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  1. J.T. Chris's Avatar
    Thanks everyone. You're all 100% correct. I managed to finish something yesterday for the flash fiction challenge. Sometimes writing is just.. difficult.
  2. tinacrabapple's Avatar
    Good luck! I don't write much for this very reason. I just don't have any new or interesting to write.
  3. Gumby's Avatar
    I agree, it's not permanent. I've been through countless dry spells and it always seems like if I quit worrying about it, it sorts itself out. Don't pressure yourself to write "magnificently" right away, just write, have fun with it and experiment like Darren suggested. No one has to see it but you. You're not alone, this is the 'norm' for most writers.
  4. Darren White's Avatar
    I have PTSD as well. I am not saying you should do what I am doing, but it might help you step over that hurdle that prevents you from writing.

    I am writing my autobiography, in poetry and poetic prose. And I got stuck. I needed external input to be able to carry on. So I started reading a few poetry and fiction books that dealt with exactly my writing problem. For me that was, how to deal with violence in such a way that it is not gratuitous, or graphical.

    I also needed to change my way of writing poetry, so I am reading a few poets I greatly admire, who have a very different style of writing. And I am experimenting with poems in that style here on forum.

    I mean, try to write something completely opposite from what you normally do, a poem, a weird story on an external prompt, and try to write it in the style of someone else. Just as an exercise. It helped me, maybe it will work for you.
  5. PiP's Avatar
    ... and where is the story your cat wrote?
  6. PiP's Avatar
    JT, it's not going to permanent. What do you do when you have constipation? When you push too hard you end up with piles. Eat fruit or other natural laxatives and the words will burst out of your butt like firecrackers.

    Okay, I won't quit my day job as a comedian

    Seriously, you are trying too hard. Stop putting yourself down. ... you are a little wobbly at the moment ... so just write crap... write more crap .... rinse and repeat.

    Do you lack ideas or is it just the mechanics?

    I remember when words would seem to burst out of my fingertips like firecrackers. Language was electric, then. Now I have to gouge it out of the recesses of my mind with a spoon.


    This is a great description. You CAN write.
  7. J.T. Chris's Avatar
    That is an excellent suggestion, PiP. Thanks!
  8. PiP's Avatar
    Does anyone else just have those days where they feel like everything they put onto the page is useless?
    When I am trying to write poetry I can stare at a blank page for ages. I write a few lines, cross them out, start again. Rinse and repeat. Fiction, the words just flow from my mind onto the page but as I'm dyslexic they don't always appear in the right order.

    I've forgotten how the heck to plot a story and I write a single paragraph only to stare at the screen for another half-hour until I figure out what to write next.
    Why don't you forget about the mechanics and just write from your cat's POV? Your cat does not have any prior knowledge or expectations so would just write whatever came into his head
  9. midnightpoet's Avatar
    Since WW11, the U.S. keeps involving itself in other countries' business, not always successfully (and often counter-productive), and is a legitimate concern, and should be addressed with intelligent and bi-partisan study and comment. In this current climate of internal bickering and blame-making, I'm not sure that is even possible, but I'll give Winston a "E" for effort.
  10. Phil Istine's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Winston
    Did you actually just write that? Comparing my blog post with Mein Kampf?
    Wow.
    I was going to respond, but Velo has said what I would have. You can write well, Winston, so I'd appreciate it if you refrained from sophistry; you're better than that. This is not written as a moderator but as a forum member.
    Thanks.
    Updated October 14th, 2019 at 12:25 AM by Phil Istine
  11. velo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Winston
    Did you actually just write that? Comparing my blog post with Mein Kampf?
    Wow.
    No, what he said was he can deal with reading divergent opinions. He has Mein Kampf on his kindle despite not espousing Nazi ideology. This was not comparing your post to that book.
  12. Winston's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Istine
    ...I can cope quite readily with reading views that differ from mine, as evidenced by the presence of Mein Kampf in my kindle.
    Did you actually just write that? Comparing my blog post with Mein Kampf?
    Wow.
  13. Phil Istine's Avatar
    Sorry for any offence. And I don't mean further disrespect, but it's hard for some of us that see your nation, small enough to fit inside the Sate of California, with such intense regional differences.
    I mean, people in Los Angeles make fun of folks in San Bernardino, but they are really the same people.
    But then again, aren't we all, once we shed those labels?
    Take offence over minor factual errors? I assume that people come here to hone their writing skills, so wish to avoid mistakes like incorrectly interchanging UK, Great Britain, and England.

    As for the regional differences, I imagine they are the product of being populated from a time when people rarely travelled outside their own villages, never mind to other regions. Had there been a road and rail network a thousand or so years ago, I suspect today's regional differences would be far less pronounced.

    Please don't assume that everyone is taking offence. I can cope quite readily with reading views that differ from mine, as evidenced by the presence of Mein Kampf in my kindle.
    Updated October 12th, 2019 at 06:31 AM by Phil Istine
  14. Winston's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Istine
    Hi Winston. I hope you don't mind me mentioning a couple of facts that could help improve the quality of your piece. These concern the United Kingdom or, as I currently refer to it, the Disunited Kingdom...I hope that helps.
    Sorry for any offence. And I don't mean further disrespect, but it's hard for some of us that see your nation, small enough to fit inside the Sate of California, with such intense regional differences.
    I mean, people in Los Angeles make fun of folks in San Bernardino, but they are really the same people.
    But then again, aren't we all, once we shed those labels?

