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Originally posted by ChillyToez ChillyToez wrote:

Originally posted by Charlie272 Charlie272 wrote:

Originally posted by lisafox10800 lisafox10800 wrote:


And then there was the New Kids on the Block romance "novella." We won't talk about that one.
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I kinda think we have to.

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There may have also been a documentary. Maybe. 

But I'll never tell. 

Just gonna keep hangin' tough.
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Originally posted by Mickey T Mickey T wrote:


The first word I ever wrote was for my daughter. And, I guess, on a deeper level, every word since.

Oh, God bless. CryBroken Heart
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Originally posted by lisafox10800 lisafox10800 wrote:


There may have also been a documentary. Maybe. 

But I'll never tell. 

Just gonna keep hangin' tough.

You’re my favorite. 

While we are not disclosing things, I’ll not mention the attempt at erotica my 15 year old self or may not have written. 

When my mother found it under my bed, I may have told her all writers wrote sex scenes & I needed to know how to do it. This was in a brief Maybe-I’ll-Be-A-Writer phase but I might have been embarrassed out of it, because I didn’t write again for decades. 

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Wrote or read something every day from age 10 to mid twenties, then didn't write or read much of anything until 30-something. The usual: bad poetry, harlequin smut, angst, super tall characters. Still have some of them, my mom threw away my purple folder with all my precious writerly stuff in it. Still haven't forgiven her for that.    Tried to write in my mid late 30s and couldn't find the energy. Then didn't write until around age 40 and found it really hard. Never submitted anywhere just wrote. Did a LOT of writing when I played MOO's and MUCKs in my 20s and 30s when I wasn't hack and slashing on MUDs. It also improved my typing skills tremendously :)
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Originally posted by ChillyToez ChillyToez wrote:

Originally posted by lisafox10800 lisafox10800 wrote:


There may have also been a documentary. Maybe. 

But I'll never tell. 

Just gonna keep hangin' tough.

You’re my favorite. 

While we are not disclosing things, I’ll not mention the attempt at erotica my 15 year old self or may not have written. 

When my mother found it under my bed, I may have told her all writers wrote sex scenes & I needed to know how to do it. This was in a brief Maybe-I’ll-Be-A-Writer phase but I might have been embarrassed out of it, because I didn’t write again for decades. 


Embarrassed LOL Shocked
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While we're NOT talking about porn, I won't mention that when I was 14 I wrote comic pornographic poetry involving my teachers and passed it around during class.  

My popularity rose 3 levels that day.  

When one of the poems was confiscated, the school was too embarrassed to do anything but give me detention.  

Not that this actually happened.  

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I love these kinds of threads so much because it's like a tiny peephole through Oz's curtain Heart

Mickey T- I would suffocate you with a gynormous hug if I could.  Thank you for sharing something so personal with so much grace.

I guess my writing story is nerdy.  I somehow learned to read when I was 3.  Just picked up a book one day and the words made sense.  They skipped me a couple of grades (this was back in the early 80's when K-1 grades were basically learning the alphabet and nap time...they start variations of algebra now so I'm sure it would've looked different for me in this day and age).

I was, and still am, a teeny wood nymph and (at the time) I guess I had a full-on Little Rascal's Froggy voice. The first week of school my teacher sent me home with a note telling my parents to take me to a doctor because my voice was "annoying".  I read the note on my way home and basically just stopped talking after that.  Never occurred to me why my family had been calling me Yoda...lol

So I spent my time reading books and writing little stories.  They let me spend recess and lunch in the library after quickly learning that Red Rover/Dodgeball/tetherball were not conducive to the well being of my facial bony structure.

It was a strange blessing growing up quietly because I learned how to listen and observe life.  Both of those things have really made me who I am and really manifest in what I write.

I went to a women's college (best thing for someone like me) and finally started using my voice.  I fronted a punk band because my voice became more Stevie Nicks as I got older (sidenote:  didn't know it until afterwards but our drummer, Ludi Kohoutek, is Deep Throat/Mark Felt's grandson...amayyyyyzing musician and the most delightfully random human being on this planet.  One of my all time faves).

Started doing open mic's and spoken word stuff and then the Slam Poetry scene sparkled its way into Berkeley in the mid 90's.  At the time it was the closest thing to the Beat/City Lights world that I think we'll ever conjure.  Very different scene in the beginning.  Just a bunch of writers bumbling their way through finding a way to share what they had to offer.  On any given night, someone would bring the tiny crowd to tears and it was just magical.

