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Wednesday Writing Prompt

Posted in Wednesday Writing Prompt, Writing with tags , on May 29, 2013 by oneoveralpha

I will start with a note.  You may have seen in a previous post, that during June I will be attempting to write thirty stories in as many days.  It is challenging and time consuming, so I need to limit my other activities, such as putting up a prompt each Wednesday.  So this will be the last prompt until July 3rd.

You can read all you want about writing, but the real test is to actually write something.  Hence, a short exercise for those of you wanting to hone your craft.

Quick, compose a sentence using the words “say” and “love.” Leave it as a comment.

Some advice for writers

Posted in Writing with tags on May 25, 2013 by oneoveralpha

(I just posted this on my Bubblews profile, but it could also go here.  :D)

I’m a writer.  Mostly of short, science fiction stories, but I dabble in other lengths and genres.  A year or so ago, I started on this little bit of advice for writers, but I never got around to polishing it up.  I was cleaning up my files on my computer and came across this, and I figured I could polish it up for Bubblews.  😀

I believe the best advice I can give to any writer is the need to expand yourself and your writing.  By expanding yourself I mean traveling to new places, listening to different styles of music, trying new foods, etc.  But the most important thing is to read.  Read everything, not just your favorite style of books.  Read biographies and mysteries, read about history and about fantasy.  Reread old classics you hated because you were forced to read them in high school, but read them on your own now and see why they are classics.  All of these things will make you a more well-rounded person, which will make the characters you write about more well-rounded, which will increase the chance your readers will enjoy them.

There are two aspects to expanding you writing.  The first is sort of structural.  This covers basic things like writing so many words a day or a chapter a week.  I found that when I started doing my best to write every day my productivity – surprise, surprise – went way up.  This in turn boosted my confidence which made me want to write even more.  That’s a very good cycle to be caught in.  It’s also a great way to get your writing muscles warmed up.  Once they are warmed up, the next step is to stretch your limits in writing.  You can keep writing the same thing over and over again, but your readers will probably become bored with it.  One of the easiest ways to stretch your limits is to write something you don’t normally write.  For example, if you mainly write science fiction with a male lead character, try writing a romance with a female lead character.  Keep in mind, the point of the exercise isn’t to become a bestselling romance author, just to try something new.  And there’s a good chance you’ll discover an element that will make your characters more realistic that you can then take back to your science fiction stories.

Basically, this all boils down to: “Write.  Keep writing.”

Another year, another 30 stories?

Posted in 30 Stories in 30 Days, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , on May 24, 2013 by oneoveralpha

It’s almost that time again for my self-inflicted insanity.  This June will mark my sixth attempt at my 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge.  In case you need it spelled out, this is where I attempt to write thirty stories – most of them very short – within a thirty day period.  I’ve succeeded in four of my previous attempts at doing this.  In 2011, I only wrote nineteen stories, but I was in the process of moving that month, so give me a break.

As with the last couple of years, the stories will be posted here on this blog.  Will I meet my goal this year?  You’ll have to check back to find out.

Wednesday Writing Prompt

Posted in Wednesday Writing Prompt, Writing with tags , on May 22, 2013 by oneoveralpha

You can read all you want about writing, but the real test is to actually write something.  Hence, a short exercise for those of you wanting to hone your craft.

Quick, compose a sentence using the words “first” and “new.” Leave it as a comment.

Dream notes

Posted in Odds, Writing with tags , on May 16, 2013 by oneoveralpha

It seems that I get a lot of my ideas for stories when I’m trying to sleep.  As such, I keep a small notebook and pen by my bed to jot down my ideas in the hope that come morning, I’ll be able to read my handwriting.  But this morning, something different happened.  This may have happened before, but I don’t remember if it has or not.  Anyway, I had a dream this morning where my family went to some medieval amusement park type place.  I don’t remember much, but I do remember at one point I picked up a plastic “torch” and dunked the end in these jars of lamp oil they had sitting around, for some reason.  My plan was I would then be able to light it and have a real torch, because we all know that a oil soaked chunk of plastic, at the end of a plastic handle, is the idea form for a torch.  But as I carried this thing around waiting for the right time to light it, I had an idea for a story, so – in the dream – I found a sheet of paper and pen and wrote myself a note.

When I woke up, I couldn’t tell if it was funny or sad that I wrote myself a dream note.  Of course, now that I’m fully awake, I see that my great idea isn’t so good.  I might be able to make something of it, but I doubt it will live up to awe of being a dream note.

Wednesday Writing Prompt

Posted in Wednesday Writing Prompt, Writing with tags , on May 16, 2013 by oneoveralpha

You can read all you want about writing, but the real test is to actually write something.  Hence, a short exercise for those of you wanting to hone your craft.

Quick, compose a sentence using the words “minutes” and “prompt.” Leave it as a comment.

Rejection

Posted in Groups, Stories, Writing with tags , on May 10, 2013 by oneoveralpha

Last night at the meeting for one of the writing groups I’m in, one member had a list of how many times famous authors had been rejected.  I do keep track of my submissions, but I had never counted up how many times I’ve had stories rejected.  So I just did a quick count, and not counting stories entered for contests or stories I assume were lost, I came up with the following numbers.  I have had 48 stories rejected 169 times.  That’s interesting, but I guess I should get back to writing.

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