    And Sue, I appreciate you reading my blog. I knew that the title would attract people because of the universal emotional draw to "friends fighting". I was also aware I was abrasive in my opening line. Both were intentional.
    I have written (IMHO) other posts that were more "bland" and inoffensive, yet received little to no feedback.
    Yet, in this short amount of time, I already have two comments. Does that say something about me, my writing, or perhaps something else?
    I did not say criticizing The President was asinine. I implied that the continuous, partisan badgering was. If you read through my entire blog, I spell out why Trump may in fact be correct in this case. If you, or anyone else, was triggered by my assertion that he could sometimes be correct, I apologize.

    I'm not selling soap, or kissing-up to endear myself to the masses. If you are somehow implying that I should change my writing style to do so, I humbly disagree.
  15. dither's Avatar
    "Only the good die young eh" ?

    I thought that she might be American because of how some of the words are spelled. Her books, her writing, although I've only read two so far, is amazing. Like I said, I shall be looking out for her in my local libraries.

    And I may have done M.C.Beaton a terrible dis-service. Just finished "Penelope goes to Portsmouth", and, towards the end, although the one great lesson I'm learning from these wonderful writers is that there IS no end, you're simply left there wondering how the characters' lives play out and it's infuriating.
    As for both of those books, I could imagine myself at a journey's end, sitting in a railway station somewhere, reading on, not wanting to put either book down down until I'd finished it. Such is the pull of these writers.
  16. SueC's Avatar
    Winston, I would like to add my two cents worth as well.

    From your first sentence - "This relentless bashing of The President over Turkey and The Kurds is asinine and needs to stop," you might put anyone reading on the defensive. You are making an attempt, IMO, to minimize and degrade ANYONE else's opinion on the matter, especially those who don't agree with your abrupt statements, and to be honest that tactic sounds a little too familiar. Instead of a personal rant, if your blog was an attempt to dissuade others from "relentless bashing," then again, IMO, it failed to do so. I think to be more effective, it would be necessary to at least acknowledge reasons why others may disagree with you. Certainly, adding your opinion is important, but doing so in such a disrespectful way is probably going to gain you more nay-Sayers than fans.

    Thanks for the opportunity to comment.

    SueC
  17. Phil Istine's Avatar
    Hi Winston. I hope you don't mind me mentioning a couple of facts that could help improve the quality of your piece. These concern the United Kingdom or, as I currently refer to it, the Disunited Kingdom.

    You mention Great Britain and England in regards to the Falklands War. I know this can be confusing for many non-Brits, and quite a few Brits get it wrong too:
    The United Kingdom is England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland plus many smaller islands that surround our shores.
    Great Britain is the island that comprises England, Scotland, and Wales (the term "Great" is a reference to it being by far the largest island of the group).
    England is one country in the UK, though it's the largest and, to varying degrees, determines the laws of the other three (their levels of autonomy vary).
    As far as the military is concerned, I believe it's regarded as the United Kingdom's military force. Sometimes you might hear the term "Great Britain and Northern Ireland".

    You appear to have used "Great Britain" and "England" interchangeably, but they aren't.
    I hope that helps.
  18. Winston's Avatar
    V.C. Andrews was an interesting woman. Looks like her first book wasn't published until she was into her 50's.
    If you find anything attributed her written after 1986, it's from ghost writer named Andrew Neiderman. Poor Ms. Andrews died young, but her writing was so popular, it outlives her.
    If we could all be so lucky. Except the dying early part.
  19. Winston's Avatar
    I kept going. Like... what could I do?
    I know, right? Like, why get involved? Probably couldn't make a difference anyway.

    BTW: We all want to see pics of "E". Sharing is caring... and mandatory.
  20. Kevin's Avatar
    Winston,
    A very good review of the movie's basic messages and how they apply to us in our personal lives...

    In the future families won't even be necessary. Government child care will be 24/7. You can't trust individuals or family structures with something so important as a child's future. Look at the mess we're in now.

    the movie:
    First off, while the death penalty (and other similar) may seem extreme, we actually do need to reduce our populations in order to conserve the world's resources. The government needs to enforce this.

    Second off, as in the movies there are many unnecessary luxuries like vaping that shouldn't even be available as they are merely symptoms of our current culture's spoiled overindulgence. The government does need to enforce this as people on their own obviousely aren't able to make correct decisions. So many of what portrayed as 'draconian ' measures taken in the movie- the strict prohibitions and extreme punishments, are in reality totally reasonable and responsible relations by the government, and necessary. That's how you get people to behave. It's scientific, phychiatric conditioning/education, negative as well as positive.
    From a moral standpoint, as long as there is inequity of wealth, poor people, anywhere, these frivolous luxury items should not be available.
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