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by amandalinehan
February 14th, 2012, 7:00 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you try to finish every piece of fiction you write?
Replies: 11
Views: 1424

Re: Do you try to finish every piece of fiction you write?

If at all humanly possibly, yes, I finish every piece of fiction that I write. I think that's how I'm going to get better. To take everything I write from beginning to end and sticking it out all the way. I always figure I'll improve with the next thing I write.
by amandalinehan
February 11th, 2012, 1:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Your Best Advice to a New Writer
Replies: 28
Views: 6691

Re: Your Best Advice to a New Writer

I've been writing about 3 1/2 years, and definitely consider myself a newbie writer (and I'm pretty much brand new to this forum!), and I would say the advice below is something I've definitely tried to follow in the last few years. FINISH something. I used to have the chronic problem of never finis...
by amandalinehan
February 11th, 2012, 1:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Character Creation Process
Replies: 14
Views: 2316

Re: Character Creation Process

I recently discovered the voice journal and love it. I'll get an idea of the character and start writing about them, from their point of view. (I do this with pen and paper, too - I agree with amandalinehan, some things just work better like that.) I also will work out my general plot arc with pen/...
by amandalinehan
February 8th, 2012, 2:53 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Character Creation Process
Replies: 14
Views: 2316

Re: Character Creation Process

When I'm developing my characters, I basically just pull out a piece of paper (and for some reason I often like to do this with paper/pen rather than on the computer, I don't know why) and start writing down everything that I know about them, in a free-writing kind of fashion. This is fun and the ch...
by amandalinehan
February 7th, 2012, 7:44 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Periods of Feast or Famine
Replies: 7
Views: 1177

Re: Periods of Feast or Famine

I had something of a famine day today. The last few days that I sat down and wrote, everything seemed to come quickly and flow really well. And then today, I got to a certain place in my current work and, I don't know, it just wouldn't come as quickly for me. And I didn't quite like what I had writt...
by amandalinehan
February 5th, 2012, 10:57 am
Forum: Books
Topic: YA vs. Adult
Replies: 9
Views: 2053

Re: YA vs. Adult

I read and write both YA and Adult, but there is one reason why I really like reading/writing YA. The teenage characters in YA books generally don't have to deal with the mundane details of life the way that adults do. ;) The don't have full time jobs where they are commuting and dealing with the bo...
by amandalinehan
February 5th, 2012, 10:44 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What is your writing weakness? (Let's call this therapy)
Replies: 54
Views: 13731

Re: What is your writing weakness? (Let's call this therapy)

That's the kind of thing, if you force yourself to self-edit long enough, it should become less common among your writing habits. Good luck ;) Thanks. :) Yeah, since she told me that I'm already a little more aware of when it happens (and it's at least something to look for when I'm revising/editin...
by amandalinehan
February 4th, 2012, 5:44 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What is your writing weakness? (Let's call this therapy)
Replies: 54
Views: 13731

Re: What is your writing weakness? (Let's call this therapy)

I had a beta reader say that I kept slipping into the past perfect tense ("they had entered the woods") when the present tense was perfectly suitable (they entered the woods). I thought it was interesting she picked that up because I don't know that I ever would have! I'm not sure why I want to add ...
by amandalinehan
February 3rd, 2012, 10:41 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writer's block
Replies: 5
Views: 1071

Re: Writer's block

I find that I get blocked when something pops into my head to write, and, for some reason, I don't want to write it. I usually find that I resist the idea for a least a few minutes, but as soon as I begin writing what my original thought was, the block disappears and the words start coming again. Fo...
by amandalinehan
January 31st, 2012, 9:06 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 618
Views: 196027

Re: The Introduction Thread

CharleeVale wrote:
Hi!

I write the occasional flash fiction, though my focus is generally novels.

CV
Cool! Yeah, I tend to write them as the mood strikes me, a lot of times if I'm taking a break from the novel I'm working on.
by amandalinehan
January 29th, 2012, 11:57 am
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 618
Views: 196027

Re: The Introduction Thread

Hi there! My story is similar to many others in this thread - I lurked around here for a good while, and then decided it was time to actually participate! ;) I'm a novelist and flash fiction writer, and I also have a blog that is non-fiction (inspirational articles) that I've been writing for 3 1/2 ...