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Writers' Cafe / Re: Final Words- What Did KBoards Mean To You?
« on: September 20, 2018, 10:50:09 am »
Damn. This place was absolutely invaluable for helpful indie-publishing tips. I'll always be grateful for the kind people who gave me such good advice. I even took some of it!

So long and thanks for all the fish.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Chairs!
« on: September 07, 2018, 06:43:16 am »
DESKS?!! Who needs a desk? I gots this and my laptop! I looooove it!


That's the combo I use and it's KILLING me. Sitting in a recliner means that my legs are up but my head and shoulders are down staring at the netbook in my lap.  If I write for too long I get text neck pain and I can even pull a muscle.

(From Ora Orthopedics: "When you bend your head forward, you increase the amount of pressure on your cervical spine.” For example, bending your head at a 15-degree angle results in about 27 pounds of pressure on your neck; at 30 degrees, 40 pounds of pressure; and at 45 degrees, 49 pounds!")

Ouch. A new keyboard came my way yesterday and I'm going to move operations to my breakfast bar. I'm going to balance the laptop on a box so I can look forward at its teeny screen and and sit on a tractor seat chair I bought on sale for $30. Oh, I dream of a decent work station.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Any words a day club
« on: September 07, 2018, 06:17:34 am »
ZERO! All week!

I got stuck on how to move the plot forward on Labor Day and didn't come unstuck until Tuesday. Then I had to work overtime so I wasn't able to actually write the thing. This weekend I'm back to normal so I hope for progress. Oy. 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Need advice about my editor
« on: September 05, 2018, 11:05:09 am »
Perhaps listing out each similarity in a line by line list would clarify just how much borrowing she's done.

Agreed.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Is your motivation to write ever guilt? Need?
« on: September 05, 2018, 10:42:47 am »
Not a twinge of guilt but I do feel a bit anxious when I'm not writing. I want to get all those stories down for posterity and I could really use the extra income. Still, life is too short and bleak to beat myself up if I decide to treat myself to something other than work.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: trashing what you write
« on: August 29, 2018, 11:30:49 am »
I've discovered the joys of outlining so I discard much less than I used to. Still I'd say I trash a good third of what I write now due to character growth (or lack thereof) and tangents that don't serve the story. It hurts, though!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Any words a day club
« on: August 29, 2018, 11:11:40 am »
I think that's the whole point of the thread:  that the # of words written each day is not necessarily an accurate depiction of how much time we've spent on our WIPs.

Yep. The 670 words I got last night (go me!) was a small outline of a short story that's going to be a prologue/leader for my WIP as a whole. Even negative word counts indicate progress 'round these parts.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: The meaning of your stories
« on: August 29, 2018, 10:58:53 am »
I try to keep myself out of the funny escapism I write but there's bleed-through. I'm working on a scifi novel (and I've proclaimed I don't read scifi looking for any deeper meaning but...) and a huge theme is the dangers of mob mentality. Beware, children, of stupid people in large groups! It's sinking my starship.

The books that I've already written are full of BEWARES, too. Beware of hopelessness, beware of not taking girls seriously, beware of unthinking distrust, beware of not believing in yourself. I guess I'm a one-woman cautionary-tale factory.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Any words a day club
« on: August 28, 2018, 09:49:58 am »
627 last night and over 25k in all since June. That's a novella! And I'm almost over the hump of the first act. The way to get these high numbers is to turn off your inner critic. I have to concentrate on the skeleton, the supporting structure, of this thing before I start adding detail and backstory that might just prove to be useless. (My worst fault. And that's WITH an outline.) It feels like I'm writing an all-dialogue book but it's working.   

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One of the very few instances in which not being a big seller is a good thing. My heart goes out to everyone who has their earnings affected by this. 😟

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Any words a day club
« on: August 27, 2018, 11:35:05 am »
Okay, I'm in the zone now. Another 2k weekend! It'll probably get edited out but I'm shooting for 500 words a night. Fingers crossed I can keep up this mad pace.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: What loses you loyal readers?
« on: August 20, 2018, 10:47:54 am »
I didn't mind the original Superman, back in the day, but my fave is the old Batman movie (1960's). That's how you do a superhero movie - have a laugh at the absurdity of it all.

