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Old 07-30-2008, 04:09 PM   #61
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I'm late at finding this thread as usual, behind the 8 ball...

..............standing in front of the mirror, checking out my new jeans and praying they didn't scream, "Man, there's a lot of junk in 'that' trunk." Since starting into this dang diet, there shouldn't be any, man have my eating habits ever changed and changed for the best....but alas, I sigh....
getting ready for the little ones to come over and spend some days with us, so there are things to get ready. I would like to order online that 120 new boxed special version of crayons for them to color on my picnic table in the back yard, do the benches too, then I plan on varnishing them, to keep the little ones art work forever in perfect view. Still love to jump into my new car, although right now I should gather some coin-age and get it pro washed. Before I do that though, I'd better water the plants and veggies plus the roses in the flower bed or with this heat, they'll all croak.
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Old 07-30-2008, 05:23 PM   #62
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That's good, I like it!
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Old 08-03-2008, 02:10 AM   #63
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Great job everyone! I will work on something with the new words tomorrow or the next day. I'm looking forward to it!

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Old 08-03-2008, 09:53 AM   #64
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don't know if anyone can come up with the words, if not, delete please

fraternity
grasshopper
gangster
balderdash
coconut
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Old 08-03-2008, 02:39 PM   #65
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a couple of months ago, I started a story that others were to help fill in the story lines. reading this, I'm wondering why you didn't participate. Man you're good
though I haven't tried to publish them yet, I write science fiction and fantasy novels. I have two completed fantasies, one completed SF, and a couple more SF novels started. I also have four cookbooks written that I self publish on CD-ROMs or DVD's.

Yep, writing is one of my hobbies too. I did try to get my first fantasy novel published. I was told by the agent several agents that my story was wonderful, the plot was fast moving and kept them intrigued and entertained. Alas, my characters were two-dimensional and needed to be fleshed out a bit more. I have been looking for a writing partner that can take my story and help with making the characters more three-dimensional. The agents all said that I had no business quitting, that the writing was above average, but not quite ready to be published yet.

I'm still trying to learn to make my characters stronger.

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Old 08-04-2008, 04:06 AM   #66
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GW, did you mean flashy or did you mean fleshy?
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:38 PM   #67
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Fleshed out, or in other words, to complete a character by giving him or her nuances, personality traits or quirks that are peculiar to the character and that allow the reader to "know" that character and identify with him or her.

My characters move the story, and indeed, have a life. But it's hard to become freinds or enemies of them. My stories tend to be plot driven, rather than character driven. Character driven stories capture emotions better, and are generally speaking, more powerful and compelling. I need to be able to bring out the individual personalities more. In that first little story that I put in this thread, I feel I was successful at capturing a scene, at bringing the reader into the story through descriptions of the child and her father. I have considerable experience at being a dad, and enjoying my girls when they were little. I could draw from that experience and relate it to the reader. In my novels, I am creating experiences from my imagination, and trying to prduce the proper responces from my characters to the situations I create for them. I am less successful with those characters because the story, and characters are completely fictional, and come solely from my imagination.

My eldest daughter creates wonderful characters and plots for her stories, but is unable to get much past two or three chapters. Then she runs out of imagination for that story. I only wish I could get her to combine her skills to mine. I write an exciting and, I've been told, great story. She creates great characters. But like me, she is very busy and has too many other interests to put in the time. So, I'm still looking for someone to augment my skills, and partner with me.

Unfortunately, there are a great many people who believe they are great writers, but who, when critiqued by proffesionals, show only 5th or 6th grade writing skills. Good writing requires much training, proficeincy in the language, and proficiency with all of those skills we were supposed to be learning in grade and middle school, you know, proper puctuation, sentence structure, proper use of point of view, past, present, or future tense, as well as time lines, story flow, pacing, making sure that the story is consistant with relation to events and the timeline of events, etc. There is so much you have to know, it almost does take university level education to do it well. I have that level of training, and a huge imagination. And even with that, I'm still not where I need to be. And so, I am still humbled by those who are truly artists with the written word.

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Old 08-04-2008, 12:52 PM   #68
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GW, you're right. Many of us, think we have skills when in fact we don't. Wishful thinking maybe. Just because a person has good ideas in their minds, doesn't necessarily mean they can put those ideas correctly down on paper. Conversly, I've read things and thought, "man this person has me lost."

I think I went off topic sorry. Still haven't figured out if this is a post where anyone can put in the 5 words or if it's the OP.
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:35 PM   #69
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Yeh, we got off topic. And to answer your question, I believe anyone, once they put in a quick piece, can suggest 5 words.

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I'm giving up on my to be continued story. I wasn't all that interested in it. Instead I will write about the ants that keep invading my kitchen.

"Party at my place! Party at my place!" I swear that's what is written around the perimeters of my kitchen floor. Every morning I find a large fraternity gathering of ants. I think their initiation is to see if they can grab that bit of shredded coconut stuck in the grout before the toddler catches wind of it and comes on a smashing rampage. Once they make it into the group though, it's nothing but gangsta rap parties and food, food, food!

You know the story of the grasshopper and the ant? Well you can forget about the ants working hard because that smashing toddler throws down enough junk to feed all the ants in Utah! And the brilliant tile-job done in our house creates a perfect home for these party animals. They can live under there all winter and never worry about the weather or lack of food!

Do you think my ant sprays work? Not a chance. But if you listen closely you can hear the little guys say, "Who wants to play Balderdash now?"
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