Monthly Archives: March 2014

Guest Blog: To Rally or Retreat

Another guest post by the wifey…

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Ordinarily, I post on Thursdays.  But I liked this better than what I had written.  She is a fellow writer from Critique Circle.  –P.A.Thompson

By Lee Bradbury

Do you have a rally cry when you hit a wall or do you cry and retreat?

That was the question I had to ask myself the other day after another illuminating conversation with The Spouse. It fascinates me that after 16 truly amazing years, we still enjoy “illuminating” and thoughtful conversations that don’t include “What’s for dinner?” or “What do you want to watch tonight?” But I digress.

I have a WIP that I have abandoned and left to gather dust in one of the far corners of my mind. And no matter how much my MC, Blessing – that’s her name, calls to me and begs for my attention, I refuse to give her the time of day. Why, you…

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What does the Dog say? Woofity-woof-woof-barkity-bark-bark

What I wrote about my WiP on our writers blog…

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Continuing with Theme Week: Characters Edition, I will talk about the dog in my WiP, ‘The Dog’. And maybe some about Marty, the guy the dog finds.

By:      P.A.Thompson

The title of my WiP is ‘The Dog’.  And here we are with the star of our show, The Dog.

An Aussie An Aussie

The Dog is here, sitting in front of me.  She’s a blue merle female Australian Shepherd.  I know she’s a female because of her slight build and the lighter bone structure of her head, also because I read the first chapter.  She looks very similar to the dog in the picture here ——->

Let’s begin the interview.

Me:  How does it feel to be that star of your own story?

The Dog:  <Pants. Watches me, no other movement>

Me:  Hmmm, let’s try a better question.  Where do you come from?  People wonder…

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What does the Dog say? Woofity-woof-woof-barkity-bark-bark

What I wrote about my WiP on our writers blog…

Crackin' The WIP

Continuing with Theme Week: Characters Edition, I will talk about the dog in my WiP, ‘The Dog’. And maybe some about Marty, the guy the dog finds.

By:      P.A.Thompson

The title of my WiP is ‘The Dog’.  And here we are with the star of our show, The Dog.

An Aussie An Aussie

The Dog is here, sitting in front of me.  She’s a blue merle female Australian Shepherd.  I know she’s a female because of her slight build and the lighter bone structure of her head, also because I read the first chapter.  She looks very similar to the dog in the picture here ——->

Let’s begin the interview.

Me:  How does it feel to be that star of your own story?

The Dog:  <Pants. Watches me, no other movement>

Me:  Hmmm, let’s try a better question.  Where do you come from?  People wonder…

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Is my subconscious a better writer?

My post on our writer’s blog.

Crackin' The WIP

by P.A.Thompson

I had a chat with some fellow writers recently about a female character in my WIP.  I got some varied opinions of course.  Some thought she was shallow; some thought she was unprofessional; and others liked her (okay, just one person).

So, of course, as writers do, I thought about her and how I wanted her to be.   I wasn’t really sure.  As I’ve said before, this whole story has been ‘pantsed’ – It started from a writing prompt and since I liked the characters I created, I decided to expand the story.  I still had no idea where it might go.

I’d read my original short to a real life critique group that I belong to and they liked it.  As time went on, I shared the re-writes and expanded the story.  Then my MC ran into a girl.   They had some interaction and he moved…

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“If I didn’t know the ending of a story, I wouldn’t begin.”

From our group writers blog…

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By  D.M. Gutierrez

The full quote is:  “If I didn’t know the ending of a story, I wouldn’t begin.  I always write my last line, my last paragraph, my last page first.”

If I had read that bit of wisdom  from Kathrine Anne Porter earlier, I might have saved myself two years of wasted time. A true pantser*, I started my WIP, Sylvellin Sending, without knowing where I was going.  Just set Sylvellin on the road, I thought,  and follow her around. That was my strategy.

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But as with many journeys without any destination in mind, I soon stalled. Twelve chapters in (12 chapters seem to be my traditional stopping place), I quit. What now?  Okay, Sylvellin is out in the world, wandering around aimlessly.  NOW WHAT?

Then NaNoWriMo forced me to write “the last line, the last paragraph, the last page,” and every aspect of…

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The Doctor Is In

From Crackin’ The WIP, our collective writers blog.

Crackin' The WIP

By P.A.Thompson

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This was actually going to be the title and subject of my post this week.  (I reserve the right to use it for next week.)

But, something happened.  I received an e-mail from a fellow CC member, a new member.  I talk to this person all the time about my WIP.  The subject line on this e-mail was:  “If you ever want to have a guest blogger… ” and it had an attachment.

I decided to share that here.

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By Lee Bradbury

For me, writing is therapy.  My desk chair is like that big comfy couch in your therapist’s office — OKAY!!!my therapist’s office.  I sit back and look at the computer screen before me.  It stares back at me.  I sense judgment as it sits there waiting for me to make the first move.

I…

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“A writer should create living people; people, not characters.”

From our writers blog. Make them real…

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By    D.M. Gutierrez

The rest of that quote by Ernest Hemingway is: “A character is a caricature.”

Ernest Hemingway (courtesy of Photobucket)

And this is what I’ve been struggling with since I began work on my WIP, Sylvellin Sending, back in 2010.  Sylvellin started out as a caricature of a 16-year-old girl—and what a bore she was.  When I first ran Chapter One through the Critique Circle critique queues, I inevitably received responses like “Doesn’t this girl do anything but read?”, “Doesn’t she have any strong likes or dislikes?”, “What is her opinion on what’s going on around her?”, i.e., “Why should I read on?”

But, I explained, I couldn’t have Syl shouting at her dog Frisal, or demanding her father’s attention, or slapping a horrid parrot into next week! That wouldn’t be nice. I wanted to like her; I wanted readers to like her. She had…

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