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« Reply #15: May 21, 2009, 07:00:37 pm »

When ever I get pissed off at someone, I turn them into throwaway characters in my story who die in the most horrible ways you can imagine.  It's a total catharsis and I always feel bertter afterwords.

Funny how literary homicide can be so very theraputic, isn't it?  Conversely, so is letting someone live again through a character... or maybe that's just my quirk?

(side note: Afterwords?  Being punny or an apropos typo?)
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« Reply #16: May 21, 2009, 07:10:14 pm »

Funny how literary homicide can be so very theraputic, isn't it?  Conversely, so is letting someone live again through a character... or maybe that's just my quirk?

I haven't done it, but it seems like a way to cope with a loss.  Possibly not a healthy way, but what do I know Tongue

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« Reply #17: May 21, 2009, 08:19:40 pm »

The only thing I can suggest is that if you have a character you know is going to die, don't become too attached to them.  However, there are times when you just don't see a death coming and you just know that that is how this individual's story ends.  Saddly, this is something that I have learned recently.  I am no where near that point yet so I have time to brace myself.  I know writing that scene would be painful, nonetheless.
That's the problem.  This character took on a life of his own and I ended up too attached.  I think I've figured out who to kill though.  Joy is getting to be  a sniveling whiner so maybe it's time to kill Joy?  Really, no pun intended I really have a character named Joy and she's driving me nuts.

So, the answer to writers block is not hitting the head repeatedly on the desk, it's killing someone *taking notes*.
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« Reply #18: May 21, 2009, 11:13:51 pm »

When ever I get pissed off at someone, I turn them into throwaway characters in my story who die in the most horrible ways you can imagine.  It's a total catharsis and I always feel bertter afterwords.
So your ongoing "Life's To-Do List" item really should read, "Not murder anyone literally.  Literarily doesn't count."

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« Reply #19: May 21, 2009, 11:21:45 pm »

So your ongoing "Life's To-Do List" item really should read, "Not murder anyone literally.  Literarily doesn't count."

Yep, sometimes I also add a disclaimer saying,"Manslaughters don't count."

And also if a certain televangilist that lives one city over steps in front of my car, that doesn't count either Cheesy
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« Reply #20: May 22, 2009, 12:06:20 am »

Yep, sometimes I also add a disclaimer saying,"Manslaughters don't count."
That was part of what I was riffing on, yup.

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« Reply #21: May 22, 2009, 02:23:37 am »

That's the problem.  This character took on a life of his own and I ended up too attached.  I think I've figured out who to kill though.  Joy is getting to be  a sniveling whiner so maybe it's time to kill Joy?  Really, no pun intended I really have a character named Joy and she's driving me nuts.

So, the answer to writers block is not hitting the head repeatedly on the desk, it's killing someone *taking notes*.

Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. When I killed Nightshade it made me feel better but offing Suzanne made me cry and I was grumpy for days after. Which is funny because Suzanne's death is more central to the plot. And when I got to the part where Emma learns she's dead I cried all over again

And sometimes you throw a perfectly good dead body under their noses and your characters say to each other 'just ignore her, she's only trying to get attention.' One time they just got up and walked out of the police station to the bar across the street ( I knew I shouldn't have put it there) and stayed there for nearly a month ignoring all attempts to get them back on track.
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« Reply #22: May 27, 2009, 12:19:35 am »


I didn't realize there were so many writers here.

I hate to admit it but it's making me feel a little better about my writer's block, hearing about everyone elses.  Wink
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« Reply #23: May 27, 2009, 04:10:28 am »

The only thing I can suggest is that if you have a character you know is going to die, don't become too attached to them.  However, there are times when you just don't see a death coming and you just know that that is how this individual's story ends.  Saddly, this is something that I have learned recently.  I am no where near that point yet so I have time to brace myself.  I know writing that scene would be painful, nonetheless.

And then you write lots of fanfiction about them before they died, whether or not it really happened in the story.

(Yes, I do this. Cheesy)
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« Reply #24: May 28, 2009, 11:46:29 pm »

I didn't realize there were so many writers here.

I hate to admit it but it's making me feel a little better about my writer's block, hearing about everyone elses.  Wink

Maybe we need a place for writer's to vent or ask questions. I keep asking questions here because I have trouble finding other sources
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« Reply #25: May 29, 2009, 12:19:09 am »

Maybe we need a place for writer's to vent or ask questions. I keep asking questions here because I have trouble finding other sources
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Sounds good to me. It'd be nice to have an open place to talk with other people in similar situations.

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« Reply #26: May 29, 2009, 02:17:01 am »

Maybe we need a place for writer's to vent or ask questions. I keep asking questions here because I have trouble finding other sources
 Huh

We do have a writing/art folder toward the bottom on the list Smiley

But, yeah, I feel ya.  At least you aren't that guy from Grey's Anatomy who ate his manuscript and was hospitalized for mercury poisoning or something.

Light a candle and listen to the rain.  Let yourself go into that dark and twisty place and just let the inspiration flow...
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We do have a writing/art folder toward the bottom on the list Smiley

...But you have to be a Companion Member or above to access it, I think, which neither BlackDragon nor Manny are.  In that situation, the Seeker's Bar and Grill is exactly the right place to start such threads; the non-religious, non-magical stuff is precisely what it's here for.  Smiley
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« Reply #28: May 29, 2009, 04:09:06 pm »

...But you have to be a Companion Member or above to access it, I think, which neither BlackDragon nor Manny are.  In that situation, the Seeker's Bar and Grill is exactly the right place to start such threads; the non-religious, non-magical stuff is precisely what it's here for.  Smiley

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« Reply #29: May 29, 2009, 08:22:12 pm »

No I am not a companion member. And there is some information, that despite my best efforts I can't seem to find anywhere else. It's gotten to the point where the interlibrary loan department runs when they see me coming Roll Eyes On the other hand University of Oregan's special collections still has my back Smiley

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