribble, cocoon, etc., etc. Yes, its almost to the silly stage, but since most fiction writers and journal writers are creative individuals (should be), it does give them a buffet to choose from. There are even 'outlines' for Pantsers (???).



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not sure what save the cat method is

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I don't really outline, but I have started using the Save the Cat method, so I'm trying to stick with that.



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at this stage in my writng life, I just write for the practice. to get the idea on paper. I have lots of things started and nothing really finished. I am going to get back to them

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Some people like to write detailed outlines - can you imagine how easy it will be for her to complete her first draft? If she has the skin with withstand the mean people, that is.

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My outlines are about 1 sentence per scene, which comes out to 3-4 sentences per chapter.

When my outline is ready, I put it on notecards, then write from those. One scene per card. I just write a scene, flip to the next card, and write that scene. As long as I can make myself sit down and actually put the words on paper, it goes pretty fast.

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Anything becomes irritating with overuse.

Like in "50 Shades" when I was ready to strangle Ana's "Inner Goddess" before I was 1/3 through.

Of course, there was much, much more to hate about that book, but that's the one thing that just sticks with me.

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Work has been so crazy lately, and with the Greece debacle, it's not going to let up any time soon. I'm off to Atlanta this week, Mexico City later this month, and then Frankfurt in September. Everyone wants numbers and predictions and I've got nothing to tell them. It's an unprecedented development and all I can say for sure is that every projection will be wrong--it's just a matter of HOW wrong.

On the writing front, I've gotten rejections from four more markets on my short stories, but one of them was a good rejection from Asimov's. They liked the writing and the world-building, but ultimately, it was too long for their needs.

I'm also considering taking a class in revising fiction. It's a 14-week intensive workshop designed to take a draft novel to publication-readiness. The one thing that's holding me back is all the travel I have planned. I might have to put that workshop off until 4th quarter, if the instructor offers it again.

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"Smirk" is a great word to use when describing other characters' expression while staying in POV, so I can see why many authors cling to it like a lifeline. However, 34 times is a bit much! That would just downright irritate me if I read that a character(s) smirked. I mean, is that the only emotion he has?

But I also notice that in my writing and other writing I've edited, sometimes there is a word that you just get stuck on. I was editing a friend of mine's chapter and she used the "again" about ten times. I just highlighted the word and when I gave the chapter back to her she said "Wow, didn't realize how much I liked that word" So, your author might just be in a smirking mood :)

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Some people like to write detailed outlines - can you imagine how easy it will be for her to complete her first draft? If she has the skin with withstand the mean people, that is.

As for smirk, I'm okay with its use, as long as it's appropriate. Too many times I see someone smirking in a tender situation, which just makes the whole exchange sarcastic instead.



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outline every page? yes that must have been fun

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Anal retentiveness meets OCD: read where a newbie writer just finished her outline for her first novel. 153 pages of outline. She received A ton of sarcastic comments, one or two helpful suggestions. Seems she had been lied to and told that every page needed to be outlined. Bet she was fun in her high school composition classes.



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I do great non fiction -- I try but don't seem to get fiction

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Someone was careless:

In "Deserves to Die" by Lisa Jackson, page 147, a character thinks to herself that she is a "damn good corporate attorney" but on page 201 a detective describes her as "...a consultant. An engineer. Worked with road crews."

So, was she an attorney or an engineer? Guess we'll never know.

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I 'finished' first draft of first three chapters. I had originally planned on centering my novella around 5 characters. My reader wrote me that he had counted 8 characters that all had contributed clues or were potential suspects.
I wonder what part of my imagination the extra 3 sprang from? Now I'll need to ad them to my character trait list? I guess I could have them fall into a sink hole or accidentally wander in front of a firing squad, if I don't like them.




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started with my weight loss journey and wrote about my weight loss goals

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To me, it's a sign of the writer's and the editor's (if there was one) carelessness.

The two phrases I keep running across multiple times in mystery books, including those from major publishers, are "pulled a face" and "shot a look" both of which must be the phrases of current times.