Sometimes you just can't get rid of a bomb.  :D

1 - What turns me off the most is sudden and unnecessary 'edginess.' You're grooving along with your funny, cool series and BAM! a savage rape occurs. (Christopher Moore, Janet Evanovich)

2 - Then there's telling the same story over and over from several different viewpoints. (Anne McCaffrey)

3 - Finding a formula and sticking with it forever. (Piers Anthony)

4 - Finally, an author too powerful/successful to listen to a good editor. (King, Rowling)

GAH!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Tell me why this trilogy isn't selling.
« on: August 20, 2018, 10:19:49 am »
Nah. Just take a day or two to process what folks have told you, then tackle one fix at a time.

Hear, hear. Don't be overwhelmed, it's just a cover/blurb fix.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Any words a day club August 2018
« on: August 20, 2018, 10:15:05 am »
I actually did well over the weekend, a little under 2,000 words and some good editing. Sadly that was after a week of no writing at all. (I had to work late, boo, hiss.)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Any words a day club August 2018
« on: August 15, 2018, 09:42:12 am »
I'm in the negatives, too. Too much Basil Exposition I need to strip out.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Have you created a dossier for characters or series?
« on: August 15, 2018, 09:23:35 am »
All I have is a Pinterest inspiration board. Your idea is much cooler.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Who are the hard workers of the forum?
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:18:53 pm »
I have the 'ol day job and chores and fun during the day. I finally sit down to write around 7:pm. There I get distracted by the garbage I wrote before and I start to edit which bogs me down. If I stay focused I can pull in around 1,000 words. That's a big 'if,' there's always something going on and I'm a slow typist. No dictation either, I can't find a free app I like.

I wind up doing my best work on weekends where I can usually pull down 5,000 words. Then I start to edit again. It's a miracle I finish anything!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Who are the hard workers of the forum?
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:03:55 pm »
Between sets. I start with my longest set. That's usually fifty laps. Today I did seventy, though, but I'm a little sore. Then I break up the other sets and read between them.

Dang, I was imagining you kicking along on your back with your book held high out of the water.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Science Fiction That Made You Think
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:41:27 am »
I've never read a story for the social commentary.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How do you handle writing-induced anxiety?
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:26:26 am »
I'd say either you are not meant to be a writer, or you hate the book you're working on. Walk away from it and try writing something else. It's not worth the stressful life you're creating if you are not driven to tell a story. Furthermore, if you don't love it, neither will your readers.

*side-eye* Remind me not to ask you if these pants make my butt look big.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Being okay with being uncomfortable...
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:10:26 am »
While writing fanfic I could let fly behind a pseudonym which is very freeing. But now all my friends and family are reading my work and I'm having a real problem with my inner censor. "Don't use the f-word, you'll kill your mother!"

Well, I'm finally getting over that. I'm definitely R rated on my current project and everyone can just deal with it.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Are books in this genre dead or just buried?
« on: August 08, 2018, 08:52:26 am »
What about Jane Eyre? 

"During the 1960s so-called Gothic novels became enormously popular in England and the United States. Seemingly modeled on Charlotte Brontė's Jane Eyre and Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, these novels usually concern spirited young women, either governesses or new brides, who go to live in large gloomy mansions populated by peculiar servants and precocious children and presided over by darkly handsome men with mysterious pasts. Popular practitioners of this genre are Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, Catherine Cookson, and Dorothy Eden."  --Courtesy of Infoplease

You took the words right out of my mouth. Jane Eyre, the queen of the gothics! I also love Rebecca but nearly every character in it is unlikable. Like whatsherface, I fell in love with the house. That's the draw for me, the HOUSE. The beautiful, old, mysterious manor with its secret rooms and hidden passages. That being said, my favorite 'gothic' novel is Northanger Abbey. My favorite gothic entertainment is Dark Shadows, the classic TV series. That one had everything and everybody.

Siiigh, maybe try under haunted houses or ghost stories?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Gratitude
« on: August 08, 2018, 08:33:21 am »
I'll pile on, too. This is a hugely helpful and generous comm. Thanks to everyone!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Mistakes Were Made
« on: August 08, 2018, 08:22:51 am »
Whew, good luck! (Heh, I'm working on a sci fi project called Colony Down. I ain't copying, I swear!)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Also-boughts vanished again
« on: August 08, 2018, 07:50:20 am »
Eh, I don't even check. My heart does go out to everyone this affects, though.

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