New Venue

Dec. 13th, 2013 03:07 pm
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I thought I would take a bit of time out of the [ profile] writers_loft's members' days to let you all know about a new online venue that is set to appear on the scene next year. It's called 'Creator and the Catalyst' and proposes to be a venue for online publishing, a place for audio productions of original work and a forum for posting work for review and critique.

There's a wide range of genre and sub-genre represented at the forum from a good range of people with varying capacities to write. I'm somewhere about the middle, so nobody need feel intimidated by the fellow contributors. There will be writing workshops and there's a monthly writing event that sets a topic for you to write on.

The genres include:

Art works of various styles and types

Audio Comedy
Pro section for audio comedy productions by our membership's talent.

Audio Essays
Pro section for audio essays, produced from our member's original literature.

Audio Poetry
Pro section for audio poetry, produced from our member's original literature.

Audio Stories
Pro section for audio stories, produced from our member's original literature.

Celebrity and Author Interviews
Articles and audio/video interviews with celebrities, professional talent and commercial authors.

Creative Journals
Membership may use this section to log step by step developments of their creative work.

Essay Literature
Essay Literature

Fiction Literature: Action Adventure
Action Adventure Literature

Fiction Literature: Comedy
Comedy Literature

Fiction Literature: Fantasy
Fantasy Literature

Fiction Literature: General Fiction
Category for stories not fitting into any other genre.

Fiction Literature: Horror
Horror Literature

Fiction Literature: Mystery
Mystery Literature

Fiction Literature: Romance
Romance Literature

Fiction Literature: Science Fiction
Science Fiction Literature

Fiction Literature: Westerns
Western literature

Instruction in all areas of creative endeavors.

Media Store Shopping
Professional products created by membership talent can be purchased in this online store.

Message Boards
Member on-site communication

Movie Production Values
The stagecraft elements of film making.

CD music tracks by site professional musicians and groups.

Poetry Literature
Poetry Literature

Media products, member's products and creative work reviews.

Site Administration
Site business development through membership collaborative involvement.

Site and Talent Related Articles
Magazine style articles on site related news, projects and member talent promotion.

Site News
Site information and events.

Art and literature are submitted through this subforum.

Talent Promotion
Celebrating member's accomplishments and commercial achievements.

The Creator and the Catalyst Digital Magazine
A monthly publication of quality professional media entertainment by our membership.

The Impressionists
This section is for voice demos and sample voice impressions by voice artists of celebrities, accents and original characters.

The Writing Workshop
Activities to increase writer's skill, style and technical abilities

Writing Events
Monthly writing events.

(As you can see there's no 'Play' or 'Screenplay' topic but I'm working on that. The exigencies of the bulletin board format make the format of plays and screenplays a bit problematic.)

The Poetry Literature topic also includes my attempt to resurrect 'The Saga of Bjorn: The World's Longest Poem' from its old days on the Trumalia forum in 2007.

Come over to and have a look. If you like what you see, join up. It's going to make 2014 a lot of fun. Serious, serious fun.

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So, I just realized that I haven't mentioned anything too specific about my novel. I've been talking about it without actually talking about it. So let's start at the beginning:

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So, the other day I took a bit of a writing break because my computer was acting strange and I was terrified that if I opened my book file it would all mysteriously delete. But then my computer was been acting much better, so I decided to risk it.

I've completed about 1,000 words each day since then. I did get a bit distracted when it came to my attention that I had yet to watch Breaking Dawn Part 1 (which was epic!). I haven't done any writing today, but I might get some done later. But I have been doing a little writing on another project of mine, just to get my creative juices flowing again. I've been a little novel-ed out, to be honest.

Anyway, what I've accomplished (in the novel):
-fight scene between 2 main characters
-major explanation of a mystery which sets up the plot of the entire book
-end of Act I, beginning of Act II

Total Word Count: ~14,000 words
Total Page Count: 33 pages
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So last November 2011 for Nanowrimo, I started working on a novel titled "Taking Sides". Unfortunately, November is also when classes get busy, so I was unable to make it past the Chapter 3. Now that I have more free time (aka unemployment sucks), I have taken it up again in the hopes of maybe getting it published.

