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Looking for writing friends [03 Feb 2010|06:34pm]


Name: Becky
Pen name: Rebekah
Age: 27
Location: Lorain, Ohio
Writes about: Horror fiction: Occult, ghosts, witches, Tarot, Vampires and the number 13. . . and a little romance, but it's mostly realistic or dark romance
http://rebekah1213.livejournal.com/87631.html a blog: I posted about books for those who have writer's block.

I am looking for more friend who enjoy writing and are encouraging, because it is easy to get distracted and writing isn't always easy.


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Hey stressed out writers [27 Sep 2009|06:23pm]


Name: Rebekah or Becky

Age: 26

Date of Birth: Dec 13

Gender: Female

Sexuality: Straight

Location: Lorain-North Ridgeville, Ohio

Occupation: Writer

Hair: Red and black, but I am always changing it

Eyes: Blue-green

Ethnicity: White

Language: English

Marital Status: Complicated

Looking for: Friends, pen-pals

Tattoos/Piercings: None

Religion: Spiritual: Pagan & New Age

Do you want LJ friends? Yes

Do you want Snail mail pen-pals? Yes

About me (basics): What do you want to know? I am reliable as I am everyone shoulder to cry on. I am an open book. Message me and ask more.

I love writing and plan to publish all of my writings if possible.

I love to spoil my friends.

I love traveling, hiking, and going for walks.

I am a huge movie buff as I enjoy a good comedy or horror.

I am intelligent, humorous (more of a dry humor), understanding romantic, creative, and a kid at heart.

Hobbies: Writing: novel, blogs, poetry; Painting, Traveling, Cooking, Baking, Hiking, Music, Watching movies

Music: Hanson, Nickelback, Godsmack, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Metallica, POD, Wednesday13, Pink Floyd, Evanscence, Deep Purple, Pink, Katy Perry, Type O Negative, The Fray, Howie Day, Linkin’ Park, Oldies, Motown, Evanescence, Boyz II Men, Dance music

Books: I am currently reading “Queen of the Damned” in the Vampire Chronicle series by Anne Rice. I also like anything by Stephen King

TV: House, Top Chef: New York, Married with Children, Boy Meets World, Family Guy, Simpsons, Iron Chef

Movies: The Saw Series, Dirty Dancing, Spiderman 3, Get over it, Repo! The Genetic Opera, Rose Red, Interview with a Vampire, The Shinning, and mostly comedies and horror



I am very interested into numerology, tarot, astrology, palm readings, and anything else in the New Age and Pagan experience.


I am always interested in making friends with similar interests.




Writing Notes: I have been easily distracted lately and I have had writer's block. I am working on the rewriting process of my first novel (It is book one out of seven). I have a really hard time ending my writings, but starting them is pretty easy once I get inspired. I am just looking for others where I can discuss my writing problems and possibly exchange tips/ advice etc.

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Introduction. [06 Mar 2009|09:37pm]


I'm Lacey. New here. I want to be a writer. I'm currently an English/History major. I have a writing journal on LJ. It's basically where I post writing and what is going on with it. I joined this community because I get frustrated sometimes and I think it is really helpful to talk to people who understand, especially since I am sort of a closet-writer. Anyways, thought I would say hi and introduce myself. If you have any thoughts or questions, let me know!
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Stressed Writer needs Grammar Nazi [27 Feb 2009|10:15pm]


I have written a book of fairy tales that will be self-published and sold at our Medieval Faire this April. I'm trying to do as much editing as I can since my editor is also the illustrator & she's currently swamped.

I am mostly looking for someone with a real talent for the colon and the semi-colon (I tend to err on the side of neither) and I fear I have an Issue with Capitalizing words Unnecessarily.

I could sure use some advice. Are there any helpful, brutal Nazis about?
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It's been quiet here for a very long time..... [28 Dec 2008|11:33am]

[ mood | uncomfortable ]

So, I have a MAC and I've been experimenting with Word Processors, and I'm having problems finding one that does complex layout.

I'm looking for a Word Processor / Tool that can handle multiple Text boxes in output (or multiple graphics boxes), can deal with different layout styles from page to page (so you can have say 1 page that's 2 column, then a page that's 1 column to present a table, then a return to 2 column without tons of redesign changes every time you add a page agead of one that has a different layout then the one before it (Layout locking).

I also want indexing tools built in, and WYSIWYG.

Anyone know of something that works this way and works under Leorpard and doesn't cost a small fortune?

I Have Neooffice and IWrite. I have no interested in crippled and problematic Microsoft software (which doesn't do what I want since the output changes from printer to printer).

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Writer's Block [15 Dec 2007|10:37pm]

[ mood | determined ]

I wrote this about a month ago but I'm cross-posting this because I think this issue affects writers everywhere:

Because this issue has been prevalent in the headlines and it affects all of us, I thought I’d take a moment and discuss the Writers Guild of America strike.

