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    Mad Scribblers

    “If you are a dreamer, come in. If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hoper, a prayer, a magic-bean-buyer. If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire, for we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!”
    -Shel Silverstein


    Hello writers! I'd love to talk writing with you all. I've been writing my entire life. I joined a mystery writing group when I was in third grade, and even though I no longer write mystery, it opened up my world. I know lots of folks are hesitant to put out plots in a public forum, and I don't blame you, but if you want to talk about your WIP or something you've written in the past, here's the place.

    Looking forward to meeting any other writers.

    Suggested Sites/Software:

    *NaNoWriMo* A thirty day challenge to abandon your inner editor and write 50,000 words.

    *The Hemingway App* Once you're ready to start editing, you might want to start here.

    *Figment* Contests, forums, and you can post your writing for others to see and comment on.

    *Query Shark* A blog that helps writers revise query letters.

    *Absolute Write* Amazing and helpful writing forum.

    *Mary Sue Litmus Test* It lets you know just how cliched your characters are or aren't and it has a section for created races.

    *Scrivener* Writing software for Windows or Mac. Organize your writing any way you like!

    *Lit Lift* Create books for your different stories, character profiles, scenes, settings, items, etc.

    *750 Words* encourages people to write 750 words a day. If you can keep up with that (as well as other things) you get badges meant to encourage and inspire people to keep up with the word count. $5 a month.

    *The Character Name Generator* doesn't just give out names for different ethnicities, it also gives out detailed character descriptions.
    Last edited by redwoodfey; January 18th, 2015 at 10:50 PM. Reason: took out unnecessary babbling
    Cordelia Eilonwy Snow | Evadne Snow | Felicity Astra Wildrose | Gwenna Moon | Lorelei Ondine | Octavia Eowyn Sol
    Pandora Willow Isolde | Petra Leocadia Silver | Sunniva Adar Rhiannon | Thisbe Wildrose

    Caspian Wilder | Damian Sparrow | Evander Thorn | Everett Lyle Ward
    Ezra Balthasar | Gwydion Alaric Hart | Konrad Peregrine Llyr | Malachi Tristan Bjorn | Phineas Robin Blaise | Theodore Winter

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    This will be my third year doing NaNoWriMo. I love writing, but I never finish anything. :/ I have an extremely frustrating inability to translate what's in my head to paper.

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    I have never done NaNaWriMo. I keep meaning too but I'm always so busy. This year I'm editing my novel and publishing and that is so much more important.

    I've been writing since I was 9. I saw a thing on the news about veterans writing their stories and, I don't know. Something clicked. I wrote poems until I was about 13. I was first published at 12 in a poem anthology. When I was 13, I met my friend Mary. She wrote fantasy and she wrote it often. She really got me pumped. I was hand writing several chapters a day when she was there to push me forward. I finished that novel, called Bow Before Griffin (which I need to change) that year at 300 hand written pages. So like 150 computer pages :P. I finished the second book (which was never named) the next year with 400ish and we were in the progress of writing a third combining our characters and worlds when she just sort of stopped.

    I started working on this novel in about August of last year. I finished it mid-way through March. During a creative writing class I'd made a friend of a woman named Nickole Brown (who is a successful and professional poet and novelist) and she put me right in contact with her editor who in turn put me in contact with an editor in the correct genre. I'd already been rejected pretty soundly with a different manuscript all over so I'm decently surprised how much the man loved this one. I suppose because I'm friends with one of the other writers he works with is why I'm getting sort of a boost up quicker than most other people. He told me I have brutality to rival GRR Martin" and that I was reminiscent of him (I've never read the Song of Ice and Fire books so I wouldn't know). I had a quote by him in my signature but then I thought "That's too braggy" so I removed it. But he said "This is some of the most enjoyable writing I've read in a long time." and "The writing style is very smooth and cinematic. Descriptions are vivid but not overly florid..." and "There are moments of brutality that rank up there with Conan the Barbarian, Elric of Melnibone, and even George R.R. Martin. This is meant as a compliment of the highest order!" and "From mythology to action to characterization to emotion to vivid description, you've got the works! You make prose writing look effortless." and "There are not many writing-skill-related issues, just typos and/or punctuation confusion (some stuff with punctuation dialogue and dialogue tags)."

