Supernatural Writing Circle



I was thinking about this on the back of a discussion over at [livejournal.com profile] kalliel's page. She asked (and I'm paraphrasing): How do you revise something when it's flat-out boring? My answer to this always runs along the lines of, just start deleting. Mercilessly. Sometimes I still have a story left when I'm done, haha.

Anyway that got me thinking about a creative writing teacher I knew in college. He liked to talk about pre-writing, writing, and editing. Probably worth mentioning the phases are more conceptual than chronological; most of us drift back and forth among them, you know? Anyway, the idea was that most writers favor one phase above the others, and a practical way to get better is to figure out which phase is weakest, and focus your energy there.

For example, I'm terrible about giving short shrift to pre-writing. (Behold why I almost never write AU.) Then I spend eons editing. I call this approach, "Barf it all out there and fix it later." Ha. And, when I realize I need to go back and pre-write, uh-oh... *looks at my poor stuffed WIP folder*

Oh but I love the editing. Feels like winning. Getting that bland-ass expository dialogue into a shape that a human might recognize as natural speech? Fuck yeah. Cleaning up action. Creating rhythms.

I think I was going somewhere with this post when I started it... >_>

How about y'all? What do you think about the phases? Useful? Dumb? Who are my pre-writers out there? How do y'all stay motivated, not get bogged down in backstory? What happens when your characters just. will not. follow the outline? Any other thoughts?
Do y'all know how to eat crawdads? (Erm, American crayfish or freshwater lobster?) Like, steamed in a bucket with corn on the cob? I'm trying to write a dick joke over here but I'm worried nobody outside Creole country is gonna get it.



Sam nearly did him in, bucket of crawdads steaming between them. Kid ate the tails, only ever ate the tails. Heathen. It was a tired discussion:

“That’s their brains you’re slurping, Dean,”

and

“Yes, they’re fucking delicious, Sam,”

so he was in no way ready for,


“That’s it. Suck that head.”

(Or something like that. Point is I'm not gonna agonize over the punch line if the setup is useless. Heh.)


Just wondering...

The Pits

Apr. 23rd, 2016 12:36 am
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Damn I'd like to fill the Big Pretzel “laughter” prompt but I got nothing. I mean, seriously? Most times I’m pissed I can’t get Dean to stop cracking jokes and now my brain’s all. “Nope. No funny for you.”




Prompts are up for [livejournal.com profile] spnapo!



Week One Prompts )

Stuff I'm thinking about: Remix. Drabble-y prose poem. Haiku, baby! (maybe lots) Epigram. Found poem. Oh and I'm gonna make some art. Challenge, right? :p
This is a thing, apparently. And far be it from me to ignore important LJ traditions. ;)

Hmmm... What to say? *opens five tabs with y'all's wrap-ups*

Word count: 78,950 (whoa, really?)

My favorite things:
As far as my own stuff, I'm immodestly fond of Drummer Girl and Ashes, Embers. But I was a poet first, so, no big shock. Got a soft spot for The Outlaw Torn. You never get over your first, ha.

I'm terrible at remembering/bookmarking things, but real talk: If you're reading this, you've cooked up something in the past 8 months that I liked enough to pester you. Much love from the local space cadet. (Next few days I'll dig through my memories, history, and bookmarks. Y'all deserve better than this.)

A few acknowledgments: Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] whirlpoolsleep for the Christmas fic, and also [livejournal.com profile] saintsammy for the lovely Christmas artwork. To [livejournal.com profile] herminekurotowa, who took a chance on me in a fanworks auction. And of course [livejournal.com profile] crowroad3, faithful and merciless beta, sounding board, deep thought generator, and all around light in my world.

Complete list under the cut...

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Happy new year, friends! Peace and prosperity to you. ♥

Breathe

Oct. 12th, 2015 01:35 pm
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Once in a while, for various reasons, I put myself on social media lockdown. This time it was the preponderance of promos and spoilers for 11.01, not into that and it got a bit impossible to avoid. That, and life got nutty, but here I am!

Updates )

What are y'all up to? Got NaNo plans? How's life/family/friends/writing treating you?


Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] reeby10 & [livejournal.com profile] lotrspnfangirl

I currently have 20 works archived at AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 20 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently like or three random tidbits about it.

Only 20? Yeah I know, but I've only been posting fanfics since April. So that's not so bad, huh?


I STILL HAVE WRITER'S BLOCK. And it's the porny part. WTAF? Stupid boys, tryin to be all like, "no, Laugh," (they call me Laugh in my head, not really), "we don't wanna take our clothes off and get sweaty." Grr...

So let's see if this gets any responses. Something's gotta shake me loose.

The questions... )


What? I got tagged for a meme? Neato! The badass [livejournal.com profile] badbastion is the baddest.

The rules: Pull seven lines from the seventh page of your WIP. Then tag seven other writers. Wheee!

Check it out... )

I know I'm s'posed to tag seven of y'all, but so many of you lovely folks are already playing. So: [livejournal.com profile] runedgirl, [livejournal.com profile] girlgotagun, [livejournal.com profile] kassidy62, [livejournal.com profile] lotrspnfangirl, and [livejournal.com profile] reggie11, you're it! ([livejournal.com profile] crowroad3, you have been nudged.) Six outta seven ain't bad!

(My sincerest apologies if tagging you, or failing to tag you, was supremely uncool.)


Welp, today marks exactly one month since I posted The Outlaw Torn, and thus surrendered my public fanfic cherry.

When I was learning to be a poet, I used to have to write these periodic reflections. Since the point of this thing is to exercise my prose muscles, here I go:

Onward! )

The Best Part

8. The people in this fandom do magic. I've read thousands of words of sweet, scary, steamy, spectacular stuff. (Apologies for abominable abuse of alliteration. I'll stop now.) Artwork that took my breath away. Vids that made my sides hurt from laughing. It's like, I knew this stuff existed, but I didn't know. And what an idiot I've been.

More than that, though, was the thing I didn't know existed, and that's the heart in this community. The Love Meme, holy shit I wasn't ready for how awesome that was. The kind comments. The warm and welcoming reception y'all have given me, when I'm clearly the fuzzy-headed new kid who bought an elevator pass for the one-story building.

Thank you, friends. So much. For everything.

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