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Writers' Cafe / Re: Who's doing Camp NaNoWriMo in July??
« on: July 05, 2013, 07:15:41 AM »
I'm doing Nano. "Pantsing" it all the way. So far, this story sucks lol.
I have a 30k goal, and currently sit at 3938 words. I tried that writeordie online app yesterday for 10 minutes, makes you keep going!

Writers' Cafe / Re: How many of you are in college?
« on: April 29, 2013, 09:31:10 PM »
SPARTANGRAD - do they still do Fall, Winter, Spring terms?  And is Mac's bar still there on Michigan just off campus from Brody Complex?  I worked there as well as spending my free time there.  Also lived on Stoddard St. for a year.

No, we have Fall Semester and Spring Semester.. And I believe so! I've only been to the bars around Grand River though (Dublin, Riv, Harpers...etc).

Writers' Cafe / Re: How many of you are in college?
« on: April 29, 2013, 09:26:22 PM »
Go Green, SpartanGrad! Congrats on commencement!

From a fellow Spartan grad:)

p.s. Wow, just realized that I graduated 9 years ago. How'd that happen?

awesome! I just took a tour in the Beaumout Tower, and got to see the lady who rings the bells! haha

Writers' Cafe / Re: How many of you are in college?
« on: April 29, 2013, 09:23:55 PM »
Yeah, grad school...ehhh, I need a break, lol.
I'm a super senior (5 years), so I'm already tired of school!

Since I'm a Supply Chain major (business), it's advisable to work before grad school anyway, and lucky for me, the company that I got hired into after graduation will actually pay for my grad school should I choose to go! I still have a crap ton of debt from undergrad though.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How many of you are in college?
« on: April 29, 2013, 01:09:59 PM »
I'm in college. Walking in graduation this Saturday (just got out of a final), but I officially complete classes in June.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Where is everybody from?
« on: April 23, 2013, 09:06:40 PM »
Grew up in SE Michigan - Go Blue!

Spent nearly 20 years in the Twin Cities.

Now live in Toledo, Ohio - rust belt central.

Oh no, a Wolverine, lol.
Born and Raised in Michigan. Graduating in 2 weeks, Go Green!

I love when a book get's turn into a movie. I don't know, something about my favorite books or any books that I read, making it to the big screen is exciting. I'm a visual person, and it's a fun experience. I go into the movies pretty much expecting that things will be left out, characters not like I pictured them..etc. I don't think of it as ruining the story....because I read the story so it's not ruined. The movie is not going to diminish my views on the book.

Only thing that sucks is when I'm talking about the movie with others and suggest that they read the book because it's so much better lol.

The Book Corner / Re: Goodreads Reading Challenge
« on: April 23, 2013, 12:46:11 PM »
Yes, I've done the Goodreads challenge for the last couple of years and I think it's fun. I enjoy seeing where I'm at compared to my goal, but I don't stress over it. I set my goal for 65 last year and I think I fell a few short, so I moved it back to 60 this year. So far, so good!

Lol, I think it's fun too. Well, as fun as an activity can be when you're doing it alone haha. I think I just like the challenge aspect. Plus, I'm a pretty quick reader.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Orphan Black BBC America
« on: April 23, 2013, 12:42:32 PM »
Yeah the first episode wasn't that exciting. As they continue, the story line finally seems to be moving along though. I guess I just like the clone aspect, they could make it very interesting if they keep up with the action.

I think it's on episode 4 this Saturday.

The Book Corner / Goodreads Reading Challenge
« on: April 22, 2013, 10:39:22 PM »

Does anyone participate in the Goodreads reading challenges? Last year I attempted 100 books, but only made it to 97  ::).
This year, since I'm graduating college and will have to work in a few months, I'm going to attempt 50 books.

I've read 17 books so far.

What are your reading goals?

Not Quite Kindle / Orphan Black BBC America
« on: April 22, 2013, 10:31:57 PM »

Does anyone watch the new show Orphan Black on BBC America. If so, what do you all think about it?
I like it so far, never watched a show about clones before!

Going to buy my copy too!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Camp NaNoWriMo 2013!
« on: April 01, 2013, 01:25:46 PM »
I plan on doing the July session since I'm focused on graduating in June. Anyone else doing the July camp?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Outlining/Brainstorming
« on: March 19, 2013, 11:20:30 AM »
Thanks a bunch guys.

I know, I seriously need to just start writing. I guess my biggest fear is not being able to come up with a really good idea. I have many ideas, but I'd write a page, edit that page and toss the idea out after.

Thanks again for all the tips! :)

Writers' Cafe / Re: Outlining/Brainstorming
« on: March 19, 2013, 09:19:06 AM »
Thanks so much for the responses!

I guess my biggest problem is knowing how to start. With the whole outlining business, I've researched and different sources mention 3 act structure, others mention 50 page long synopsis, then there is snowflake. So much! lol

Is it possible to have a 50K + novel without an outline, how do you not get lost?

Another problem I have is because I read so much, whenever I see an idea I thought would be good, the next day I just so happen to pick a book that has the same idea!

As for short stories, I've read probably a few, I'm not a big fan of short stories because I usually want more after.

Thanks Again.

Writers' Cafe / Outlining/Brainstorming
« on: March 19, 2013, 08:07:45 AM »
Hello all,
I lurked for about 2 weeks after an author I really like mentioned your board.

I'm graduating from college soon (undergrad), and I figured now was the time to start my attempt at writing (even though I major in Supply Chain, which has nothing to do with writing. Plus I'm freaking out because I'm graduating, and while I have a job in corporate, I don't know If this is what I want to do. Growing up happened too fast, lol).

I don't have much experience, besides college essays and such. But, I love reading and average about 100 books a I figured, why not try to write, myself? I know many of you have written all your lives, and probably think this is silly.

Anyway, I was wondering how you all begin your you outline and/or brainstorm, if so how do you do it? Or, do you just jump right in and begin writing?

Any tips for an aspiring writer (online resources, things you've learned, etc)? I know that many of you have written many novels, and most of the posts are about what to do after.

Thank You!

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