Your Story is Your Glory

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  1. earllogjam

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    If you ever decide in your lifetime to write a novel what would it be about?

    What do you want to say? How would you approach writing it? Is it an organic process that just evolves or do you start with a clear direction and end? Is it therapeutic in anyway?

    That creative process of writing has always facinated me because I lack that skill of being able to sit down and poetically put my thoughts in some kind of meaningful entertaining story. I know there are a great many avid readers here and I imagine many of you have at one time or another thought of writing something of your own.

    What do you write and why do you do it?
     
  2. Principessa

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    I would love to write an autobiography! Not because I have led a scintillating or even interesting life but more as a therapeutic and hopefully cathartic experience.

    However, writing is a skill in which I am sorely lacking. :redface:

     
  3. Osiris

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    I started writing numerous times and have gotten well through several books, but never finished them. The muse often leaves me. Sometimes it comes back, and other times it fades. The three furthest along I have written are:

    Tales of a Midwest Yuppie: About a man who spends 200% of 100% of his income all in the pursuit of lifes true happiness and he starts to find it in the form of a homeless girl he finds breaking into his house while he is away in Europe.

    Haunting Bayou: An erotica novel about a young lady who finds herself the heir to a mansion and a legacy. She finds herself sexually in her journey to find the answers to her bayou ancestors.

    The Jewel Collector: More erotica about a young boy who fled the African diamond trade and becomes wealthy man while collecting jewels (and lovely women) along the way.'

    I come back to them every now and again, but still works in progress.
     
  4. viking1

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    Loneliness...
     
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    What would it be about?

    It would be about 754 pages long... :wink:



    Nice thread, earlogjam!
     
  6. Northland

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    Several years ago, when I was a seventeen year old high school student; I undertook the writing of a book. It was in an autobiographical format and dealt with what I saw my future as being. In it, I was the main character Bob, a former high school history teacher whose life hit the skids. It was a grim tale in many ways, including a cold Minnesota winter and an airplane crash. A local preacher took interest in my endeavor and contacted one of his parishioners who helped me get it published. Two weeks after my eighteenth birthday, I had become a published writer; although, it would be several years before the next book was written. My first novel went on to have three printings, and even though the literary bug had bitten me, I was determined to concentrate on college and my perceived future as a father of 4 and living in Minnesota while teaching history at the local high school. Reality stepped in, and I went to college in Wisconsin (hence my name), studied history and then switched majors twice before bailing out in the third week of senior year. Eventually I ended up working in various firms as an accountant.

    In the Spring of 1985, I began my second novel, this time attempting science fiction which had taken a huge hold of the book buying public at that time. A total of 8 publishers (through my editor at that time), rejected it. The ninth publisher took it on and it was released in trade paperback with a total run of only 5,000. It seemed bleak and was headed towards the trash until a better known author came out with a novel of a similar name. That was all it took. Confused buyers scooped up my book, mistaking it for the other one which they had heard mention of (and which had a movie deal). My publishers, being wise and wishing to avoid litigation, had the title changed in the subsequent printings. I ceased writing for a time and turned back to my accounting carreer.


    In the early 1990s I turned toward the idea of 'the next great American novel'. It was to be in the spirit of books penned by Steinbeck and Hemingway and if I had known anything about farming it might have had success. Today, that book remains unpublished.

    In 1999, I found what seems to be my true calling as I began a series of murder mysteries. Similar to the late Ed McBain, I keep a set group of characters who interact with the criminals and riff raff as well as the complimentary characters of each story. As of today, 9 books in this series have made it to the shelves and another is in phase one of publication, with scheduled release in the early part of next year.


    To a large extent, each book which I have written up until this time has been at least in part an encapsulation of myself. Each character is based upon some qualities which are found within me. Some good, some not so good. Perhaps in this sense, I already have written my own biography, adding to it as each chapter is typed out.
     
  7. B_Swimming Lad

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    I'd probably do somthing non-fiction on 20th century Russia. Its a topic extremely close to my heart and one I know alot about already.
    I also don't have the imagination to create a passable fiction story.
     
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    Writing's an organic process for me. I'm not skilled at setting a course from scratch and following it to a definite conclusion. I drift much more enoyably and creatively than plan. Regardless, writing is quite therapeutic for me. Sometimes I think its the only thing keeping me sane.

    I can write to recount events that actually happened to me in ways that others have told me are entertaining. In fact, I enjoy doing so. But I'm not creative at concocting fiction so I'm always stuck reliving my own past.
     
  9. D_Fluoridia Bidet

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    I am always constantly writing almost everyone knows I love vampires. All my stories involve vampires and other things like sex, romance, drama, horror, etc... Currently I am trying to get one of my stories published on paper not e-book.
     
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    Let me know if and when you get published. My wife and I are huge Anne Rice fans and no one does erotica and vampires better then her. Or possibly you do. :wink:
     
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    Mine would be a short story.
     
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    As I'm not terribly creative about story lines, I'd like to write historical fiction. There's a magnificent story full of spies, deceit, and big stakes, on par with Dangerous Liaisons having to do with the American Revolution that involves the Mrs. Murray who once owned a farm in what is now.......(drumroll please) Murray Hill! She may well have just saved the revolution!
     
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    I have tens (nearly a hundred) of pages of random thoughts/ideas under my bed. I should really tidy them up.

    I don't have the urge to write a story. If I write one, I have to plan out what themes I want in it, semantic fields and all sorts. I prefer to just write verse.

    When I was younger (14) I thought I had the greatest idea ever. Later I realised it was an assortment of the story of various motion pictures. Kind of like Universal Soldier except more detailed.

    I have what I think is a good story floating around now. Except I need to know the Japanese for Devil/Demon Dog and Murderer.

    PS The Count of Monte Cristo is AMAZING. I watched the (original) film the other day. I love it. I thought it was a true story. Technically, it is. It's based on the memoirs of a shoemaker from [somewhere]. He was imprisoned wrongly because certain friends were jealous of him. In prison, a cellmate gave him a cache of treasure. Ten years later he returned and exacted revenge on each of his enemies.

    Its brilliant.
     
  14. Pecker

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    So we have to look for a detective (dick, if you will) with a big dick? :tongue:
     
  15. D_Fluoridia Bidet

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    Of Course! Currently I am making negotiations with Ellora's cave. Due to certain contents in my stories that are way graphic they are asking me to delete it but I am trying to make a reasonable novel that still is good and I am trying to talk it out with them. I am also doing alot of editing so I don't know how long it's going to take but I can do it!
     
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    You are a goddess. Good luck with the editing. I know the gambit you run with publishers. How far is TOO far in the graphic realm. I'm pulling for you Crissy. :smile:
     
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    I think I would write a Gay Romance novel. Because, I have been looking recently and only been able to find stories that either revolve around living with H.I.V or aids, or some one dying. I think i would like to read or write about some one who doesnt fall into the gay stereotypical catorgories, and also it not be the only aspect in their life. To have this man, fall in love with another man, and have it be his "first time", and also be his first time to really experience true love.
    As a portrait artist, Im also thinking I would like this to be kind of a graphic novel as well. .................Bad Idea??????????
     
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