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Word Count: January 8th & 9th
by Parsnip (parsnip_chan)
at January 9th, 2008 (05:58 pm)
complacent

current mood: complacent
current song: fictionjunction - Destination

State your Word Counts here!

1 - # of Words written:
2 - Total Word Count per fic or per goal
3 - Excerpts, summaries, or links to completed fics.
4 - Ideas for the community are always welcome. It helps me tailor this community to your needs as well as my own.

Weekly Word Prompts: (inspired by Burst Angel)

1. Mayhem - needless or willful damage or violence
2. Suicidal - dangerous especially to life
3. Deep-rooted - deeply implanted or established
4. Thriller - a work of fiction or drama designed to hold the interest by the use of a high degree of intrigue, adventure, or suspense
5. close-knit - bound together by intimate social or cultural ties or by close economic or political ties

Theme: One cannot fight against fate, but within it's boundaries, all things are possible.

If you haven't stated your writing goals for the month, you can do that here.

Image Prompt: Based on the below image, what scenes or ideas first come to mind? Write a short fic or excerpt based on the image below. (click for a larger view)



- Image found here

Parsnip [userpic]
Word Count: January 7th
by Parsnip (parsnip_chan)
at January 7th, 2008 (09:18 pm)
bouncy

current mood: bouncy
current song: Madlax ♥ OST

Writing Tip:

I believe humor should be present in all kinds of mystery novels, from those that are laugh-out-loud funny like my Tracy Eaton series, to the very dark and serious. It's not that murder and tragedy are laughable, quite the opposite. Laughter, like tears, is merely a coping mechanism we human beings use to deal with the tough stuff that comes our way. Humor helps both our characters and our readers to cope with death and the issues we present in our books. Just as real life cops and medical workers use gallows humor to deal with the gritty aspects of their jobs, a sprinkling of humor in our books breaks the tension before it reaches a level that's too uncomfortable for our readers to endure.

The matters our characters choose to laugh about also reflect critical aspects of their make-ups. Whether your protagonist's sense of humor is sweetly silly, or a sardonic observation of life as mine tends to be, or if your character's dark humor channels his anger and pain – we learn something important about those characters when we discover what makes them laugh.

Here are some guidelines that will help you write humor for your mysteries:Collapse )

--- Kris Neri

The Basic Gist of the Post - Word Counts!

1 - # of Words written:
2 - Total Word Count per fic or per goal
3 - Excerpts, summaries, or links to completed fics.
4 - Ideas for the community are always welcome. It helps me tailor this community to your needs as well as my own.

Weekly Word Prompts: (inspired by Burst Angel)

1. Mayhem - needless or willful damage or violence
2. Suicidal - dangerous especially to life
3. Deep-rooted - deeply implanted or established
4. Thriller - a work of fiction or drama designed to hold the interest by the use of a high degree of intrigue, adventure, or suspense
5. close-knit - bound together by intimate social or cultural ties or by close economic or political ties

Theme: One cannot fight against fate, but within it's boundaries, all things are possible.

If you haven't stated your writing goals for the month, you can do that here. Now that holidays are over, we should have more time for creativity, right?

Parsnip [userpic]
Word Count: January 5th and 6th
by Parsnip (parsnip_chan)
at January 6th, 2008 (09:49 pm)
busy

current mood: busy

The Basic Gist of the Post - Word Counts!

1 - # of Words written:
2 - Total Word Count per fic or per goal
3 - Excerpts, summaries, or links to completed fics.
4 - Ideas for the community are always welcome. It helps me tailor this community to your needs as well as my own.

Weekly Word Prompts: (inspired by Burst Angel)

1. Mayhem - needless or willful damage or violence
2. Suicidal - dangerous especially to life
3. Deep-rooted - deeply implanted or established
4. Thriller - a work of fiction or drama designed to hold the interest by the use of a high degree of intrigue, adventure, or suspense
5. close-knit - bound together by intimate social or cultural ties or by close economic or political ties

Theme: One cannot fight against fate, but within it's boundaries, all things are possible.

If you haven't stated your writing goals for the month, you can do that here. Now that holidays are over, we should have more time for creativity, right?

Parsnip [userpic]
January 4th - Word Count
by Parsnip (parsnip_chan)
at January 4th, 2008 (09:35 pm)
cold

current mood: cold

Writing Tip: Every piece of writing must have a message or thread of meaning running through it, and this theme is the skeleton or framework on which you hang your plot, characters, setting etc.

As you write, make sure that every word is related to this theme.

It's tempting to use your short story to show off your talents at characterization, descriptive writing, dialogue or whatever ... But every excess word is a word that dilutes the impact of your story.

-- Jennifer Stewart

The Basic Gist of the Post - Word Counts!

1 - # of Words written:
2 - Total Word Count per fic or per goal
3 - Excerpts, summaries, or links to completed fics.
4 - Ideas for the community are always welcome. It helps me tailor this community to your needs as well as my own.

Word Prompt: Lascivious - Adjective - Lewd or lustful.

