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You know, that advise you get all the time. It has some truth to it (especially if not taken to literally).

But what do you do if you suffer from prosopagnosia (facial blindness), when you couldn't describe the face of someone you knew if your life depended on it even? If you are incapable of reading facial expressions (at least, if they are not really exaggerated). Does that mean you have to write stories about faceless beings who never shows the slightest hint of an expression on their faces? It would be all right if your character had the same condition, but if you don't want that...?

This is not just a question out of idle curiosity, I have these problems, and so far I have avoided it by using generic descriptions (put together from stuff I've read), but it feels a bit like cheating (no, no, not word-by-word, of course not - but still!) - and I'm terrified someone will, eventually, see through it. After all, I know it's fake!

Or, do I have no choice but to continue as I do now?

[somewhat cross-posted]
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I recently happened to read a debate between two hostile internet anonymous posters (which I cannot link to) in which both parties were trying to determine a modern-day answer to the following question:

"Is it grammatically correct to start a sentence with a conjunction?"

Example: "And the war ended almost as quickly as it had begun."

One side insisted that under no circumstances should you start a sentence with a conjunction. The other stated that modern-day grammar rules were not as strict and limited, and that conservative use of such a mechanic were acceptable in certain instances.

I've done some research and have my own opinion on the matter, but I'm curious what the consensus here would be. (Please feel free to quote sources and/or links if you have them!)

What do you think, writers?
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[personal profile] ilthit

This is rather long and I apologize for that in advance. But it's a community for talking about writing, isn't it? So there. 

After 15 years of writing, I'd say I'm definitely a writer, even if all I've published is one minor article in a local newspaper, a few reviews in a super-indie publication and tons of fanfic online. I've never really taken my writing seriously enough to try to make money off it, but I'm going for it at last this year for National Novel Writing Month. 

I know - NaNoWriMo is usually for bad writing, but it's a good excuse to really work hard every day and get a first draft done from start to finish. I have a lot of research and planning to do first, even though all I'm going to attempt is a romance novel. I figured it's got to have a better chance of being published, considering the huge percentage of the book market romance novels dominate, and from what I've seen Harlequin doesn't exactly mind "beginner" errors. 

I got a hold of some romance novels for researching the genre, though before I got them I had already got excited and begun to plot - a plot that I now see I can' t possibly use... Believe it or not, I had never before read a bona fide category romance novel. My first one was Linda Lee Guhrke, and I found it so-and-so, but having since read two others I now see that in its genre it was quite brilliant. There are very clear rules and there seems to be a formula for plot points that I intend to calculate by pagecount next. I want to do the genre justice. It's actually interesting to write such specific genre fiction, as the challenge is to make it original and still make it fit. 

I face several challenges in writing this:

- I will want to improve on the clichés, and that's a difficult balance to keep - I don't want to sound like I'm mocking the clichés the reader is likely to love. 
- I really hate the way the heroes are written. I don't find them attractive at all. I don't know how I'll be able to write one of these silly characters and still like him. 
- The man will have to be stronger and more capable than the woman, and that needs to be one of his appeals. This offends my feminist sensibilities somewhat. 
- I will have a lot of doing trying to stop myself from subverting the clichés (my first urge is to write this about a middle-aged overweight couple who are so mundane it hurts, and show the beauty of their love while they munch on industrial cookies on their tacky 80s pattern sofa).  

Pretty much the only thing I'm sure I can ace are the sex scenes, and even there I think I'll need to hold myself back a little. There's also the problem that I'm not at all used to writing novel-length fiction; I tend to peter out long before 10,000 words. The longest I've written so far was 45,000 words. 

All this makes me think I should just write the novel I want to write; it's got more of a chance to be actually finished, but pretty much zero chance of being sold, despite probably being a better book. 

What do you think I should attempt? Mundane romance (this is the idea that fires me up) or something I can actually sell? 
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Does anyone know of any original fiction themed communities or websites?

I've been searching for a forum of some sort where writers talk about things, but it seems tough to find anything. Genre isn't really important, just looking for something not heavily fanfic influenced.

Links, and any suggestions appreciated. ^_^
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I was watching an interview with Terry Goodkind the other night and he said something about villains that got me thinking.

What do you consider are the qualities of a "good" villain in a story?
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I'm new here and wanted to say "Hello," and introduce myself. I'm a writer. (Duh). I used to say "aspiring author," but realized that was a misnomer. I might not be traditionally published, but I am an author. I am a writer. I write everyday. I'm also a mother, wife and cubicle dweller so I don't get as much writing done as I would like to get done.

