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22 December 2005 @ 01:29 pm
Beginning a new set of posts...

1. GrammarCollapse )
2. Common ErrorsCollapse )
Current Music: Lacuna Coil - Humane
21 December 2005 @ 11:58 am
Okay, the question becomes...

What makes a main character successful? What kind of protagonist do you enjoy reading about? Does that kind of protagonist clash with the kind of character you enjoy writing?
11 December 2005 @ 09:54 am
Okay, I've always been taught that after a sentence you put in two spaces. I've done so, and it is a large habit of mine to always do so. However, I was reading a writing handbook the other day, reviewing my grammar rules, when I came upon an interesting rule. It stated that due to electronic media and and the clarity of publishing techniques, this is no longer the way to type, and now only one space is used after sentences. Has anyone else seen this rule, and do you use it?
07 December 2005 @ 09:16 am
I have a question for people. What are your thoughts on writing accents into characters and using different languages. On one hand, they are an excellent tool to characterize someone, but sometimes I get tired of deciphering a written accent. Or it annoys me when something is written in a language I don't know because I am not picking up all of the meaning within the written text.

I handle this by saying that a character has a given accent or speaks a different language, but I don't ever use it.

What are your opinions on dialogue with languages and accents? How do you write them?
04 December 2005 @ 07:28 pm
Hey, a thought. When posting orignal works to the community, it would probably be a wise idea to friends lock it.
04 December 2005 @ 03:51 pm
begining of a story, PG/PG-13 so far. Sort of sci-fi fantasy.
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04 December 2005 @ 03:49 am
The final kick off post.

Theme.Collapse )
04 December 2005 @ 03:38 am
Okay, these are some fairly generic prompts. I stole most of them, but the last is mine.

Things to get the juices flowing.Collapse )

Okay, if you see or think of a cool prompt, feel free to post it. I found these two sites pretty easily that have prompts.
Writer's digest
Creative Writing Prompts dot com
04 December 2005 @ 03:30 am
Okay, two writing craft books that I recommend are "Writing Fiction: A guide to Narrative Craft" by Janet Burroway, and "Plot: How to build short stories and novels that don't sag, fizzle, or trail off in scraps of frustrated revision-and how to rescue stories that do." by Ansen Dibell. Another one that I have heard is good is Stephen King's "On Writing", but I have not personally read it.
04 December 2005 @ 02:23 am
First of all, welcome. Second, I hope that this becomes a useful place for critical writing discussion. As you join, please take a look at the profile. It has some guidelines and general community information.

I would like to start out be introducing myself in the hopes that others will reciprocate. I'm ajbunk, feel free to check out my journal. (For you first few of you, this is probably where you found out about this place anyway.) Essentially the reason I write is to tell entertaining stories. I enjoy stories of any kind. I always have since I was a kid. I remember at a young age, I was never happy with stories I saw in movies or read. Especially if I liked them and wanted more. So as a young child of five or six, I would lull myself to sleep telling myself continuations of those stories as I lay in bed. I guess you could say it was fanfiction, except that I never told them to anyone but myself, and never out loud. From there, my interest in storytelling grew. I thought learning to write was the greatest thing, and by the time I was in fourth grade, I had several multi-chapter stories. Of course, few of them ever got finished. The penchant of a easily distracted elementary school student is to try to do everything at once and that led to me never getting around to finishing those (as I now realize them to be) aweful, plot wrenching stories.

My goal in life is to share my stories with others. I want to become a published author. It's my dream. I think that nothing could be better than being able to be paid to do what I enjoy. Storytelling.

I write science-fiction, fantasy, general, suspense, and some fanfiction.

So now that I've introduced myself, tell me about you. Who you are, why you write, etc.