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Poems vs Songs [Mar. 4th, 2006|12:46 am]
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clover_elf_kin
Is there any real difference between a poem and a song? I've never written a song in my life, but I have written poetry, and I'm hoping lack of any musical knowledge at all doesn't matter . . .

(Unnecessary background: in a story of mine, when someone dies there are special songs people sing for a few days afterward, to guide them on the paths of the afterlife/assure them they're still loved and will be remembered, and I thought it would be nice to include the lyrics. The only way these are actually going to be set to music is if someone wants movie rights.)
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(no subject) [Jan. 5th, 2006|02:38 am]
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dreammyselfaway
Hello!

Well, my task is to transform one genre into another genre, the transformation should be 4,000 words and is due in for the 10th *screams*. I'm attempting to turn Theodore Roethke's "The Waking" into a story about a girl's attempt to find hope after having been physically paralysed by a car *violins*...pathetically twee, I know, but I've left things rather late. Anyway, all I really want to know is, does my writing make the subject interesting? Is there anything I could do to it to make it more interesting or would you advise me to jump ship? This is the beginning of the poem so you have some idea of what I'm working with: (oh yeah, the first paragraph is in brackets because I don't know if it needs to be there)

I wake to sleep and take my waking slow

I feel my fate in what I cannot fear

I learn by going where I have to go

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Different (peaceful) tribes, wars and religions in the past 3000 years [Jan. 4th, 2006|04:46 pm]
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cyber_bard_
Okay, this seems to be a bit of an absurd question. My character has been on Earth for the past 3000 years, looking for different ways to cope with his feelings (guilt, for the main matter). We're talking a warrior here, and I need to fill in that 3000 year old black hole in his history.

One thought was that he'd been a friend of a Native American Indian tribe. And that's where it stops. Obviously enough, he would have been involved in wars, but it's not just the topic of war that I am looking for.

I'm looking for tribes and civilizations that perhaps could teach my character to come at peace with himself, at any point in the past 3000 years, before their peaceful existence was disrupted (and even destroyed). Perhaps they should have been extremely skilled at weapon making as well.
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Parental reaction to barging in? [Dec. 28th, 2005|03:25 am]
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arabwel
So.... i have this scene in my novel thta is giving me heöll.

A 17 year-old girl's stepmpther and father were informed by ther mother, with whom she lives, that she "ran off" on Friday; no one has heard from her until now, the Sunday morning. her stepsister was informed by a friend that the girl, Nega, was shacking up with a pop star (and I mean a star, think Enrique Iglesias or similar) and told her mother and her stepfather. Now, they are at the hotel, the pop star's PA is letting them into his suite trying to keep them from making a scene that would attrack bad press. Inside, it's rather clear what the star and thegirl were doing only a little while before - and now, I have no idea how they should react.

Some character background:

Father is a sulptor, a v. absentminded sort, in his fifties. Absentminded enough to not to actually remember how old his daughter is, and not seeing any reason to go to the hotel now that they know where she is, othe than "!Yes, dear"-ing his wife. he's not religious whatsaoever.

Stepmother is in ther early forties, a psychologist, and not religious, v. sharp, v. self-assurewd. and does caare for the girl wven if she doesnät know Nega ery well.

Stepsister: in her early twenitisss, a college student, who wants to get to know her sister but doesn't know how.

Noine of them really know Nega; the few visits she makes are usually no more than week at t time, a few times a yar at best. THey think she is a solitary geek, unpopular, likes to read and draw and surf the 'net and spent a lot of time oduring her visitis in the museums and galleries and libraries. (she lives in a small town, the family in a big one)

So, yeah. what sor tof reaction would be believeable? Any suggestion, hints, or helpfulness muchly appreciated.
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What to do with the midwife's baby [Oct. 24th, 2005|09:25 pm]
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tamtrible
Setting's quasimedival fantasy. Our Heroine, the local midwife, has a 3-month-old baby. She will be attending a birth which turns difficult. Which seems like the most realistic scenario?
1. Our Heroine takes the baby with her, and keeps it there the entire time.
2. Our Heroine takes the baby with her, but sends it off with a sibling (to be taken to a Responsible Adult) when things turn tricky.
3. Baby is taken to a Responsible Adult as soon as Our Heroine goes off to deliver the other baby.
If it matters, the baby is still exclusively nursing; and Our Heroine's other children are 8 and younger.
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I have Googled the etymology to be sure of proper usage, but... [Sep. 13th, 2005|09:08 am]
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snapes_angel
[mood |curiouscurious]

Would you know what the perosn who leads a caravan is called? It's for the story I will be working on for the pre-NaNoWriMo warmup that starts in a few days (I think it is one of those terms that I knew years ago, but forgot because it wasn't one that I used).

Thank you in advance!
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Traumatized romance [Sep. 11th, 2005|11:38 pm]
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arabwel
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

I am planning a story that is, like most of my stories, a romance; however, I am now faced with a dilemma.

The heroine ias a victim of sexual abuse; she has severe hangups about intimacy and lots of issues even if she is in therapy. How the heck am I going to have her swept off her feet in good-old-romance-novel-fashion without turning this into one of those "See the amazing healing powahs of mah penis!" stories, even if there will be sex? (since I am one of those people who are physically incapable of writing fadeouts)

these are some of the things that I have alredy figured out:

- heroine is in therapy, hads been for a long time, and has steadily overcome a lot of uissues.
- the guy takes it slow - from a teacher/student (just dance lessons though) to friends, then tentative romantic approach
- time. nothing is going to happen in a matter of weeks - this will be spread over several months, at the verry least
- things other than tromance - the heroine's groth as a character will not be based on the romance, but rrather, gaining friends and skills she presviously did not have

Anythinhg else that could be helpful? Any tips oon what not to do?

Thanks in advance :=)
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More life and times of a pseudomedieval scholar... [Jul. 20th, 2005|10:42 pm]
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tamtrible
[mood |underdressed]

The same person I was discussing here. I am, for some unknown reason, dithering about what kind and quantity of clothing she would have.
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Also, anyone have any advice on writing the awkward conversations, stilted silences, ear-burning embarrassment, etc. of early-stage romance without boring my readers to tears?
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The life and times of a pseudomedieval scholar... [Jul. 4th, 2005|04:20 am]
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tamtrible
Our Heroine is a scholar, in a fantasy universe about like unto late medieval/early Renaissance Europe. Except, you know, with magic. And I can't quite get a reasonable feel for what she should actually be *doing* with her time...
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But it's that early bit that I'm kind of sticking on. That, and I'm having a bit of trouble writing awkward teenage romance. (Oh, did I mention Our Heroine is 15? Which, in this society, is a year shy of Full Independent Legal Adult, but well within Can Function As An Adult For Practical Purposes.)
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Help Me!!! [Jun. 30th, 2005|12:17 pm]
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vejgeta9
I am writing a LOTR fic, and I have gotten stuck. It is slash, and for once, I am stuck with the sex scene. It is a threesome between Faramir, Eomer, and a charater I created named Berethor. If anyone can help me, I will send then a copy of the chapter so far, and explain the story in general. Thanks.

~Vejgeta9
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