I guess I'm much like all of you.  More goth than emo at the time and had pretty much everything pierced that couldn't be tattooed.

The world changed somehow (for me anyways) in the early-mid 2000's and stopped making sense.  Most of the people I knew in that era moved away, dropped off the grid, or killed themselves.  I retreated back into silence.  I kept writing and would scotch tape things to my walls but never did much more than that.  

A friend sent me the link to NYC a while ago.  It took me a couple of years to actually act on it and I'm glad I did.  I'm hypersensitive to some of the darker turns the forum takes, but I love seeing how everyone's minds work and what they are able to paint with such random prompts.

Microfiction was really fun for me and that may be because I finally got a genre I dig (drama) and was able to use a true story as its core.  Stephaleph- I'm a bit of loner too (Dottie) and rather than dark my stories tend to lean on the sad side.  This one made my fella cry so I'm hoping it resonates with the judges.  

Thank you all again for sharing your stories...both the real life ones and the ones you create here






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Fun topic!

Like everyone else, I always enjoyed reading and writing as a child. I have a distinct memory of winning a whole school writing award in Grade 5 and my teacher telling me I deserved it. High School I mainly wrote poetry and short stories. I spent a lot of time on the old mxtabs forum and tried my hand at different forms of songwriting.

After High School I had a brief period where I really fell in love with short story writing. Life got pretty busy though and for a long time I didn't write at all. 

I did my Bachelor of Education and became a teacher. The real kicker for my writing came when I had a class who just didn't want to read. The remedy for this was simple- write a story where the class members were characters. I got to work and each day I would put a page up on the whiteboard. It was all a big hit and the students had no idea who the mystery author was. At the end of the year, the Principal told me the school would be happy to publish copies of my book for each of the students. It ended up being a 30k word novella and was my first success at something over the 5k word range.

That was the motivation I needed. After that I joined 'scribophile.com' and received some great feedback on some of my flaws from the writing community there, I went through Brandon Sandersons fantasy writing course on YouTube and regularly listen to the Writing Excuses podcast. I bought and read a bunch of books on writing (On Writing, coincidentally being one of them) and basically got my butt into gear. Since then I've won some competitions, had some short pieces published, written an 80k YA fantasy novel and currently am 41k words into the second book in that series (it's a planned trilogy).

Keeping all that in mind, I'd say 80% of my writing development has come in the past 18 months. I'm excited to see where it goes next! :) 
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I started writing with the help of my mother. As a way to learn my vocabulary words for the week, we would sit down and write a short story using all of my words. It was a challenge and forced me to learn to be creative. My mom also encouraged me to be an avid reader so at some point in middle school I decided "I can do that too" and started to write stories. I was really into RL Stine at the time, Goosebumps and Fear Street, so they were all those type of stories. My first was about a killer substitute teacher titled "Sub Zero." In high school I wrote several stories as assignments. One for a final project in a history class and several in English. 

I have always been a writing, and there hasn't been a time in my life since high school that I have not been currently working on something. I have a few early finished projects, but nothing lately. I blame not having time, but really it's that I'm afraid of rejection. But I have recently decided that, come hell or high water, I am going to finish something and submit it for publishing, whether to a company or self-publishing, I have yet to decide, but it will be done.
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I would not have learned to write if I never shared my work with people who tell me the truth. On my regular site, the comments might lead you to believe I'm Hemingway resurrected. Seriously, I get only praise and no real feedback. But that's the nature of the site. I've had two situations where I got true feedback, and this forum is one of them. When I got here in 2014, people were nice, but they also told me how to improve my writing. Believe me, there was plenty of room for improvement. I simply took one or two things from each challenge and worked on it until the next challenge. Here are some things this forum beat out of me/beat into me.
  1. Understanding when to use passive voice (Which is rarely). In this latest challenge, I opened with passive.
  2. Reduced the use of adverbs. (They have their place just as passive voice has its place).
  3. Replaced "as" phrases with and, semicolon, or a period. (Same with while).
  4. Learned how to use the comma, especially the Oxford comma. 
  5. Show, don't tell...or rather know when to show and when to tell. This challenge, my story has a lot of telling, but I wouldn't change most of it. 
  6. Dropped phrases like began to and started to.
  7. Writing memorable opening and ending lines. 
Things like these transformed my writing, and I learned all of them here. 
 



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