Oct. 1st, 2011

intothewood: (Andrej)
[personal profile] intothewood
Analect has done such a beautiful job on our little writer’s comm, and her efforts have inspired me to make an effort to get to know you, and for you to know me. So I’ll start by sharing some pieces of what I’ve been working on.

I have plans to write a series of 5 books, the connection throughout being the family line of my characters. So far I have three in various stages of doneness – one is complete, one I’m futzing with the ending because it just isn’t quite there, and the third I began a few months ago, mostly by staring at my computer and rolling around on the couch, bemoaning my lack of go.

I should say a little bit about how I work – I think I said elsewhere that I need to fall in love with my characters, and that’s true. Really, it’s just a matter of getting to know them, but in the process of developing their personalities and dealing with their roles in the stories, I do fall in love. Once that happens, I can sit back and let them guide me through the story.

I work very freeform and unaided by outlines or whathaveyou. I hadn’t even considered developing this into a series until about ¾ of the way through the first book (which, incidentally, is the one with the troublesome ending that set it back to the position of second book in the series, instead of the first). I just dive in and start writing – I have a general sort of idea of where things are going, but nothing is mapped out. It’s been working out that about halfway through the book I’m writing, ideas for the following book will come up. At this point I have only a vague idea about the setting for my fourth book, and have no idea about what the last book will be like charaterwise, settingwise… nothing.

I write in a poetic manner, I suppose you could say. Or, as analect put it when describing the writing of Mark Richard, the author of Fishboy, I tend to wurble.

Ta-da!

Oct. 1st, 2011 01:35 pm
analect: (paper-men)
[personal profile] analect
Right, there you go. Finished messing with things, near enough. We should have better readability, cross-browser compatibility etc., and general ease of use. Please shout if you see any problems or anything you utterly hate. The community tags are a bit messed up and need revision; if anyone would like to suggest things there, you're quite welcome.

Also, this:

Poll #8207 Community inclusions poll
This poll is anonymous.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 12

What would you like to see more of on the community? (Select all that apply)

View Answers

Writing prompts
8 (66.7%)

Competitions / contests
5 (41.7%)

Discussion threads
11 (91.7%)

Writing exercises
7 (58.3%)

Collaborative stories / round-robins
7 (58.3%)

Features, links etc. on resources
11 (91.7%)

Support for NaNoWriMo or other scheduled writing projects
7 (58.3%)

Something else: I'll tell you in the comments
1 (8.3%)

None of these, thank you
0 (0.0%)



Ideas on some things we could include on the comm - vote, or add your own. Thank you!

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Have questions or want to discuss something? Fire away! Want some feedback on a piece of writing you're working on? Post it! Stuck with research, or found a fabulously useful resource others might benefit from? Step up and share!

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