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20 September 2012 @ 11:31 pm
Just leaving this note that my journal has some pretty personal posts, and because of it I'm keeping it friends only. However general stuff like the music I love and everyday lister things I'll leave open. Plus, too many spammy comments lately.

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What makes a good writer? Is it the tone? Is it one's way of using style to create a memorable character? While sorting through some parts within my current work in progress (WIP), I referenced several sources online regarding rules of writing flashbacks or scene breaks. It's good to sometimes look at what is expected, but after reading several articles, it hit me why so many potential writers never complete their novel!

Writing, at least for me, is a personal journey. Yes, I know it sounds sentimental and a-typical for someone who loves creative modes of expression. It's bad enough one's own story isn't progressing, it's another thing to add to it things you're "not" suppose to do. For example, the rule that annoyed me regardas the narrative structure. Before everyone gets out the pitchforks, I do believe there needs to be structure but it shouldn't be so much so that it stifles the work.

At this point in time, I don't think shifting between POV is a bad thing if it serves the purpose of your story, and is true to you. I think breaking the rules, expressing and exploring unconventional ways of telling a story is exciting. I went to a private school, and been through the wringer of acadamia expectations.

I believe that one should write from the gut, rules be damned, then go ahead and smooth it out. Right now, I started writing a short piece that is kind of prequel to events currently in my story's timeline. Suddenly, it occurred to me that it would be really interesting to use the short scene as a introspective look to how my character feels about herself, and through it giving her a voice.

My natural inclincation is to write a story in first person perspective because it's personal and you get to play around with your character from an inimate level. Whereas in third person omniscent I feel like it lends itself to being a means to order your characters around like puppets, which if that's your thing so be it.

For whatever creative reason, I chose to write my story from a third person perpsective which completely out of my comfort zone. I think I did an okay job, although I know it needs tons of work. Then suddenly there was a prompt in this awesome writer's community musemuggers and I found that I wanted to give my main character a voice; maybe it was some kind of artistic therapy but it got me to see my character in a totally different way. And it also fleshed out a minor character that I think will have a bigger role for future events.

If I stick to the "rules" and didn't change the POV in between the chapters, I don't think it will be as impactful. What I love about this process is because it's new, and different. I feel like I am discovering my story along with the characters which is what I would want readers to feel. I want the the element of suspense and drama stem from a very unstable sense of perspective dicated through journal entries, personal antcedotes, and circumstances limited to a select few.

As I am going along in this process I'm discovering that you can play with narrative structes if your plot and story are very clear. I know how I want my story to end, I know the kind of conflicts my main characters need to experience to reach their resolutions. 
 
 
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Current Music: Then Go - Damien Rice
 
 
heartnpen
28 October 2014 @ 12:24 am
The internet isn't quite as private as it was 10 years ago, that said, I still feel the need for some kind of privacy. So, if you're interested in my thoughts, potential stories I am working on, feel free to friend me (usually I will friend back). Otherwise, the only public posts will be for important events in my life.


Some of the things going on in my life, aside from the daily grind of work, I will be participating in NaNoWriMo...which is crazy, but I might have it as a solitary thing this time around.

A contemporary WIP that I'm hopefully going to finish before the end of the year. Special thanks to the awesome folks in the musemuggers
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Current Mood: awakeawake
 
 
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I know I should be sleeping, but I can't right now; not when I'm so close to the finishing line. It's almost 4AM, and I'm almost done with a decent first draft of a story for the Muse Muggers. I find the community is a great motivation as well as inspiration for my writings. That said; it's hard submitting a story when you feel it looks like shit, so I've been doddling. It's been two months since I joined, and although I've posted feedback, this is my first submission; I can't believe I'm shy about it. But I'm determined to hand it in this weekend or else I won't meet the min. requirements to remain in the community, which is fair enough.

I don't think I've stayed this up late working on a personal creative piece in a very long time. It's weird, and I can only hope that this WIP is solid. I know my grammar and punctuation needs a lot of work, but I'm willing to improve and learn as I go along.

I'm sure some of you may be curious about my story. For starters, it's not sci-fi or fantasy which I'm sure is a surprise to a lot of people. I wanted to work on a subject matter and genre that is new for me: contemporary romance/new adult-ish.


