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Fear of submission

I knew a woman who couldn’t finish her novel because she was afraid of what her mother would think. This writer decided she would have to wait for her mother to die before she could publish. Good luck or bad – the novel died long before the writer’s mother ever did. ~ Alice Hoffman

These three sentences resonated with me very much, more than I like to feel comfortable with. I am happy sharing my writing with friends, some more than others and some stories written for a close friend exclusively. I do worry what people will think of what I write if I should try to submit it anywhere though I am not scared to write the stories I would not like some people reading them. I know as a writer we shouldn’t be picky, but expressing oneself through writing, writing from the heart makes us vulnerable.

I am most comfortable writing for my friend Lynne in the Phillipines becasue I know I can write anything and she will not judge me, just my writing. I have written for her exclusively a series of stories and I love these stories with all my heart because they are me writing honestly and true to things I think and feel. Its liberating to have a friend who is this way and I love the characters I have created for her. I want to send them out in the world, but yes, I am scared to.


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I am working again on a few of my favourite characters and their lives from a sequence of stories i wrote for my friend Lynne. I am very very fond of these guys, particularly the one that is very very messed up and his Friend who is so reserved yet has so many thoughts. I love them, i feel sorry for them and i think i would like to share them with the world one day if they let me. They might have pseudonyms and the stories won’t be the ones i already wrote of them, but they want to see the world one day i think and I’d like to introduce them sometime too.

some quotes to inspire me or rather, that i relate to…

It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.
– William Faulkner
I guarantee you that no modern story scheme, even plotlessness, will give a reader genuine satisfaction, unless one of those old-fashioned plots is smuggled in somewhere. I don’t praise plots as accurate representations of life, but as ways of keeping readers reading. When I used to teach creative writing, I would tell students to make their characters want something, even if it’s only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaningless of modern life still have to drink water from time to time. One of my students wrote a story about a nun who got a piece of dental floss stuck between her lower left molars, and who couldn’t get it out all day long. I thought that was wonderful. The story dealt with issues a lot more important than dental floss, but what kept readers going was anxiety about when the dental floss would finally be removed. Nobody could read that story without fishing around in his mouth with a finger.
– Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
One of my standard — and fairly true — responses to the question as to how story ideas come to me is that story ideas only come to me for short stories. With longer fiction, it is a character (or characters) coming to visit, and I am then obliged to collaborate with him/her/it/them in creating the story.
– Roger Zelazny

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blocked :(

i am struggling with one of my main stories right now, have been for some time but i am determined never to retire it.

I started it a few years ago now, and completed part one successfully. part 2 i have been writing for 3 years and am trying to gte back on it now and get it to work. I really want to write the prequel too and i think i need to immerse myself back in the world of the gangs and their quarrels to get it to work. The pace is different to the first story, and the breaks make it harder to continue and keep the flow – but i will not quit it – the characters wouldn’t let me rest if i did!

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Day 3

you know you as tired when you try to spell ‘description’ as ‘desprion’

gah. 5.30am starts will be the undoing of me AND my nano novel. Managed to squeeze out a few words at work, but wanted to use lunch to get to know my new workmates and then of course i had to work haha.

still, every little counts and i managed a half page tonight before i now head to bed. Chapter 4 i’ll get to know a little more about my lead guy and his relationships with his 2 friends/group members.

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Chapter 3

This was not as easy as the others, perhaps because i don’t know the girls so well.

‘man with no name’ is asleep and she’s just thinking, so no dialogue to pad it all out. Its nice to get to know her a bit, but she’s not telling me why they are there doing what they are doing and he can’t because he is asleep -_- I initailly thought they were in a differnt time frame to the boys in chapter 2, but maybe they are in the same time frame and they are all on a collision course, or maybe.. gah.. i could go in circles ont hsi one hehe.

I think in the end they are different people to chapter 3, They have a different feel to them and, judging by what she thinks, they have a different history too. still, there is room to manoever and i am only half way through the chapter. will do a word count in about an hour before i sleep, but i think i almost made my 5000 for today. it makes a good start as tomorrow and monday will really lack time for me to write.

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Chapter 2

3709 – I am sure that’s the most I’ve written on the 1st day!! I have to do as much as possible when i can because of starting work next week, so I am very happy with how this is progressing.

I have three characters in this second chapter, I’ve not met them before, though maybe one is from the 1st chapter I am not sure yet, same for the girl in the 1st chapter. I like mysteries like that, I do hope it gets reveals some time soon. I have a feeling it could be the main character i use in chapter 2, but then i think he is taller than the guy in chapter 1, all of the chapter 2 guys are, so maybe i have more digging and exploring to do.

as you can probably tell i am a bit of a ‘seat-of-your-pants’ kind of writer. I start at the beginning and see where it takes me. I figure that I enjoy the journey of writing it then people should enjoy the journey of reading it – if i let them of course ha ha!!

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