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Amos Ballesteros's picture

Are the voices in my head?

“The year was 2015 A.D. and the earth he knew as a young boy was no more. Through tremendous progress the human race leapt forward with technology remaking the modern world. Amos could no longer remember the last time his actions weren’t catalogued in the infinite deluge of information that circulated everyday life. However, no matter how advanced things had become he knew his place in this world and the impact he needed to make on it. As the world was buzzing around him with a cornucopia of distractions, he knew that he had to write.

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Laura Osterfeld's picture

Coming Soon!

There are some pretty exciting things happening on the internet right now.  One of them, a program called BiblioBoard, will be available soon to the public, through some of our local libraries.  BiblioBoard, based out of Charleston, South Carolina, has been around since 2013, but this is the first time it will be available to patrons in our area.

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Amos Ballesteros's picture

Past the Milk Now the Meat

The writing game is an ever evolving landscape and it’s extremely hard to find an avenue that hasn’t been used at least a hundred times before. A majority of plots aren’t necessarily new but they can be used in a new fashion to make them updated. If you can revamp an old plot, why then can’t we all publish books and all of them be made popular? The answer lies literally in the question I just asked. Popularity. Most publishers know what is popular in the writing world and what readers are more prone to like.

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Free Writing

Sometimes the beginning stages of writing are the hardest. Coming up with ideas, stringing them into some semblance of a narrative, and deciding how to approach a new work can leave you paralyzed. We’ve all faced the anxieties writer’s block produces: will I ever be able to write? Does this story matter? Why even bother? Free writing is a great technique to break away from these worries and jolt your creativity back to life.

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Laura Osterfeld's picture

Word Goals

As a participant in this year’s Camp NaNoWriMo, I feel it is my duty to bestow upon you all the tips and tricks I’ve learned to do the one thing you strive for with NaNo—increase your word count!  I am, by no means, a master of this, but as a participant for nearly nine years now, I’ve had plenty of experience in the “let’s come up with ways to hit that 50k” game.

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Outlines

I have been trying my hand at a few different styles of writing. Now normally I am a “fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants” writer and I never had any intention of changing that. However, when I started writing an autobiography I needed a method to keep track of all the ideas floating around inside of my head. I decided that I would try to do an outline and plan out the avenue the writing would take. When I finished writing the first part of it I looked at it and thought it was probably the worst thing ever, but I was committed.

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Simplify

I almost titled this post “Simplify, Simplify, Simplify,” but I remembered my theme. Only one “Simplify” is required; why would I need two extra words to say the same thing? As in many other cases, the adage “less is more” rings true. I’m a fan of simplifying, trying to cut out what isn’t necessary but still maintaining my central message. Usually I do this once I reach the revision stage when I can take a step back and distill the writing to its essentials. To use a cooking metaphor, it’s a lot like reducing a sauce: boiling away the excess concentrates and intensifies your writing.

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Laura Osterfeld's picture

The Truth is...

In one of the stories I’m working on, my main character is a drug addict.  I’d gone back and forth on what point of view to use, ultimately testing out both.  I like third person.  It’s where I’m comfortable.  But there’s something unique about first person, something that makes it special.  With first person, you can make your narrator unreliable.

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My Life Whether You Like It or Not

These last few weeks I have had the rare privilege of meeting my fiancé’s family. I had met the whole of her immediate family before but I was given a morsel of what it was to know her whole family in one place when I attended our wedding shower. Now most of you read that sarcastically and are thinking to yourself, “He hated the whole ordeal and now he wants us to suffer alongside him.” Well If I’m being frank, you would only be mostly wrong.

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Re-Write

A few weeks ago I did something I didn’t think I’d ever do—I revisited the first book I’d ever written.  I was inspired by a writing prompt and for some reason that story came to mind.  I call it my first book, but in reality it’s my second (I don’t typically count the angst-ridden, vampire book I wrote in 2002.  It’s too painful to think about.)  I haven’t worked on it in more than five years.  But something called me back to it.  I’ve decided that maybe I need to work on it in order to finish all the other writing projects I’ve started and never finished.