Posts tagged "writing"
  1. Notes: 3 / 4 months ago 
    "Without coincidence there can be no novel."
    - from The Republic of Wine by Mo Yan
  2. Notes: 1 / 11 months ago  from hourlywritingprompts

    Writing Prompt

    hourlywritingprompts:

    Writing prompt of the hour: peculiarity

    Kicked this out really fast:

    She never wanted to be unique, different, or even especially interesting. If anyone wanted to blend into a faceless crowd, it was her. She did not realize how unique, different, and interesting that made her. It also made her peculiar.

    "What will you be doing this weekend?" her coworkers always asked her on Fridays.

    "I don’t know," she would mumble. "Stuff," she would add. "What anyone else does," she’d continue. "Internet," she would guess. "TV."

    "Hey, what did you do last weekend?" her coworkers always asked her on Mondays. Her answer spurred them on. They couldn’t help themselves, because she would just reply:

    "Nothing."

    Nobody believed that.

    I might write more of this.

  3. Notes: 1 / 1 year ago 

    Something I Just Wrote

    “Last night I cooked enough rice to fry up dishes for everyone,” Jonathan said.

    “I don’t care,” said Tyler.

    Jonathan rebuked her. “You should care.”

    “Well, I don’t,” said Tyler.

    She proved it by leaving the room, the house, then the state via Greyhound bus.

    This is your brain on chronic writer’s block.

  4. Notes: 1 / 1 year ago 
    By Thomas Leuthard. (CC 2.0 Attribution)

    By Thomas Leuthard. (CC 2.0 Attribution)

     
  5. Notes: 10 / 1 year ago 
    gpoy

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  6. 1 year ago 

    they’ve been around you too long

    unhappiness
    loneliness
    the certainty that you are useless
    and worthless
    the wish to fall and kick and cry
    or to curl up for the rest of your life
    emotional cutting
    the hatred of living inside your head
    the lingering over the option
    to commit
    the questions of whether you could
    really commit

    they’ve been around too long
    you don’t owe them a thing

    you don’t have to quickly find
    joy
    belonging
    the epiphany: you matter
    peace
    affection for your soul and heart
    the pleasure of being no one but you
    the love for living as long as you can

    you don’t have to quickly find them
    it might be a quest
    i’ll come with you
    if i can’t please come with me

    i want to live for as long as i can
    i want to love myself
    to be kind to myself
    to rest
    to know i deserve to exist
    to not be lonely
    to not be unhappy

    i want it all for you too
    the torturers and interrogators
    have been around you too long

  7. Notes: 4 / 1 year ago  from m-c-queen
    m-c-queen:

Reflections on writing an ebook
What I learnt from writing an ebook
1. It takes a really long time 2. I started going crazy. When I sat down and began writing my first story on a hot summer day, I never imagined the suffering that I was soon to put myself through. Ever since I was a child I always told myself that I would one day become a famous author and travel the world while fending off the hordes of fans, but as the years went by I found that my dream was yet to become reality, mostly because I hadn’t bothered to put the effort in.
This was my motivation for beginning “How I was Murdered by a Fox Monster.” I began writing in July and hoped to finish by October (fat chance) only the find that the writing process continued to stretch on and on for months and months, and if I thought that was bad enough next came the editing. I spent hours every day staring at words on the computer till I felt like I was going crazy. Of course the whole process wasn’t helped by my aim to fishing by the end of the year, which just resulted in me working like a madman. Not a good idea.
 But despite my current amnosity to English grammar I found a sense of satisfaction in knowing that I had finally finished something. I may have had trouble sleeping at night, but at least I managed to fulfill one of my childhood dreams.
 On the financial side I haven’t made much money and I doubt I’m going to make much at all. I already have a day job so to me this is just a hobby, but if this was my only career path I’d be living in a cardboard box right now. I think it’s a lot easier to get rich by getting a real job, which is why I’m toying with the idea of giving up to spend more time focusing on a career path.
I feel like becoming an author is the equivalent of financial suicide, Yet despite my better judgement I keep finding myself typing away like there’s no tomorrow.  I think I may concentrate the rest of my efforts on one more project before I throw in the towel. So please stay tuned for more -_~You can check out my current ebook here
Free sample download    Kindle   EPUB  LRF
You can also read online here
Purchase via Smashwords
Purchase via Lulu

Reblogging because stories about writing are some of the best stories.

    m-c-queen:

    Reflections on writing an ebook

    What I learnt from writing an ebook

    1. It takes a really long time

    2. I started going crazy.

    When I sat down and began writing my first story on a hot summer day, I never imagined the suffering that I was soon to put myself through. Ever since I was a child I always told myself that I would one day become a famous author and travel the world while fending off the hordes of fans, but as the years went by I found that my dream was yet to become reality, mostly because I hadn’t bothered to put the effort in.

