callainlove: (love is... [lf])
[personal profile] callainlove
Hi there, everyone! I'm new here. I just recently came across this community whilst searching for discussion groups about writing. I really adore the idea of opening up a dialogue with other writers. Though I don't have any original fiction posted online at the moment, I DO use my DW journal to talk about the different ideas/concepts behind the things that I write.

I recently posted a writing meme there and, if it's alright with you all (don't know if this is allowed), I'd be really interested to read some other writer's answers to it (and post mine as well).

It's an uber short one, just five questions, and it goes:

My Answers Under the Cut... )
raze: A man and a rooster. (motherfucking WRITING)
[personal profile] raze
You can add me to the "found this community via [personal profile] smw" list; she was generous enough to introduce my writing on here recently, so I figured I could be less a hermit and try socializing with writers beyond the two or three I've known for years. I look forward to sharing in everything this community is about.

So, about me. I'm a gender queer, pansexual vegan who is sick as a dog and crazy as a loon (and sometimes naked as a jaybird); this is my light-hearted way of saying that like some of our other members, I suffer from chronic health conditions and mental illness. I live in Alabama with my husband and enough animals to make the producers of show Hoarders stiff in the groin - except, of course, they're all extremely well cared for. ;) You may occasionally see pictures of some of these critters on my journal when I need filler on account of writer's block.

You, however, are here to talk about writing, so more importantly, this is what I do: I write primarily fiction save for when I am doing informative/instructional writing. I believe my work would count as the sci-fi/fantasy genre, though I generally keep things pretty grounded in the sense of "no epic quests, no glorious battles, no dwarves with battle axes." I'm a little bummed about that last bit.

What my fiction DOES involve is this: my primary world and series (Raze) is about preternatural beings surviving as marginalized minorities in an alternate version of the world as we know it today. Virtually all of the themes for the seven volumes started to date parallel real-life social and ethical issues, ranging from blood sports to domestic violence. The series starts with the pretty standard fare of werewolves, but as it progresses picks up a pretty colorful cast including everything from vivisected PTSD-suffering harpies to gun-toting lesbian gargoyles.

Most of what you see on my journal will be from the Raze series - including a large amount of hidden content that you can access by request. However, I do dabble in other fiction, including short stories and other longer/novel projects. I am hoping to embark on a novel idea I've had kicking around my skull for a while for NaNoWriMo that occurs in the Raze 'verse but follows a pride of Tutsi werelions during the Rwandan genocide.

I feel like I've done enough wind-bagging about myself now. If there's anything else you want to know, just ask. Looking forward to reading some of YOUR work!
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Writing: stories last longer)
[personal profile] clare_dragonfly
So! [personal profile] analect suggested a while ago that I post here about my Garden of Prose call for prompts and how I organize my fiction. Now that I have revamped part of my tag system I will do that.

This could get rambly. )


Oct. 18th, 2011 11:47 pm
elialshadowpine: ([misc] muse hunter)
[personal profile] elialshadowpine
I'm also here by way of [personal profile] smw. I've been looking for a good, casual writing community around these parts for awhile now that's not fanfiction (I have no problem with fanfic! But I only rarely read/write it) or critique group. I love to talk shop, and support/encourage, but having disabilities that have cognitive impact, I haven't as much time for critiquing as I would like, plus for my own work I have a lot of folk who help me out there already. :)

So! About moi.

I am a polyamorous pansexual kinky pagan disabled childfree feminist goth geek writer chick living in the Seattle area with my husband, boyfriend, six cats, and one snake. I write primarily fantasy, although I have dabbled in other genres. Pretty much everything I write has some fantastic element or another.

I recently finished an urban fantasy with queer characters in almost all the leading roles; the only one who wasn't queer in some way was the antagonist, actually. I love the book, but it needs a lot of editing, which I'm setting aside until after Nano.

For Nano, I'm finally going to write an idea I've had for ten years. My protagonist is a young woman, abused by her family, who ends up committing suicide. In her post-apocalyptic magical world, suicide is illegal, and so she is raised as a zombie to carry out her sentence. In prison, she meets the love of her life, a black woman busted for drugs. It's a different kind of story than the "must save the world" plots you see all the time; it's about their lives and how they find each other and how they continue their lives after getting out of prison. With zombies. It should be fun! :)

So, um, I think that's enough of an introduction. Nice to meet you all! :)
analect: (Monday Mornings)
[personal profile] analect
...and I was going to be all organised and sort myself out before the visitors landed and the chaos started, but I crapped out and failed. Ack.

Anyway, effective until Monday(ish), I'm unlikely to be responding to comments/email/other stuff, so please prod [personal profile] intothewood if you have any problems.

