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For this month's writing prompt write a scene using the following sentence to start;

The streets were deserted. Where was everyone? Where had they all gone?

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So far this year have you managed to get enough time to write?
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PostSubject: Where does the time go?   July 29th 2008, 3:01 pm

Time flies by sometimes and life can get in the way of what we love to do most. Or as writers we could be suffering from a creative block. To help us write every day and spur our creativity, we explore things, such as these forums to serve as a catalyst to get us going again. But even so I ask the question...

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PostSubject: Re: Where does the time go?   July 29th 2008, 6:48 pm

Interesting question
The best for me is: i can write my poems everywhere Wink
In the train, when i must wait by the doc, at work, by my friends
And these places give me some inspiration for some feelings or situations
So i have enough time to write
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PostSubject: Re: Where does the time go?   July 29th 2008, 8:10 pm

For me time has always been what you make of it; how you use your time.

Sure, I think everyone could use a few extra hours in the day to do everything they love, but if you're looking to make a career out of writing, and it's not just a hobby, then you got to treat it as such. Schedule your time like it's a second, or for the really lucky among us only, job and hold yourself accountable for sticking to that schedule.

You wouldn't be able to call into work and say, "I can't work today because there's a new movie out I want to see or because some friends invited me out for drinks." So, why do so many aspiring authors feel it's acceptable to put off working on their writing for such things?
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PostSubject: Re: Where does the time go?   September 10th 2008, 10:29 am

HYdraMStar wrote:
For me time has always been what you make of it; how you use your time.

Sure, I think everyone could use a few extra hours in the day to do everything they love, but if you're looking to make a career out of writing, and it's not just a hobby, then you got to treat it as such. Schedule your time like it's a second, or for the really lucky among us only, job and hold yourself accountable for sticking to that schedule.

You wouldn't be able to call into work and say, "I can't work today because there's a new movie out I want to see or because some friends invited me out for drinks." So, why do so many aspiring authors feel it's acceptable to put off working on their writing for such things?

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you wonderful wonderful person! you get it! you understand! you take the prize! personally, i have a problem with everyone and his brother calling themselves writers...and poets...the terms have been so devalued in recent years as to become meaningless. anyone these days can open up a website and attract scores of "writers" and "poets" who are very quick to proclaim themselves as such. i've been doing this for 38 years and still refuse to call myself a poet. for my money, there are very few real poets in the world. but, go out in your back yard and pick up any large rock and you'll find any number of wannabe's, calling themselves "writers" and "poets". the bar for me has always been set at can you make a living at it? right now i pay some bills from my poetry, but don't make my entire living at it. so, i'm not calling myself a poet...or a writer. i'm still a wannabe.
"writers" and "poets". there's way too many folks getting in line, itching to wrap themselves up in that cloak...and too few people actually willing to do what it takes to earn the name. so, Hydra, when you say: "So, why do so many aspiring authors feel it's acceptable to put off working on their writing for such things" i raise a glass and salute you. well said, my friend. well said.
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PostSubject: Re: Where does the time go?   September 10th 2008, 1:16 pm

I do agree with Hydra. I'm not sure about "earning" the right to be referred to as a writer. Perhaps it would be more fitting to earn the title of author. By definition, I am a writer simply because I wrote this reply.
Being a poet is a different story, though, and as I am not one, I won't comment. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Where does the time go?   September 10th 2008, 1:46 pm

Like Hydra said, its about setting your priorities in life. If writing comes first, it comes first. You get the time you need - its the same 24-hour day used differently. If writing isn't your priority, you naturally won't find time for it. For me, its my mode of expression, if not a job - so I find time for it. School, socializing and everything else can fit in in the remainder. :P Though, school should come first, but bah.
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