Since other bards have discussed this in depth, I feel that it’s my turn to put my two cents into the matter. While most of you are aware of the strike, many of you may not understand the specifics which led to the walkout and protest.

Every three years, the WGA negotiates their contract with the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers (AMPTP). Reaching an impasse this year, on Nov. 5, the WGA went on strike. Why?

As entertainment moves towards the internet and other new media, the writers risk getting shut out. What they’re asking for is 2.5 percent residuals of revenue. This means that for every dollar that’s made, the writers would receive 2.5 cents. So if a single cent isn’t made, then they don’t get paid. Sounds reasonable right? Well apparently the AMPTP doesn’t think so.

The next thing the WGA is asking for is coverage and protection for original content; specifically anything created for the internet. This includes health and pension, minimum amounts, credits and separated rights. It should be noted that the WGA already has this protection in television and film. They’re simply asking for the same thing for the internet.

What else are the writers asking for?

Currently they receive 3 percent per DVD, they’re now asking for 6. What this means is that they receive 4 cents per DVD which isn’t much considering most DVDs cost at least $10. So instead of 4 cents per DVD, the the wordsmiths are requesting 8 cents.

Then there’s the issue of expansion and coverage. There are a number of productions such as game shows, documentaries and talk shows where the writers’ rights to pension and benefits are flat out ignored by companies despite their contractual obligations. And in the areas of reality shows and animation, writers receive no benefits at all.

It should also be noted that the average WGA member’s salary doesn’t exceed five figures. Some members make as little as $5,000 a year, according to some reports. You can understand why they’re pissed.

Because the AMPTP refuse to address these issues and are threatening to remove some of the current benefits, the WGA is protesting.

With no writers, your favorite television shows and films are going to have to close up shop indefinitely.

The last WGA strike took place back in 1988 and lasted for 22 weeks, costing the entertainment industry $500 million.

Many authors, bloggers and other professional writers have discussed the strike and have made some of the same points that I’m going to discuss.

Any scribe will tell you that writing is hands down the most disrespected and taken for granted art form there is.

As both an accomplished writer and artist, I for one can tell you that you get a modicum of respect in one medium and absolutely none in the other.

The reason for this is that the average semi-literate believes that because they know how to place a noun, a verb and a period in order, they are therefore on par with Dickens, Shakespeare or Doyle. Never mind the intricate nuances of storytelling, pacing or plot structure, because semi-literates can write simple sentences and/or regurgitate timeless plots/clichés, they themselves are therefore writers.

Because art is a visual medium it’s more apparent that is much more difficult to imitate and that’s why it maintains its respective status. I can’t tell you how many times someone has observed my sketches and replied, “I never could do that drawing stuff. I can’t draw a straight line or stick figures to save my life.”

A prime example of what I’m talking about is comic books. A few years back I read an interview about an accomplished comic book artist who launched his own company. When asked about who would be writing the issues, he informed the reporter he would do it. He then stated that writing isn’t exactly rocket science. It should be noted that his most popular franchise is notorious for ripping off G.I. Joe, James Bond and Charlie’s Angels.

I once worked with a group of artists in the hopes of producing a comic book. Two of the artists, while skilled, had the same mentality that because they could read words and scribbled simple sentences, they were bards. Despite the fact that they possessed writing skills of fourth graders and despite the fact that I hold an English B.A. (with a concentration in writing) and repeatedly tried to explain to them that storytelling is far more sophisticated than one may surmise, they believed that they were experts in my very field.

So again, writers getting no respect? So not surprised.

But the astute observer will notice that this issue is far bigger than the WGA strike and is in fact a reflection of the epidemic that is plaguing society. The Haves vs. the Have-Nots or as Bill Maher so accurately put it, the Haves vs. the Been-Hads. The rich continue to get richer while the poor continue to suffer.

Don’t believe me. Follow the money. If the writers aren’t receiving the money, who does it goes to? The companies and more importantly the CEOs who sit on top of the proverbial food chain.

The WGA strike and the issues surrounding it is only a microcosm of what’s been happening in this country for many years. Huge corporations continue to rake in ridiculously large amounts of profits by cutting salaries and benefits for the worker bee who drives the company. Don’t believe me? Ask a Walmart employee what their occupational situation is. NBC recently ceased distributing their shows through Itunes because they wanted Itunes to charge $4.99 per episode as opposed to $1.99. The reason? Greed, pure and simple.

But it doesn’t stop there.

The rich receives tax breaks and multinational conglomerates receive corporate welfare. Congressmen vote for salary increases for themselves and yet the working class is still making a little over $5, thus making it impossible not to live from paycheck to paycheck.

