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blueridgeTiger
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re: Does writing give a high?
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Does writing give a high?


Yes! I've self-published four novels and two short stories. Once I start on a project I can't put it down. I wake up in the middle of the night having a dialog with one of my characters. I fall in love with my female characters. It's hard to describe, but when I'm writing words just leap from my head onto the screen.


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Sneaky__Sally
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re: Does writing give a high?
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Look up on YouTube a Brandon Sanderson lecture from 2016 when he taught a class at BYU. Even if you’re not looking into writing fantasy, there’s still some good stuff about writing in general. I just started watching it and it’s great information!


I just finished episode 9 and it really is great - definitely geared towards sci-fi and fantasy but a ton of great information about plotting, characters, setting and what to think about to get the reader into a story as opposed to telling the reader a story.

Is an incredible resource for someone like me who never really got into writing, but has read a lot, to sort of figure out how to go about actually writing something. Actually gives me some confidence that seeing my idea that I've been fleshing out completed is possible.


Captain Ray
Member since Nov 2016
997 posts

re: Does writing give a high?
Good luck and just go for it then you will have a first draft. get friends and family to beta read it for it. BE strong and take all comments to heart you don't have to take all advice but consider it. Re write it using these ideas. Then you have a second draft. reread it proof it etc this is the fun part. I book marked the lecture series and will check it out thanks for the tip


Enadious
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Member since Aug 2004
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re: Does writing give a high?
Writing most certainly can me an unbelievable high. There was a time I didn't feel alive unless I was knocking out a novel. Sadly, I've lost that drive, and I'm not sure if it's ever coming back.

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Captain Ray
Member since Nov 2016
997 posts

re: Does writing give a high?
You wrote you enjoyed it and now the thrill is gone. Well if you consider it a job then gurd up and continue anyways. If it is a hobby then move on then you may miss it and return. We have been blogging for years and find that we run hot and cold on it. When in the mood we blog weekly but sometimes we go months with out posting. If you write for the money not good if it is for pleasure who cares.


Enadious
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formerly B5Lurker City of Central
Member since Aug 2004
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re: Does writing give a high?
The inspiration is gone. Which, is sort of like a death. It's never been a job. It's always been for me and a great pleasure. I'm not happy about it, but it just 'is what is.'


Captain Ray
Member since Nov 2016
997 posts

re: Does writing give a high?
Trust me you may feel the urge to write again it can be a simple motivation a great review a heart felt comment a plea for more information etc Thats what keeps us coming back to our blog and what we hope for from or book


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Sneaky__Sally
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Member since Jul 2015
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re: Does writing give a high?
Ya, the problem is that I love epic fantasy and sci fi, so what I want to write / my idea is huge in scope. Have a pretty solid idea of most of the plot "flow" in a general sense and a lot of setting.

I had a few character idea, but not specifics and no idea of how to put together a well rounded and compelling book /series. This lecture series was a real crash course in that regard (plus its geared towards my genre). Gives great insight on how to develop a full character with realistic motivations and viewpoints based on their history that seam real and not just existing to service the plot.

So now I am ready to start trying my hand at writing some characters, trying out some chapters / scenes I want to have and develop some sort of writing style
This post was edited on 7/2 at 10:00 am


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blueridgeTiger
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Granbury, TX
Member since Jun 2004
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re: Does writing give a high?
The urge can return at the most unexpected times. I knocked out three novels between 2010 and 2012, and then nothing. I assumed the spark had left me. Suddenly, five years later in 2017 the bug hit me and I wrote a full-length novel in three months.



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Captain Ray
Member since Nov 2016
997 posts

re: Does writing give a high?
So you wrote a book and cant find a publisher or dont know how? Consider becoming an indy ebook author. This gets your book out there on line. Heck if only family and friends read it its worth it and ya wanna talk a high? Get your first review make your first 3$ from ya first sale. Dont go into it expecting to get rich or even make a living do it for the fun of it and that is a great reward.


blueridgeTiger
LSU Fan
Granbury, TX
Member since Jun 2004
12448 posts

re: Does writing give a high?
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Captain Ray


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So you wrote a book and cant find a publisher or dont know how? Consider becoming an indy ebook author. This gets your book out there on line. Heck if only family and friends read it its worth it and ya wanna talk a high? Get your first review make your first 3$ from ya first sale. Dont go into it expecting to get rich or even make a living do it for the fun of it and that is a great reward.


As I said above, since 2010 I have self-published four novels all being sold on Amazon. I'm not making much money on any of them but the the writing and publishing is an exhilarating experience.


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WicKed WayZ
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re: Does writing give a high?
Get to know your protagonist extremely well.

Everything else will fall into place after that. Most important thing is to sit and write


Captain Ray
Member since Nov 2016
997 posts

re: Does writing give a high?
Is it just us or do you ever dream about your characters? When deeoply into writing we often dream about characters. Remembering the dreams actually helps with fleshing them out


Sneaky__Sally
Alabama Fan
Member since Jul 2015
6829 posts

re: Does writing give a high?
Sort of the other way around, I have weird dreams and it inspires things to put into my story.

There is a part of the story where the "master" sort of makes connection to one of the main early characters and it is inspired from a sleep paralysis episode I had where these black dots where shuffling around and milling about on my ceiling in my room like it was covered in ants, they sort of started building on top of each other, reaching down to me and I felt like it was trying to reach me / something would happen if I touched it and i tried to reach my arm up and felt this huge pain shoot up my arm as it made contact and woke up.

- That sort of scene is going to happen except when the character makes contact, there is sort of an exchange of understanding / conversation that happens almost instantaneously instead of just waking up.


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SouthernHog
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re: Does writing give a high?
Yes, last night I wrote a short story about hunting trips with my dad when I was a kid.


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re: Does writing give a high?
I think that’s natural.

One way i get long-term inspiration is reading and writing short stories.


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Honest Tune
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Bucktown, La
Member since Dec 2011
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re: Does writing give a high?
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When were you there. I was there from 04 to 07.





I graduated in December 2005.


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blueridgeTiger
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Granbury, TX
Member since Jun 2004
12448 posts

re: Does writing give a high?
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Is it just us or do you ever dream about your characters? When deeoply into writing we often dream about characters


Very definitely. I fell in love with one of my characters - I day-dreamed about her and thought about her constantly while writing the novel. I grieved when I had to kill her off late in the novel.


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