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Last poet standing!

Apr. 7th, 2011 | 08:18 pm
mood: hopefulhopeful
posted by: charisma in writers_almanac

I'm joining a poetry community that looks like it's going to be a lot of fun. Every week there will be a prompt to write a different type of poem. The winner even gets a prize!

They need some more folks to join before they can get started though. Please consider joining.

Do You Like To Write?

Like to write? Love writing poetry? Great! There is a new challenge, called lastpoetstandng, where you write a a poem every week based on a different style of poetry prompt! Then they get voted on and the person with the least votes is out that week and the person with the most is safe the next week till you have one author standing who wins! What do you win? A snazzy graphic and a $10 GC to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. You don't even need to be a GREAT writer!

..who will come out on top?

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Charloft presents - 100 Drabbles of Summer writing challenge!

May. 27th, 2010 | 06:54 pm
mood: excitedexcited
posted by: charisma in writers_almanac

Join me at charloft for the 100 Drabbles of Summer challenge!

Read the rules, then sign up for the challenge! Can you write 100 100-word stories in three months? There's only one way to find out!

100 Drabbles of Summer begins on Memorial Day ( May 31st) and ends on Labor Day (September 6th)

Writers and roleplayers of all kinds are welcome to come and write with us!

About Us:
In addition to the 100 Drabbles of Summer challenge, charloft has been providing a daily character development prompt since October 2008. We also have live character / writer discussion and roleplaying chats, NanoWriMo support, and other fun activities! Our talented mod team is made up of veteran writers and roleplayers who provide you with quality prompts daily. There is no application process or hoops to jump through to be a member of Charloft - just join the community and you're in. Writers of fiction, fanfiction, original or characters from any canon are all welcome to come write and play. We'd love to have you write with us.

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Nano support / prompt community

Oct. 8th, 2009 | 01:40 pm
mood: cheerfulcheerful
posted by: charisma in writers_almanac

Just wanted to remind folks that charloft is offering NaNoWriMo support again this year. We will be having word count check-in posts, a live Nano chatroom, word wars, inspirational posts and more all through the month of November!

Charloft also operates year 'round, providing a daily character related writing prompt. We're just about to celebrate our first anniversary! Hope you'll come check us out.

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Almost June... (Villain Month)

May. 27th, 2008 | 06:26 pm
posted by: benaforn in writers_almanac

So there hasn't been much activity on this community since March, and not much even then. I think part of it is because I like dealing with innovative communities, and the lecture-format doesn't really work for me (nor, from the looks, anyone else).

I have a new blog on wordpress (Link) where I've been keeping an active writer's journal. Starting June, I've invited anyone and everyone to participate in 'Villain Month', a month spent devoted to the development of antagonists. Sample villain projects include mini-stories, dialog samples, drawings, collages, ect.

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March Results: Blue Crystal

Apr. 1st, 2008 | 09:10 am
music: Sting - Desert Rose
posted by: benaforn in writers_almanac

My goal for March was to have 30k words finished on the first draft, and to go to two writers' meetings.

I've gone to both meetings. But my word count for the novel as of this morning is just over 26,000 words. Even so, partway through the month I stopped and did a lot of rewriting on the first chapter. I also wrote out a detailed five-page plot synopsis to be able to better keep track of my pacing. As far as actual effort goes, I think I'm right on track.

Also! I'm talking to a wonderful artist about making a cover! *dances*

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Dandelion's March goal

Mar. 6th, 2008 | 09:52 pm
posted by: hai_kah_uhk in writers_almanac

My current project is Knifeclaw Company, a graphic novel.

It's written, proofed several times, and on its final rewrite. My goals are:

1) Finish final rewrite.
2) Send it to retired Navy man to proof for military believability.
3) Make last edits (hopefully just small ones at that point).
4) Pencil ten pages.

Hmm, I've already penciled about 5 pages, so that'll bring me up to 15. That would give me 20% of the pages by April 1. Of course, then I have to ink everything, add dialogue, lay it out, and add the filler content. So I won't exactly be saying "W00t!" at that point. But it's doable.

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March Goal: Blue Crystal

Mar. 6th, 2008 | 06:37 pm
music: Kamelot - When the Lights Are Down
posted by: benaforn in writers_almanac

My current project is my fantasy novel Blue Crystal.

The 0-draft is finished at 52,000 words, and the first rewrite is now approximately 17,000 words. Since this rewrite is taking just under twice as many words to cover the same amount of information, I'm going to guess that the novel will be about 100k-words long at completion, meaning I'm almost 20% with this draft.

So here's my goal: I mean to have 30,000+ words written on this draft by April 1st. I'm also going to attend both a real-life writer's group and my first meeting of a local writer's critique group with story in hand this month.

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March's Focus and Prompt: Goals and Query Letters

Mar. 6th, 2008 | 01:16 pm
posted by: benaforn in writers_almanac

Hey guys!

In February I focused on dialog, and found that I'm rather fond of having a specific topic to center the writing exercises around. March's focuses are going to be goal-setting and writing query letters.

Goal Setting

I can quote at least a dozen authors who have sworn in writing (or in my presence) that having a writing goal is necessary if you really want to finish anything. I'm not certain that this is always true, just in the same way that I despise writing 'rules', but I can't deny either that NaNoWriMo was probably the most productive time that I've ever spent writing-wise. The only important thing to remember when setting goals is that you're setting a goal for yourself, hence 'will be published in six months' is not really feasible unless you're doing self-publishing. Writing so many words per day/week/month is a good goal. Sending off so many query letters to editors per month is a good goal. Making so many papers bleed with a thick red marker per [enter time period here] is a good goal.

