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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 3:27 am 
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Yep, I write for a few hours every day, whether that be starting new poems, editing older ones, writing for commission (poems, reviews, editorial), blogging (which I haven't done in a long time) or just talking to fellow writers about writing, which helps me grow in my ideas, thoughts and opinions.

But what I was going to say in here is that the publisher I had sent my second chapbook manuscript to has gone bust. So that's a bummer.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:52 am 
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That's a real bummer, Mark. I hope somebody else picks it up. I enjoying having copies of your poems.


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Cheers! Yeah, I have a couple of other ideas for it; if they don't work out I'll start on something new and hope it's maybe picked up later.


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My New Year's resolution is to start writing more. When my dad got sick, I vowed to start writing lighter stuff, but I just couldn't do it and eventually I stopped writing altogether. I am not capable of writing something nice or life-affirming. I have to go where my mind takes me and that's undoubtedly into darker/disturbing stuff.

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turned2black wrote:
My New Year's resolution is to start writing more. When my dad got sick, I vowed to start writing lighter stuff, but I just couldn't do it and eventually I stopped writing altogether. I am not capable of writing something nice or life-affirming. I have to go where my mind takes me and that's undoubtedly into darker/disturbing stuff.


I understand the desire to censor or direct yourself-- I tend to shrug off "easy" writing projects in favor of ones that make me sweat a little. They don't always go the way I intend, but the process can be rewarding and it feels more like growth to push at the edges of your comfort zone.

"Life-affirming" takes many shapes. What does it even mean to be alive, anyway? It depends on the writer and reader what message they take from the work. I find lots of dark or dreary fiction to be life-affirming, at least in terms of craft.

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griffinxi wrote:
turned2black wrote:
My New Year's resolution is to start writing more. When my dad got sick, I vowed to start writing lighter stuff, but I just couldn't do it and eventually I stopped writing altogether. I am not capable of writing something nice or life-affirming. I have to go where my mind takes me and that's undoubtedly into darker/disturbing stuff.


I understand the desire to censor or direct yourself-- I tend to shrug off "easy" writing projects in favor of ones that make me sweat a little. They don't always go the way I intend, but the process can be rewarding and it feels more like growth to push at the edges of your comfort zone.

"Life-affirming" takes many shapes. What does it even mean to be alive, anyway? It depends on the writer and reader what message they take from the work. I find lots of dark or dreary fiction to be life-affirming, at least in terms of craft.

I'm actually writing children's fiction at work right now. I'm totally out of my comfort zone. If I'm writing for work I can fake nice, but if I'm writing for me it's all death and mayhem.

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Curious how some of the folks in this thread feel about genre fiction-- thinking specifically about fantasy. I've never written anything like that, but I can't help but admit there is something attractive about the idea of inventing a fantasy world and playing around with sword and sorcery stuff. Part of me thinks that would be an absolute blast to do; part of me thinks that "monomyth" stuff is derivative and boring and it's all been done.

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There's nothing wrong with genre fiction in itself, but it's rare that someone writing to genre specifications manages to also stick out from the pack. There are sci-fi and fantasy novels which have proven to tick the boxes of genre as well as being great literature, but they're memorable precisely because there's relatively few of them.


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Harmless wrote:
There's nothing wrong with genre fiction in itself, but it's rare that someone writing to genre specifications manages to also stick out from the pack. There are sci-fi and fantasy novels which have proven to tick the boxes of genre as well as being great literature, but they're memorable precisely because there's relatively few of them.


Agreed-- I think I'm going to make this a pet project for 2013. Never know until you try, I suppose. :D

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If we're including work, I write 5 times a week. Sometimes it's copy, sometimes it's feature writing, sometimes it's speeches, but it exercises the same part of the brain.

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Just finished an essay for a new literary magazine that is starting up locally. It was the first time in a number of years I've written about something other than music--it felt pretty liberating.

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Congrats man. What's the mag?


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 Post subject: Re: Writing in general
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It's called Bluff--I don't know a lot about it honestly, as the first issue hasn't come out yet. The guy who edited my book is an old English professor of mine, and he's starting the magazine with a local newspaper editor, and he recruited me for it. So I guess the submission hasn't actually been accepted yet, but I'm thinking positively. From what I understand it's going to be a forum for all different types of creative writing.

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