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Writing Fiend
12 December 2008 @ 10:41 am
So, the horror isn't over, but again, you don't really want to hear about all of that. However, school is out, and bit by bit, my sanity returns. I'm slowly focusing once more, and even started working on a new writing project.

I call it Small Mercies. It'll likely just be an online piece. I still have to deal with my novels, my editing, and the slew of horror stories writhing in my head. But I have a month and a half with which to do so, so hey.

In the meantime, I need to catch up with all of you! I missed talking with you guys, but I have been reading your journals. Now I just need to comment it up and make you feel a bit more loved, right? Lol, more later!
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Writing Fiend
19 November 2008 @ 11:05 am
Two and a half more weeks.

Two and a half more weeks.

Two and a half more weeks.

Two and a half more weeks.

I try to keep telling myself that as the hours pass and I still haven't written anything, still haven't commented on the many posts I wish to comment on, still haven't done any of the things I need to do for reasons the readers of this journal don't need or want to know. This journal is FOR writing, so it's hard when my writing muse has been stabbed through the chest and pinned to the wall with a giant pencil. He's struggling to breathe, and now and then, he reaches out and snatches at me, and I get a little relief. But for the most part, he's choking and crying, and I'm feeling bad, because I can't get to him through all of the bookwork piled around him.

...I'm sorry muuuuuuuuuse!

And I'm sorry LJ. I will be back soon, and the writing talk can commence.

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Writing Fiend
02 November 2008 @ 06:30 pm
Sorry. One more thing, guys. Mind giving me a hand? I really need a name for this sucker.

Poll #1290192 YA Horror Series Title

Ok, so my YA horror novel is being written and the name is up in the air. Which do you think sounds best for something geared toward the older YA audience, say 13-18?

Guardians of Darkness
The Guardians
Otherkin (this is referring to the horror creatures)
All of them would work
None of them would work (please state why)

In your personal opinion (as in, if you were reading), do you think a horror story starting with something sad would ruin the mood? For example, if the main character were to lose a loved one before the monster experiences, would that take away from the atmosphere?

Yes, it'd be too maudlin for a YA.
No, that'd fit into the mood just fine.
It depends on what you're going for, but it could work.
It may work, but probably not.
I don't have an opinion or enough knowledge of the genre to say.

Thank you!
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Writing Fiend
02 November 2008 @ 09:17 am
Hey you guys! I just wanted to drop in and let you know I'm still alive. Please don't give up on me! I did something with my school schedule that I thought I could handle and I just can't. But I only have a few more weeks of it, and I know things will be much better when that huge stress is gone.

I hope all of you guys are doing well! When I come back, I'll comment on everyone's journals, respond to comments, etc. Sorry it's taken me so long.

But while I'm here, who all is doing NaNoWriMo? I know I'm gonna fail, but it gives you a boost at least, lol.

Miss talking to you guys! But I'll be back soon! Good luck in your writing!
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Writing Fiend
18 October 2008 @ 05:27 pm
Ugh! I'm so sorry. I disappeared again. The past few months have NOT been nice to me. It's difficult to filter out the stress and focus on creativity, so when I can I don't have a lot of time to get on livejournal.

I'm back, though. Hopefully things will start to go uphill and I'll be able to focus again. I'll be able to respond to comments and posts again. ^^ Gonna do some of that today.

My friend, Robin, stopped by today, and after talking to her for a while I feel like I may be on another writing kick. I'm excited about that. Maybe I'll get something done today! Of course, I have two huge tests on Monday and a huge project due Tuesday, so I dunno how much I can manage. Worth a try though, right?

How have all of you been? Writing going all right?

Hey, has anyone else noticed that most writing books and things in that vein are all geared toward very beginning writers? I'd like to find more that are geared toward experienced writers who are open to new methods or ideas. I don't need to be told how to create a character, plot or dialogue. I don't need to know how to interest the reader, or how to end a story. Then again, I guess I don't need a tutorial anyhow. I pick up most of what I do on my own. But it would be nice to read something by a successful writer that was written for someone who isn't picking up a pen for the first time.

At any rate, it isn't super important. Reading those things, even when geared toward amateur writers, tends to inspire me for some reason. I guess anything writing related gets me going. So let me go put that into practice.

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Writing Fiend
Ugh. I HATE when stress gets in the way of writing. It'd be one thing if this were just normal stress but...

Grr. Anyway. Wrote another chapter of the tentatively named City of Thorns. The fact that I've written this much actual content, and not just notes, suggests that I may actually finish this in a reasonable time. I think I'll post what I have soon to see if last chapter makes more sense, and to gauge if the second is too info-dumpy. I'm thinking I need to rearrange how some of the info is given.