In the book I am editing now, the writer uses versions of "nod" and "dude" and okay" so many times I want to scream. Maybe I will ~~ emoticon stop!

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While writing my Opus #1, I have been reading quite a lot of Indie books to see what I could catch before sending my baby to the editor.

Some of it is surprisingly good, while some is regretfully awful.

One of the irritating things I've come across is the use of the word "smirk". Ten minutes ago I finished wading through a book where the author used that word 34 times!

Has smirk become the cool new word to use, dude & dudettes? Or is it just the gross ignorance of someone who slept through English classes, decided they didn't need a creative writing class and never learned to use Spell Check or Grammar Check in Word?

This inquiring mind would like some input.

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Need to begin writing chapter 4



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My goal is to write today -- about my weight loss journey

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Jumping on the writing train today.

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thanks -- I love typos!!

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Reading James Patterson's thoughts on writing the first line and opening paragraph.

It's helpful.



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We also 'wrig' here in the Ozarks.





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its time for me to stop talking and start wriging

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I just got back from a trip to San Francisco and Eureka, CA. I didn't get any writing done, but I took dozens of pictures and got a ton of location and character info. I will have to use the redwood forest as a setting, I know.

Also, I had four people-strangers-compliment my hair. One drunk guy in the Eureka Walgreens stopped to pet it. He's lucky I've learned to temper my karate instincts a bit. Instead of a broken wrist, he only got a quick upward block and a stern look.



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*laugh* Perfect!



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And don't make it easy for your characters. :)



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thanks I'll do that

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Just take any average situation. Then ask What could go really wrong, or What if - ?
Then free write your answers. No rules, just Write.



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This is just so I can get this out there -- I have always had problems developing my fiction. I understand that it takes time to develop things like that. I have a great imagination though

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Good response, MYLIBERTY.

One of my readers is like me: I don't want or need a lot of character physical description. Just give me a few hints, my imagination will take care of the rest.
Another reader wants everything described. She is not known for her imagination abilities, But she can teach a proofreader about grammar, sentence structure. Both of my readers strengths are very helpful.



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i will go to the creativy web site

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I have always told my students that their opinion is very valuable, but that they must support any opinion with fact. It is like a lawyer going before the judge. He can say that the defendant is guilty, but without fact the judge will not rule in his favor.



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How do you know you're NOT the only defense for your opinion if you don't share it?



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makes a lot of sense -- and so I will remember it.

This writer's group is my way of writing and making sure I do a good job

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One convention of the Essay/Oratory: 'Everyone's has an opinion, but if you are the only defense for your opinion, keep it to yourself.'
This was the first rule my students had to Learn, and the most difficult.



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Right now I am just writing things that are based on my opinions. I am in a writer's group and so I am writing something each week so I have something for this group

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Okay, so you essay writers do it because you have something to say on a particular subject. Yes? I mean, I have opinions and stuff, but I don't write them down that way - I'm more likely to spout off in 140 characters on Twitter. :)



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I did some snooping. It depends if you are writing for the general public or a specific group. The general public 'rules' are very basic, like the definition. But if your writing to a specific interest group, then the definitions are all over the place, even down to the education level of the readers vocabulary, "our subscribers have at least a undergraduate degree". But that does make some sense.



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I could not figure out the Atlantic Web site so can't help you there

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True.
I wonder if the Atlantic Monthly definition of essay, differs from that of The Nation?



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The definition does not distinguish. Anyone can add their interpretation.


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That Definition sounds cut and dried. There are satiric, and humorous essays that can make the same point a serious essay can make.



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Dictionary.com =

Essay: a short literary composition on a particular theme or subject, usually in prose and generally analytic, speculative, or interpretative.

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thanks -- that helps me know that I have a good definition

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GWYNLEE2 -
When I taught Competitive Speech, that was the definition I had my students use when they were sketching out their Oratory ideas. Oratory is a spoken essay: 50% opinion, 25% persuasive delivery, 25% evidence.



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