I notice we have a bunch of new members, which is wonderful - hello and welcome! - and if anyone needs invite codes, or has any suggestions re: community tags, or anything else, please do speak up. I'm hoping to get something sorted out next week for the NaNoWriMo people, too, so if there's anything particular you'd like to see, shout.

Other than that, huge thank yous to those of you posting work and links: it's lovely to see our little comm starting to grow. See you next week, kids. ;)

whatawaytoburn: ([Cityverse] 3)
[personal profile] whatawaytoburn
So, I found this comm via [personal profile] smw and thought it to be an absolutely wonderful idea. I love surrounding myself with writerly types and the chance to read people's work and have my own work read is quite pleasing indeed

before I start shoving things at you though, I thought I would offer up an introduction.

Hello, hello! My name's Charley, I'm twenty one, genderqueer and have been telling stories in some way, shape or form for most of my life. I write fantasy/supernatural type things mostly. I love playing with angels and faeries and especially personifying emotions and ideas like love and the seasons of the year.

I am planning to do NaNoWriMo this year with my story Roadtrip of the Damned. It takes place in a larger universe that I am currently calling Take Back The City. Roadtrip will be done at [personal profile] roadtripofthedamned and Cityverse stuff can all be found at [community profile] inthecitylights

In my journal there is a list of journals for various writing projects that I have going. Most of them do not have actual writing in them yet because I am in the process of getting them updated but hopefully they will have stuff soon. I am also planning to do bits and pieces of writing for them when I need a break from Roadtrip during November.

(Yes, I am one of those weirdos who takes a break from writing by writing other things).

As for things I've written recently, I'll leave you with two pieces that I wrote for the Crowdfuning Creative Jam that is going on right now. Wicked Girls Saving Ourselves and Breaking Down

It should be noted that the second piece is dark in it's way and may be disturbing to some.

Anyway, I think that's enough babbling from me. I hope to enjoy your compnay and you should feel free to add me or any of my writing journals at your leasure.
smw: A woman sits at a typewriter, pages flying, a plug in the back of her awesomely big-curly hair. (Default)
[personal profile] smw
In the interest of networking and introducing my two very shy friends to the greater community of DW, I've written little summaries of their works and suggested reading for both of them. I believe networking among writers is an immensely important thing, and as such I'd like to expand those introductions beyond my journal and on to here.

First off: [personal profile] breezeshadow, who I introduce here, writes unconventional fantasy. She's got a distinct narrative voice and a great sense of humor.

Secondly: [personal profile] raze, who I introduce here, uses her vast knowledge of animal behavior, the harsh facts of life, and mythology to create a world that is both brutal and engrossing. Her depictions of therianthropes are by far the best I have ever encountered.

Would you care to introduce yourself or your favorite DW authors? Perhaps you could point us to your favorite of their (or your own) works. I'm always looking to broaden my reading circle and would certainly appreciate meeting fellow artists.
breezeshadow: It's a wolverine, hey! (Default)
[personal profile] breezeshadow
Hello everyone. So I've been a writer for ages, and today, after showing one of my friends my writing and having her like it, I started to consider whether I may actually be good enough to get into publishing. There's just a few concerns about this.

First off, I don't know if I'm actually good enough. I have stuff posted on my DW (here, here, and here are the recent ones), and on my dA are edited/more complete versions of those three stories, along with other things (dA here.). But I know my friends saying I'm good enough to publish does not necessarily mean I am, and I don't want to get ahead of myself. You don't need to read every one, or any, or give any extensive critique if you don't want to; I just want to make sure I'm not jumping the gun.

Second, I am a fantasy writer. As far as I could tell, there are very few publishing venues that are interested in short stories of the fantasy variety. Does anyone here have any experience with magazines, online and off, that accept fantasy submissions? Or know of any? I could write realistic stories, but they aren't my preference.

Also any advice about this would be fantastic. I've never tried submitting anything before, so I don't really know how it goes. Thus, any comments at all would be fantastic.

Thank you! Sorry for not replying much here; don't have much time to think about DW this semester.
analect: (boything)
[personal profile] analect
Shameless self-promotion. I apologise. The second edition of my Montana-set romantic drama is out now, so I'm pimping it. Full details on my journal:
Read the first chapter of Breaking Faith for free.

smw: A woman sits at a typewriter, pages flying, a plug in the back of her awesomely big-curly hair. (Default)
[personal profile] smw
I’ve just finished a book that I enjoyed, which always makes me mope. In an attempt to continue the experience a little longer I thought I would start a conversation here on one of the author’s topics.