    This was my motivation for beginning “How I was Murdered by a Fox Monster.”
    I began writing in July and hoped to finish by October (fat chance) only the find that the writing process continued to stretch on and on for months and months, and if I thought that was bad enough next came the editing. I spent hours every day staring at words on the computer till I felt like I was going crazy.
    Of course the whole process wasn’t helped by my aim to fishing by the end of the year, which just resulted in me working like a madman. Not a good idea.


    But despite my current amnosity to English grammar I found a sense of satisfaction in knowing that I had finally finished something. I may have had trouble sleeping at night, but at least I managed to fulfill one of my childhood dreams.


    On the financial side I haven’t made much money and I doubt I’m going to make much at all. I already have a day job so to me this is just a hobby, but if this was my only career path I’d be living in a cardboard box right now. I think it’s a lot easier to get rich by getting a real job, which is why I’m toying with the idea of giving up to spend more time focusing on a career path.

    I feel like becoming an author is the equivalent of financial suicide, Yet despite my better judgement I keep finding myself typing away like there’s no tomorrow.  I think I may concentrate the rest of my efforts on one more project before I throw in the towel. So please stay tuned for more -_~

    You can check out my current ebook here

    Free sample download    Kindle   EPUB  LRF

    You can also read online here

    Purchase via Smashwords

    Purchase via Lulu

    Reblogging because stories about writing are some of the best stories.

     
  8. 1 year ago 
    Indianapolis’ NaNo word count so far, as of a bit after 2 AM on November 1st. 54,338. 883 of those words are mine.

    Indianapolis’ NaNo word count so far, as of a bit after 2 AM on November 1st. 54,338. 883 of those words are mine.

     
  9. Notes: 4 / 2 years ago 

    A book from 1914.

    To a Young Lady with an Engagement Ring

    "…I venture to request your acceptance of the little token of my regard which you will receive with this. It is not costly, but it is sent with my very best wishes."

    That is one of the crummiest marriage proposals I have ever seen.

  10. 2 years ago 

    Fiction: Darktimes News #3

    Mr. Valentine isn’t answering his cell. Well, now I have to look for him. He’s turned off social tracking as if that has anything to do with the identity tracking still in his phone. A few thousand people in suits could find him with enough accuracy to pepper spray him in the left eye from a moving car. All I can do is look for him, and hope he hasn’t changed his schedule. My car broke eons ago so I walk across a street and into an evil wind. I tug my scarf over my mouth. I appreciate the lingering sweet taste in my mouth from a donut topped with maple-flavored glaze. It fades by degrees every time I swallow.

    Someone passes me every few minutes. Light from streetlamps is powdery on the gray walls of generic buildings. A glinting disk of a surveillance drone makes the rounds hundred of feet over my head, silent but for a subtle static that foams inside my ears. It must be due for maintenance. To my right a cautious, solemn drumbeat- pom pompom pom- holds hands with voices singing sincere words, one of the buildings sounding hollow and despairing as the musicians inside gravely repeat the words kyrie eleison, christe eleison, kyrie eleison, christe eleison.

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  11. Notes: 4 / 2 years ago 

    How Paranoia Is My Writing Buddy

    Step 1: Create odd fiction series to play with.

    Step 2: Title it Night News.

    Step 3: Scramble to sign back into Tumblr an hour before story goes live and change title to Darktimes News after about ten seconds of thinking, if that.

    Step 4: Enjoy the feeling of heading off at the pass all accusations of being a hack.

    Step 5: Suspect that Darktimes News doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.

    Step 6: Introduce in chapter 2 a serial killer waiting to happen.

    Step 7: Christen the future serial killer “Regal Dahl” because you can picture a true-crime show basing an entire episode on the bloody exploits of a guy named Regal Dahl.

    Step 8: Google the name “Regal Dahl” until satisfied that nobody’s mother really did that to a defenseless infant.

    Step 9: Oscillate wildly between thinking Darktimes News is the greatest thing you have written to date and you are actually writing weird crap that will make everyone unfollow you just before Tumblr shuts you down.

  12. 2 years ago 

    Fiction: Darktimes News #2

    A tangle of people shared a bag of candy, huddled under the rain, just out of the reach of a streetlamp’s white rays. This reporter saw Regal Dahl stand under the light and stare at the group until the people noticed him, got edgy, and left. Regal Dahl let them leave. As of the 2 AM hour last night, Regal Dahl has still not killed anyone. Keep buying Darktimes News for regular updates.

    I had 300 cards printed with the latest Regal Dahl development. People can’t get enough of news cards about Regal Dahl. Shadowing Regal Dahl is pretty much Mr. Israel’s entire job now. I expect all 300 cards to sell before 4 AM. One of these days Regal Dahl is finally gonna kill someone and that will ruin the mystique. Till that happens, you couldn’t pray for a better boon to business than Regal Dahl.

    That didn’t come out right.

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