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Russian Revolution - Week 2
« on: March 05, 2018, 05:40:30 PM »
So as the Mexican Ultimatum seemed to work quite well, the idea shall be continued in this new chapter, where we revolt against procrastination, distraction, apathy and generalised morbidity (or whatever else might be stopping you from filling up white rectangles with little squiggly things).

The choice is yours: target a sentence, a paragraph, or whole page (or even just write clever two-word song titles) and repeat the exercise daily. Don't forget to post your work (or simply post about it) in the thread here.

We shall all hold each other accountable, comrades! We must make a stand! It is time to push back the emptiness of the unwritten page for the glory of ... uh ... English? (or you could write in Russian if you really want to)  :P
"Our imagination spans that infinite moment, between the asterisk and the ampersand."

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Re: Russian Revolution - Week 2
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2018, 08:08:39 PM »
Yay! Thanks Agent24.

Today I wrote five handwritten pages.

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Re: Russian Revolution - Week 2
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2018, 08:11:11 PM »
I love this new name. Would love to see you write in Russian! Am also wondering what themed snack we would need to have next week?! :o

Well as for me, today I wrote 5 small pages today because I was bullied to by you lovely people  ;)

I will share this:

when I wake up and don't want the day
I will drag my feel to the water
and re-live my beggining
until this doesn't feel like the end

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Re: Russian Revolution - Week 2
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2018, 08:37:33 PM »
Haha! Unfortunately I do not know Russian, despite wishing I did. But maybe I could write in bad pseudocode...

if poem.meaning=coherent;
then
poem.meaning(obfuscate) && publishAndBeDamned(?);
else
publishAndBeDamned(anyway);


A Russian snack? Hmmm... Vodka? Maybe not!  :o :P


Thanks to all your camaraderie, I was able to write several things today, including actually writing something toward one of my book ideas! Almost a whole page. And a poem. And a rant. Probably about two pages in total. I posted the poem here.

I also "wrote" a poem this morning by pulling chopped up words and pieces of sentences randomly out of my bag, which had been in there since last year. Surprisingly a lot of it actually made sentences with correct grammar. I think I shall make a prompt idea out of that and post it tomorrow...
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2018, 05:10:51 PM »
Could be a very different writing session if the snack was vodka..

Today I have written a short paragraph on being half awake that might get posted on HitRecord after some editing if I feel brave.

I have also typed up a despairing rant that I wrote mid last year and was reminded of by our writing yesterday. Here it is:

I miss the future that I don’t have now
did I lose my dreams somewhere along the path?
are they pebbles that sank to the bottom of my pockets and
I need only reach back inside?
I like where I am but it’s not where I swore I’d be
is that a betrayal or a tangential victory?
why have I not opened this book regularly?
does ‘finish what you started’ no longer apply
if I gave up quietly?

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Re: Russian Revolution - Week 2
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2018, 10:20:57 PM »
What about Russian fudge? Or that red soup - borsch?

I like the idea of the tangential victory in your poem Serena.

I wrote one page as soon as I woke up this morning, which I felt was going somewhere good but I had to get up and get ready to go out. I'm going to try giving myself a bit more time tomorrow morning.

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Re: Russian Revolution - Week 2
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2018, 10:24:26 PM »
It is certainly an amusing prospect, maybe it could turn into a prompt. What do you think you would write about if drunk? Would it form the basis for some sort of insight into one's mind, and its apprehensions? Is this turning into the bogus psychoanalysis booth? I like your rant and I really like 'tangential victory'  :D

After avoiding writing anything until the last minute, I wrote almost a whole page today. 658 words. It took me about 55 minutes and it isn't amazing. A scene in which my protagonist character (Katie) is running down a street. For what exact reason I am not certain yet. But perhaps it will become apparent at some point.

I wonder if making some kind of wall-chart-mind-map thing with string and mugshots and thumb-tacks, just like the stereotypical Hollywood FBI detective has in her bedroom, would elicit some advantage to comprehending the overarching storyline of a whole book? I think the visual aspect might be quite helpful. Maybe for me anyway. Maybe I could use the same concept with a collection of poetry.  Hmm... :-\
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Re: Russian Revolution - Week 2
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2018, 11:10:10 PM »
I used to say writing was like cooking - should never be done sober. Now alcohol just makes me sleepy. Didn't Earnest Hemmingway say "write drunk, edit sober"?   

So, I have this character template that I am working on... 

