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some more of a first draft

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"--Adm. David G. Farragut.

"Ninja's aren't dangerous. They're more afraid of YOU than you are of them." --The Tick, "The Tick #3"

"This is a revolution, dammit. We're going to have to offend SOMEBODY!" --William Daniels as John Adams, "1776"


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You come up with a outrageous red herring and/or a body is discovered in an unexpected and unusual location. Amazing how it works if you have a mystery or suspense story or scene.



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...did you kill someone?
(I don't know what an Agatha Christie is - enlighten!)



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Wrote myself into a corner . I couldn't figure out how to get out of it, so I did an Agatha Christie . Ended up rewriting two scenes and an additional 265 words. Dame Agatha works.



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started a writing project -- have to finish it today

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

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If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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morning pages again, but just a snippet of a silly idea I'm working on (at least I got it on paper, though, it'll be a help later!)

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"--Adm. David G. Farragut.

"Ninja's aren't dangerous. They're more afraid of YOU than you are of them." --The Tick, "The Tick #3"

"This is a revolution, dammit. We're going to have to offend SOMEBODY!" --William Daniels as John Adams, "1776"


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6/22/15 9:59 A

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Mornings do not work for me. Ever. I'd like to think I can get up that half hour earlier than normal and go through writing exercises, but in reality, I'd hit my snooze button 20 times and end up late for work.



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sort of. started reading "the artist's way" and did the morning pages today. didn't work on MY work, per se, but it was freeing and I can see it being a routine for a while. gonna try it out and see if it helps.

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"--Adm. David G. Farragut.

"Ninja's aren't dangerous. They're more afraid of YOU than you are of them." --The Tick, "The Tick #3"

"This is a revolution, dammit. We're going to have to offend SOMEBODY!" --William Daniels as John Adams, "1776"


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6/21/15 7:41 A

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will work on some writing today

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

confusus

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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Sent the first 3 chapters to one of my readers. Working on ch. 4.



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just to say hi

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

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If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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6/19/15 9:32 A

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That's great, Toni! Keep it up!

I am now above 61K and can breath easy that I won't drop below 60K even if I cut stuff. *whew*



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6/19/15 6:36 A

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I have an idea I want to pursue in an essay. It's been awhile since I've felt some direction, even though I've been journaling, and I'm excited.

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thanks -- I will use all those ways to come up with ideas

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

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Still above 60K, but barely. I'm hoping today I can firmly get past 61 so I can breathe.

I'm trying to think of where I got the idea for the romance I'm now working on (Gone With the Wendy) but I don't remember at all. I think it might have started with the title. Actually, it did start with the title - wow, that was a long time ago, when FSOG first came out, the power was out at work, and we were talking about housekeepers. But I don't remember exactly how it happened.



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6/17/15 10:28 A

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My story ideas come from all over the place.

Songs
movies
TV shows
car commercials
a construction site
video games
news stories
random bits of overheard dialogue
a fuzzy pencil
wasps building a nest
fortune cookies
photos, paintings, drawings, sculptures

Open your mind to the possibilities and ask "what if..." a lot.

You see a gardener trimming a tree on the side of the road. "What if the tree could talk?" "What if a body was buried under that tree the day it was planted?" "What if that man is the long lost king of an obscure island nation in the south Pacific?"

If you ask yourself enough "what if..." questions through the day, when you sit down to write a story, there should be a bounty of ideas at your finger tips.

--Myrea

"If you can't do something smart, do something right." --
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I live in a small town,15k or so. So we end up having a lot of local filler in our twice weekly newspaper. I usually read the police report page and the local events page. I find a story that gets my attention and I ask "what could go wrong with this ...." Now I have a plot and tension to start writing. I quit asking 'what if ..." = Thin plot, no tension.



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so where do people get their ideas for writing projects?

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

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If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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emoticon , Abby.

Goal today: 600+ words

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yes great job Abby!!

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

confusus

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WOOT WOOT! Great job Abby! Someday I'll face the same problem. emoticon

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My goal last night was to not drop below 59K while editing. I'm so close to 60K that it hurts to delete those unnecessary words. And I succeeded, yay!



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goal is smae

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

confusus

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Goal = 500+ words today.



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going to research information I want to write about. also going to research for ideas on short story I want to write

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

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MyLiberty - Yay!!! Keep those creative juices flowing!

Aangel, Christmas stories are big! Keep working at it!



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Nope. It's more a sweet romance (but with a few hot parts) with some tension thrown in.

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Does your Santa Baby have as much sexual double entendre as the song does?



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This way just seems to work for me. If I get stuck on one story I just jump to another one until I can get a handle on what I'm stuck on. Right now Santa Baby seems to be flowing the best for me out of the three.

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I got past a writer's block. At least, I did for now. I hope it doesn't show its face again anytime soon.

