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post #21 of 40
Not at all. I certainly understand how different writers prefer (or require) different types of stimulation or motivation. My own writing style is very different from those that how-to writing books address.
post #22 of 40
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Originally Posted by Wolfcat
Eh, I always hated the "write on this topic" stuff :yawning: . I'm more of a "write x pages in y genre" .

My fav book on writing is Stephen King On Writing. It is SOOO funny. And it really brings home how hard it is to break in and get going, even for such a popular and prolific writer. (BTW, he isn't one of my fav author, but I still have to admire him for his accomplishments.)

OK, so check out the new thread, though you are welcomed to post in the WIP thread.
post #23 of 40
Kelly, you are sooo responsive. Ask and ye shall receive!
post #24 of 40
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post #25 of 40
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I'm just curious, how do most of you work? Do you do writing practice every day? Do you use books with prompts...I just got a new, good one called'The Writers Book of Matches' It has so many kinds of prompts...I haven't tried any of them yet, maybe I'll post some of them here. Do you all like things like that?

I use prompts assigned to me by my womans writing group...I think it is excellent practice (for me)
post #26 of 40
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Where is everybody??

post #27 of 40
good morning, so let's see, i like writing prompts. that being said, i have found that i get the most organic (subconcious delicious release) flow from prompts that i have an emotional response from.

i used my2girlsmama's poem about nursing her daughter as a prompt two nights ago, and the wellsprings were released. i had been needing to grieve, and that aided by my lovely menstrual hormones gave me a 2 hour writing/crying session that let me document memories, and love, and the beginnings of a beautiful new poem that i hope to post sometime today...yeah! so, yes i like prompts, ones that give me an emotional response...
post #28 of 40
i have actually started keeping a blog. it's about mommyhood which isn't something i focus on writing about, but it's really helping with the writing a bit every or almost everyday thing. writing about parenting in the city gives me a jumping off points but from there i can write about anything so it's also a good medium ground between prompts and free writing.

i have also been carrying the story i'm sort of working on around with me. just in case. of course yesterday when dd fell asleep on our walk and i got to sit alone in a coffee shop for an hour, i had left it at home. i'll put it back int he diaper bag today and she'll not give me any good wrok time.

kate
post #29 of 40
I've been soooo busy!



I try to write every day. I want to rework my novel and have it ready to send out, so I usually work on that.

I do like using prompts. It gets things flowing. Short things work best for me.

zenfulmama! I hope you had a nice calming cup of tea and a rest after that~
post #30 of 40
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Originally Posted by zenfulmama
good morning, so let's see, i like writing prompts. that being said, i have found that i get the most organic (subconcious delicious release) flow from prompts that i have an emotional response from.

i used my2girlsmama's poem about nursing her daughter as a prompt two nights ago, and the wellsprings were released. i had been needing to grieve, and that aided by my lovely menstrual hormones gave me a 2 hour writing/crying session that let me document memories, and love, and the beginnings of a beautiful new poem that i hope to post sometime today...yeah! so, yes i like prompts, ones that give me an emotional response...
Awww..that is so sweet. I am really bad for making time to write (ask Red who literally chased my arse over to this forum bless her soul!)...but I am pretty all over the place. When I have something to write, it's harder...but if I just think of something or have a slight promt, it flows....I can easily just write off the cuff, that is mostly who I am as a writer...I used to do poetry for people who needed poems etc years ago...........I am still asked to write letters and such for family who need things like that.

I do wish I had more time, so I could properly document my parenting ways..my goal is to write a book someday on it all....my interpretation of motherhood. I have no idea where to begin....I had a couple of blogs but wasn't happy with them so........I don't know? I keep most of my mama-writing on my BF web site in the My Articles section....I should do more.
post #31 of 40
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where is everyone?

I thought that things were getting more active around here...Is there anything that you all need from me??
post #32 of 40
I get online at work, so my "free" time is limited.

I don't do prompts - I'm a true rebel and if you tell me to write about something, my first thought is "I don't wanna!" (Don't ask how I managed to get a BA with that attitude!)

I write in phases. I'll go for months with nothing, then write every day. Yeah, I know. I'd rather work more consistantly, but I do have a list of reasons/excuses, which include 'my computer is broken' and 'I want to do a rewrite, but I hate rewrites by hand'.
post #33 of 40
Hi thought I'd just jump in here if you don't mind.