And what are we told? Don’t like your status in life? Go back to school, get a college degree. Sure that helps and if you’re lucky you might land a decent job but in this day and age, a masters degree is the equivalent of what a bachelor’s degree used to be and a bachelor’s degree is the equivalent of what a high school diploma used to be. And if a person doesn’t have a high school diploma or a G.E.D…..may God help them because this society surely won’t. And let’s not even the discuss what you’ll have to pay back in loans.

No trillions of dollars are spent on a farce of a war and we’re brainwashed into believing that universal healthcare is the equivalent of communism. Or to spend the funds from the war to forgive college debts is ludicrous but to invade another country and drive up oil prices makes perfect sense.

In this country, the rich and the powerful can commit multiple DUI offenses and then decide how many days they want to stay in jail and yet we as a people aren’t outraged by the travesty of justice.

The American Dream is a thing of the past and that’s if it ever existed in the first place.

As a student of history, I know that if we don’t learn from the past, we’re doomed to repeat the same mistakes.

You see during the 18th century, France was in a similar state. The aristocracy continued to grow in wealth and power while the poor and the downtrodden endured harsher taxes, poverty and hunger. Eventually the downtrodden got sick and tired of being sick and tired and decided to have a little thing called the French Revolution. After all, a person with nothing to lose has nothing to fear and a person who has nothing to fear is the most dangerous type of person. The peasants overthrew the establishment and this led to much blood shed and change.

I must caution that if something isn’t done and conditions don’t change we could have a revolt on our hands. Maybe not tomorrow but possibly in the not too distant future.

The WGA epitomizes what the downtrodden should do. Take a stand. Demand change. It seems only appropriate that they would show us the way.

After all, writers do more than simply write pretty words. It's not rocket science. It's much more.

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whitesmoke.com inquiry [19 Nov 2007|11:13am]

Whitesmoke.com : Anyone know anything about this software? It's supposed to be an intelligent 'grammer checker' for writing, but their website doesn't give pricing information unless you register with them (and thus give them your email address).

Is it real, or a scam? What do they charge and is it any good? Inquiring minds want to know.

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A little Stress relief [13 Nov 2007|02:18pm]

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Staying the Course [07 Sep 2007|11:16pm]

[ mood | impressed ]

Cross-posted everywhere because some messages are worth getting out.

Below are two excellent posts I read yesterday in regards to writing and publishing. The first one was written by Ann C. Crispin and the second was written by the lovely and immensely talented cmpriest. May these two posts inspire all of you as much as they did me.

How Do You Tell Who's Going to Make It?


Things I've Learned Since I Got My First Book Published

Happy writing.

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What the Editors Don't Know [22 Jul 2007|10:27pm]

[ mood | determined ]

Fellow artists and storytellers,

For all of you struggling writers out there who have ever had a submission rejected by some pompous and ignorant editor, this should be a little incentive to continue to persevere.

For that matter for any other type of artist out there or anyone with any type of dream who has been told that they would never succeed in their endeavors, read this.

Don't ever let any critic/naysayer/fool hinder your progress. Don't ever let them convince you that you can't do the impossible. Stand tall, stand strong and don't give up. Keep working towards your goals.

Feel motivated now?

Good, now get back to work.

*cracks whip*

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[02 Jul 2007|10:28am]

[ mood | tired ]

Hey, it has been awhile since I have posted here. For some time I have been thinking a lot about my new stories. I am not sure if I'll go back with the older stories...but now to really say the truth - I am having one of those extremely stressful times of writing for me. Last night, I kept on planning on what I'll say here and one of the things I came up with was that I am not that experienced as a writer to understand how to write a full novel. Right now I am also moving out so that’ll also effect my writing process. Another problem I am facing is genre conflict. Are there any suggestions that can help me with deciding how to write a full length novel...or should I just start with creating short stories first?

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Advice? [09 Nov 2006|08:57pm]

[ mood | troubled ]

Hi all, I'm new to this community.

Small bio: I'm a college student just beginning to develop my creative writing into full works of short story and prose.

Problem: Lately, I've been having a hell of a time writing prose and (I imagine) my creative writing has been suffering as well. When I was at my old junior college, I found that while I was writing I had a real emotional connection to my words. When I would write, it would build up emotions in me and I would really feel empassioned about what I was working on and the end result was writing that inspired those same feelings in my reader. Since I transferred (or maybe before that for all I know) I've not been able to awaken that same feeling of sublime literary prowess that I once had.

Has anyone else felt this emotional bond to their words and/or learned how to produce an emotional response within yourself while you write so that your writing is more passionate? Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated!

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[28 Jun 2006|09:35am]

[ mood | awake ]

For this time around, I have been writing two stories simultaneously to keep a balance between the two different thoughts that kept going through my mind. I know I might be getting too ahead of myself but I am just wondering: how many words does a publisher allow when the story gets published? And how I can send a story to a publisher?

