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Two Book Give Away--Contest Ends 10/15/09
Winner Announced: Kayla! See post below for full details!


Melissa Rose

What Do You Listen To When You Write?

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Back in the cage, you paper tigers!

*Cracks whip while brandishing chair* Back in there I say!

Anyone else have this happen? You are working on a story and it's clicking along, sometimes feels like you're pushing boulders up hills and sometimes it feels like you are running along atop as they cruse down the other side but things are working. People that have looked at your rough -rough-rough proofs are interested enough to keep you working, plot points click together, you uncover some hidden depth in a character and go hey that really neat and in character and then OUT OF THE INK come new characters, or lands, or cool weapons or creatures or something and suddenly you just HAVE to write about them INSTEAD.

Like the gleaming new toy that still has that ''fresh fun'' scent you are drawn to play with the new characters instead of your older creations that might have some of the paint worn off but they are practically real because of the imagination, time, and self you've invested in them.

I hate that.

And today, today I have had a victory because you see today I didn't go play with the shiny new paper tigers, though I wanted to. Man, did I want to. They had that new character smell. . .which is so much better than the new car smell.. . but I resisted! I did however take time to briefly outline them-vital statistics and all-but that's it. Hey, I might need them later in this story or in another one. But for now, they stay in their cage.

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Poll Results

What Do You Notice First About A Book?
RESULTS! Closed 11/11/09

My attention's always grabbed by the cover-53%

I look on the spine for the author's name-6%

The thicker books are the one that grab my notice-26%

I open the book up to the middle and burry my nose in the pages, sniffing. Scent is important-0%

I flip the book over, ignore the cover and the spine and get to the book blurb-13%

Pick Your Weapon! RESULTS! Closed-11/03/09

Hand and Half Sword-16%
Long Bow-25%
Pen-25 %

What Kind of Fan Are You? RESULTS! Closed-10/22/09

Shy. I like reading books but I don't want to meet the authors-15%

Avid. I've read everything my favorite author has written!-38%

Curious. I've e-mailed my favorite author or left comments on the blog and asked them questions-38%

What Kind of Word Smith Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/15/09

I focus on setting-22%
I focus on dialogue-22%
I focus on action-22%
I focus on characters-33%

What Kind of Reader Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/07/09

I try and guess where the story is going to go-44%
I read the book and think how I would have written it differently-0%
I race through the story, riding the words like a rollarcoaster-22%
I race through the book and then go back and read my favorite parts again and again-33%

What Kind of Writer Are You? RESULTS!

Character first--1%
Plot First--4%
Balanced Between Plot and Character--5%
All Over The Place--5%

So All Over The Place and Balanced Between Plot and Character tie for the win! All I can say is that there must be some wicked stories out there. I can't wait to read them!

Scribe is Listening to:


Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian Sound Track.

Books on CD: The Moving Finger Read by Martin Jarvis. Original story by: Agatha Christie

Scribe is Reading:

I am? COOL!

I'm apparently referring to myself in the third person too. Go figure.


Nightmare's Edge by: Bryan Davis

The Invention of Hugo Cabert (Caldecott Book) by: Brian Selzinck-FINISHED. Mind blowing! Every storyteller should read this book.

FEARLESS by: Max Lucado-FINISHED. Excellent!

NLT Chronological 24/7 Bible paperback
NASB Online at Bible Gateway


Psalm 49

Psalm 49
A Psalm of Repentance

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