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mobewan
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Hi there, I'm Col. And I want to write. And from a quick look round, you all seem a friendly, dedicated bunch who might just be willing to put up with me.

I'm a rambler. I'm easily distracted. I have stuff inside me I want to get out. I want to see if it's any good. If (when) it's not. I want to see how I deal with it.

But here's the rub - I don't write.

I want to. I have an itch I can't shake at the moment. And it's an itch I've not experienced before (i.e. this one hasn't disappeared after a few weeks). But apart from the last few weeks where I've started to write (thoughts, ideas, anything really), I've only ever written when I've had to. And never for fun.

I read a lot. Shed loads actually, and maybe that's where the itch comes from. To contribute to that elite group who entertain, inform and stretch me. But at the moment, every where I look for inspiration, I'm faced with people who write every day; people who have written since they could hold a crayon. People for whom writing, is as natural as breathing.

I want to breath with you. I just need to figure out how.

I think this will be a great place for some breathing lessons, and I'll take any help that is offered, but if I'm allowed to personalise the hello slightly it will be as a plea for help from those like me who may actually need a ventillator for the first few forays into the big bright world of writing.

I'll also need help on my metaphors.

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Yep, it's official. You are suffering from the rare but not so rare affliction. It's called desiretowritus. *insert thunder sound effect*

Sad to say, there is no cure for it. All you can do is alleviate the symptoms. Here's how:

First, make sure you are in a comfortable position, the kind you could insist in for at least an hour without standing up.

Second, take a piece of paper, preferably the kind that grows on trees. The kind that stares at you from a computer screen can also work, only the tools are different.

Third, connect a writing tool to your paper. If using the digital kind, that writing tool should be provided by the manufacturer. It should be a series of buttons, each with a tiny letter on it. If there is no such tool provided, contact your manufacturer.

Fourth, wait for the symptoms of your affliction to emerge.

Fifth, forget about the world and do what comes naturally. Don't think about tenses or clauses or spelling. That will come by itself when it's time. For now, go nuts.

Oh, there's stage six: never forget to have fun. If you're not having fun, you're doing something wrong.

Welcome, mobewan. May the Schwartz be with you.

[ February 05, 2012, 04:59 AM: Message edited by: MartinV ]

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Welcome to the treehouse.
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Greetings. Have a nice muffin.


Good and bad are just points of view. Over time you'll realize it's more about what you want it to be, and learning how to make it do that. This place can help with that, just remember to hang on to your own ideas.

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Yep you have come to the right place so be welcome.

Some people here know a thing or three about writing and how to get you to start and finish something. We know you can do it.


However as you are exploring already do be careful about that unicorn, she can be mean.

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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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You could try reading and following the instructions in the three writing assignment topics in the Writing Class area, mobewan. They might help you figure out what you want to write.
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mobewan
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Thanks all. This seems like the right place for some motivation (inspirational and/or blunt talking :-). I'm taking a look at those exercises now...they look like the right kind of pointers I need to just get in the swing of things.

Now, discipline. Anybody know where I can buy the stuff in bulk?

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Discipline.

Start small. Usually discipline is a problem if you're trying to achieve too great a goal too early. By staying modest you have simpler goals that you can actually achieve. Instead of going after a Tolkien-like mammoth, try going for a single page of written word. It doesn't even have to be a story, just something that comes out of your mind.

You have to learn to write down your thoughts. It's not as easy as it sounds so you should start with that. Anything really is better than nothing.

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Be welcome....

You can buy some discipline around here. Well, actually it's free for the taking here. Just follow the instructions and let us cheer you on.

However as you investigate the treehouse be careful with the unicorn, she can be mean.


Hmm, in my foggy braininess last night-got case of the flu- I seem to have clicked on the wrong thread last night. Or I just didn't recognize this one. Kathleen could you remove this second greeting, please.

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