    I know I just major bragged but...I can't help it! My family were sort of like "Yeah well, we knew that would happen." So I haven't gotten to experience any one being super happy with me. So when I finish my edits, I'll be sending it back to see what he has to say. If it's good enough (and it likely won't be) it'll go on to the next stage. More likely, I'll have to do more edits. That's the way it works.

    The name -- The Awakening
    The plot -- (warning, this is just a quick blurb and it's not enormously good) Eons ago, in order to bring peace to her people, the Goddess Etrean created a power known as the Flame. However, instead of peace, the Flame has left only bloodshed and chaos in its wake. Now, in an attempt to defeat this ancient curse, an unlikely group of heroes will join forces and attempt to stand against those who would push the world beyond the brink, and watch mankind burn in the fires of the Black Flame.

    The tagline -- Rebellion, insanity, and a quest to be free.

    I've finished the second book and started on the third. They are The Transition and The Devouring. Between the end part of pregnancy where I was pretty much immobile and now (when I just finished the second) I wrote constantly to get it done before the baby got way too active. I'm hoping to finish the third by March. Then I'll be ahead of the publishers. I already have plans for a series in the same world but in the future of it. I have plans for a sci-fi series of books, and I plan on rewriting Griffin.

    So, again, I bragged a ton but no one was very happy or excited over here so I can't help myself! I'd love to answer any questions or give advice or whatever. I also REALLY enjoy reading other peoples work and I REALLY enjoy the editing process so if anyone wants their work edited like a real editor would, pm me and I'll give you my email and you can send it to me. I've been taking a lot of classes for the editing process as I recently thought about being an editor. I'll be hard on you like a real editor but I won't be mean.
    Last edited by dantea; September 29th, 2013 at 01:16 AM.
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    I keep signing up for NaNaWriMo, but never start writing. I have a story idea that I've been working on for years, but I can't get past the character outlines. I never finish anything and it drives me freaking nuts because the whole story is in my head, but I can't get it written down.

    The title of the story is Secondhand Children. I'm not sure if I want it to be series or just a single novel yet.


    The story is based on ten characters between the ages of 13 -20 who reside in a treatment facility. The story starts with a short scene 5 years after they get out of the facility talking cryptically about a fire. Afterwards it goes to when they first entered the facility. Another main character is the therapist that works with them during the time they are there.


    I have a more detailed summary, but I can't find my writing binder. This thread has inspired me to go look for it. I'll come back and post more when I find it.

    Zara Johannes | Henrik Matthias | Idris Arthur | Viktor/Philip Emmanuel | Alexis Rafael | Aleksandr Kamil | Emmanuel Henrik | Benjamin/John Hazel| | Vivian Arthur | Julian Aleksandr

    Lydia Katarzyna | Talia Beatrycze | Naima Beatriz | Helen Theodosia | Lois Katherine | Regina Simone | Rebekah Inez | Vivian Odette | Martha Winifred | Diana Margaret | Laura Felicity | Elisabeth Camille

    Hey there! Check out this fb group for extra naming help! This one is good for talk on cultural names!


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    Hello! I'd consider myself a writer. I've been writing for years. Before I knew how to read or write, I'd ask my grandma for a notebook and I'd draw stories out. I tried writing a novel when I was ten, but it never worked out. When I was nearly eleven, I published a short story in an anthology for young American writers. My heroine was named Hattie, and she was a run away slave.
    Since then I've written about five stories on quizilla.com.
    In this past year I've joined a writers group with two friends. What I like about being in a group is that we have different styles, but we can still openly discuss the plots and our characters. My genre is more historical fiction. My friend Sarah, writes about the supernatural (it's very YA, but she does an excellent job at it.) My other friend, Jade, is a poet, and a wonderful poet at that. The different perspective has been very helpful when working on my pieces.
    I'm currently very busy with school, but I have several ongoing projects. The first is a WWII era piece (most likely a novel) called "Rosamunde Drowns" . We see a young pianist allow tragedy to swallow her whole, taking the people she loves with her. I'm pretty happy with how it's going, but I'm only on chapter three.
    I also have a Victorian era piece going on, but that's much more muddled. I have an idea of the plot, and the name of the main character. After that, it's a big mess of bonnets and hoop skirts.
    For a while I was going to write a collection of short stories, but I got distracted with other things. That's about it. There are always other ideas floating around, but they never materialize. That's probably why I haven't tried doing the novel in a month!
    Anyway, it's nice to meet you fellow writers. Good luck with your projects!
    -Athena