Character Profile Worksheet


Basic Statistics

Name:
Age:
Nationality:
Socioeconomic Level as a child:
Socioeconomic Level as an adult:
Hometown:
Current Residence:
Occupation:
Income:
Talents/Skills:
Salary:
Birth order:
Siblings (describe relationship):
Spouse (describe relationship):
Children (describe relationship):
Grandparents (describe relationship):
Grandchildren (describe relationship):
Significant Others (describe relationship):
Relationship skills:


Physical Characteristics:

Height:
Weight:
Race:
Eye Color:
Hair Color:
Glasses or contact lenses?
Skin color:
Shape of Face:
Distinguishing features:
How does he/she dress?
Mannerisms:
Habits: (smoking, drinking etc.)
Health:
Hobbies:
Favorite Sayings:
Speech patterns:
Disabilities:
Style (Elegant, shabby etc.):
Greatest flaw:
Best quality:


Intellectual/Mental/Personality Attributes and Attitudes

Educational Background:
Intelligence Level:
Any Mental Illnesses?
Learning Experiences:
Character's short-term goals in life:
Character's long-term goals in life:
How does Character see himself/herself?
How does Character believe he/she is perceived by others?
How self-confident is the character?
Does the character seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof?
What would most embarrass this character?


Emotional Characteristics


Strengths/Weaknesses:
Introvert or Extrovert?
How does the character deal with anger?
With sadness?
With conflict?
With change?
With loss?
What does the character want out of life?
What would the character like to change in his/her life?
What motivates this character?
What frightens this character?
What makes this character happy?
Is the character judgmental of others?
Is the character generous or stingy?
Is the character generally polite or rude?


Spiritual Characteristics

Does the character believe in God?
What are the character's spiritual beliefs?
Is religion or spirituality a part of this character's life?
If so, what role does it play?


How the Character is Involved in the Story

Character's role in the novel (main character? hero? heroine? Romantic interest? etc.):
Scene where character first appears:
Relationships with other characters:

1. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).
2. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).
3. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).
4. Character's Name: -- (Describe relationship with this character and changes to relationship over the course of the novel).

How character is different at the end of the novel from when the novel began:

Additional Notes on This Character:


 
I have written out all my main characters, and I am filling it in for each of them. Its a project in itself. '
 

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Re: Russian Revolution - Week 2
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2018, 07:16:21 PM »
Thanks, I like that bit too  :)

The character template is cool, it makes me want to write the answers for myself and find out what kind of character I am..

Well today I wrote a small page. I will share a line:

will my shoes ever fit
before the tread is worn down?

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Re: Russian Revolution - Week 2
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2018, 08:52:19 PM »
That seems like it would provide a very comprehensive writeup of a character! I'm quite vague on half of those, at first glance. Maybe I shall try to fill one in and see what happens.

This is hard. Today I wrote only 152 words, just stuff I was inspired by when out today. Just using eye-catching things to base a scene or description on etc. I find it easier if there's something I can reinterpret. I think David Firth said he used that technique too in the interview we watched. (We did, right? I'm not just imagining that?)
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Re: Russian Revolution - Week 2
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2018, 08:55:02 PM »
will my shoes ever fit
before the tread is worn down?

It feels like a metaphor for life in general.?
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Re: Russian Revolution - Week 2
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2018, 08:58:49 PM »
This morning I woke up and wrote a scene of a party where a bunch of my favourite writers and thinkers were there. I had a one or two line conversation with each of them. I found it fun and sort of comforting to imagine a sense of 'belonging' with them, even though I've never actually met any of them in person. I imagined that they were interested in what I had to say which made me think about what I want to say with my writing, if I were to actually say something.

I'm with TSA1984, alcohol of any quantity puts me to sleep. But, I'm very intrigued about what does get people in the mood for writing. I'm going to start a new thread about it.   

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Re: Russian Revolution - Week 2
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2018, 09:00:07 PM »
I don't remember watching a David Firth interview. But maybe I forgot...

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Re: Russian Revolution - Week 2
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2018, 09:46:12 PM »
I have almost failed
only this empty haiku
brings today's entry
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« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2018, 10:26:19 PM »
Dear lord!  152 words is a good day for me....

It would be an interesting exercise to write a character profile of yourself. You'd fictionalise it after a while, and you'd have a fully realised semi-fictional  character. Who here hasn't realised that a character is just themselves in disguise.