If you haven't stated your writing goals for the month, you can do that here. Now that holidays are over, we should have more time for creativity, right?

Parsnip [userpic]
January 1st through 3rd: Word Counts
by Parsnip (parsnip_chan)
at January 3rd, 2008 (11:02 am)
determined

current mood: determined
current song: Orange Range - Best of

*wipes slate clean*

Alright! Here we are at a New Year and now that festivities are done, lenainverse and I are ready to get this community back up and running. To save time, we might not post daily tips every day but we will try to get them up more often then not.

Instead, at least on my end, I'm going to try to create day-specific themes or prompts if members need an extra push for their daily writing goals. I know this month, I'm going to try to do each of the themes at 31_days so I might add a small notation at the end of each post I put-up with the theme for the day.

Things I'd like to do for this community:

1. Resource Post
2. Consolidated List of word prompts
3. More Essays on various topics (world building, characterization, plotting, process of writing).
4. More Open Discussion on above topics.
5. Revamp the Userinfo - Some things didn't work out quite as well as I envisioned ^^
6. Critique an Excerpt Day/Plot Help Posts if there's interest?

January Goals!:

Please state your January Goals below! It's always handy to have a few set-goals per month that you can work towards be it personal goals, or writing challenges. Just don't overwhelm yourselves. As per usual, the standard community goal is 500 words a day or 14,500-15,500 words per month, depending.

The Basic Gist of the Post - Word Counts!

- Words written today (or in the case of this post, on Jan 1st, 2nd & 3rd):
- Total Word Count per fic or per goal completed
- Excerpts, summaries, or links to completed fics.

I know I like to read what you guys are doing, even if I'm not the fastest at getting to read them (I know I have about 4 links I still need to look at)

- Ideas for the community are always welcome. It helps me tailor this community to your needs as well as my own.

Prompt for the day taken from 31_days: A Mountain of Violent Sins

Parsnip [userpic]
12/15 thru 12/21Word Counts
by Parsnip (parsnip_chan)
at December 21st, 2007 (11:37 am)
guilty

current mood: guilty
current song: ghost in the shell: innocence

Thank-you andersenmom for the poke. Hopefully once the holidays are done, I'll be less scatterbrained.

Daily Tip: "Dialogue is a foreign language, different from whatever language a writer has grown up using. It can make people unknown to the writer cry, laugh and believe lies in seconds. It is succinct, can carry a great weight of meaning in few words, and, above all, it is adversarial. That doesn't mean shouting. Adversarial dialogue can be subtle. It also has modes that are akin to pitches in baseball, fastballs, curve balls, sinkers, which are dealt with fully in my books and software because there isn't room in an article for this delicate and hugely important process. But let me give you a couple of examples.

Here's an Elmore Leonard character propositioning a woman with a curve ball: 'Let's get a drink and talk for a few days.' A sinker is useful for comedy: 'Are you going to let go of me, or shall I scream and let the neighbors see you in your undershirt?'

Characters reveal themselves in dialogue best when they are under stress and blurt out things they never meant to say.

What counts in dialogue is not what is said, but what is meant.

Dialogue is not at all like recorded speech. Evidence: Court transcripts are recorded speech, and awfully boring."

-- Sol Stein - Six Points About Character, Plot, and Dialogue You Wish You'd Have Known Yesterday

Daily Counts:

A. Word Counts for the day.
B. Tally your total counts here be it novel, chapter, or just for the day (if applicable)
C. Excerpt, Summary or neither.
D. Suggestions, rants, requests for prodding...

Word Prompts Inspired by my own lack of consistency: Chide, Inconstant, Torn, Malcontent, Scatter, and Abashed.

Parsnip [userpic]
12.13 & 12.14 Daily Word Count
by Parsnip (parsnip_chan)
at December 14th, 2007 (02:52 pm)
mischievous

current location: work
current mood: procrastinating
current song: shakugan no shana Opening

*resets tally*

Daily Tip: "You are in a long line of storytellers whose job was to keep the listeners attention. The storyteller around the fire droned on. If his audience guessed what happened next, they either fell asleep or killed him. You are lucky. Your job is to arouse the reader's curiosity and not satisfy it. That's how suspense is created. Make sure your story has uncertainty about something, a prospective danger to the leading character, confrontations, set up something that cries for a resolution and then don't resolve it -- for a time. Remember that suspense occurs when the reader or viewer wants something to happen desperately and it isn't happening yet.

Suspense works best in a closed locale, like an elevator, or a weekend getaway where an unexpected person appears. You build suspense throughout a novel by remembering this: Never take the reader where the reader wants to go."

-- Sol Stein - Six Points About Character, Plot, and Dialogue You Wish You'd Have Known Yesterday

Daily Counts:

A. Word Counts for the day.
B. Tally your total counts here be it novel, chapter, or just for the day (if applicable)
C. Excerpt, Summary or neither.
D. Suggestions, rants, requests for prodding...

Word Prompts Inspired by weather: Glisten, Crunch, Muffled, Patter, Torrential, and Balmy.

