Group photo
Author:
POPEYETHETURTLE's Photo POPEYETHETURTLE SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (93,163)
Posts: 14,083
11/27/13 10:33 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
@ Stacy - We can do anything we want.

@ Vero_Dan - I have to write this way. An outline seemed to much like a strait jacket. Both In High School and College, back before almost all of you were born, I had to write the rough draft first, then the outline, then the piece itself, and finally the detailed outline.

I know, totally upside down and backwards, but only one writing professor ever questioned my writing. I was attending California Sate College at Long Beach, and this professor taught only one advanced writing class. The rest of the time he was too busy doing other things.

I remember his comments well. "Blather", "Its' good this is a Pass/Fail class Your ideas are good, your writing is for crap!" And my favorite, "This reads as if you wrote it on the bus on the way to class. Tell your friends to SHUT UP when you're writing".

The professor asked us to call him Frank. I next saw his name about 12 years later when he was listed as the director of a small movie about Vietnam "Apocalypse Now". His full name is Francis Ford Coppola, but I knew him simply as Frank with the inability to do a critique without stuffing a bomb down your throat.

P.S. I passed. I was sweating, but I passed.

I told you I was old.

"A government big enough to give everything you want is also big enough to take everything you have."
-Ronald Reagan

Co-Founder, Dealing with Depression; www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=953

Co-leader, Conservatives/Republicans sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_indiv
idual.asp?gid=4683


Co-leader, Writers www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=50375


Total SparkPoints: 0
0
24
49
74
99
SparkPoints Level 1
MADEIT3's Photo MADEIT3 Posts: 2,586
11/21/13 4:39 P

Send Private Message
Reply
I've worked both ways - with detailed outlines and the more spontaneous stream of consciousness. The latter - since I don't write fiction - works best if I know my subject matter really well.

I prefer using outlines because I like to know where I'm going when I write. But what if we tried a weekly writing question - everyone who wants to participate would write a couple of paragraphs about a topic. We can share coming up with topics if you like.

Sound good?



Stacy, KS

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. - C. S. Lewis

newgardenerblues.wordpress.com/

Co-leader Writers Team
Co-leader 12 Weeks to Walking Team
VERO_DEN's Photo VERO_DEN Posts: 296
11/19/13 8:27 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Popeye, i love writing by the seat of my pants. I have tried doing outlines, but just could never get in to it. I am glad to hear that writing is so positive for you. I think it's relaxing.

I used to write a lot of poetry as a teenager (cliche).I won a couple of contests with it, good times.

Now though I am about 90% done with the FIRST draft of my first novel. Which of course is TERRIBLE! First drafts are supposed to be, but I am really looking forward to the editing process. If I can just get off my rear and get to work on finishing this draft.

When friends tell you how awesome you look, drop the "I still have more to go" crap. You worked hard and you deserve the compliment! ~Jillian Michaels


 current weight: 186.2 
290
257.5
225
192.5
160
POPEYETHETURTLE's Photo POPEYETHETURTLE SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (93,163)
Posts: 14,083
11/17/13 4:37 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Butterfly -

That makes you a professional. An expert to whom we go for advice! Hope to hear a lot from you.

From elementary school through college, my writing consisted most of reading. The actual writing I did was only for a class assignment a day or two ahead of when it was due. One paper I remember distinctly. It was an English Writing class assignment and the paper was an A, but it had 23 minuses behind it. I had finished it at midnight and turned it in to my 10AM class.

Actually, most of my writing was done in my head where I composed short adventure/science fiction and human relationship stories. I continued this through college, and did it in down time in Vietnam. At that time it was a way of easing out from under stress.

When I was diagnosed with PTSD in 2005, I realized some of my Dad's behavior patterns could be attributed to PTSD. There were times when he would be wound so tight my brother and I would try to go to a friend's house to stay out of his way. Of course, in those days (50's & 60's) having a mental illness was ascribed only to women and weak men. His way of medicating himself was to go down to a watering hole and sucking down as much beer as needed to put the demons back into the box.

Now I've started writing, but it's funny. It comes in bursts.

What I started yesterday, because I couldn't get past point C, was to start a completely different story. I just set down to the computer, with no outline, and began writing the story for me. I got 4000+ words out of it and realized I didn't need to continue linearly on my first story, but could come from a completely different the intersected with the first line. When I get my football fix, I'm going back to the first story.





"A government big enough to give everything you want is also big enough to take everything you have."
-Ronald Reagan

Co-Founder, Dealing with Depression; www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=953

Co-leader, Conservatives/Republicans sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_indiv
idual.asp?gid=4683


Co-leader, Writers www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=50375


Total SparkPoints: 0
0
24
49
74
99
SparkPoints Level 1
ANNMCMILLIN's Photo ANNMCMILLIN Posts: 590
4/11/13 8:01 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I too have been writing since I was in elementary school. These days, however, writing seems like something I think about more than do. However, I am highly motivated to get started again! Today!

 current weight: 297.4 
302
276.5
251
225.5
200
BUTTERFLY42D's Photo BUTTERFLY42D SparkPoints: (4,657)
Fitness Minutes: (1,525)
Posts: 66
1/18/13 3:52 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I started writing in middle school. I kind of put writing on the back burner for several years. About 12 years ago, I started writing again whenever I got a few minutes to spare. I have some writing on fanstory.com and I have published a book. Currently working on a children's book.

Butterfly42D
aka Kim


**************
You are successful with that first step.


 current weight: 227.0 
241
228.5
216
203.5
191
WAGINGWAR's Photo WAGINGWAR SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (55)
Posts: 6
7/3/12 11:52 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Do you share your writing anywhere? I have some of mine on my website ( www.MichelleAlanis.com ), some on my blog (in my signature), and some on www.FanStory.com .

If you read any of mine, leave me a comment and let me know what you think! Oh, and if you go to FanStory, I'm BlueInk.

~Waging War

Check out my upcoming book here: bit.ly/MaryProject

Visit me anytime at www.WagingWarOnWeight.blogspot.com bit.ly/MaryProject


 December Minutes: 0
0
90
180
270
360
DUTCHDAVE's Photo DUTCHDAVE SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (28,160)
Posts: 1,065
7/19/11 11:46 A

Send Private Message
Reply
I started writing about 5 years ago and find it is such a great way to spend time and keep my imagination working

Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Writers Introduce Yourself to Team Forum Posts

Topics:
Last Post:



Thread URL: https://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x50375x43074503

Review our Community Guidelines