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Journal Entry: Mon Apr 7, 2014, 9:44 AM
Howdy folks! It's winding up to be a busy year, but one of my big goals before the end of this one is to finally finish up a manuscript that has been long overdue (I've never had one; I just really need to write one). As part of the effort of writing and reading and analyzing and discussing is a thought that's been tickling at the back of my head that I've been meaning to do, which is to write on technique and craft.

I am by no credit a published craftsman or artist, but I've had some decent writing training and I've always thought I should really use that for something more than a sparkly framed decoration on my wall. At the very least, I could help others find the words to express themselves.

I've had a few blog entries, but in the second half of this year, I think it will be time to really start seriously blogging about writing technique and literary methods that even beginning writers can apply as exercises to help them develop their writing muscles.

With that context in mind, what are the questions YOU have as a writer that you struggle with, and what do you wish there was available to help you write? I'm interested in knowing first and foremost if there is any help that I can give to my flist in writing these entries, and if there are, I'd definitely want to prioritize writing on those subjects first!

Cheers,
Inverse


(The few sort-of commentaries on writing I've done over the last ten years... )

Fiction Writing BlacklistUPDATE: I thought up a new one!
:jawdrop: Point of View. Hate it when writers switch around point of view without conscious effort. If you're writing a third person subjective pov from your injured/wounded character trying to get to safety, why the frack am I getting a description about the long, luxurious curve of her red hair in the dim light?! Who the hell is looking at her, and why would anyone bother with this sort of detail at a moment when getting out alive is the most important action in the scene?  (Note: this scene is not based on any particular story, but illustrates my point.) Perspective needs to be consistent - you can play with the perspective if you know what you're doing to deliberately manipulate the reader, but too often this is an ignorant mistake by even seasoned writers. I also don't care how good you are at description: your scene's description should follow the tension and action of the story, not clutter it up with needless details. Related i
 
Ohai FanficshunsThe devilishly clever :iconnemonus: has a blog! Aside from being just a cool place to read about awesome Star Wars news from an articulate and savvy writer, also on this blog, she has interviewed me and a couple other longtime fan fiction writers about our experiences in fandom, the impact of fanfiction on writers and community, as well as miscellaneous sorts of  gobbly gook related to being just an awesomely awesome person. Just the fact that I wrote something for this should be all the reason you need to read. Check it out!
Fanfiction Roundtable, Part 1
Fanfiction Roundtable, Part 2
Also 'cuz this is a good opportunity to do a bit of rare bragging about stuff, these days I spend most of me writing time writing about the :iconMisadventurers: here:


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:iconwerewolf90x:
werewolf90x Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hey i finished my mass effect artwork. but my work is not in the gallery. WHY
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InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Hi werewolf90x -- I am assuming you're asking why it hasn't been added to the :iconbiowarefanclub: correct? Can you link to me what work you're talking about?
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werewolf90x Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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but your guideline saids the polished thing. i worked really really hard on them
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InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
You composition and the proportions would be okay. Unfortunately, I think it's the way that you did the outlines that is probably baring it from entry. If you're working with a pencil sketch, may I suggest that you use a marker or Sharpie to draw some thick outlines first (called inking) before you scan and color them in? If you are working digitally, try downloading a free program like GIMP that will let you do multiple layers (it's really much easier for coloring, too!).

Here is a simple How-To for inking: www.wikihow.com/Ink-a-Drawing
YouTube instruction video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd7BP1…

Believe me, it makes a world of difference in your drawing!
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animot Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot for the watch!
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:iconnoborux:
noborux Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Hey dude, hows life been for ya?
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:iconinversereality-2:
InverseReality-2 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Hey you! Life has been ups and downs. Definitely what they call "interesting times". Overall, great learning experiences, lots of stories, miss hanging out with my online buddies, though. How've you been?
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noborux Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Likewise with me actually, I've met my low and high notes these past few years. I get so distracted that I sometimes can't keep up with people's updates on DA.

But I'm glad to hear that you're at least doing okay :), hows the drawings going? or have you been taking a break?
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necthassak Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch!
I really appreciate it :love:
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