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    I don't know if I qualify, exactly--I love writing but never seem to have time for it.

    At the moment I'm taking Screenwriting so I'm forced to crank out a short scene every week. I've actually been really frustrated with it lately because the professor just never seems to like anything I write--even when I like what I write.

    I'm on the fence about doing NaNoWriMo this year. I'm not sure I'll have time, and I've never been great about following through. But I've got about 4 stories in various stages of development that have been rattling around my head for years, so I feel like I should write down at least one of them. One is a complicated fantasy epic with a zillion characters and huge scope, one is a zombie apocalypse ensemble piece, and one is sort of The-Little-Mermaid-meets-Anastasia-ish.
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    I am currently working on four novels, although one may be a series, and I'm stuck. It's been years with two of them, and two are new concepts. I also have a bunch of throwaway work that no one can ever read, ever. It's just not good enough. I write very differently depending on the type of work - I try to be conversational and end up rambling on forums, essays are pretty clearly essays, but when I write for me, while the words don't like to come, it all makes sense. I can't describe it, it's the most frustrating and simple thing. And then I go back to edit neurotically, and then it becomes a kind of bouncy. I actually like my style. I have trouble describing the stories to people, but I do hope to publish them (even self publish, I just want them to be read) someday.

    I hadn't heard of NaNoWriMo, that may be the push I need to get going again. It has been so frustrating.
    Mommy to one Snug.

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    I'm kind of a writer in limbo. I written a lot of stories in the past (mostly Fan Fiction) and currently have two ideas for novels in mind. One I've been developing for about 5 years but for some reason I can't bring myself to put them down on paper. Every time I try I can just never find the perfect words and I get frustrated. Nothing is ever good enough for me. I feel like I need a pair of fresh eyes but I don't like when people I know read my writing because I feel like their looking into my soul, if that makes sense at all. You can tell too much about a person by what they write and I'm afraid they'll look at me differently after they read my writing.
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    I'm going to read through everything in a bit. I just spent an hour responding to another thread and my eyes are crossing. I have some Nano advice if anyone is interested. I've been doing it for 8 years, so I have it down. I have about 15 finished novels, several of which started in November. I'm starting to get serious about writing, and will be starting the nightmare of query letters and rejections next summer. Feel free to friend me through nano, if any of you have an account. I'm redwoodfey there as well.
    Cordelia Eilonwy Snow | Evadne Snow | Felicity Astra Wildrose | Gwenna Moon | Lorelei Ondine | Octavia Eowyn Sol
    Pandora Willow Isolde | Petra Leocadia Silver | Sunniva Adar Rhiannon | Thisbe Wildrose

    Caspian Wilder | Damian Sparrow | Evander Thorn | Everett Lyle Ward
    Ezra Balthasar | Gwydion Alaric Hart | Konrad Peregrine Llyr | Malachi Tristan Bjorn | Phineas Robin Blaise | Theodore Winter

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    I'm very nervous and even a little embarrassed to ask this, but does anyone else hate themselves when they write? I love it, and I do it, and I will always do it, but after I'm done, after the excitement and edit and peace, I hate it. I hate what I've written and myself and everything about both. I haven't written in a long time because I'm afraid to be in that place again. It was never a big deal before, but this little guy needs his mommy to be happy. I volunteered to do a small, simple thing weeks ago and haven't been able to get beyond the research. Does this happen to anyone else? How do you handle it?
    Mommy to one Snug.

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