I'll stop before that gets too redundant.

The first half of March's challenge will be to write up the name of the project you're working on, its current status (whether it's just an idea still buzzing around your head, something you've been writing and scrapping over time, a finished novel...) and the goal that you're setting for yourself.

After the month, we'll go back and do follow-up posts and announce what you've managed to get done. If this catches on I'd like this to become a monthly routine.

Query Letters

The purpose of a query letter is to catch the attention of an editor, agent, or publisher, sometimes with a writing proposal of something you haven't even started and sometimes with a finished product. They range from newspaper articles to short stories for magazines, comics, fiction and non-fiction books. And even if you don't intend to publish your current project, or don't have a project worth writing about, practicing these are still surprisingly useful.

Query letters generally include the following:
  • Heading (your name, address, phone number, email, then the heading of the person you're writing to). When addressing someone it's useful to do some research and address them specifically.
  • Introduction. Are you writing a book? Fiction or non-fiction? Is it already complete? What do you want to get out of this letter?
  • Hook and synopsis. This is where you give a summary of what your book is about. You have at most one or two paragraphs to convince the editor/agent/publisher that they should take a look at what you've made.
  • Information about yourself. This is a brief mini-resume for you to list your literary accomplishments.
  • Formal closing paragraph, thanking whoever you're writing to for their time.

A letter like this should only take up one typed page, and should follow the industry standards. Sample query letters can be found all over the internet. Here's a few useful links.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Query_letter – The Wikipedia entry for query letters.

Guides and samples:

If that's not enough, or doesn't cover your specific genre, go do a few searches on google. Different flavors are everywhere.

Then comes the hard part: fitting your novel/short story/project into a paragraph that actually gets the point across and doesn't sound completely stupid. Spend literally days trying to do this. Take your time, and try to decide what the most important events are.

And when you're finished with the query letter, post it.

Good luck!


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February Prompt

Mar. 2nd, 2008 | 01:07 pm
mood: chipperchipper
music: the decemberists
posted by: calliopemused in writers_almanac

    "Want me to pick up lunch for you?"
    "If by 'lunch', Cecile, you mean 'impaled bit of meat deep fried in cheese', I'll pass."
    "Oh, then come with! There are lots of little joints. You could pick your own, Teddy"
    "Ted is not ordering food from a bored, desperate teenager in a polka-dotted bodysuit. That's dangerous."
    "I thought you were living on the edge."
    “Not on the edge of a teeming vat of oil, no.”
    “Oh. You know, I got the pattern for my uncle's sofa from those adorable uniforms. He's a bit color blind but he loves it, poor dear… You sure?"
    "I'm passing. Passing on the right side blasting music and speeding, by which I mean staying right here in the back of this seething mall in my nice cozy blue polo and name tag and computers."
    "Right… well, it's your lunch break."
    "I don't look at it as a break con almuerzo, I look at it as a break from explaining hyper! vacuuming! technology! and neurotic housewives and kids getting stuck in washing machines and you oh you're gone thank god."

    "God, Ted, not this one again. There's something fishy about a store that plays stuff like this incessantly."
    "There's something cesspit-y about stores like this in general. But yeah, the chick that wrote this had some bird fetish."
    "Not denying that, but what makes you think it was a woman?"
    "Come on, Ol, 'my true looove'? What self-respecting man would croooon about his true looove?”
    "Ones that moved past puberty. Like... Michael Bolton. Barry White. Elton John!"
    "Case in point. The key word was self-respecting. Exhibit B: Why were those lords a-leaping, eh wot? Why Jack be nimble I’ll just take a quick nip over the candlestick after this smidge of brekkers—"
    "Stop dancing around like an idiot! Hey, that's my travel toothbrush!"
    "—bally ho, wot wot, etc., stap me whiskers old fellow I seem to have— oh. Maybe a guy did write it."
    "It's the last blue one, give it— wait, what?"
    "You're the one that brought up Elton John."

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300 word dialouge exercise

Feb. 8th, 2008 | 04:01 pm
posted by: nikcool in writers_almanac

"Where is your IV, Alyssa?  Where's your nurse, for that matter?  I'll have them fired.  They're nothing but-"

"Sam... don't.  It's okay.  I've stopped treatments."

"I won't allow it.  Money is no issue.  I'll pay as much as I have to, in order to keep you."


"What do you mean, no?  You're mine, Alyssa.  We're supposed to be together."

"I'm not yours.  I don't belong to you, and I don't want to be here anymore.  These walls, and the smell, and the constant beeping- and I'm sick of having blood drawn every few hours, and not getting a full night of sleep.  I'm tired of all of it, and I'm tired of you treating me like a possession, Sam."

"What?  No.  You're in here until you get better."

"No.  You know that I'm not getting better.  Don't look at me like that.  I loved you, but- Sam... It's my time.  I fell in love with you when I was twelve... and we had a very happy-"

"Don't talk like that.  We're going to grow old together and have a big family.  Alyssa, don't do this"

"Don't get upset.  It won't be much longer Sam... and you'll move on, you'll find someone new, someone better."

"I'll get better doctors- better nurses, and I'll tell them to leave you alone at night.  I'll take you to my home, and have a full staff treat you there.  I've got money."

"I don't care about your money and power, and neither does this sickness.  You're going to have to accept that I won't be here forever."

"When I come back, you'll have the best doctor in the country to cure you.  I'll get everything set up at my house."


 "I'm not going to lose you."


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