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That is good. Writing clears the mind.

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So many good things have come out of writing. My head clears and I'm not as obsessed with thoughts on the book, that have nothing to do with what I'm doing, like paying bills, or even conversations with others.

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Good to see you starting to write again.

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That's true. I think we've finished the beginning, now. I'll post more, soon.

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You could start out with I was only 4 at the time and who knows what goes into the minds of little kids, so how can I be sure it wasn't a nightmare.

I do not do mystery so I can not help you there. I do romance. Good luck and keep us informed.

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3/31/17 3:32 P

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yes! I like that.
Its exactly how I feel about this BOOK when I get overwhelmed by the 'what ifs' too! :)


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Is this the start of the story? I think I would start with Was it a dream or was it real. I am beginning to wonder myself.

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We're working on a timeline. I get cold feet, as you can imagine. Smh I'm going to begin with a simple, I'm writing this story and I don't where to begin. I spoke it, Eva typed it. When she read it back in her words, it was profound.
That makes it more real.
I have excuses not to do this.
You can imagine that, too.
Some are valid, old computer, mine will barely connect to internet, my cell phone has bad reception, then to top it all, my family will hate me.
Then I thought, if they want me to write this book, they should help!
Then the dreams, only memories now, begin again.
And I can't get past this point.
Is it survivors guilt? What drives me at times to do this?
Can any good come from this? Yet, I'm going to follow thru.
Forgive me if I complain then the chance of 1 person, sister, mother, brother, even parent is possible, to have the answer!
Idk its not an answer any want...

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I think if you want to use poems use only a few and don't crowd the story with them. Sort of like when a person is thinking. Start the story as a child and work from there. So happy you got help from other writers. I told you before this is a great team and always there to help. Wish others would come in and ask for help too.

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So you're good? You have what you need to keep going?



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3/30/17 4:42 P

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I couldn't have gotten this far without help. It was all cluttered in my mind. Ty

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Thx, elf!
The support here has helped.
My daughter wat he me trying to answer a simple question, and said, the answer thx


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It does to me though poetry in general will vary on interpretation from readers. One question on it: Is it supposed to be one stanza? Just curious since you mentioned typing it on phone and it's not always easy to get the right spacing in these forums.

Oddly enough, while I never plan to do much poetry, of my writing classes in college that was one of the better ones. Creative nonfiction wasn't for me and the structure/instructor for novel writing just weren't very good.

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Thank you! I will give it a look up. I believe most of the stories are written, now. The where to start question has me baffled though. Lol! I love the feedback. Does the poem make sense? I wasn't looking at poetry form, obviously. But can you understand the poem?

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One thing you can look up if you're wanting to write the story in the style of fiction even though it's a real story is: Creative Nonfiction. It's basically a way of telling real stories but using an approach similar to how fiction stories are told with dialogue and such.

As for the order of things, for writing the draft, it depends on what works best for you. Some can write out of order. Others insist on writing from "start" to finish. Once it's written you can work on the order that makes the most sense to show the story.

When it comes to which point as the start and how to tell it exact, I'm not of much help. I'm more of a sci-fi, fantasy and young adult writer. Never really got into mystery or anything as a reader either. Took the creative nonfiction class in college but true stories aren't my forte. Not sure if that helps at all. Good luck with writing your story.

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Parts are cute and funny I promise its not all sad. :) I cam through it whole!

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No, the book has maybe2-3 poems, at most.
Its mostly short chapters. I'm still home, and I handtyped this from my cell phone. Even a short chapter takes a long time to text from a cell phone.

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Darlene is the book going to be all poems?

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Thank you

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Thank you

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Thx for helping. I'm on a cell phone. Have to get to a hard line to post a chapter.

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Ignite, first, how crazy to have this happen to you. My thoughts to his victims. :(

I think you need to figure out whose story you want to tell. Yours in relationship to everyone else? Every victim? A few of the victims? And the murderer? Once you do that, determine where you want the story to start. Childhood, the month before the murders started, the day they started?

Do you have everything laid out in a timeline? (This is my own curiosity. The amount of info you have must be overwhelming.)



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If you want then maybe other writers may jump in to help you. I am off as thumbs are hurting with arthritis. Good luck Darlene.

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Thats a wonderful idea! Ty so much. May I publish it here for you?
One piece* at a time?

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PS the state this happens in, has no records due to fire and tornadoes, since maybe the prior to the mid 70's. Before stuff was on computers. Plus, more cattle were reported missing then women and children. They asked me to write why I know its true. Where my dreams led me, The Firm documented truth, my dreams, my worst nightmares were true. He even. Tried to kill me. Cold case wants me to write the story so they can get enough information out to the public to warrent n investigation. Even though he's dead, his victims deserve recognition.

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Well, if you are going to write in the first person I would go with the nightmare and start from the beginning. Making the reader think it was only a nightmare and at the end they find out it was true.

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I'm thinking of which place? Me realizing I had relived a body memory and woke up from the web of lies? Or me realizing my nightmares were true, then the web of lies? Or...the event of what happened, my dads near deathbed confession of what his dad did to him, his bros and sisters, little boys girls animals, anything GM loved. Missing children....sways when GD was missing.
My of my nightmares that are true
The memories flooding killer.
I've written it all but where's the
? I'm to close to tell.

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Start at the beginning and type in things. When you go back to edit you can change stuff. Just put stuff down now in an order of how they happened.

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Thank you. The facts, I've gathered. Its the weaving back and forth that I'm finally attempting now

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Maybe one of the writer can help, but I only do romance. I would not know where to start.
I imagine you could find official death records on the internet. Look up the case on the internet and library to get more information and go from there. That is about all I can do to help.

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I would love insight. Mine is a true story, but must be written. The murders unsolved, are also missing official death/missing persons records, as the deaths were so long ago and the records were destroyed by fire and tornadoes. The state involved asked me to write the book. Help? ? I know the murderer and was almost a victim myself.

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Writing short fiction takes a certain knack as the skills differ a little in story length. Though forums aren't the best for posting much above micro fiction, 1,000 would probably be a max and even then there might be formatting issues.

I don't mind commenting on the pieces if anyone wants to post but alas, no posting from me. I write novels, definitely too long for the forums. ;-)

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Yes, writing a novel can keep you pretty busy. I am busy with the board and I also am writing, but what I was talking about was a short story for writers who want comments. This was put up for writers looking for help. I started this board a long time ago to help writers and hope any information on here has.

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Since my story is currently at 78K words, I don't think it fits within the guidelines.

(And no, I'm not going to write anything else. This one keeps me plenty busy. :)



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A good idea for word count would be to write your story on Microsoft Word to count your words, then copy and paste to Spark.

If you do not know how to do this......Open MW, then open spark. You will see at the bottom of your computer a small MW square. Once spark is open, click on the MW on bottom and open MW, then copy and paste and do not close MW but click on the space on the side which will close it but keep it open for the other page. Then go to Spark, which should be open and click paste, then go back and click off MW. I imagine it might be confusing for those who do not use it but being a writer I figured you must know how. Otherwise, you might have to count the words by pointing to them.

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Being a writer we like to know what readers think of what we write. Here is your chance.
Write a story, any story you like, romance, mystery, how you want to decorate your house,, your animals, anything that comes to mind. You can also write about how you lost weight or what exercises you do. A lot of publications are looking for fillers for their magazine. So any article about anything is fine.

Make the story l000 words, the min but don't over run the story. If you have to go over a little to finish it that is fine.

Readers that read the stories please comment on what you liked or thought might be good to change in the story to make it acceptable for publication.

Thank you and hope you all have fun with this..

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