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Kola_boof
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Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2006 - 02:16 am:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)


I've started this special thread
so that ABM and I can discuss "novel"
writing.



ABM...my goal is to get you actively
writing and fleshing out your manuscript
by touching on a few things I find not
only instinctive....but inspirational.

And of course the first one is....

...HOW to find your voice.

For without it, a writer can't really
get in tune to write.

So I offer up
the following as a kind of "opening"
in our discussion.

I wrote this earlier today while
thinking about you and wondering
---what is the most important thing
you could say to him about writing
fiction???



After you feel compelled that there's a story you have to either (a) tell to get out of you or (b) that you'd like to read, but nobody's written it yet, so you decided to write it yourself......

The next challenge is finding your voice.

And the secret to finding your voice is "sincerity".

Whenever you write a sentence, that's your "sound check"---sincerity. You read the words back to yourself and if you don't detect the sincerity, then it's not your voice and you're not effectively getting across what it is you're trying to say.

In fact, whatever kind of art you do--singing, painting, whatever---whether you can be effective or not is contingent on your ability to seek out and accept the "sincerity" in what you have to share, the way you share it and what you hope to pass on. The key to the whole thing...is SINCERITY.

Understand this before you even start, and the more you understand it, the EASIER it will become for you to open yourself and apply the images and feelings that you are struggling to capture.


Many writers, ABM, struggle to "accept" their voice, and I'm not sure if that's where you are.

But I've often been impressed by things you've written, and because some of that stuff is poetry, I believe that you have everything it takes to configure your voice to create art.

What do you think is holding you back?






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Abm
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Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2006 - 01:28 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I think the problem I'm having is the lead character of my story is a woman. A lady cop to be exact. So I have struggled to feel and believe what she might say and do. I mean, I know what I THINK she'd say and do. But I admit there's a lapse in confidence there.
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Kola_boof
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Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2006 - 01:32 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Wow, that's interesting.

I never imagined you would write about a woman.

What made you choose a woman protagonist?

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Kola_boof
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Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2006 - 01:36 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

ABM, just curious. Who are some male writers that you really read a lot---OR---who really influence you?


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Abm
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Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2006 - 02:35 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Kola,

I didn't really choose her. The story really just sorta 'came' to me. And it's lead character just happened to be a woman.


I guess James Baldwin's my alltime favorite male author.

There so much purpose, fire and utter JOY of/for writign in Baldwin's work it's often difficult for me to read him without feeling very guilty and having to stave off tears.

Phillip Roth is a close second.
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Kola_boof
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Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2006 - 02:42 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

ABM,

I wish we could talk conversationally about this, because you're quite obviously a writer----but you need to bounce off other writers to get your mojo going.

I would like to motivate you to write your manuscript and get it done, not worked on.

Couldn't Destined let us IM just to discuss novel writing?

I have a lot of knowledge that can motivate you.

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Abm
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Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2006 - 02:56 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Kola,

I appreciate your desire to help, babe. And whatever you can provide I'll GLADLY consider. I mean, heck, I'd be EMBARRASSED by such a great honor, actually.

I'll mention it to Destined. But she thinks you want me. So IM'g probably will be a no-no for her.

There are 'things' that married foks live with. Deals they make, largely based on knowing what their mates are and can and cannot handle.

I think you know what I mean.
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Kola_boof
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Posted on Saturday, October 14, 2006 - 03:12 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I do know...and I totally understand.

Maybe you shouldn't ask her, actually, because it's true--we shouldn't be chatting in an intimate setting.

But I wanted to read some of what you wrote to get an idea of why you're not happy with it and what the problem could be.

What we'll have to do is make an appointment to just discuss ONLY THIS TOPIC one day this week so that we can get a "rythm" of conversation going. That way, you'll

REMEMBER:

Anything I could tell you about writing ABM--you already know. Like all artists, you just need to have your inate senses AFFIRMED and you need encouragement to "come out" as a writer.

You're probably stifled because you feel like an amateur rather than a professional, and being a businessman, that's understandable.





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Igbogirl
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Posted on Friday, December 22, 2006 - 10:06 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Damn Abm, your wife got you locked down.
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Cynique
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Posted on Saturday, December 23, 2006 - 03:40 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Like you didn't know this, kola.

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