Soooo... I'm writing Painted Doves backwards. For some reason, a lot of my inspiration has been for the ending, so when the words come, I write. Needless to say, as the cathartic moment of the story, I've been crying a lot. XD

In other news, or maybe not so much, I'm a foreshadow whore. Anyone else like that? It has occurred to me in the past. But more and more I realize just how... into it I am. Heh. I think I like it a little too much. It's not like I don't have a real reason behind it, but I think I just love letting my readers play with what I give them. Let them guess. See what their imaginations come up with. It's enjoyable to have my readers kind of interact with me.

One of my favorite parts of writing Lock and Key was when my readers would try to guess what the foreshadowing meant. XD Sometimes it even helped me to notice an aspect of the story that I'd missed. Having that group perspective can be really helpful in a first draft.

Uh, never finished editing a piece, like I should but have been too stressed to do. BUT-- I sent out something.. kind of weird. XD I sent out a story synopsis to this comic creator. I know they get a lot, so I'm not expecting anything. It was worth a shot, though. I think it's a pretty cool idea. But if they don't like it, I'll just write it and post it for free. As cool as it'd be to see the idea drawn out, and to get paid for it, plain old free print is fine, too.

So that's me. Sorry I haven't responded to comments or posts the past few days. I'll get on that through out this week. Someone make my brain work better! ARGH!
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Writing Fiend
My iPod does not understand the writing process.

I really do need to make a specific playlist for each project, rather than a single "inspiration" type list. Because... yeah, going from Imogene Heap to Korn is... a bit disruptive. XD

So! Guess what! I finally have some semblance of a dark comedy plot! I've been saying over and over that I need one, so I'm very excited! I don't know all the ins and outs just yet, but I'm encouraged nonetheless.

I think this'll be an opportunity for me to string a lot of old ideas and characters together. I'm getting more and more ideas for it as time goes by. And then, it occurred to me, my years of working in retail can now be put to good use! I always cracked up everyone else with stories of my torment. Why not attempt to profit from it? Oh my, and the truth is truly stranger than fiction.

It's funny, because I feel like this is a big break through, writing a novel length dark comedy. But most of what I write has a dark element to it. I don't even realize it until other people mention it, lol. And even my dark things, horror included, tend to have an underlying element of black humor. Or maybe that's just if you're sick and twisted? *cough*

I started writing fics (original, not fan) again, somewhat. They aren't taking over my novel and short story writing, but I'm definitely getting some kinky ideas lately. XD I'll see if I can really keep my online originals going while jugging my shorts and novels, with school and a social life, and stress. And the bodies in my trunk.

Anyway. Going to try once again to get some things polished this week and weekend. I have endless plot bunnies poking me in the head, though. They often come late at night. I should be sleeping earlier, but they're particularly active then. I wish I had one of those think-typewriters like in TommyKnockers.That'd be badass.

On a side note, what kind of music inspires all of you to write?

I personally like passionate, deep or complex songs. Songs that tell a story, songs that paint a picture. Depending on what I'm writing, something that really sets the mood.

Songs I like for different moods in a storyCollapse )

I have to go to school now. ;___; I want to stay home and write! But I have to do my homework in the 45 minutes I have left before I have to go. >.>
Writing Fiend
12 September 2008 @ 06:08 pm
Thank you so much to everyone you read and left feedback to my Young Adult intro! I really appreciated it. I may post it around LJ some more, later, once I get the chance to polish it a bit. If you want to check it out and haven't yet, you can find it HERE.

I've still got some entries bookmarked that I have to read, so if you've chatted with me at all, or left a comment, and I haven't commented on anything of yours just yet, it's because I'm still adjusting to school. You're on the list, trust me! Gonna get that done this weekend.

Still trying to think of a name for that novel. For the moment, I'm calling it City of Thorns which is meant to be something of a biblical reference and a reference to being caged in. Sacrifice, no ability to break free. However, not entirely sure that I'll stick with it, because that doesn't seem like the book is about the city itself and... I don't know, maybe I'm just thinking into this too much, lol.

Do you guys think I'll actually finish something this weekend, as far as editing? Think I'll really send some things out? Hahaha... we'll see if I can really do it this time.

Beyond that, the goal for this weekend is to finish all of the short pieces I started and maybe post one of them:

* Who We Become
* A Strange Gift
* Her Mind's Garden
* Rosa in Disneyland

All but one of those short pieces made me cry while I was writing it. XD One, in class, too! Ugh, so embarrassing. I was in the front row and everything.

