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Posted by rstegman (Member # 3233) on :
It is that time again.

As to what is writing, you decide. New writing of course, editing, blog posts, news letters, Even E-mails and BBS posts can be writing if they are wordy and pertain to writing or story.

I had surgery on my knee a couple weeks ago. I am surprised at how uncomfortable such a "minor" surgery can be. I decided that I will not have cosmetic surgery such as tummy tucks or face lifts. This is no fun.

No, I have not written. When I had the time, I was nowhere near in the mood. Now, there is a lot of outside stuff looking at me and I have not had a chance to think story.

So, as to the question of Did You Write?

I have to admit, no I did not.
Posted by Disgruntled Peony (Member # 10416) on :
Yes, I've written. I finished writing/editing the second draft of a short story last night. I need to take a break from it before I continue on to draft three, but in the meantime I plan to turn my eye to new (and old) projects.

As far as new projects go: I've had a song stuck in my head all day ('The Day that Never Comes' by Metallica). I feel like I could get a short story out of the thoughts and emotions it evokes in my mind. It's just a matter of moving beyond the 'could'. I already have a character in mind; it's the plotline that's eluding me.

As far as old projects go: I have about a quarter of the first draft of a sci-fi novel that's been languishing on my hard drive for three to five years. It means a great deal to me. I've had the characters for the story in my head for fifteen years, although they've evolved a lot in that time. The problem I ran into is that the characters' growth outpaced the growth of the plotline. When I realized I was no longer satisfied with the depth of the plot, I quit writing it. I've decided the story is worth continuing. I want to finish that first draft and then take the time to whip it into shape.
Posted by Meredith (Member # 8368) on :
Yes, I wrote. Switched from the first draft of Book 4 to the (hopefully) final revision phase of Book 3, BEYOND THE PROPHECY.

Also, some work on the blurb for Book 3. And a couple of blog posts.
Posted by Robert Nowall (Member # 2764) on :
Worked on one of my "writer's block" stories to loosen up...then started working on revisions of my (short) novel...but then July 4th, I had a sleepless night (afternoon, actually), and eventually got up and started writing, and in two hours had a complete short story, which I started revising the next day.

Then (and possibly not unconnected) I came down with a wicked cold and that's put everything on hold till the congestion clears a little.

Have I mentioned that June 30th was the fortieth anniversary of my career as a would-be writer? I date it from the day I seriously started writing a story I seriously intended to send out to market. (I seriously didn't do that---it was too short according to the market listings of the day---but the next one went out, and the one after that...) I know the date because I kept careful notes.
Posted by LDWriter2 (Member # 9148) on :
Yep I did.

On finishing a story for WotF.

On Journey of Mystery-that was more revising with a little new stuff.

On choosing what stories for publishing a paranormal story set.

On revising my Urban Alchemist book.

On something else I can't recall right now.
Posted by Grumpy old guy (Member # 9922) on :
As of five minutes ago I wrote the first plot outline I've had in nearly two years. I got all tingly inside!

Now I just have to turn it into a story.

Posted by Captain of my Sheep (Member # 10362) on :

-I've been editing the 4th draft of a short story. I might just win the Guinness record for World Slowest Editor.

-I aligned most of the story elements for my next short story and verified that yes, I do have a story and not a character sketch or some other thing.
Posted by wcoditwgth (Member # 10431) on :
Jotted down what was originally going to be 1 page of short-hand notes into 9 pages of details and back story. None of it will probably show up directly in the story, but as set building goes, it was highly satisfying to flesh out all the characters, places, equipment, and city-states. Now if only I could figure out how to write realistic dialogue.
Posted by Disgruntled Peony (Member # 10416) on :
Originally posted by wcoditwgth:
Now if only I could figure out how to write realistic dialogue.

I may actually be able to help with this! Dialogue is my friend. There are a few things to keep in mind when writing realistic dialogue:

Posted by extrinsic (Member # 8019) on :
Look for a Dialogue and Thought Discourse Mastery Class lesson in the "Writing Class" forum soon. Topics include types and combinations of dialogue and thought: echo, non sequitur, squabble, colloquy, question and answer; action and said and thought attribution tags, stream of consciousness as speech or thought, free or attribution-tagged direct or indirect discourse, and scene mode features and sequence modalities to accompany dialogue and thought discourse.
Posted by Grumpy old guy (Member # 9922) on :
Just remember this: Dialogue is a language all on its own. It may resemble English, but it aint. All dialogue MUST have a purpose and the best dialogue is an argument.

The most dynamic dialogue is when each character is misunderstanding what the others problem is. The actor's workshop method where each actor is ad-libbing from a slightly different script.

Phil. (Ooooops! Sorry for the small thread-hijacking that just occurred.)
Posted by rstegman (Member # 3233) on :
went through therapy for my leg on Tuesday. I got home and did about a page of development of an interrogator who uses therapy techniques to get information out of people.
Cool idea but no story to go with it. I also was not sure if this was a good guy or a bad guy, and I assumed he worked on super heroes or special agents. I thought he might be a shape changer, shifting between men and women in appearance to not be known. I had a whole slew of other questions I needed to answer and could not at the time.
that's my writing for the month.
Posted by Kathleen Dalton Woodbury (Member # 59) on :
Use what James Blish recommended for turning an idea like that into a story, rstegman. Who suffers the most from the situation?

I'd think you might want to explore how the interrogator feels about what he/she is doing, and why he/she is doing it.

In fact, the whole idea could be the basis for a writing challenge because I'm positive every writer would come up with a different approach to the above question.

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