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emoticon I do both Abby (in fact I follow you on Facebook!).

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I used to blog, but I decided my time was better spent on Facebook.
Even though I hate Facebook. Necessary evil.



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I blog (here) 5 days a week. I guess I could add the extra two days on.

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I blog everyday, but i'm in the middle of telling the story of my "accident".
I see a lot of fines in my future. At least until it is complete.

I like daily writing prompts. I'll give it a try.



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'30 Days & Nights of Blogging', begins 10/1 - 10/30.
Blog a sentence, a paragraph, or an essay, once in the a.m., and once in the p.m.
Inspiration/prompt to blog? Each new day.
Like a challenge? Write each entry from a different POV. Especially one you've not tried before.
BTW: keep it fun. You get 'fined' for ranting or whining.
Reward: a self-exploration of your creativity.
ENJOY!

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I love it, Aangel. thanks for sharing.



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Has anyone seen this Blog? I stumbled across it while looking for a funny writing image for my blog. It's called Bo's Cafe Life.

boscafelife.wordpress.com/

I love the humor there.

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For mystery writers:

mwaflorida.org/contest/

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Hi there Christine,

Welcome! What is your writing focus; genre and age group?

I like to focus on middle grade fantasy fiction, short stories. I have written some articles and how-to for MG but I would rather let my creative demon out to have some fun and see what kind of mischief he can cause. emoticon


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Fantastic, Christine! What do you write?



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Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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Hey, I'm new. I'm Christine. I've just started writing professionally a few months ago through Amazon Kindle :)

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It sounds like you want to do it. I say go for it! ESPECIALLY since someone else is paying. :) There are always weekends and holidays where you could write.



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"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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IF going back to school can open up financial opportunities for you and your excited about it then, I think you should do it. We all know most writers are not lucky enough to be the next J.K. Rowling so the financial boost could allow you the freedom to write and not have to work later in life.

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I'm still thinking about going back to school. Masters in Forensic Accounting. My company will pay for it, and it could mean a significant increase in my earning potential.

Now, I know, to some people the idea of getting an accounting degree is about as boring as it gets, but forensic accounting is really interesting to me. I mean, it's never going to make its own Law & Order spin-off, but tracking down financial criminals and fraud is challenging and exciting. But, it's not writing.

It would mean putting the writing dreams on hold--or at least slipping into low gear for 2-3 years at least.

I was supposed to make this shift if I didn't get published last year, but I didn't stick to the plan. I got my first professional credit and had nibbles on other projects. It seemed like I was on my way.

I didn't make the decision in time for fall semester, so I guess I have a little time to think on it before it's time to register for the spring.

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A guide to grammar and writing:

grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

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For unpublished work:

mwaflorida.org/contest/

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"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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Most ideas these days are just a rehashing of previous ones. What matters is how you tell it. Listen to the constructive feedback, not the garbage.

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What an ITT day. Ident out a 2300 word story to some relatives and a couple of writer colleagues for their feedback. Most of it was very helpful and constructive. I did get back one critique that said this was a worn out idea. That I was rehashing a bad idea, etc. etc. ( you get the idea). I've responded by asking her to send me one of her original idea stories so I could understand what she was talking about. No response yet, don't expect any.

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Top 10 schools for writers:

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Thanks for the ideas.

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I know you said you live in a small town but have you checked out meetup.com for writing groups in your area? There might be an existing one formed already you didn't know about or others interested in that area. As cliche as this sounds, you can also check out any coffee chain stores (Starbucks, Caribou, Dunkin, etc.) and post ads on their public bulletin boards if they have one.

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Do you have a local library? If you do, posting a sign there might yield some results.... emoticon

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Sorry, I've never been part of one in person. It's hard for small town and you want a group that has at least somewhat similar goals or writing priorities. The one group I've been in was done all online through the web site I now help moderate. We have a chat feature so would conduct feedback on the writing once a week in a chat room. However, I came to realize that my writing wasn't quite ready for their stage, as they were better at small edit issues which aren't as important when dealing with a first draft. There are some online options. I think Writing Excuses did at least an episode or two on tips for creating writing groups.

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Any help on creating a writer's group? I visited a few sites on the web, they were all about creating one in a city . I live in a small town, 10,000 population. According to few folks, we do have some writers/authors among us. I tried running an ad in our local 3 times a week newspaper, no response. I tried putting up signage in our 3 local eateries. One said they would only let me put it up if we were a Christian writers group. I told her we would welcome all types of writing. Nope. Another one told me I could hang one as long as we weren't going to write any sexy books. Moving on. The last place said no one in this town even reads the newspaper, so it would be a waste of time.
Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Things got a bit quiet on this one. Not much going on with me, just the usual work and trying to get writing done. Of the 5 stories I sent out last month, I'm still waiting to hear back from 4 of them as I got a rejection on 1 today. The only problem with the novel focus is it's something I won't have ready to submit for a long time and I'm not finishing any short stories at the moment, so not as much is ready to send out to places.

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I finish teaching my summer college class this week. So for the next 3 weeks I 'll have very little on my plate, just writing.

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Make that 26 submissions so far this year. I sent out a story on the 21st, 22nd, and one on the 23rd. Nothing new, just sending things to different places after getting rejections. But I have a couple stories that are close, so need to put aside some time to work on the short stories. Mostly I'm focused on novel writing for the summer.

