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by Rath Darkblade
Sun, 16 Aug 2020 10:42 am
Forum: New to AWF?
Topic: The Lies Writers Tell Themselves
Replies: 4
Views: 1190

Re: The Lies Writers Tell Themselves

True, these questions can be difficult -- unless the writer only treats writing as a hobby, perhaps (e.g. by relying on some other line of work to bring in a regular salary, while trying out writing as an evening/weekend job etc). Some writers start out like this. ;) for instance, before Terry Pratc...
by Rath Darkblade
Fri, 14 Aug 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: New to AWF?
Topic: The Lies Writers Tell Themselves
Replies: 4
Views: 1190

Re: The Lies Writers Tell Themselves

Hmm. What about "My manuscript isn't good enough for publication yet"? Or "I just can't hack it in this industry, I'm going to become an accountant"? ;)
by Rath Darkblade
Fri, 17 Jul 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: New to AWF?
Topic: Failing at writing is a tool
Replies: 1
Views: 400

Re: Failing at writing is a tool

Alexa is right. :) You learn a lot more from failure than from success (although success is, of course, much more pleasant). ;) I learned a crapload more from trying out (and failing in) writing a beat sheet, or an outline (just as an example). I tried writing them (and failed), and tried again (and...
by Rath Darkblade
Wed, 29 Apr 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: Free Online Workshop
Replies: 0
Views: 995

Re: Free Online Workshop

Ah, drat it. It says if I become a "writer of the future", I'll have to fly to Hollywood for a week??? :shock: It's impossible to fly anywhere right now - and my probation at work's nearly over, so hopefully I'll know soon if they want to keep me or not. ;) Too bad. I like Orson Scott Card...
by Rath Darkblade
Mon, 24 Feb 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: Breaking through
Replies: 0
Views: 799

Re: Breaking through

1. Yes, they are no-brainers. (For me, at least). 2. Interesting! Yes, I sometimes (read: often) forget the setting, and when I don't forget, I forget other things ... thanks, Cage! :) 3. I'm already part of an author's group. I'm not sure about investing in Writer's Digest, but I do have a few Writ...
by Rath Darkblade
Sun, 09 Feb 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: Romance? Sex? or Love? The scenes that matter
Replies: 4
Views: 1269

Re: Romance? Sex? or Love? The scenes that matter

Yep. Fifty Shades is date-rape. :evil: I'm surprised it became as successful as it did, but I guess you can't go wrong appealing to the lowest common denominator.
by Rath Darkblade
Sat, 08 Feb 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: Romance? Sex? or Love? The scenes that matter
Replies: 4
Views: 1269

Re: Romance? Sex? or Love? The scenes that matter

Whatever the definition of romance, sex or love is, Fifty Shades is not it. :lol:
by Rath Darkblade
Sat, 01 Feb 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: What to do when it's not happening
Replies: 11
Views: 3307

Re: What to do when it's not happening

OK ... well, that's my question: is it possible to write a beat sheet for a tragedy? *curious* From what I've seen in the Save the Cat book, all the beat sheets there are for "comedy" stories, "inspirational" stories (e.g. Hunger Games), or "adventure" stories (e.g. - a...
by Rath Darkblade
Fri, 31 Jan 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Resources
Topic: What to do when it's not happening
Replies: 11
Views: 3307

Re: What to do when it's not happening

You can have a few different POV perspectives, but who is the main person for this story? Who has the most to lose, learn, or distance to travel? Who changes the most? The difference between a major character and the main character can be a canyon - major character doesn't have to change; main char...
by Rath Darkblade
Thu, 30 Jan 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Resources
Topic: What to do when it's not happening
Replies: 11
Views: 3307

Re: What to do when it's not happening

How does that sound? The first question with the proposed story is: whose story is this? The answer makes it easier to shape the story to suit the events and progression. Hmm. That is a good question ...... and one not easy to answer, especially when I'm sick. :( All sides - the "Australia's G...

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