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Re: Avoiding writing, or: How many words didn't you write today?
Ouch, that sounds painful! :(

The wounds ran deep.

March 27, 2015, 05:26:10 PM
Re: Plotting backwards My first completed book had a horrendous ending. It was the result of my discovery writing. I didn't know where I was going and it showed. The characters had satisfying conclusions, however, a massive overarching plot point went unsolved...

My beta reader. "What? How...how do you end a book with an army outside the city gates!"

Anyway, I am still working on editing this ending, but I can't help but think if I had done this to begin with it would not have caused me so many problems! Fixing earlier parts of the story to make it all work has stressed my mental capabilities.

I will plot backwards on my next WIP. It will be worth the try.

March 28, 2015, 10:06:33 PM
Re: To Describe or Not To Describe Call me crazy, but I enjoyed Robert Jordan's description. Like mentioned above, its hard to please everyone. The wierd part is that I tend to limit description in my own writing. I vote for adding as much as necessary to show the scene as you imagine it, but still allowing the reader to find their own way. Look up the pyramid of abstraction sometime. Tons of discussion about the tug o war between abstract and concrete description.
August 08, 2015, 01:29:12 AM
Re: The Joy of Edits I enjoyed editing until I accepted that my story was too far gone. It was dead. No amount of editing was going to bring it back to life. The good news is that I took the scraps left over from a butchering edit and wove them into a new story that I spent far more time outlining than necessary.

Editing taught me a ton of lessons about actually writing a story. One of those lessons: Start with an ENDING! Ugh.

August 13, 2015, 06:54:57 PM
Re: I'm thinking of getting cats I love my cat, but my wife hates her (only because of her annoying habits). I say go for it. They are worth the fuss.

My cat's fun little habits:

Trips you in the hallway when hungry.
Scratches on the door to go outside. Once you let her out, she immediately scratches the door to come back in.
Beats your face with her tail while sleeping.
Stairs at the corner for no reason at all for extended periods of time. <---- super creepy
Refuses to chase mice.

Oh, and all cats are notorious for laying across anything you are working on. Such as a laptop or notebook. Fun times for us writers.

August 20, 2015, 06:34:18 PM
Re: Sharing Your Writing Process My methods are evolving as I go. I am a recovering pantser, so outlining was hard in the beginning but its starting pay off. (I know where the story is going!)

I use the Writer app on my phone to take notes on ideas floating in my head. I usually daydream a lot about an idea or a character until they seem real enough to put to paper. Then, I will put down main points in plot or character arch. Once I have a decent idea of where I want to be, I throw together where I think it will end.

Endings are hard. If you ever come across a partially torn/burned copy of my first book, you would know what I mean.

My current wip is a new attempt at my first book, which is so loosely based on that original plot that  the characters are all that is recognizable. It has been a long process to think about the story without fumbling through it as I go, but I love the way everything is coming together.

September 01, 2015, 02:41:02 AM
Re: Calling All Maps! Well I am inspired!

I have never done more than a few sketches on the dry erase board. I just downloaded GIMP and read some tutorials. Let's see where this takes me.

September 05, 2015, 04:52:22 AM
Re: How much did you write today? 1600 words today!  The most I've written in a long time.
September 09, 2015, 07:09:02 AM
Re: The King's Paws
Yep, on a goat farm, can you believe it?

What kind of goats? I have a Nigerian Dwarf that has the amazing ability to climb things that should be impossible to climb.

September 18, 2015, 01:43:07 PM
Re: The King's Paws

For someone who hates vegetables that would likely be one of the worst jobs I could ever have.

Hate? Even zucchini?  :o

Asparagus?! Please? The ambrosia of vegetables?

Other than potatoes and corn (which technically aren't vegetables) asparagus is the only other one I can handle.  Ironically my wife is/was a vegetarian.  She was a full blown one when we started dating but then shortly after she started having seafood.  At the beginning this year she said she would be willing to try chicken again (but only free range) as we wanted to have more family meals and previously we both just cooked our own thing. The catch is whenever she has chicken I have to have whatever vegetable she made with the meal.  Asparagus is the only one I really like (brussel sprouts are tolerable depending on how they are prepared), everything else has been just as disgusting as it has always been.
The way you describe your diet makes it sound like you literally just eat plates of boiled meat and nothing else. No bread? No seasoning? No anything? Sounds horrendous to me, and I spent years wanting to eat just bread and butter or kitkats when I was a kid.  :o

I'm a very meat and potatoes person.  Really most of my meals consist of some sort of meat (most of the time its chicken or seafood, I don't cook a lot of beef or pork) and then some sort of starch (potatoes or pasta or rice).  Pizza is also really good.

I've got something for you.

It will make anything taste delicious.

September 18, 2015, 04:54:41 PM