Namely, in her Art Objects, a driving force of Jeanette Winterson's essays is the belief that prose needs to be intense, precise, poetic. In “A Work of My Own”, she has this to say:
A writer’s style is all she has and the price of the making of it is everything she has. To fit language to her hand she must command at her hand resources of body and mind, totality of self and the self of her that acts as a skein to carry the world in. She must be well read, she must be clever. She must be curious, she must be sharp. Whatever she can muster to her fingertips, let her, and her hands will begin to control the instrument she desires.

The ecstatic and emphatic nature of her persona makes a great place to begin talking, doesn’t it?

I’m curious: what do you derive from this? What does it make you think and feel? What concepts do you agree or disagree with? Obviously a paragraph pulled from a collection of essays only says so much, but this one is saying quite a bit despite that.

I’d like particularly to talk about whether style is as central as that. Can I presume that everyone here believes that prose should be beautiful, whether that beauty is got at through verbose or spare use of words? Do you believe that establishing a clear and genial relationship with the reader is foremost, or creating words and imagery that you as the author can love? & etc., of course. It puts hearts in my eyes when I say something and another person has an unexpected reply.
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.


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!
analect: Robert Plant (blond)
[personal profile] analect
Hey kids. Just a quick heads-up that I've switched out the site layout, and will be faffing more with the CSS tonight and tomorrow, prettifying and hopefully making navigation/readability/cross-browser things better. Please do shout if there are any problems. Also, shout if there's anything you would desperately like to see. Yes, if I was organised, I would have asked that before I started fiddling. I know...

intothewood: (Otto flowers)
[personal profile] intothewood
Since I have nothing of my own I care to share at this time (but I’m writing, woo! I’m writing like crazy and it feels great), I thought I’d share my favorite opening paragraph(s) from two very different books. The first is Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. This is one of my most beloved books, and I’d say these opening paragraphs are my all time high mark on how to open a book. It also very much speaks to my little black heart. You know those rare times when you read something or see something and you think, “Yes Yes Yes!” —? This is a big Yes moment for me. Yes.

"I am living at the Villa Borghese. There is not a crumb of dirt anywhere, nor a chair misplaced. We are all alone here and we are dead.

Last night Boris discovered that he was lousy. I had to shave his armpits and even then the itching did not stop. How can one get lousy in a beautiful place like this? But no matter. We might never have known each other so intimately, Boris and I, had it not been for the lice.

Boris has just given me a summary of his views. He is a weather prophet. The weather will continue bad, he says. There will be more calamities, more death, more despair. Not the slightest indication of a change anywhere. The cancer of time is eating us away. Our heroes have killed themselves, or are killing themselves. The hero, then, is not Time, but Timelessness. We must get in step, a lock step, toward the prison of death. There is no escape. The weather will not change.

It is now the fall of my second year in Paris. I was sent here for a reason I have not yet been able to fathom.

I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive. A year ago, six months ago, I thought that I was an artist. I no longer think about it, I am. Everything that was literature has fallen from me. There are no more books to be written, thank God.

This then? This is not a book. This is libel, slander, defamation of character. This is not a book, in the ordinary sense of the word. No, this is a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of Art, a kick in the pants to God, Man, Destiny, Time, Love, Beauty ... what you will. I am going to sing for you, a little off key perhaps, but I will sing. I will sing while you croak, I will dance over your dirty corpse...

To sing you must first open your mouth. You must have a pair of lungs, and a little knowledge of music. It is not necessary to have an accordion, or a guitar. The essential thing is to want to sing. This then is a song. I am singing."

...God. That is a wordgasm, right there. Henry Miller, you are a complete asshole but I worship at your foul feet.

The second is Charles Dickens’ Bleak House. I confess that I’m not a big fan of Dickens, I don’t think there’s one book of his (aside from A Christmas Carol) that I’ve been able to finish because he's just too damn verbose and there are too many characters! (Sort of makes me think of Emperor Joseph II and his criticism of Mozart's use of "too many notes" but this is my assessment and I'm owning it.) I abandoned this one somewhere in the middle, but man, this opening is completely marvelous. He really knows how to set the scene, I will give him that. I can feel this atmosphere.

"London. Michaelmas Term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln’s Inn Hall. Implacable November weather. As much mud in the streets as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth, and it would not be wonderful to meet a Megalosaurus, forty feet long or so, waddling like an elephantine lizard up Holborn Hill. Smoke lowering down from chimney-pots, making a soft black drizzle, with flakes of soot in it as big as full-grown snow-flakes — gone into mourning, one might imagine, for the death of the sun. Dogs, undistinguishable in mire. Horses, scarcely better; splashed to their very blinkers. Foot passengers, jostling one another’s umbrellas in a general infection of ill-temper, and losing their foot-hold at street-corners, where tens of thousands of other foot passengers have been slipping and sliding since the day broke (if the day ever broke), adding new deposits to the crust upon crust of mud, sticking at those points tenaciously to the pavement, and accumulating at compound interest."