I generally don't use prompts to write. I already have more ideas than I have time for. I get lots of ideas from dreams but just about anything can start a project. My problem is finishing. I tend to bounce around a lot. I did Nano as an exersize in finishing something that I started. Now I'm editing out all the umm bad stuff that I wrote. I hate editing.
post #34 of 40

Introduction

I have been lurking on and off for a while, and here I am finally posting

I am a first-time mama to 10 week old ds, and am trying to sell a memoir that I've been working on for almost 5 years now. I have an agent and we seem to get close to selling it, but then editors find some objection so it doesn't get picked up. I'm trying to stay optimistic and thick-skinned, as you must in the world of publishing.

I've not been doing much work on the memoir lately, but I have been trying to keep my writing muscle flexed by writing in my blog (linked to my name in my sig below), mainly essays and short musings about motherhood from a Buddhist perspective. I promised myself I'd write a little every day, but I am falling short of that goal. I'd like to be more disciplined. I know from all the writing books I've read that the way to do it is to do it!

I also enjoy writing poetry. I wrote my first poem since Sami was born, and will post it in the WIP...

Looking forward to getting more active in this forum. I've really enjoyed the writing I've read here!
post #35 of 40
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You guys are *great*

I've gotta love a rebel...post your works in the WIP thread if you want or I'll create a new thread for the 'rebels'.

Don't stop writing and posting, I really enjoy reading...
post #36 of 40
I'm looking for advice/support in doing this. Anybody got good news for me?
BTW: yes, it's difficult; yes, it will require hard work and discipline; yes, it takes time.

I don't want to put my 6 week old in day care for 40 + hours/week so that I can go back to work. I want to stay home and love him and squeeze him and clean up his messes...

So, being the logical person that I am, I brainstormed how to do that. At which point I tripped over the knee-high pile of writing magazines next to the couch (the partially-read ones). Hmm, is the universe telling me something?

So, my plan is to start a freelancing career, without a working computer at home (I use my work comp) and commuting an hour each way, until May, when I move. By then, I'll have my own computer and more time to finish getting this underway.

Okay, I've been wanting to get into freelancing for years. The problem... my self-doubt sabotages all attempts to begin.

So, how crazy am I?
post #37 of 40
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Wolfcat, I think its great that you're going to pursue a freelance career. Whenever a self doubting thought comes up, just say 'cancel' or 'delete' to yourself in your mind (or out loud if you prefer ) and move on to the next thought. It's a technique that has saved me through my divorce and my X getting a new GF. I think it sounds like the perfect time to move forward. Listen to those inner prompts and your intuition and you can't go wrong.

What is the worst thing that could happen? sometimes if you imagine the worst case scenario, then the fear dissapears. I fully offer my support
post #38 of 40
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Originally Posted by leahida
I have been lurking on and off for a while, and here I am finally posting

I am a first-time mama to 10 week old ds, and am trying to sell a memoir that I've been working on for almost 5 years now. I have an agent and we seem to get close to selling it, but then editors find some objection so it doesn't get picked up. I'm trying to stay optimistic and thick-skinned, as you must in the world of publishing.

I've not been doing much work on the memoir lately, but I have been trying to keep my writing muscle flexed by writing in my blog (linked to my name in my sig below), mainly essays and short musings about motherhood from a Buddhist perspective. I promised myself I'd write a little every day, but I am falling short of that goal. I'd like to be more disciplined. I know from all the writing books I've read that the way to do it is to do it!

I also enjoy writing poetry. I wrote my first poem since Sami was born, and will post it in the WIP...

Looking forward to getting more active in this forum. I've really enjoyed the writing I've read here!


Leah, We must've posted at the same time bc your post escaped me...Welcome to the writers forum, please share with us. There is a monthly works in progress thread, it is a sticky...browse around and either answer a prompt or post on the 'rebels' thread. There is also a poetry about mothering thread, I'll pull it up for you. Welcome
post #39 of 40
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Does anyone else find it boring in here? Could you let me know what you *do* like and what you *don't* like about this forum, I'd like to make it a fun place to visit.Please all of you lurkers come out and share
post #40 of 40
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I forgot to mention that you can feel free to PM me if you don't want to do it publically.
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