Btw, I've been thinking a lot about critique. It's a tricky thing, both giving and receiving. People tend to get defensive about critique, or easily hurt, on occasion. Or sometimes, they give in too easily and forget the rule-- NEVER let someone else change your story. If you feel it's right the way it is, keep it. Not every advice given is good advice.

But what was really standing out to me is how some people will give you constructive criticism and you'll appreciate it and work on it. Then others will give it and it'll be more like, "Look how great I am. You're obviously lesser in comparison. Would you like to see my five degrees?"

This, unfortunately, is a common problem with writers who are a pretentious people in general. Giving critique is often an opportunity for a person to stroke their own ego at your expense. Critiquing should be about helping someone to be their best. If those are not your intentions going in, you have no business critiquing. I haven't had any truly bad critique for a while, but I've seen it given. Attacking someone won't do a damn thing. No one thinks you're cool!

I'm going to post on that later, but for now, here's a nifty link sroit put in her journal, about critiquing:

Etiquette for Giving and Receiving Critique

Talk to you all soon, and thanks again!

P.S. Wtf, Battle Royale? You're sick and wrong, and yet you make my simultaneously want to write something bloody and nab me a hot Asian boy... amirite?
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Writing Fiend
02 September 2008 @ 10:16 pm
I took a bit of a break. Sorry about that, to the few of you I communicate with on here! I have personal things going on, and school's started, so I'm trying to juggle that with my writing. My writing which has suffered the past few weeks.

On the plus side, I did write a new short story. Something awfully depressing, in my opinion. I don't know why I have this gift for writing the very thing I like to avoid. I admit, I adore sad songs. But I'm so sensitive, I can get depressed easily from a story. That's all right, though. It's never just melodrama and endless despair. I think it's just the fact that I have a thing for closing lines, and that may be what strengthens my writing in the drama and horror genres.

Titles and closing lines. Those are probably my two favorite parts of short fiction, lol. I was so proud of myself when I shocked my Creative Writing professor with the closing line to A Chance Encounter. He gasped in the middle of reading it and everything. XD Hahaha... But the story in itself was actually the weakest piece I'd written in the class. That was because I was writing it for the closing line. I realized that after I wrote it, but I still had to turn it in. Oh well. Nothing a revision can't fix, whenever I get around to it.

I'm having a little anxiety over my writing again, but I can't let it get to me. I keep saying I'm going to do things that I'm not doing. I really hate my brain sometimes. Hopefully something will be submitted by the time this week is through.

Hm. The short story I wrote recently is still unnamed. I think I'd call it speculative, maybe. It's realistic in a sense, but has a sci-fi fantasy feel to it. Or maybe just sci-fi. It involves Alzheimer's which is a personal fear of mine. Not for myself, but my father. His dad died of it, so... Yeah. Pretty horrible way to lose a loved one, in my opinion. But that got me thinking, and that was the end result. Maybe I'll post a piece of it and see what you guys think. I'm kind of proud of it, to be honest. It's not like anything I've seen before. I mean, everything's been done, but I don't get that glaring "overused with a new twist" feeling I get with most of my own writing, and the writing of others.

Gotta post the weird inspiration my dreams have given me when I get the chance. But sorry for being absent! Talk to you all soon!
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Writing Fiend
09 August 2008 @ 05:13 am
I'm sitting in the dark with just the light of my computer, and bugs keep landing on me. It's really annoying. Where are they all coming from?

I did "a lot" of work on Painted Doves yesterday. In comparison at least. I wrote 2620 words of actual story, not just additional heaps of notes. (I have NEVER taken as many notes on a story as I have with PD. It's just that complex and difficult. Murr. x_x ) So I'm proud of that much at least.

Coincidentally, I was just discussing my lack of feeling inspiration for lead female characters, and suddenly an old, stewing idea popped up. It's horror, and YA, I believe. We'll see. But the fact that it's horror is odd, in a way. I've been encouraged numerous times to try writing a dark humor novel, and a few times a horror novel. But both of these things can be hard to write at that length. I have a slew of horror shorts, but haven't ever really put a lot of thought into a longer horror project.

The girl in the story is suffering through PTSD, but is also experiencing unusual abilities after the incident that sparked both. Yeah. I know how that sounds. But I'm confident in my ability to avoid Sue-dom. The character really does want to be a girl. I can't force her to change genders. That's just rude.

Oh, and got a lot of work done on Her Mind's Garden which may be a little longer for a short story. I'm not sure. Maybe I'll post the rough on here. I have one major problem with the plot, and it'd suck if I had to change the ending. But... well... we'll see. Best of luck to all of you, my little writers!!! (and even the non-writers. ^^)
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