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I've been meaning to post on this one. Yay for submissions and rejections! I did my first back in 2009, sent to about 3 places and got rejections from each. I didn't mind but got distracted with novels, moving, job hunting and such. I started submitting again this year. I've got 23 submissions under my belt now. Just got a rejection today and am pondering which story to send next and where.

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Blondedog, that's fantastic! I think one of the hardest things a writer has to learn is to let someone else see the work. It's hard to open up something so personal to criticism or rejections. Congratulations to you.



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I enjoy writing stories about everyday events, then adding an unexpected twist in the tale, usually for the conclusion.
I also write about the Human Comedy.

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I had never even heard of FF until I joined this team. I swear it's my new love. I've always liked writing very short stories (I'm not the novel writing sort of girl), but I had no idea there was a place I could take them. I prefer free style poetry and short stories full of mystery and imagery. I really like to take the mundane and make it extraordinary or make the reader believe it is something else entirely. What do you like to write?

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I KNOW that feeling, and it does feel liberating. Within a couple of weeks after getting my first rejection, I submitted two more FF stories. Still waiting to hear back. I've also submitted a story to an on-line FF e-zine contest.

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So, I finally submitted a flash fiction story and received my first rejection. It had loads of positive feedback and I feel great about getting my first submission and rejection back! It was just a flash fiction story, but still....It has been so hard for me to let anyone read my writing. This was a huge hurdle for me to get over.

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It is a good suggestion. I've have to find someone and save up money before I could ever self-publish.

Another work day but hoping I can try to write some through the headaches I've got going on this week.

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I thought my first draft of my first novel was pretty darn good and even had my English teacher neighbor read it over. Then I started going to writing workshops and LEARNED some craft. Oy.

I didn't self-publish, but whenever someone asks a general question for advice about it, I always say the same thing: HIRE AN EDITOR.



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Yeah, some are like that. I've had a few self published books that weren't bad as it was clear they made the effort in editing. Other books, not so much. I bought a book on my Nook cause it wasn't too expensive and sounded interesting. However, reading it made me feel like it was a rough draft and not a finished product. The errors weren't horrendous spelling and grammar wise, but they were there. I could tell when it was an alternative spelling, those were fine as I know there is a difference in American English and UK, but there were some parts that it was obviously poor sentence structure. But it had bigger plot and pacing issues too that was far more of a problem.


I'm doing okay so far this month. I've gotten a couple of chapters edited, starting writing a chapter in a different novel and sent out a couple stories to new places since the previous locations had passed on them. Some progress but hope to do a lot more still for the summer.


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I was sent 3 E-Books to review. Two are being first published on NOOK, the other on KINDLE.
I was unable to finish a single one. Hasn't anybody ever heard of Spell Check or having another person proofread for grammatical errors????
I did post my reviews with a single star. I wrote that the authors were lucky to get that many.
I admit not being a whiz-bang at American Grammar style or even Oxford Style, but I do know enough to ask someone who is proficient to please proofread my work.

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*raises hand*

I'm working on novels over summer, so I'm going to attempt camp for July. Hopefully I'm almost done with the other novel edit done by then so I can focus on the writing more of the other ones. I would like to get a couple first drafts done or almost done by fall.

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I did a camp earlier in the Spring. I ended up having to quit due to how much time it was taking to participate.

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Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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Way to go! I am editing and revising and gearing up for Nanowrimo in July. Anyone doing Camp?

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I got my first rejection slip! Feels like I'm headed for the big leagues now. emoticon

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Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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I got my first rejection slip! Feels like I'm headed for the big leagues now. emoticon

"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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Good job.

I'm hoping to submit 2 stories this month. Not sure which ones yet, but my main focus is novel work for the summer.

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Submitted two flash fiction stories: one to a contest, the other as a regular submittal. After that I got busy working on my short story.

"I can do all things if I just get off my but's and admit I'm in control of me!" SGM 1:1-5 The only real verse I need.

Never say you didn't have enough time: You have the same amount of time that was given to Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Winston Churchill.

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Nice Pathfinder.

My only "publication" is from a college newspaper since I used to work for the newspaper back when I was in college as an editor, then a reporter. I had a column for a very short time till the head of the paper changed. I did have an opinion piece I wrote place in a contest though. It's a good credit for nonfiction but doesn't help much with sending out fiction stories.



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Still, Pathfinder, that's fantastic! Congratulations.



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I actually just got word of a publication to which I contributed a year ago!
A friend at work dragged me into the project and I was listed as a contributing author. Our part in the project took months to complete; it took the publisher a year to get it into print. So now it is out for colleagues to read. . .
Guide to Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (2014)
B-O-R-I-N-G, unless your a nurse or a physician.

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I try but I also spend a lot of time doing nothing when I could be doing something.

Got 2 rejections this morning. One was from a story I sent out in January to an anthology and the other was to this strange magazine where you can decide to have readers comment on it and vote, or just go the plain route to editor. So, I got to see reader comments from like 6 different people on my story.

Only have 1 story out now that doesn't stand much of a chance, so I need to get some of these rejected stories out to other places.

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You sound amazingly productive, ELFMAGE7.
I know almost nothing about writing fiction, so I wish you tons of success, but have no wisdom to share!

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