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anandrine: (american mary. look away)
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happy monday folks!

in this post, tell us how your writing is going! did you pound out a bajillion amazing words over the weekend? did you overcome something you were stuck on? did you complete or start a project?
anandrine: (cm. elle: revenge)
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take this as a two-fold question:
  • where do you, physically, write best? do you do it anywhere on your lunch break? do you carve out time in the morning at home? etc.
  • where do you put your actual words? do you write longhand in a notebook and then type it up when you're done? do you use google docs? word? other software like scrivener or storyist?
anandrine: (jtv. petra: pink flowers)
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do the stories you choose to write differ greatly from the ones you choose to read? is there a genre (or trope, etc) you love reading, but could never write, or vice versa? (are you secretly not a big reader at all?) bonus points: do you think there's a particular reason for that?
anandrine: (seeker. cara: hates you)
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happy monday folks! (i wish i was still sleeping). i'm going to be posting a check-in every monday.

in this post, tell us how your writing is going! did you pound out a bajillion amazing words over the weekend? did you overcome something you were stuck on? did you complete or start a project?
anandrine: (ouat. snow: rosy cheeked)
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 how do you pick names for your characters?

are you often literal (naming a werewolf character "loup garou") or do you use some other method? do you keep a bank of names you like, or do you search out a name every time you have a new character?
anandrine: (merlin. morgana: dragon's call)
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(i'm calling this QOTD but i doubt it will actually be daily. but i'll try to post regular discussion questions! post your own, too!)

how detailed do you get when imagining what your  characters look like? for your own reference--not in describing them in your writing. do you just come up with a general abstract idea ("he's a white dude with black hair and i guess brown eyes") or do you get really detailed ("she's got medium warm brown skin with big brown eyes, long black hair she always wears in a ponytail, a large straight nose, she's about 5'5'' and on the chubby side, a couple freckles on her hands/chest but not her face, a birthmark on the back of her neck, and a scar on her knee with no particularly important background, it's just there")

do you use any specific tools to sketch it out (drawing it yourself, making sims, using dollmakers, etc)?
anandrine: (supergirl. alex: cute mug)
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after talking with [personal profile] chronikle about struggles in deciding on POV, i did some googling and came across something that i've felt instinctually but didn't have the word for and hadn't read much discussion about: narrative distance! third person limited and omniscient are the extreme ends of what's actually more of a spectrum. think of it as if you were filming instead of writing; how far back is the camera? is it mostly at a medium distance, but zooms in on a particular character on occasion? this is helping me conceptualize how i want the narrator/POV in my story.

third person narration: using the zoom lens (make sure you read the comments, which has a lot of authors sharing how they do it)
narrative distance (great examples in how specific things might be narrated)
psychic distance: what it is and how to use it (great examples of the different levels of distance)
7 methods for point-of-view handoff (not so much about narrative distance but good for transitioning between zoom in/zoom out--you have to be careful you're not head-jumping)


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