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Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: "Siboney" by Connie Francis
 
 
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I've been on a trek of sorts compiling partial one shots for my novel in progress. I'm not sure if it's common practice amongst aspiring writer to compose their stories pieces at a time,  sew them together. My process is kind of a strange method I've developed these past few years. Instead of creating a story within a linear time frame (i.e. beginning to end) I've written parts of the story as they appear in my mind's eye.

For example, this current piece I'm re-vamping from a writing challenge at musemuggers started with this image I had in mind of two wandering ghosts who discover a "deceased" body. I couldn't help but wonder what spirits think of the living when they no longer can engage with their former world. I began writing out the dialogue for the scene, and then one that I imagine happens later on. Then later on this week, I found another potential scene, and wrote out on a scrap piece of paper a quick write over. I know at some point I will be returning to the original opening scene, but these impromptu scenes become kind of like markers/turning points.

I'm just curious about how other writers develop their stories, and their method in wrangling in their work. 
 
 
 
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18 December 2011 @ 05:07 am
I'll be the first to admit there is nothing more comfy than having a good read at the palm of one's hand. By that I mean an actual book with aged yellow  pages; its edges folded over where bookmarks should have rested in-between; the undeniable woodsy smell reminding me of the Gothic one-hundred year old library nearby my apartment, the interior as finely designed as any church with four large oak tables (two altars length) for studying, and columns upon columns of bookcases full of reading material to keep a person more than busy.

Reading will always be an experience for me, a physical interaction, and discovery. There's nothing better than getting lost in a good book. So naturally, I was opposed to any kind of advanced technology like an e-reader.

Yet life has a funny way of changing a person's perception. After my dogs went through some of my books, I chose to get an e-reader. 
I decided if I was going to resort to a new device I should do a bit of research.

I decided on a Nook instead of a Kindle. I'll go into my reasons in my next post since it's 5AM, and I'm only up because the rain brought me out from sleep.
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Current Mood: lethargiclethargic
 
 
heartnpen
11 December 2011 @ 03:26 pm
I generally work from dawn to dusk, Monday to Friday, tucked away in an office space of a medical clinic. When the antiseptic smell of lemon pledge doesn't get me drowsy while typing away at the keyboard, I'm usually multi-tasking my thoughts of things I'm going to do once I clock out. It usually consists of  walking the dog, tv time, and drinking some hot honey ginseng tea.

In an effort to avoid a life of  further "quiet desperation," I thought I'd start blogging about my weekends where I plan to devote extra time to my hobbies and leisurely activities. 

I'm calling some of these posts my "Lost Weekends"
 
 
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I recently watched the film adaptation of "Under the Greenwood Tree," and although it is not entirely like the book it made me think about Hardy's other works.

I've found the themes of love, and his use of the notorious "love triangle" in his stories interesting. I'm taking a guess, but considering other contemporaries of that time like the Bronte sisters, I think a male perspective on a woman's plight and love revealing.

On one hand you have "Tess D'ubbervilles" and "Return of the Native"; novels where women are not just victimized by their communities but suffer tragic fate at the hands of the men who offer them some escape.

In a strange way, I wonder what kind of world women like Catherine Earnshaw, and Eustasia Vye would be like within the same story...
 
 
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29 November 2011 @ 09:20 pm
Before Facebook, Twitter, and even MySpace...there was LiveJournal. Through the years my activity has come and gone mostly due to real life, graduating from college to working for "the man."

As consistent as my love for LJ has been for writing. I am currently working on several personal projects; some are actual original creative writings, and the others reviews.

Currently my love is for the YA genre, mostly because there's something of a great escape in writing from a youthful perspective while being in the midst of a supernatural landscape.

Most of my posts here will comment on the following subjects in literature: supernatural/urban fantasy, true crime, YA lit, and dystopia. 

I hope to share thoughts and comments about the world of writing...of course when I'm not pre-occupied w/my tv loves like "New Girl," "Revenge," "Boardwalk Empire," "American Horror Story," "The Vampire Diaries," and "The Secret Circle."
 
 
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Humans beings are simple, predictable clichés. Broken hearts, betrayal, it's all been done a billion times before. The problem is, every time still hurts like the first. And if you're lucky enough to recover, you can be sure that just as you finish filling in all the cracks in your life, the next one is starting to open.