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Aangel, I would not be able to keep that all straight. I had a hard enough time doing copy edits for one story while writing another!





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got my essay written and the start of my short story

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

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Just an update on where I am on all three of WIPs. I wasn't able to work on any of them yesterday. Big Boss was at work for a meeting (as of now my job is safe!).

Santa Baby - Starting chapter 10 (11,096 words)
Incubus MC: Demon - Almost done with chapter 5 (4,233 words)
Paranormal Operations, Inc: Taylor - Just started chapter 18 (57,504 words)

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yep I will

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

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So get them on paper!



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oy those ideas in my head need to be on paper

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

confusus

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Did some rough drafting to work out the best way to introduce the crime and protagonist. Must get it done in the first 300 words.

My daughter asked me if I was going to put a cat or dog in it? I told her I wanted to totally avoid the cozy syndrome, so I would include either a stuffed dog or cat that had a mind of it's own.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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not yet, but I'm about to.

had a heckuva writing session yesterday brainstorming out the wazoo and making synopses for a few short stories. can't wait to continue working on 'em (and on other stuff).

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"--Adm. David G. Farragut.

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just to say hi

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

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If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it you can become it
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Sounds like Mudpuddle was beneficial. If you don't want to join a critique group, that might be the way to go.

Let me tell you - readers need a lot less information than you think they do. So if both the critiques said the same thing, maybe think a little harder if you really need what they said to change. Not saying change it, but think about it a little more.

Congratulations on putting your work out there! It can be very, very scary, but better you do it now then get rejected by agents and editors because of easy things you could have fixed.

(And are you going to Nationals? I'm not. No flow. :)



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not sure how to comment -- need to read what you have written

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

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So I really wanted some feedback on my WIP. I'm working on chapter 18 and I felt I needed to get some input from other writers. I joined RWA of learn more about writing and get the kind of feedback that would help me.

I posted the chapters 1 & 2 to whats called the Mudpuddle on the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers boards,. This was huge step for me. My BFF has been reading each chapter when I get done with it, but she's never read anything in the Romance/Paranormal Romance genre. She's written a novel but hasn't done anything with it. While she thinks it's a great story and I'm doing a great job (this is why we're BFFs. I think the same about her writings!) I have doubts.

I now have two critiques of those chapters. Surprisingly they weren't very bad. They were done is such a way that I felt OK with what was said. I can fix the regular stuff, grammar, spelling, too long sentences but a few of the comments were things were things that I really feel I need to have in the story. Those things I'm not going to change.

I value all the comments and I'm glad I post the chapters. I think it's maybe time to find some critique partners and/or more beta readers (I'm keeping my BFF as one!).

Thoughts?

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well i have a couple of essays written for my writing group. Perhaps some of those could give me ideas for a short story

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

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Ooh, I love the idea of literature with a focus on crime.
Heh - she could be a high schooler a la Veronica Mars.





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yes sounds like fun

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

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Thinking she's in her 30's, good looking, but plays down her looks, probably teaches in an $$$$$ private college or girl's prep school. Perhaps she teaches literature with emphasis on Detective Fiction or true crime. I want her vocation to be somehow related to what her grandfather used to be. But not law enforcement. Ahhhhh?



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Sounds fun - except for the blood and debauchery. ;)
how old is the granddaughter?



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Started doing research for my next SS. Right now it'll take place in the present, location will probably be a year round tourist town, amateur detective will probably own a boutique art gallery and be a retired cat burglar. Antagonist will be his uber-smart granddaughter who doesn't believe he's really retired. To keep the story from being to COZY, there will be blood and debauchery.



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coming up with more ideas to write about

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

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Finished my Sci-Fi short story @ 3500+ words. Posted it on Writing.com for reviews.



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

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So true Abby...so true. At this point I'm over 1K words into the scene. And we're just now on the bed. LOL

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Aangel, I usually write them with my eyes closed. hee hee hee.

The first time I knew the non-offensive C-word had to be used, it took me about five minutes to type it. I've been reading romance for, like, 30 years, but writing it is a completely different beast.



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It's writing software. Keeps things organized and a lot more. You can check it out here:

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what's scrivener?

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Stuck on trying to decide just how I want to bid farewell to my antagonist. I'm not writing a series, so trying to figure out what kind of death would become him?



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I do all of mine on the PC. Word and/or Scrivener.

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I'm kind of fighting the whole love/sex scene too. I can see the words in mind but have trouble getting on paper. I'm in the middle of a love/sex scene right now. And it's taking longer than anything else I've written in my WIP so far. I'm just plowing (oh lord..no pun intended!) ahead and doing it. I'll go back and see if looks OK when I'm done.

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Welcome Toni!

