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Cindy La Ferle

Yes -- getting started is one of the toughest aspects of writing. It helps if I remove the pressure and possibility of publication at first -- telling myself that it's OK to make mistakes, to write sh*tty first drafts, as Anne Lamott advises. I don't worry so much if I trick myself into thinking nobody else will read what I'm writing until I'm good 'n' ready ...

loren stephens

Getting started doesn't seem to be my problem -- it's working on something and not really knowing what it is that I am getting at -- lovely prose, no point. Or great descrption, no emotion. My biggest challenge these days is putting myself in the picture and revealing myself. I think that I am doing just that and then I get a response from an editor with, "We wish that you went deeper with your feelings." Ugh. Should I write back and tell them how I feel about rejection????? Thanks for the quote from Frank Gehry. It gives me comfort to know that someone with his talent suffers just like the rest of us mortals. Have a great time in Idyllwild, Montana and beyond. Loren


I find myself in a similar situation as Loren - I have no problem starting things, but then they seem to go nowhere. I have lots of lovely unfinished bits and pieces lying around. Reminds me of my grandmother's patchwork quilt bag...maybe I should start sewing!


I'm having a problem w/all aspects as of late! Though specifically at this moment it's trying to get this story I'm working on organized so I can get all my idea's out & down and then get the story going!

Does anyone know where I can view a generic novel outline example? Something that I can use as a guideline to make up one of my own?

Everything I've found via google is specific for specific author's and their works.

I used to have a book from college that had something like this in it ~ a book that's long gone and long gone from my memory too!

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Is it mean to admit that I'm getting tired of slraies? It does make it easier for a writer to use these prompts for expanding on something that already exists. I definitely see the value in that.However, as a commenter someone who makes an effort to visit a number of links and comment on each, it gets frustrating to see post after post of this is part of something already going on Some of these are pretty good stand alones, and I comment on those, but others just leave me lost. I hate opening a book to the middle, and I can't read the backstory of every member's characters.I'll still read, but I'm not likely to comment if I find myself lost in the middle of something. I hope that doesn't mean people won't share using the prompts to fill out an existing character is great! But I just can't comment on them all.


Jack, you have my sympathies but at the end of the day you can only be relionspbse for your own words and actions not the decisions of others to adopt a more limited perspective and think they already know it all. I guess that comes back to knowing your context, and having an understanding for the kind of reaction you can expect to your writing. Then it's a question of deciding whether or how you want to continue raising the issue.Rummuser, I try and stay neutral in writing on the net too. Too easy for views to get misinterpreted or taken the wrong way. This is probably as far into the waters of hot issues as I want to go!

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