All that being said, I poised this question in my blog, but decided to post it to some writing groups as well, simply to see what the thoughts and feelings of others are.

On the subject of description, how important is description to you as a reader? Do you like knowing the exact shade of brown of a character's hair? Their precise height and weight and the placement of the birthmark on their right ankle (just above the heel bone about 2 mm left)? Or do you prefer a brief description so that you can fill in the blanks and form your own picture in your mind's eye?

I am much more of the latter. I like forming an idea, and I've found that in most cases, if the character is fleshed out with sketches or even with an actor portrayal, I'm never 100% happy with the physical features. (The only exception to this has been the most excellent casting in the Harry Potter movies.)

As a writer, I'm the opposite. I will develop my character in fine-detail down to their warts. I may not write it out, not wishing to bore the reader, but it's information that I know. I'm even a big enough geek that I will spend hours on the internet looking for actors and/or models who fit the "look" that I have in mind.

Which way do you go? As a writer? As a reader?
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[personal profile] lilsneak

Main characters

Well, me and my friends were discussing about main characters from the shows and books that we love/hate and I was surprised by how much they disliked some characters. The main problem is they are often too whiny, too weak, too Mary Sue-ish [or Anti-Maru Sueish], too emotionless, too emo, too lovestruck.....you get the picture.
So, bbs, tell me, what do you think a main character should be like?

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[personal profile] morgia
Hello !

Im new here and I just want to introduce me. Im a French Canadian, a teach at high school and I love to write. My favorite genre is detective fiction, comic fiction, Thriller and adventure fiction, Hummm, Im a french canadian so I don't know if all the genre is all right.... Hope so. My favorite author is Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Albert Camus, Alexandre Dumas, Sir Conan Doyle, Stephen king (the old stephen king), Gorges Orwell, Isaac Azimov and all great and new authors I find all around my way.

If you want to friend me you are welcoming. Do you know a communauty where I can post some of my fics in English ???

This communauty look great, I have some difficulty with the end of my novel.... So maybe to chat with other writer will help me.

Have great time
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[personal profile] kyoutenshi
Do you have any odd tendencies or quirks when it comes to your first drafts? Are they overly long, or a little too brief? Do you write them fast or slow? Are there any problems or tropes that you can't seem to stop from popping up?

My quirks )

Help meh

May. 8th, 2009 02:53 pm
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Hi, bbs, me again. Sorry to be such a bother, but I've been feeling depressed lately.

You see, there's this story I'm working on.
I already have the characters fleshed out, I already know how'd they act in certain situations, what they'd say, what are their problems, etc. They're all pretty clear in my mind. However, what's pulling me down is the plot. I just can't seem to plan it. I have a pretty faint idea, but that's all. It's like the plot won't come to me and it's making me depressed, because I really like the idea.

So, I was wondering, since all of you are aspiring writers here, if you could give me some advice on the problem.
What should I, or should not, do? Where should I start, etc. Really, any advice you have is helpful.
Thanks in advance.
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Do you think it's a good idea to visit a place you plan to set your story in first or do you think research about the place is good enough? I struggle with this one when I need to set my stories in a "real world" place. Often, I don't have the luxury to go visit the place, particularly if it's overseas.

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Well, hi.
This is my first post and I wanted to start a discussion, so I hope I'm not breaking the rules and such.

So, me and my friend got into a friendly debate [ha, that's an understatement] on whether or not a writer should have experience about the stuff he's writing. For example, how can you write about falling in love and having a boyfriend if you've experienced it before? Or, your first break-up or switching school, etc. In short, can you write about something you've never experienced before and don't know? I'm not talking about how to make a cake or play tennis....that's what research is for.

So, bbs, what is your opinion on this matter? I'd really like to know.
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We're all relatively new to DW, and that means we're likely going to meet a lot of new people. But, where to start? How can we break the ice and get to know each other?

Perhaps a quick friending "meme" would be just the thing. Copy and paste the below as a reply to this thread, and let us know what kind of writer you are. Answers can be as vague or as specific as you'd like.


link back to the meme in your journal
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Now that I've had a chance to organize a bit, the layout has been updated. ^_^
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Hello everyone, and welcome. ^_^

This community has been created as a tool for writers to discuss the actual craft of writing! If you have a question, or just want to start discussing something in the realm of the written word, feel free to post. Introductions are also welcome.

[This space reserved for an FAQ.]