And it goes on from there. And on. And on. Thirty paragraphs to tell you "it was foggy" but you bloody well know it to the very bone by the time you've slogged through.

Ahhhh. So now that I’m dank and shivering and chilled to the core, how about warming me up with some of your favorite openings?
analect: (mickey2)
[personal profile] analect
All righty... in the interests of leaving some discussion open for those who want it, I have a question. How far do you take artistic license when dealing with something in a fictional context, and how much knowledge - either of the thing itself, or in terms of acknowledgement of the license you're taking - do you expect your audience to have?

I'm sure we all have different approaches here, so I'm curious.

As a kick-off point, I recently posted a story of mine that's been kicking around for a while to my journal. The Red Man is a horror short that involves references to Celtic druidism [click to read]. Though I researched a bit for the story, I don't know a lot about either historical or modern practice - however, I do have a few druid friends.

Their religious/philosophical slant is very different to the angle the story explores (notions of Awen and bardic tradition, while awesome, are not terribly horrific). So I guess you could say, here, I've taken the same kind of artistic license that The Wicker Man (the proper film; let's pretend the 2006 remake never happened) took with ideas of preserved pagan practice; i.e., it could have happened that way.

Is this something you do with different ideas? Or are you a stickler for realism and research? Does artistic license always (or ever) mean pandering to stereotypes, or is it a useful tool for playing 'what-if' with?
analect: Anna says "rawr". (Default)
[personal profile] analect
Okay, I've been very tentative about posting this. There is a backstory to it, but I'd like anyone who's willing to just read and crit - with whatever depth and aggressiveness you like ;) - and I'll put the notes at the bottom.

Title: The Road-Train (A Christmas Fantasy)
Word Count: 5429
Genre: Fantasy, short fiction

I attempt a reply in an effort to glean the ghost of a useful suggestion but the signal has gone, leaving me with chilly fingers clutching a handful of inert Taiwanese plastic. )
intothewood: (Default)
[personal profile] intothewood
A few questions for discussion re: manuscript submissions -

Following up on submissions - yea or nay? Benefits, drawbacks?
If yes, when and how?

I've found very little advice on this topic, and would like to know what your opinions are.
intothewood: (Andrej)
[personal profile] intothewood
I should've posted this earlier, it's a link to an LJ post in the boy_touching (didn't like my html) comm to request a story called King of Cats. I've read it, it's good. Check it out.

I'm trying to lure the author (Blake) over here, we'll see if she responds to feedback.
boundbooks: Zhang Ziyi (government controlled cats: farce the fu)
[personal profile] boundbooks
Do writing prompts like these interest you?
Undulate: Freckles have been banned and the government controls non-compostable dinnerware.

Drag: Teenagers have been banned and the government controls fireworks.

Tweak: Oranges have been banned and the government controls lawn chairs.

Then you are in luck, because [community profile] governmentcontrolledcats is a YA Dystopian Future Original Flashfiction Challenge. Six rounds! Three winners per round! Culminates in one death match between six rounds of winning entries!

Government Controlled Cats: Community Banner 1

Anyone can participate by writing entries or reading entries or commenting on entries or voting on entries or some combination of all four. Round 4: The Night of the Lawn Chairs is currently going on, and there's still time to enter! Check out the entry post and see what prompts await. Round 4's entries are due by August 25th at 11:59PM EST.

If that's too soon for you, come on by for Round 5, which starts on September 1st! We'd love to see you there!

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(Thank you to [personal profile] analect for letting me do some cross-community promotion!)
analect: (cock)
[personal profile] analect
Afternoon all! *beats back tumbleweeds and tears down the cobwebs*

So, this is what I meant when I said it would be handy if someone else could co-moderate/cheerlead this comm, on account of how I go off-grid from time to time due to health issues. (And other things, but they're all very boring, so I won't drone on ;) )

Long story short: I'm back, and hopefully we can get things moving again around here. Massive and sticky thank yous to those who have kept posting and commenting while I've been dead not terribly with it. This will happen again at some point so - I'll say it once more - anyone who would like to take on a mod position, please shout. You won't have to do anything awful. So far (touch wood) we've avoided spam plagues, trolls, drama llamas and the other darknesses of teh internetz, so it's really not onerous.

Right. Now, who brought cookies?


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The Writers' Lounge is a friendly, informal chat, crit, discussion and resources group.

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!

We expect a level of maturity in our members, but we're open to all genres and levels of experience. Read full details on the comm profile or, if you need help, contact your friendly mods, [personal profile] intothewood and [personal profile] analect.

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