I've been writing since I was a child. In elementary school, when we were given vocab words and told to use it in a sentence, all of my sentences combined to form a story. I was such a precocious little thing, wasn't I? lol. I started writing fanfiction when I was about 12 and have been doing it regularly ever since. Almost ten years later, I have finally decided to try and make my lifelong hobby into a career, or at least that's the idea.

As I said, I wrote up to mid-way through Chapter 3 in "Taking Sides". However late last night I came to the realization that I hate everything that I've written so far. It was boring and too slowly paced. And just like that, 25 pages went down the drain.

Here's what I've decided:
-Despite the fact that I've always written in third person, this novel is meant to be written in first person.
-I need to flesh out more details on the other major characters - not just the main one.
-I would like to make the novel 500 pages or so.

Here's what I've done:
-Written out each of the four major characters and listed their Physical Characteristics, Personality Traits and any major Outside Influences that shape their reactions.
-Wrote out a plot summary
-Divided the plot summary into 3 Acts: Setup, Confrontation and Resolution.
-Picked out actors/actresses in order to more solidly personify my characters' personality and features

So, who wants to know more about my novel?
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A little snippet from the first section of prose in the Tal'verse. I have no idea if this is staying the way it is. It's a little rambling on purpose, to highlight how young he is, but also I feel like I'm not really getting where I need to with it. It seems to make sense to me, but I know the whole plot so I don't think that really counts. So it would be really helpful if you tell me what you got out of it so I can make sure it's working...
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I have been a long time lurker on here and finally got up the courage to post. 
This is a short extract from my new project (yet to be named). Long story short, it's about a serial killer and his house mate. I won't give away any more because, really, you don't need it.

All I ask is that you glance over this, give me your suggestions (grammer, characters etc) and comment. I am pleased with it but not entirely happy. It is only a draft, and I am determined to finish it, but it would be lovely to get some opinions and advice.

"Delightful. I suppose I owe you a thank you for not turning me away?" )
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I was reading about the biggest serial killers (I'm heavily interested in criminal psychology) and when reading the chapter on Son of Sam, I was inspired to write a story. If you don't know, Son of Sam was a prolific serial killer in New York who targeted couples. He wrote to the newspapers as well, and one journalist, Jimmy Breslin started a column and wrote back. I decided to take this idea and create a longer and more personal correspondence from the newspaper.

My serial killer is named James Handen. I changed my journalist to just an advice columnist rather than someone who gets the stories etc. Her name is Annabelle Bailey (and her column is "Dear Annabelle").

Okay, so I put what I have so far in the best order I have for now. The first three letters in this entry are in exact order, and the rest of them are chronological but with a lot of space in between them.

Dear Annabelle )

And from here the letters are spaced out widely on a vague timeline...

Once upon a time )

I looked at you and I felt something strange. )

I am also wondering if you think I should keep the point of view all documentation (letters, news stories, police reports/notes, the criminal profile, etc) OR if I should have it from an actual person's viewpoint (Annabelle, Handen, an investigator, a victim, an uninvolved civilian, etc).

Also, any suggestions on where to set this story would be great too. I want it to be in a big city, but not in New York like Son of Sam and Jimmy Breslin were. Any input is appreciated! :)


Dec. 7th, 2010 08:17 pm
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Haven't had a question in a while... but now...

Which one(s) would be right?

1. I don't like this type of shoes
2. I don't like these type of shoes
3. I don't like these types of shoes
4. I don't like this type of shoe

The next one is easier done in an example:

When I asked Skye about that, she told me that they cut a hole in my trachea and actually inserted a tube into it because I wasn't breathing on my own, and I had a lot of blood in my throat (or esophagus so they couldn't put a tube down that way).


When I asked Skye about that, she told me that they cut a hole in my trachea and actually inserted a tube into it because I wasn't breathing on my own, and I had a lot of blood in my throat. (Or esophagus so they couldn't put a tube down that way.)

Or are they both right. Or does it depend on how the sentence is worded...?

Well, thanks for listening, and thanks in advanced!

