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  2. A lot of stuff has been going on the last couple of weeks. We had a spell where we had 2-24 tornadoes a day. 😮 Lost power. ☠️ I'm a caregiver of a 94-year-old who had a stomach virus. LOADS of fun. 🤢 The Computer had a nervous breakdown, but I slapped it around and shamed it back into service. F'n slacker PC! It's hard to get the story/words out when real life is yelling at you.
  3. I tend to do a stream-of-consciousness approach. It can be cathartic to spew out words without any thought or planning. I’ll even piss off the inner judge by writing out the ideas I hate, just because they won’t stop spinning around in my head. Typically this will get the gears turning for me.
  4. I try to write a little blurb about what events I want to have happen next in the story when I stop writing. If I don't have that or just can't get a story to flow, I will hit up a prompt or scroll stock photos. Those often get my creative mind back on track.
  5. I give myself permission not to write. Then I do something else. COVID lockdowns, bad /sad news did a number on me and I haven't done much, but i write a poem here and there and i am working on something, albeit slowly. Pressure won't help. Leave it for a bit, James. Let your subconscious do a little work on its own.
  6. Usually it depends. If I hit a wall due to emotional issues I'm going through, I just take a step back and watch some old movies that I can turn my brain off to. It's essentially my form of meditation. The creative field is littered with "discipline" motivational speeches, but personally, I have 0 shame in bowing out every now and then, as usually it's during these meditative states that my writing problems get solved because I allowed my mind space to recover and relax. If it's because I've come at a point in the plot that I just don't know what to do, I have multiple projects running at
  7. Personally, I work on another project. This gives me time for my other characters to shine, at least until I realize they're also polished 💩. By the time I hit the new wall, the original wall for the other story has already crumbled. Alternatively, write a parallel chapter; take a few steps back and go in a completely different direction from what you intended. Even if it isn't where you want to go for the end product, have some fun! I've come up with some crazy stuff that will never see the light of day (breaking up relationships and swapping love interests, for example).
  8. I had a similar experience writing Able III. I kept going back to my outline and kept rewriting trying to nudge the characters to move along. I got nowhere so for a week I just ignored it and then started again. I still wasn't pleased but I got through it...eventually.
  9. I fully support your method. I meditate often, and all the versions of the text in my head are cleared. And it’s like there’s only one option left to write down.
  10. A story is going along just fine and CRASH! You hit the wall. I stare at the open Word doc but this time, I'm not pounding it out. My characters are pissed at me, and they aren't talking. I got a bunch of them arrested. I usually sit down and outline a chapter, but this one is ultra-murky. Tell me: What do you do when you hit the wall?
  11. You are correct. I totally spaced on that one
  12. Actually, it should be "Give him and me a call". Someone once suggested, in cases like this, to drop the other personal pronoun out of the sentence to see whether it still sounds right. So in this case, drop the third personal masculine pronoun (he or him) to just leave the first personal one (I or me). That leaves us with either "Give I a call" or "Give me a call". It should be fairly obvious which is the grammatically correct form. Now, as @Carlos Hazday has pointed out, there is a difference between between narration and dialogue. I often find dialogue in a story to sound artifici
  13. You're right, it is a challenge. I like to read about these things and look things up in the books I've collected about grammar and punctuation. It's also nice to discuss them. I think writing 'rules' are meant to be bent and broken sometimes and as Cia said above, just be consistent within the story.
  14. Somehow I never learned alright vs. all right. Are my teachers to blame or my memory? Both? How embarrassing. I think grammatical nuances can be a challenge for writers both new and experienced. Clearly I still learn new things (or remember lost things) frequently. I think most people agree that knowing the rules is important. It’s remembering them all that sometimes gets in the way. If something has slipped by an author in multiple drafts, and an editor in multiple reads, then maybe the rule needs to be examined for its importance.
  15. LMAO I have enough African American characters, I try to inject a little Black Vernacular English into conversations now and then. I'm probably screwing it up, but what the hell.
  16. Ohhh! A contraction! Very brave of you. I like it, C!
  17. Wholeheartedly agree. I use alright when writing dialogue and all right in narration. I've even ventured into using a'ight.
  18. No, I wasn't given incorrect information. I agree with you fundamentally but when it comes to the speech of some characters, using alright, wanna, dontcha etc., does make a difference. At least it does for me. They are options in my toolbox and I will use them as and when they are right for a character.
  19. One of the best pieces of advise I've gotten. I've tried to follow it since I first heard it from you years ago.
  20. First, learn the rules. Then, figure out how you're willing to break them and why it's important to you as an author or the storyline itself. Above all... be consistent. Oh, and grammatically "He/I" are the proper pronouns when used in the subject of the sentence (those performing the action).When used as the object (being acted upon) you use "him/me". Since the pair in that sentence fragment are receiving the call, they are the objects, therefore you would use "give him and me a call". Or you know, simplify with "give both of us a call" to use an indefinite pronoun instead and remove th
  21. Churchill demolished that rule with the famous line, "Sir, that is a slur, up with which I will not put!" In Latin, prepositions are just that: placed before. Not so, in English. The rule about not splitting infinitives is another one borrowed from Latin. Pedants have tried to force English into the Latin mold, but it often does not work. But they worked really hard to get Spanish that way. There is a hilarious sf short story by Dolton Edwards, Kaos in ce Clasrum, that imagines what might happen if we tried the same thing with English. Italian comes close to the Spani
  22. Okay, but we are not speaking--speaking in--or speaking of Spanish spelling or pronunciation... at least I don't think we are. Are we?!
  23. Thats how EVERY word's spelled in Spanish. Of course vowels having one single pronunciation makes it easier.
  24. You could, I do, blame this on phonetic sounds: If you don't know how to spell a word you spell the word how it sounds.

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