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and that is the nice thing -- we can all do it our own way. Writing by hand helps me get those ideas down on paper -- then I go to computer to complete the project

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My head is wrapping around a new idea. Always seems to uncertain at this point but I know if I show up at the page something will develop.

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If I had to write by hand I wouldn't write.



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i start out by writing with pen and paper -- then for final type work I use the computer. my brain works better iwth paper and pen

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I usually brainstorm with pen and paper, then from rough through final drafts on computer.



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I met my goal to just journal for 3 pages for 3 days in a row. My writing muscle is coming back. I mean that literally because my handwriting is more legible! But ideas are perking too.

Wondering who drafts on computer and who drafts by hand? I tend to think my best work starts in my journal and moves to the computer later.

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I have been good about writing my essays -- and I started my short story that has been floating around my head for ages. I need to get more writteon on that story

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I have problems with romance, too.

I've been working on my second book in my Urban Fantasy series, even though I haven't sold the first one yet.

In the first book, the MC and her love interest flirted a lot, but they were too busy for anything more to happen. In the second book, they were going to sleep together before she finds out he's working for the enemy, but I don't know how to write it because of the POV. The books are in 1st person, and I'm such a mental prude, I keep stopping myself at anything that's actually sex-related.

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WELCOME!
I visit a few sites for specific topic and general writing prompts. But, I find some very inspiring ones holding a hot cup of morning coffee and looking outside.




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Good morning. New to this team and excited to share writing as a topic. I write mostly memoir and creative nonfiction. I've lost my routine writing practice habits and am trying to get them back! I do have a writing group that meets once a month. I am iso a topic right now to get a draft going. Still muddling... I will check out the prompt idea.

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thanks. very interesting site

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I sometimes do the writing prompts from Ryan Lanz's A Writer's Path blog. here's a link to today's prompts.

ryanlanz.com/2015/05/07/writing-prom
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I've done three so far. You can read the results of mine here:

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thanks for the ideas!! I have found a couple of places on line that give writing prompts and so started working on a short story from one of those sites. And, another idea is to clip articles out of the paper that interest you --

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I didn't read 50 Shades but it's not kinky...yet(I did order the DVD from Amazon). I just want the reader to feel what my two lovers are feeling. I want erotic not porn. And it's at about 1,200 words and that's just the fore play stage. I may have to trim it some once I'm done. emoticon

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'Love scene...?' If its sexy, just write it, You can't top 50 Shades and all of its idiotic clones.
If its 'romantic' love, write it for your target audience.
If its chaste (religious), is there such a creature as a chaste romance?





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I feel like I was lost for the whole month of April! I did get some writing done but not much. I'm semi stuck on writing a love scene in my WIP. I know what I want to write but I'm having trouble putting it down on paper. Grrrrr....But hey...I'm back at it now!

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That's hilarious. I need to go find that movie...



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Writemann1, That's a brilliant idea.

I immediately thought of the movie "Safety Not Guaranteed." It was based on an actual classified ad:

"Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. P.O. Box 91 Ocean View, WA 99393. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before."

It's a good movie, and I think I know where I'm going to troll for my next story ideas!

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Looking for Ideas? Try these two sources;
The 'burg I live in has a Community BB TV channel. People post some (unintentional) funny, bizarre, and ?? announcements. I've found 3 god ideas for FF stories.
Also once a week, in our newspaper, the Municipal court report gets posted. Again, some of our citizens get arrested for some strange behaviors. Example: a Miss J. G. was fined $107 for attempting to steal the clothes pins from a neighbors clothes line. OR, Mr. R. V. was fined $500 and two weeks Community Service for feeding a neighbors dog hamburger. The dog's owner told the court his dog is a vegetarian.



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working on ideas for short stories

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Nice. :)



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Wrote a new flash piece this morning while I was waiting for my database queries to run.

Loving flash fiction. I can write a complete story in an hour. Feels so good to FINISH something.

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worked on an essay. need to start my short story

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I finished rough draft of Chapter/Episode/(whatever the current FanFic word is) 2. Now to see if I want to use an unexpected element in the climax, this could require some serious thoughting.



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have had ideas rolling through my head about what I want to write about

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

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Stared at my laptop for 15 minutes - zilch.
Picked up a pencil and a steno pad, went out to my deck with a glass of Sauvigon Blanc....wrote 3 pages worth of ideas for conflict between protag and antag, and protag and himself.



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have been writing a little. I want to try to write some fiction.

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Writemann: Stephen King would be proud. :)



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I'm still so busy with work, I just can't get in the writing time I want. When I do have time, I just want to lay on the couch and read. It's a good thing I have books on my iPad I can sit on the table next to me. I think if I had to actually turn pages, it would be more than I could muster.

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started work on another essay. I have not edited any of my work yet. need to expand my stuff

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