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Nitro


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Posted Fri Jun 19th, 2009 9:54pm Post subject: Writing conundrums
What are yours?

Mine is I've been working the shit out of a poem that I cannot get quite right. The trouble is, I'm trying to relay a first-person narration of intense passion without it turning into an erotic poem. It's proving fairly difficult. Just as I get reallllllly close to pulling it off as something 'fine', it transforms fairly quickly into a poem that belongs in a porn mag X-D I'm really hammering at this. I've read tons of poetry in my life about unrequited love, intense love etc etc etc but none have come close to what it is I wish to convey. It's very, very rare for anything to be so difficult for me as this has been so I tend to over-react to my failure.

Blurgh....

Really? Wow.

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PamJH


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Posted Fri Jun 19th, 2009 10:32pm Post subject: Writing conundrums
Now I want to read what you have so far. Have you read Hours Continuing Long by Walt Whitman? Now there's a yearning love poem if there every was one.

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Nitro


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Posted Sat Jun 20th, 2009 3:49am Post subject: Writing conundrums
Now I want to read what you have so far. Have you read Hours Continuing Long by Walt Whitman? Now there's a yearning love poem if there every was one.

Well Pam, I agree that the idea of pining or loss and discontentment are fairly well conveyed there. Unfortunately, those are ideas I'm not really trying to wrestle out of my thoughts/vocabulary for this particular piece. And to post what I have at the moment is a bit like a director showing an unfinished film, you know what I mean? I'd far rather present a piece that is, to my mind, complete. But, if this continues on I might do as you suggest although at that point I will very likely have given up on it altogether. If it turns into too much of a struggle then I turn into an unhappy, indentured servant and I don't play that role very well. I get ticked off, print it out, and burn it repeatedly till I feel better X-D

Really? Wow.

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PamJH


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Posted Sat Jun 20th, 2009 4:02am Post subject: Writing conundrums
Well, I await the finished product, then. Good luck.

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Nitro


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Posted Sat Jun 20th, 2009 4:21am Post subject: Writing conundrums
Well, I await the finished product, then. Good luck.

Thank you sweetness. I know you write too. Do you ever run into a 'conundrum'?

Really? Wow.

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PamJH


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Posted Sat Jun 20th, 2009 6:18am Post subject: Writing conundrums
My conundrums are having too many ideas at one time, as well as being unable sometimes to decide in which direction to move a character. Sometimes my stories appear to have lives of their own and other times I'll just get stuck.

Poetry is a conundrum all by itself. Despite working on it a lot, I don't seem to be able to convey an meaningful ideas. And then I'll read poetry in a book like "Good Poems for Bad Times" and wonder why the heck I even try. I know they're supposed to be for personal pleasure, but I don't take pleasure from my poetry because I think it's so awful.

Except for limericks. I do love a good limerick and I'm not bad at writing them. But those are supposed to be catchy and fun, not imbued with deep meaning. So perhaps I'm one of those fluff poets, the kind you turn to when a toast has to be made at a drunken party.

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ticsy


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Posted Thu Jun 25th, 2009 2:31pm Post subject: Writing conundrums
What are yours?

Mine is having too many varying ideas at once. I started writing a sci-fi novel a couple of months ago and got on quite well with it, until I started having ideas that didn't link up at all - so I started writing a fantasy novel too. Inevitably I then started having other ideas that were completely unrelated to the first two and began writing a more adult fiction (not erotica, that's what everyone assumes) and I thought that I was getting on well with that with no interruptions... Until... suddenly I saw a doco and thought it would be a brilliant premise for an episode of Doctor Who (if only for my own personal delight) - so I began to write that... then I came up with a different idea for a different episode of Doctor Who - so I then started writing that!!!

This is the point where I am now out. Three novels on the go, two separate ideas for episodes of Doctor Who. Who knows when I'll have the time or ideas to finish just one of my creations...

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