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by xouba
June 27th, 2010, 4:46 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Favorite quotes about writing
Replies: 62
Views: 9055

Re: Favorite quotes about writing

This is not about writing, but I've found that makes sense in almost everything in life. So it applies to writing too :-) "Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill This is for those times when you've written only one paragraph and you already hate it. ...
by xouba
June 24th, 2010, 3:29 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When the first draft is done - what next?
Replies: 12
Views: 2266

Re: When the first draft is done - what next?

Take a holiday. Put some space between you and your draft, so when you come back from that trip to the mountain or from those days bathing in the sun at the beach, you can have a fresher view on it.
by xouba
June 17th, 2010, 5:07 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Endings
Replies: 20
Views: 6708

Re: Endings

I've got zero real experience with this, because I've never finished anything than short stories. And even so, I just improvised. In one of them I'm happy with the result, but it was the exception. So, take my advice with a (big) grain of salt. My opinion: a bad ending is better than no ending. I be...
by xouba
June 5th, 2010, 1:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing yourself into a corner...
Replies: 27
Views: 4667

Re: Writing yourself into a corner...

Something that helps me write myself out of corners is to focus on the character's motivation. So very true! The more I (try to) write, the more I feel it's all about characters. Things don't happen out of thin air, they happen because someone (or something; but a meteor hitting the Earth is also a...
by xouba
June 5th, 2010, 1:35 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing yourself into a corner...
Replies: 27
Views: 4667

Re: Writing yourself into a corner...

People tend to love outlines or hate outlines. The only time I ever got stuck is when I didn't outline. I strongly suggest outlining. That cheers me up. I've always got stuck, and now I'm (slowly) outlining. I hope to get something done this time. I have had an easier time bringing people to compro...
by xouba
June 1st, 2010, 2:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing yourself into a corner...
Replies: 27
Views: 4667

Re: Writing yourself into a corner...

I can't help you, I'm sorry. I've fallen into that trap often, and still don't have the "magic bullet" to get out of it.

What I'm trying to do now is to outline everything beforehand, so I have some structure to follow. Did you outline your plot? If not, maybe it can help.
by xouba
May 26th, 2010, 2:20 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: A Nerd for Words
Replies: 5
Views: 876

Re: A Nerd for Words

It's happened to me that I'm talking about something, use a rare word, and though I think I know what it means (that's why I'm using it!), I go to the RAE ("Real Academia Española") dictionary to know its exact meaning. Just in case. It's always fun, because you find a lot of archaic meanings that n...
by xouba
May 22nd, 2010, 2:22 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How long is your outline?
Replies: 4
Views: 741

Re: How long is your outline?

polymath wrote: Basic boilerplate of my outlines;
Wow. You have it all worked out :-) How many books have you written using this "formula"? Did it evolve along the years, or did you consciously elaborate it from the start?

Thanks!
by xouba
May 22nd, 2010, 8:16 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How long is your outline?
Replies: 4
Views: 741

How long is your outline?

I'm trying to outline a story. I'd never really tried to do it, and I'm finding two things: - It's harder than I thought (mostly because you have to think about the whole plot, and I'm more an "situational" writer) - The outline is becoming quite long So, how long is your outline, usually? Several p...
by xouba
May 22nd, 2010, 4:55 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: One Liners
Replies: 19
Views: 3666

Re: One Liners

Sarah is a homeless, rocker girl trying to survive the streets which are full of kidnapping, murders, rape, and the occasional free drug hand out just to get to her next gig in hopes of making it big and get back into high school. My suggestion, only rephrasing what you wrote: "A homeless rocker gi...
by xouba
May 21st, 2010, 3:19 am
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: synopsis: flight - REVISED
Replies: 16
Views: 4355

Re: synopsis: flight

I didn't get much of a sense of character from Maria, other than she is trying to run away from pretty much everything, which can be kind of clichéd and ultimately pointless. I respectfully disagree. I think this could be used to a great effect if her tendency to run away from everything gets in th...
by xouba
May 21st, 2010, 2:45 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Words I Can't Stop Using
Replies: 30
Views: 5623

Re: Words I Can't Stop Using

Playing devil's advocate here: how do you know Wordle doesn't keep what you pasted, and uses it for nefarious purposes?

(I've only had a slight look at Wordle, maybe there's a legal text that states what it will do with your text and dissipates these doubts)
by xouba
May 16th, 2010, 1:01 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's the Message?
Replies: 19
Views: 3729

Re: What's the Message?

This is my biggest problem. When I write, I think: "what am I trying to tell?". The clearer the answer, the better the writing. And the opposite: if I don't know what I'm trying to tell, I start to ramble and digress, and go nowhere. That's why I'm starting to put effort in outlining. I hope that gi...
by xouba
May 13th, 2010, 2:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Inspired by NB's blog post today...
Replies: 21
Views: 2709

Re: Inspired by NB's blog post today...

For me, it has to make me want to know more. It has to make me feel curious about what's told in that sentence.
by xouba
May 13th, 2010, 2:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: You Know You're a Writer When...
Replies: 26
Views: 4977

Re: You Know You're a Writer When...

You write emails with the structure of a short story, with a cliffhanger after each paragraph, so your "audience" keeps on reading. I've actually been told to write shorter emails, instead of using "a literary style" to tell things. Now my first paragraph is always a quick summary, so people don't h...