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Mar 23, 2014 07:55PM

41720 Living in Canada, eh, but from Wisconsin. Dual Citizen.
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Jan 27, 2014 04:26AM

41720 If you want to dabble in poetry, give this blog a try. He throws out a prompt every Wednesday, at least. April is poem a day month (PAD). It is all fun, no pressure.
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Jan 25, 2014 04:16PM

41720 John wrote: "Hi all. I'm John. I'm a struggling writer. For a long time now it's been difficult to even get a project going. Ever since going to university actually, and so much pressure was put on the students..."

I run a prompt writing group at our local library. It is a wonderful, non-pressure event. I throw out a prompt, we write, share, and comment when called to. Look for such a group or start one with other writers. I've thought about trying an online version, maybe via Skype. Too busy right now though.
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Apr 28, 2013 05:45AM

41720 John wrote: "I am thinking of getting into poetry if that is what you mean. I write sci-fi, fantasy and thought I might develop my next couple of short stories with poetry."

Check out Robert Lee Brewer's blog, 'Poetic Asides,' at WDC. He gives weekly writing prompts and it's a vibrant, supportive comminuty. April is PAD month, so there are daily prompts.
Dec 17, 2012 06:39AM

41720 Mark wrote: "I won on day 18 with 50,007 words."

You're a freak!

Check out this list.
Dec 11, 2012 09:23AM

41720 I did win with 50,242 words written.
Oct 12, 2012 04:44AM

41720 Technically the sex, sexual preferences, religious beliefs, criminal records, or favorite football team matter not. But I think men and women do tend to write differently, and males tend to prefer male authors' voices while women tend to prefer women authors' voices.

Some interesting articles and blogs:
Oct 07, 2012 03:37PM

41720 Lura wrote: "I'm from Asheville, North Carolina, USA. (Candler, actually, just west of Asheville, but no one's ever heard of it. People have actually heard of Asheville because of the Biltmore House, among othe..."

Have you read Wayne Johnston's "A World Elsewhere?"
Aug 20, 2012 07:50AM

41720 Pam wrote: "John wrote: "Right now at 2pm AST it's 75F and sunny. I'm a three hour drive due east of Bangor Maine."

So is it really as beautiful in the fall as everyone tells me it is?"

I suppose, but of course it depends. Some years it's drab and others it's brilliant. It seems to peak on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.

Right now half my birches are almost bare from the hot, dry summer, but the maples look vibrant. I suspect it'll be a red-orange fall with less yellow.

15min from home:
Jul 30, 2012 09:58AM

41720 Right now at 2pm AST it's 75F and sunny. I'm a three hour drive due east of Bangor Maine.
Jul 30, 2012 06:09AM

41720 I'm in New Brunswick, Canada. I'm an American expat from frigid Wisconsin. It's warmer out here in the winter but much cooler in the summer. Americans wanting to escape the heat should consider a few weeks in Atlantic Canada for vacation.
Jul 28, 2012 07:45AM

41720 I'm in again. I only do the November contest.
Jul 28, 2012 04:52AM

41720 I'm in again. I've won each of the last two years.
May 26, 2012 09:39AM

41720 If we want to be writers, we need to write. Too often I've gone a week where few words have hit pages. This site "forces" me to scribe words every day whether I feel like it or not.

Day after day after day can also be tedious. I now try various exercises and test out ideas. The last few days I've started writing stories off the cuff. Pick the first character and location that come into my head and write about them. I've takes random sentences from books and re-written them. I'll take the book I'm reading and try to emulate the author's style. atc ...

Here's my badges

Please tell me if you can read my words. If so, I'll leave it! ;)
May 26, 2012 09:03AM

41720 Irene wrote: That's really neat, can you see someone else's writing if they allow you to?

No, absolutely not! :)
May 26, 2012 05:40AM

41720 is a place to write 750 words every day. It is totally private. They implement a badge system, so if you write for three days ina row you win a badge. After ten days in a row you win another. There are other challenges too such as writeing every day for a month, writing 50k words in a month (with no breaks), etc. It's not a rich website. You can't see other peoples' profiles or follow them unless you pay money. They do send a reminder email daily.

It's a place designed for writing whatever you wish to, but its purpose is to get you to write every day. I've written 189k words since I joined in October.
May 21, 2012 03:20PM

41720 I write at They give you badges!
Apr 10, 2012 04:19AM

41720 I'm participating in national poetry month Poem A Day event:

Here's my today's poem.

Okay; we’re somehow already a third of the way through April. How did that happen?

Today’s “Two-for-Tuesday” prompts are:

1.Write a Forest poem.
2.Write a Tree poem.
You can literally write about a forest. Or you can literally write about a tree. Or you can dive right into the metaphor separating the two. Your choice. Get creative with it.

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Today's poem took me a good twenty minutes to write. I usually spend less than ten.

"You, the cradle of life,
the original sunbather,
the pillars of this earth,
the Grand Pooh Bah of the Ancient Order of Emergents,
you scratch the sky with your calimari limbs
and form up like solders along the banks of rivers and ponds,
along streams and roads,
in back yards and parks,
and around dumps and our dead.

You stand on guard for me.
Do I stand on guard for thee?

You offer yourself as sacrifice,
mindless of your peril,
uncaring of your loss,
committed to your purpose.
Will you look fondly on me when I’m gone?
Will you remember me?"

Join in. It's free and fun!
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Mar 25, 2012 05:06AM

41720 Brittany wrote: I been told I was good but I want to hear advice..."

Writing is a long, lifelong journey with no ending. Here's my approach.

One: don't listen to judgements, good or bad. Writing isn't a figure skating contest. Listen to the details: what do they like? What don' they ike? Why or why not? Learn and grow, but throw the judgements away.

Two: write! Like verything we do, we need to learn by doing. Target one million written words before you decide anything else. You have no voice, you have no style, and you have no other objective. Experiment and discover your writing. Write on!

Three: read. This should be self explanatory, but explore various writers. I'm currently reading Flaubert, Greene, and King. Start examining why you like or do not like certain writings. When your emotions are triggered, stop and write about it. You'll find that our emotions are tips of icebergs. Don't shrug of any feelings.

Four: learn. Take writing courses, join writing groups and websites, and read some writing books. My top three sites are,, and
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Mar 12, 2012 04:10AM

41720 Firestormkittycat wrote: "Welcome to the group! Sci-fi is pretty cool, I love books like Maximum Ride and stuff :) not a huge fan of all sci-fi, but occasionally I'll pick it up. Can't wait to read some of your work!"

I'm primarily into Literary Fiction at the moment. I'm reading Greene's "The Power And he Glory" and Wayne Johnston's "The Colony of Unrequitted Dreams".

I write about 2k words a day, but it's usually not my stories :( I tend to write them in spurts as the passion and focus sharpen.
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