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#31 of 39 Old 02-24-2009, 07:31 PM
 
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so you have a writing group, as in a critique group? how did you find yours?
Yes, I have a critique group that meets weekly on Thursday nights. They found me, really. And oddly enough, I had 2 points of contact with the group before I joined:

(1) My group runs a writing workshop at our local science fiction convention. I submitted some short stories to it and so my name and some work had been read by the group several months before I was invited to audition.

(2) At the time I auditioned there was also a member of the weekly group who had gone to a major writing workshop (Viable Paradise) with me the year before. There were only 3 VP graduates in the entire state at the time and the 3rd was also auditioning at the same time as me.

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Well, today my character development took an unexpected turn, and listening to the Bangled, completely messed up my plans.

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Hi! Mind if I join?

I have never written anything novelish before and a few nights ago I was hit with quite an inspiration. Dh is home for the winter so he has the boys and I have three weeks to bang out outlines and a few sample chapters to get things going.

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Well, today my character development took an unexpected turn, and listening to the Bangled, completely messed up my plans.
That sounds like fun! I love new discoveries about my characters.

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Hi! Mind if I join?

I have never written anything novelish before and a few nights ago I was hit with quite an inspiration. Dh is home for the winter so he has the boys and I have three weeks to bang out outlines and a few sample chapters to get things going.

Hi there! You go, girl! You can get a lot done in 3 weeks. It's awesome that your DH is giving you time to write!

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Thanks for the welcome Erin!

I am really excited. I usually write non-fiction, so to have this inspiration and the sudden surge of ideas is just almost funny to me!

I spent part of the day today at Barnes & Nobles in the Young Adults section skimming books, seeing what is out there and checking out publishers. Then tonight after yoga I spent some time writing out synopsis just to get the ideas out. I have been writing by hand, but am thinking I should move to the computer for speed purposes.
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I'm so excited. I sat down tonight and my goal was 200 words. I wrote 1600!

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It is so true and very funny how the character starts behaving apart from my thoughts! Mine almost had a dog tonight but I thought through things and told her no

But the bane of my existence is past tense and be verbs. HOW do I get past that? Any exercises I can do?
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I am starting to notice a pattern that concerns me... I wake up with ideas, and I have to write them down. It's all fine and dandy, however, next week I am back to work, how and when will I write?

I am a morning person, everything comes easier to me around 8-9 AM. Suggestions?

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Oriole -- What's the rest of your day like?

I take the bus to work and back, and I found that when I was in the midst of the first draft I would take my commute time to just sit and think about whatever plot problem I was facing, or the next scene I needed to write, or whatever was bothering me. I kept a steno pad with me so I could write down whatever ideas or dialogue snippets or whatever came to mind during the day. Often when I get home it's 3 hours or more before I can sit down again, but as long as I'd written down the stuff I wanted to remember I could then sit down and start transcribing my notes onto the computer and get into the writing, even if I wasn't feeling very creative by that time of night.

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I drive to work, so I can't be writing during my commute (well, I guess I could, but pedestrians and other drivers will frown on it, for sure.)

I teach until 3PM, wrap up my day at school around 4, and I am back home around 4:30. Between making dinner and correcting papers - I'm worn out. That's why I chose to do only 1,000 words a day in the first place. I wish I could write in the morning...

I'm thinking I might choose to get up earlier than usual, and get to work an hour or so early. That way I can write before I need to be ready for the day.

Thanks for making me take another look at my day, I really hope I can have the discipline to do this.

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