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Re: Sharing Your Writing Process
I usually daydream a lot about an idea or a character until they seem real enough to put to paper.

This is a subject that really interests me, doesn't get talked about much, and is, I think, one of the most important parts of a writer's process. Yet when answering this question I went straight to the mechanical/craft side of things rather than considering the more creative and esoteric side that is the dreaming the story. There have been a couple of times when I've been blocked on a story that have purely been down to not giving myself enough time to engage in the dream.
I didn't mention it because it's so fundamental to every step of the journey. At each point in whatever process you use, if you don't have the scene running through your head, then you'll have big problems, I think. Obviously for us it's slightly different, because we often chat things through as well, but it's the same thing really.

September 01, 2015, 10:48:26 AM
Re: Contest Theme Ideas
  • Break the Rules: Dialogue -- without the words "said" and "asked".  Bonus points for every Tom Swifty.
I Hate Dragons by Brandon Sanderson. You're welcome.  ;D

September 03, 2015, 06:52:43 PM
Re: Punctuation and text messages (in fiction) Agree about the brackets.
I'd avoid the dialogue words.

BATMAN465: [Dude. Totally crushed]

M3MNOCHTD: [Orange even]

September 08, 2015, 09:22:24 PM
Re: How much did you write today?
It's funny. I find dialogue the easiest thing to write and action the hardest.
Depends on the situation for us. Sometimes the dialogue just happens, and it's easier than anything else. When it doesn't do that, it's impossible to get it right.

^^ This.

Dialogue can spill out pages at a time as easily as sitting and talking to someone, or it can be the most frustrating thing in the world where every line comes out stilted and wrong.

September 09, 2015, 01:16:47 AM
Re: Calling All Maps!
Update: GIMP is sucking the life out of me.
I thought only Fantasy-Faction did that (while giving out another type of life) ;D

September 09, 2015, 08:40:06 AM
Re: Contest Theme Ideas
I'm hoping for "HORROR" as the theme for October. Or something else related to Halloween.
The ideal topic for October (the month of Halloween) would be Ghost Story.

September 11, 2015, 01:05:55 AM
Re: I'm thinking of getting cats Well, I have my cats.

I picked them up from a farm, put them in a cat cage I borrowed and drove off. They panicked meowing really broke my heart for the first stretch, and I decided which one to name after which of my characters because of how hardcore he was about getting out.

I started making constant soothing noises and they calmed down and napped through most of the hour-and-half drive, although at some time they found the time to defecate.

They were really nervous and shook up when I set them free in my apartment, and initially just wanted to curl up in my bathroom while I cleaned cat shit. But they've cheered up and gradually started playing with each other, me, and my furniture. Currently they are sleeping curled up together in an X and I've gotten both of them to purr, so I think we're off to a good start.

Here's hoping they realized the point of the litter when I introduced it to them.

September 11, 2015, 10:23:52 PM
Re: I'm thinking of getting cats I love cats, though we haven't had one for years and years.

But I know this. They will irritate you beyond endurance from time to time.
Therefore, you need a threat they will understand.

Spoiler for Hiden:

from the book "101 Things to Do with a Dead Cat"

September 12, 2015, 11:41:04 AM
Re: The King's Paws Hedin he gets time off work to spend more time with his child. In some countries you can add up paternity and maternity leave and split them as it best suits the couple and child involved. You are paid a proportion of your salary and your job is safeguarded until you return. This is good for families and children and does apparently little harm to companies. While the concept may be strange it works well. In Europe the UK lags far behind the rest in this but of course we are still streets ahead of America in not treating out workforce as a disposable commodity.

I truly wish I had spent more time with my daughter in the first year of her life as children change so fast in that year. Instead I was working 70-80 hours PW and often out before she was awake and back after she was asleep. Not a mistake I would repeat. I got 3 days paternity leave paid. I believe it is 6 weeks now.

September 14, 2015, 04:39:18 PM
Re: How much did you write today? 23k so far on a new story in the last week (first 840 word character sketch on 9/8) plus a 3.4k short police procedural I had to write to figure out how to resolve the Act I crisis.  Looking like it might be my first novel-length story.  Woohoo!

September 14, 2015, 05:32:02 PM