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    Spelling Snob Hobartlemagne's Avatar
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    Has anyone written fiction?

    I'm thinking of doing a little writing just to entertain myself.
    Any writers out there? What is your process?

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    My logbooks when I was trucking were submitted for the Nova for being excellent SF. I would have had to experience relativistic speeds to match the time distortion required to make them legal.
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    Hey guyz? Guyz? Wait up!! Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
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    Everything I write on Foo is fiction.
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    I used to really enjoy writing short stories in school, but haven't done much since then. I've started a couple of things here and there, but have never really gone anywhere with them. Guess that's not terribly helpful to you

    I do enjoy writing poetry from time to time, though it's not usually serious stuff... in fact, usually quite silly.

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    Every time I write out a check.
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    This is one of the best short stories I've read.

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    BF is 100% fiction.

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    I appreciate the humor (I would have responded the same way if this were someone else's thread)

    I'm really trying to explore the process. Maybe try an outline, or just write as I go with no plan.

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    Sometimes the best is to just write with the flow of your thinking. Have it somewhat of an outline but it doesn't need to be rigid. You say this is for entertainment so there really is no formality.

    If you write as you are feeling or thinking, then the flow will be smooth........just be sure to detail a lot because you have to remember that writing is drawing a pictorial of your own mind for a blind man's eye. Remember to write knowing it is someone's first time into your thoughts and ideals.

    I've written before and to my surprised had impressed a few. It was suggested that I submit one piece but my intention was really never to have it published. Although it may seem selfish, a lot of that was just too revealing of my inner workings regarding writing style and formation.
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    I've written lots, both fiction and nonfiction, for entertainment, catharsis, a grade, etc. I just, well, write. I don't start with an outline--I prefer banging it out then making sense out of it later. Basically I just write out every little detail until I run out of inspiration, then look back at it and try to make what I've written fit into a sort of mental cookie cutter or cake mold, squishing and cutting at places until it fits.
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    I think ill try sans outline. Just slop out something rough and then tidy it up later.

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    Write it, reverse outline it, then edit it together paying attention to characters and dialog.
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    I've had a few short stories published. I usually have the story worked out in my head before I start writing. I work out the details as I write.

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    Is your goal to be published, or just to write your story?

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    I've read a couple of books about fiction writing. One told me I had to start with characters, the other told me to start with plot. Both stated that I had to force myself to write every day if I wanted to be successful. It all seemed too complicated, so I got a blog instead. As far as I can tell, quality is optional in the blog world.

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    I write. Went to school for Creative Writing (a BA in it) though this is my first job since graduation and I'm working IT. Would love to get into the writing field some how, and I prefer writing Scifi/Fantasy type stuff.

    The way I started was to write the first thing that popped into my mind. It happened to be raining, so i started to describe it, which soon evolved into a Medieval Setting with a caravan of merchants trudging along the muddy road.

    That was how my first story started when I was in HS. Since then, I typically come up with a scene in my head, then start to write it out. Usually, based on the characters, it plays out differently. Or, for short stories, i try writing things from a different perspective. Like, from the 'bad guy' rather then the 'good guy'. I wrote a story like that about an Orc, and discovered that they aren't really as bad as people make them out to be. Maybe even a little sympathy for them.

    I dunno, when I write, the characters develop themselves. When I try to plan things out with an outline, it all sounds rather forced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NormDeplume View Post
    As far as I can tell, quality is optional in the blog world.
    It's more of a liability than an option....

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    I just want to create. I don't really plan to publish it or anything.

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    I enjoy writing for my own entertainment. No plans to get published or anything, just to kill time and get all the things in my mind out of my head.

    Usually I start with the characters, and maybe have some sort of outline for what I wish to do, then I just try to put pen to paper and write down what's going through my mind. I love feeling connected to my fake characters, reaching a point where they're making their own decisions.

    I've also participated in written forum based RPGs, although it's such a complicated thing when two or more different writers are trying to write something together. It's fun though, adds the element of surprise.

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    Ryan, I've put a few words down on paper in the past. We can discuss when you get over this evening for dinner.

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    Write, yes.
    Publish, no.

    As far as the process goes don't forget the importance of the place where you'll actually be doing the writing. For me it was a quiet place (ie; no coffee shops or public parks unless you're witing about coffe shops or public parks).

    When you get to the point of publishing I strongly suggest staying away from the vanity press circuit. With them you end up shilling out thousands of dollars for the "honor" of sitting in a mega book store for a few hours doing a signing. This sounds great until you look at the figures and see that vanity press books don't sell.
    It all comes down to financing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuda2k View Post
    Ryan, I've put a few words down on paper in the past. We can discuss when you get over this evening for dinner.
    Cool- the main character will drink canned egg nog out of season

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobartlemagne View Post
    I'm thinking of doing a little writing just to entertain myself.
    Any writers out there? What is your process?
    I strongly suggest checking out an online coarse called "Witeriffic" by Eva Shaw.
    There's a follow on class she does as well. I found her to be a great instructor and the class gets you going on developing ideas and unleashing your creativity.
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    I think it was Murakami who said he lets his characters develop without a set plan — the writing process is a way of discovering who his characters are. He doesn't go with an outline, since he doesn't know when he's starting out what his characters will do in a given situation.

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