Miscellaneous: Links to the Postman, writing exercises and essays can be found at this post.

--If you haven't had a chance yet to post your new goals, please go here! Also, don't forget to check you November goals (linked below) to see how well you did.

Postman | November Goals... | A promising collection of Writing Resources

Parsnip [userpic]
12.12.2007 Daily Word Count
by Parsnip (parsnip_chan)
at December 12th, 2007 (11:15 pm)
busy

current location: desk
current mood: busy
current song: tomorrow never dies

Hah! Three days barely in a row! W00t!

Daily Tip: "There's a book called 'Characters Make Your Story.' You don't have to read it. The title says it all. If you start with characters and put a protagonist and antagonist in opposition to each other and let the plot grow from that, you can build a contender. If you start with plot and sprinkle characters in it, the likely result is hackwork.

In my novel 'The Best Revenge,’ a successful Broadway producer and a gangster seem to come from opposite sides of the human spectrum. They start out as the worst of enemies and ,in the course of a Broadway production financed by ill-gotten money, become the best of friends. How that happens is the plot, but the success of the plot is entirely dependent on the credibility of the characters. If you're going for an Academy Award, base your so-called 'high concept' on the character of your characters. And here's a hint. If you look at the fiction that survived the 20th century, you'll find that almost all the main characters are eccentric. The creation of characters is an arrogant and highly skilled function because what you're doing is competing with God."

-- Sol Stein - Six Points About Character, Plot, and Dialogue You Wish You'd Have Known Yesterday

Daily Counts:

A. Word Counts for the day.
B. Tally your total counts here be it novel, chapter, or just for the day (if applicable)
C. Excerpt, Summary or neither.
D. Suggestions, rants, requests for prodding...

Word Prompts Inspired by weather: Glisten, Crunch, Muffled, Patter, Torrential, and Balmy.

Miscellaneous: Links to the Postman, writing exercises and essays can be found at this post.

--If you haven't had a chance yet to post your new goals, please go here! Also, don't forget to check you November goals (linked below) to see how well you did.

Postman | November Goals... | A promising collection of Writing Resources

Parsnip [userpic]
12.11.2007 Daily Word Count
by Parsnip (parsnip_chan)
at December 11th, 2007 (02:45 pm)
tired

current location: work
current mood: tired
current song: claymore character songs

Hah! Two days in a row! Huzzah!

Daily Tip: "The job of the writer is not to express himself or get something off his chest; his job is to provide the reader with an experience that is superior to what the reader experiences in everyday life. His job is to give the reader (or viewer) pleasure; only then will his insight mean something. As a writer, you are, in one sense, a troublemaker. A psychotherapist tries to relieve a person's stress, strain and tension. You are not a psychotherapist. Your job is to give readers and viewers stress, strain and tension. They love it because it is not in their life; it is in a book or on screen."

-- Sol Stein - Six Points About Character, Plot, and Dialogue You Wish You'd Have Known Yesterday

Daily Counts:

A. Word Counts for the day.
B. Tally your total counts here be it novel, chapter, or just for the day (if applicable)
C. Excerpt, Summary or neither.
D. Suggestions, rants, requests for prodding...

Word Prompts Inspired by weather: Glisten, Crunch, Muffled, Patter, Torrential, and Balmy.

Miscellaneous: Links to the Postman, writing exercises and essays can be found at this post.

--If you haven't had a chance yet to post your new goals, please go here! Also, don't forget to check you November goals (linked below) to see how well you did.

Postman | November Goals... | A promising collection of Writing Resources

Parsnip [userpic]
12.08 thru 12.10 Daily Word Count
by Parsnip (parsnip_chan)
at December 10th, 2007 (01:24 pm)
embarrassed

current location: work
current mood: embarrassed
current song: kanon OST

If we forget to post, you can always poke us until we remember ^__^ But, I should have free time this evening to work ahead on finding tips and quotes so we won't have to worry about skipping days again. If you don't see a post tomorrow, kick me. Honestly! It'll do me good.

Daily Tip: Giving life to a character is one of the most rewarding parts of being a writer.Collapse ) Great characters never die. Never.

So -- giving life to a character is much like being a parent. We do the best we can for our characters, give them years of our lives, our love and understanding, but the day comes when they rebel and say, "Enough. Let me be me," and we must allow them to live their own lives. And that is when we've truly given life."

-- Breathing Life into Characters - (c) copyright 2001 by Sandy Tritt

Daily Counts:

A. Word Counts for the day.
B. Tally your total counts here be it novel, chapter, or just for the day (if applicable)
C. Excerpt, Summary or neither.
D. Suggestions, rants, requests for prodding...

Word Prompts Inspired by weather: Glisten, Crunch, Muffled, Patter, Torrential, and Balmy.

Miscellaneous: Links to the Postman, writing exercises and essays can be found at this post.

--If you haven't had a chance yet to post your new goals, please go here! Also, don't forget to check you November goals (linked below) to see how well you did.

Postman | November Goals... | A promising collection of Writing Resources

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