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[27 May 2006|08:53pm]

Hiya, just joined earlier today. ^^ (I noticed this comm's a quiet one, but meh. If we rant too much, we wouldn't have time to write. XD)

Does anyone else here have trouble finishing stories? This is something that frustrates me muchly, since I can start a story fine, but can't finish it for this reason:

I get an idea, make up a few characters to go with, and have them running around happily in my head giving me plot bunnies. ^^ After a little bit, a new character appears in my head with a plot bunny for something different, my imagination chases after *that* plot bunny, and leaves the first idea behind like last night's left-overs. ^_^;; Then that repeats and repeats, and the pile of stories and characters set aside for later keeps growing...

I guess what I'm actually asking here is this. How do you all maintain interest in the plot and characters of a current story when a new story idea comes along and demands your attention?
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Blocked flow [05 Apr 2006|09:08pm]

[ mood | frustrated ]

I've posted this in another comunity as well, but i'm looking for advice so i thought i'd post it here as well.

Mostly I seem to be stuck on pretty much everything I'm starting. I've had quite a few short story ideas but they seem to hit 1000 words and then nothing, i can't keep them going. The same has happened with my novel. I got to the end of chapter 2 roughed out chap 3, scribbled down a bit for 4 and then came to a ground shuddering halt. I can't seem to follow things through at the moment, or hold the spark that they start with.

At the moment I'm looking at writing a short story for a contest on fantasy writers, there are five words that have to be elements in the story (the last time this type of contest came up it led to my first publication). I have a title but am struggling with any kind of interesting plot, all the ideas are too linear.

Part of my problem seems to be that when i'm in full flow with my art, my writing grinds to a halt, and vice versa, how to solve it is the problem.

I guess i'm just wondering how others work through these nasty blocks, what techniques do you use to get back the spark??? Incidentally, i have tried contiuing regardless, but then get very delete happy.

Thanks in advance,


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You Should Read This!!! (Evil Legislation!) [03 Feb 2006|01:32pm]

[ mood | anxious ]

Legislation That Could Affect You As A Photographer, Writer, Artist, Blogger, Live Journalist etc. that you should know about!!! Read about it on stockphotographer.info

Thanks to drakenhart for passing it along!

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Howdy [02 Feb 2006|05:50pm]


I'm a stressed writer so i thought this would be a good place to join. I write fantasy mostly but from a range of sub-genres within fantasy.

The reason i'm a stressed writer at the moment is one of my charaters won't behave herself :)

Anyway, hi there look forward to chatting to you all :)

If your interested my website is http://www.clare-brown.co.uk
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Are We Dead Here Yet? [20 May 2005|02:11pm]


I've seen no posts in this community, except for my own, since November. Has everyone jumped ship and left no forwarding address, or is no one here a stressed writer anymore or what?

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Friend Needs Help Over Copyright Dispute and LJ abuse complaint from another user [30 Dec 2004|08:16pm]


Anyone familiar with the inner workings of LJ please check out cheshyre's journal and this entry about her problem.

It looks to me like LJ-abuse didn't look at the post involved or what the other user did with cheshyre's content in the first place that sparked the exchange.

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An Important Request To The Writers & Other Folks Here Who Produce 'Creativity On Demand' [17 Nov 2004|09:57am]


ashes_evrywhere says :

"For my Psychology Senior Project I am interested in learning about writer’s block. There has been very little empirical research conducted on this topic by psychologists, so I plan on researching how writers themselves think of and cope with writer’s block. This style of empirical research will rely heavily on content analysis of writers’ experiences with these blocks. I plan on researching a number of articles written by writers who are experiencing or at one point have experienced writer’s block and operationalizing these writers’ self-reports into attributional descriptors. In this way I will try to draw up ideas about any differences between writers who can overcome these blocks more easily and writers that have more difficulty in returning to their work. I am also interested in Seligman’s theories of attribution, specifically optimism and pessimism."

"I know writer's block is common, and that it looks different for different writers or even that an individual can have various types of blocks. as a psychologist, i ask "why?". as a writer i ask, "oh dear lord WHY???".

"I'm looking for pieces describing your experiences- your stream of consciousness, your interpretations, your raw emotion. ideally i can translate my content analysis of writer's experiences of attributions into a doctoral thesis in the next couple years, and answer some questions that no one has professionally addressed."

"So anything and everything you have to share would be great. i'm taking anything and everything. please leave a comment if you are interested. thanks a million! "

"I am not looking for methods to overcome writer's block. i am interested in using people's written experiences as references as to WHO has writer's block and WHY. please respond if you have anything that you have written re: your reflections on the subject."

"I'm seriously, intensely starting data collection for my thesis."

Please if you are interested in Participating Follow the Link and comment to Kristen in Her Journal:


Thanks To Everyone who helper her out!

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