Comfortable in My Own Skin

pixabayI was born on a Tuesday…no, wait….a Thursday.  Well I guess at my age now, it really doesn’t matter.  Hi, my name is Anne, and I’m 74 years young.  I used to not say things like that because my mind wasn’t right.  Well, not in a mentally disordered sense, but just my way of thinking.  My only regret, is that I didn’t learn about thinking better, sooner.  Would have made a lot of different decisions if I had.  I know you didn’t come here to hear about my problems.  But I’ll share a piece of my life with you.  Maybe it’ll help some youngins get it together before their bones turn brittle.

When I was a little girl, we lived in a small clapboard house.  Nothing special.  Two bedrooms, a tiny bathroom, and an even tinier kitchen.  I know this was the best Mama and Daddy could do, but I used to be ashamed.  You see, the kids I went to school with lived in pretty brick homes near town.  They never made fun of me or nothing, but I just didn’t feel like we were the same.  There were many other things we didn’t have in common like clothes, race, or things that happened inside the home.  So I withdrew.  Well, not totally.  Had one friend in grade school, but her family moved away by the time we were in high school.
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Breaking Bad 39

JaneGenova_SpeechwriterIf you’ve come to this post looking for a review or commentary on the AMC hit, Breaking Bad, sorry to disappoint you.  It’s not that kinda post.  Instead, it’s my light-hearted rant on the final days of being thirty-something. ;-)

First let me say that I thank God for my life.  From birth to now, there have been health problems, family crisis, and all other kinds of life issues and circumstances that could have taken me out.  He spared me, and I’m grateful.  It’s one of the reasons that I’m dedicating year 40 to making the most of this life.
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Writing Programs (Camp NaNoWriMo Inspired)

melaniedawnn:

Great tips and insight to writing tools!

Originally posted on Writing Advise From A Mime:

In the spirit of Camp NaNoWriMo this April, I’ve decided to conduct a study over the different programs that writers used throughout the month.

I personally love to use WordPad because it does not alert me when I made a mistake, which is vital during the month of NaNo. It shuts off my inner editor and lets me write in peace. Even the word count is hidden, so I have to use wordcounter.net to check my status after a long day’s work. It’s an app that comes with computers nowadays, a simplified version of Microsoft Word. Check your computer before you settle for NotePad, because most likely you will have a form of it.

Obviously you could pay for Microsoft Word if you prefer that. You can highlight the part of the book you’ve written that day and see the word count at the bottom. You can turn off spell…

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This is how it feels to be edited — and why it’s still essential

melaniedawnn:

When I think of editing, the first thing that comes to mind is the days of old when school teachers marked incorrect answers with a red pen. Back then it felt like failure or stupidity, but after reading this post it sheds new light. Whether the markings are red, blue, or something else, having someone to review your work and make suggestions can be the difference between a masterpiece or a master mess.

Originally posted on Broadside:

By Caitlin Kelly

OK, let’ s stipulate that it’s not always fun.revision1

OK, sometimes it’s really horrible.

Some people dread it. Some people fear it. Some people avoid the whole thing, by self-publishing or never submitting their ideas or work to an editor for their professional judgment.

But without an editor, your writing is stuck in neutral forever.

Even if they’re a butcher who adds errors to your copy (yes, that happens) or inserts words you’d never use (that, too) or asks asinine questions (hell, yes), you’re still learning how to write better as a result.

Few things can so quickly clarify your original intent more than having every word challenged.

Journalism, and commercial publishing, is a team sport. No matter what medium, that isn’t about to change.

Nor should it.

This delicious joke, how a women’s magazine editor would edit a BBC report was amusing every writer I know…

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Getting Good Critiques pt 1

melaniedawnn:

This was a nice post on the difference between a critique and a review. I also liked the idea of giving suggestions for the feedback.

Originally posted on The Well-Rounded Writer:

One of the most useful things we can get as a writer is a good critique. It helps us grow by showing us how we can perfect our craft. On the other hand, a bad critique can leave us feeling frustrated and angry. So what can you do as a writer in order to ensure that you get an insightful and helpful critique? Obviously (or at least I hope it’s obvious), you start with good writing. Good writing may get a bad critiques sometimes, but bad writing will get bad critiques all the time (except usually from family and maybe some friends).

Before I get into the nitty-gritty of getting good critiques, I should take a moment to specify what I consider the difference between a critique and a review. While researching this article, I found several websites that used the terms interchangeably, and I don’t want to confuse anyone…

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Is in-depth research necessary when writing?

melaniedawnn:

I do believe that research can enhance a plot because it helps to make the story real based on facts.

Originally posted on The Life of A Thinker:

Most books written require some form of research. This can be as extensive as knowing a whole time period (such as historical books set in Victorian times, for example), to the tiniest detail that means everything to the plot, or just gives the story a little extra polish.

In my case, a little bit of research is required. But I suppose the question linked to this is: does obedience to fact and the research restrict creative freedom? Is it even necessary?

Using the example of crime novels, the writer is expected to have a very strong knowledge of police procedure among many other legal procedures. In this case (pun not intended), many of the details that the writer finds out when researching may play a key role in the plot, because the stories are mostly based around investigative procedures. If anything, research in this scenario makes it more believable.

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Show and Tell… Or Not…

melaniedawnn:

I really like this individual’s insight on writing. I have found that I sometimes feel the need to tell everything about the character’s background early on. After reading this post, I will do better with the “dangling carrot” method to keep readers enthused and engaged.

Originally posted on Everyone Wants to Be a Writer:

Today I’d like to make a short post about the importance of showing and not telling. This is pretty basic stuff, but it’s so important and so overlooked.

The first chapter is where most of your telling problems are going to come into play. Most people think that they need to spew all of their background information into the first chapter. Don’t.

What you need to do is figure out what your reader absolutely cannot live without. Starve them if you must and keep them asking for more. I’m not saying to leave them totally in the dark. That’s quite annoying too. Showing and not telling is a delicate balancing procedure and trust me, if it is your first time you’re going to change your mind a million times over what you should and shouldn’t keep. And that’s fine! Remember that writing your first novel is a marathon, not a…

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