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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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When not able to write ahead, it helps to look back. In my case I had written a paragraph ahead of the story. What I needed to do was add a section of exposition (talking) presenting some facts. In going back, I realized that I could insert a section where a 'tour' of the surroundings could be done. This allowed for character interaction, story development, and other things that enabled me to present the facts in an entertaining manner.

One should not face a writer's block with the mentality of bursting through it. I have found in my own experience that a writer's block is usually due to my mind indicating that it has a problem in 'channeling' the story. One reason might be a re-imagining of certain story points. Another reason however is that there is a problem in where you are at in the story, so you need to look back and find out the problem with the 'journey' that prevents the tale from advancing.

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PostSubject: Word Nerd?   May 5th 2012, 11:51 pm

Found this little quiz today after my sister used 'are' instead of 'our' while refering to us. It irritated the heck out of me. I corrected her, no worries. It was a slip of the tongue or finger but still.


Take this 5-question quiz and find out how nerdy you are when it comes to your love of the English language.

1. When someone misspells a word you:

A) Ignore it.
B) Quietly mention it to make sure they are aware.
C) Poke fun at the person who wrote it.
D) Bang your head against the wall and complain to anyone who will listen that the world is coming to an end because someone wrote “your” when he meant “you’re.”
2. When you see a misplaced comma you:

A) Shake your head in disappointment.
B) Call your closest friends and hold an emergency meeting of The Comma Club.
C) Turn it into the most clever costume at your annual Halloween party.
D) Think about grandma. (Those who have seen this know what I’m talking about.)
3. When playing a game of Scrabble, you:

A) Drop two-letter words for 50 points.
B) Always play words that help expand the board.
C) Spell long words to show off your grandiose vocabulary.
D) Tell your opponent that while you do like Scrabble, Boggle is “where it’s at.”
4. When writing a sentence you:

A) Agonize over every word choice
B) Rewrite it 11 times before you consider it “good enough” to eventually be edited in the revision process.
C) Diagram each sentence so you can locate and eliminate all adverbs.
D) Jot it down, high-five yourself and yell “Nailed it!”
5. When killing off a character you:

A) Always imagine every scenario.
B) Plant the murder weapon in an earlier scene.
C) Feel guilty and let him come back as a ghost.
D) Imagine it’s your arch enemy and take a little too much pleasure in writing the scene.


Scores:

Mostly As: Low-level Nerd. No need for a pocket protector yet.
Mostly Bs-: Mid-level Nerd. Time to get that pocket protector.
Mostly Cs: Big Nerd. You probably correct other people’s grammar when they speak, too. We’re proud of you.
Mostly Ds: Colossal Nerd. There are no other words to describe you, but have no fear.

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PostSubject: My Answers   May 6th 2012, 8:39 am

1. When someone misspells a word you:
I assume this occurs during a conversation for some reason.
Since it is a part of the conversation, so should be important to the discussion, I spell it the way I think it should be and hopefully between the two of us we figure out what the actual word is.

2. When you see a misplaced comma you:
WHERE? Where is this misplaced comma? It is important.
In my child's essay? I point it out and explain why it is wrong.
In someone else's story that I am editing? I flag it, and write an explanation on why it is wrong
In a store bought book? I laugh about the quality of 'professional' editors.

3. When playing a game of Scrabble, you:
Do the best I can to spell any word in the dictionary.

4. When writing a sentence you:
Write it an move on. Editing is later.

5. When killing off a character you:
Make sure that he dies in a believable manner. I am more concerned with getting it right.

Scores:
I am one of those assholes that never 'get' the joke but take things like this way too seriously. So it goes.

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