~ J
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It's hard to word it into a question, so I have to give you an example.

By the way as a disclaimer these excerpts are taken from All Hallows' Eve by Vivian Vande Velde because I'm not creative enough (right now) to come up with my own examples.

"Okay, now, arms and legs inside the wagon; we don't want any injuries"--the "okay" being his signal he had heard her and was on his way [...].

That was how she wrote it in the book, but I've seen it where the em dash is on the inside of the dialogue. So my question is, which is correct. Outside or inside?

Thanks in advanced to anyone who answers my question! I really appreciate you being so patient with all my questions and answering them as well!

~ J


Sep. 25th, 2010 10:11 pm
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You should just call me the Question Queen or something, with me and all my questions I ask you guys...

Anyway, I was just wondering if I should capitalize and/or italicize ballet moves.

That's pretty much it.

Thanks in advanced for you answer!

~ J
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This'll be real quick and short.

Which would be the correct way?

I was a ten-year-old.


I was a ten year old.

I think I've seen this done both ways and I don't know which way is grammatically correct.

And then,

Is it blonde or blond? I've also seen both before. What's the difference? If there isn't any which one should I use in my writing?

All answers welcome! Thanks in advanced!

~ J
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Okay, so three more questions that have me confused...

Questions under cut just because I think this post is long )

~ J
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Hello Everyone. I'm very excited about being here. I've been writing earnestly for about year, but have been writing off and on since I was twelve.
I tried my hand at retelling (sort of)  the fairytale Cinderella and I like bits and pieces of it but there's something off about it. I was hoping you all might take a look at it.


Ash and Honey )


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Okay, so I know the basics, the things they've taught me in the classroom. But there's one thing that gets me every time.

Is the correct grammar:

Poppy had James' baseball.


Poppy had James's baseball.

Thanks in advanced for the help!

~ J
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This is a rework of a short story that I have decided to use in a novel that I have started, but I want to get things as close to perfect before I continue on with the story. I have been told a few times that it is best to write the entire story and then go back over it, but being the perfectionist that I am, I just have to get it right before I carry on.

So, I could use some feedback, thanks

Chapter 1

She could hear the storm outside the small dank smelling cabin, blowing the crystallize snow against the small window and rattling the old door. The cabin was warm inside because of the wood burning stove just inches away from her. Normally she loved the smell of wood burning. She lay there on the floor, with her eyes shut, wishing that she had something to lay on, as it was she could feel the chill through the floor boards. As she heard Jack behind her, she shivered again. At least she had a quilt to throw over her. She couldn’t imagine how much colder it would be without it. She lay there saying a silent prayer. Please God help me leave this nasty, dirty, and stinky cabin.
Read more... )
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I'm doing this empathy project for school and I had to write a final essay, and it needs a peer review.... Also, did I mention it was due today? So... if anyone would be kind enough to help me out real quick, I'd be grateful. Thanks in advanced!

Click Me! )

~ Rosie
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I have an assignment due tomorrow (March 19th, 2010) and I need someone to look over my essay and help me revise. I'd appreciate it greatly! More than one person welcome!

Vantage Point )

Once again thank you so much for your help!

~ Rosie
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Grammar issues again.

Which would be correct?

This one: I made sure that she was no where in sight and made sure that Dr. Garcia was preoccupied with what he was doing before I threw my legs over the side of the bed and walked over to Benny.
“Could I talk to you for a moment?” I murmured under my breath.


This one: I made sure that she was where in sight and made sure that Dr.Garcia was preoccupied with what he was doing before I threw my legs over the side of the bed and walked over to Benny. "Could I talk to you for a moment?" I murmured under my breath.


"And exactly what did you see?" he asked.


"And exactly what did you see?" He asked.

Just some other things I'd like to know... )

Thanks in advanced!

~ Rosie
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How do I know when to use:

These ---> ()
These ---> -
These ---> ,

What's the difference? Well I mean, I know the difference but I mean like in writing? Could you go into detail and give me examples?

Also, I hear that if you want to publish a book you send out a manuscript to the publishing companies. What's a manuscript?

Much appreciated!

Thanks in advanced!

~ Rosie


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