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  1. Michelle Wallace
    July 31, 2019 @ 09:21

    Grumpy Old Gods anthology series is growing! Congrats!
    I had to pop by, even though I’m rather late… ? love the energy here at your place…

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  2. Raimey Gallant
    July 16, 2019 @ 20:02

    Wow! Congrats on all the upcoming Grumpy Old Gods anthologies. My main characters tend to be me or an earlier me/the way I used to think/be.

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  3. Rebecca M. Douglass
    July 8, 2019 @ 01:28

    I like your idea of giving your characters traits you wish you had, though that does risk making them too perfect (I mean, I’d like to be perfect…). I also think your list of worries is about spot-on. We all worry about those things, and we should!

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  4. Lynda R Young
    July 6, 2019 @ 17:50

    In a way those worries are good. They mean you won’t put out something that could be better. It means you care. It’s just we have to remind ourselves to write that ugly first draft without worries because anything can and will be fixed later.

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  5. Renee Scattergood
    July 6, 2019 @ 10:56

    Ooo…thanks for the Episode 21 announcement! 😀

    I can’t remember if I replied to your post about using astrology to help create your characters. I used to do that as well! I don’t remember why I stopped and now I have a whole new way of working it out, but at the start doing it that way made it so much easier.

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  6. ChemistKen
    July 5, 2019 @ 11:43

    I have trouble making my villains too evil, probably because I don’t know any people evil enough to be a guide. So I tend to just make them misguided instead of truly evil. Glad you’re keeping busy.

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  7. Madeline Mora-Summonte
    July 5, 2019 @ 08:24

    Focusing too much on the writing “rules” at the start of creating the story totally paralyzes me. Sure, we need the rules but not until later. 🙂

    Good luck with Camp!

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  8. Ronel Janse van Vuuren
    July 5, 2019 @ 06:59

    I haven’t thought about this month’s question like that, either. Quite interesting. Congrats on working on various short stories during Camp Nano — and good luck! And thanks for the shout-out 🙂

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  9. Lisa
    July 5, 2019 @ 06:51

    Thanks for dropping by my blog! Your ideas on how to give your characters more personality, individuality were great. I never would have thought to use astrology!

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  10. Mary Aalgaard
    July 4, 2019 @ 21:52

    I like how you take your own traits and then change them to create characters, similar, but different from you.

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  11. Gwen Gardner
    July 4, 2019 @ 18:58

    That’s a lot of worries. But I think all writers have every one of them. I just started writing a new book today, and I’m thinking, “this is boring as hell.” But I know that it will be fixed during the rewrite. LOL.

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  12. Julie Flanders
    July 4, 2019 @ 18:45

    I can relate to that yo-yo cycle. It can definitely drive anyone crazy. I am trying too to just focus on getting the story down and leaving the rest until later. So far, so good.
    Good luck with Camp NaNo! I hope you get lots of stories done.

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  13. Lee Lowery
    July 4, 2019 @ 12:22

    I tend towards giving characters traits I would like to have, also. I do not, however, have any trouble writing bad guys/gals. I always give them the opportunity to choose good, but many do not.

    The worries you’ve laid out are what paralyze so many writers from making any progress. I spent far too many years writing the same three-four chapters over and over. And switching from one project to another. I’ve finally forced myself to just keep writing the first draft through to the end, and deal with the technicalities later. No worrying about the perfect first sentence until I’ve written ‘the end.’

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    • admin2
      July 4, 2019 @ 13:28

      Thank you. I know that is great advice if I can convince myself to just do it. I am getting through short stories somewhat. Thanks for visiting.

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  14. C. Lee McKenzie
    July 3, 2019 @ 22:27

    I think what you said at the beginning of your post shows how much synergy plays into the way we think and the way we change. Reading another post that set you to thinking shows how effective this kind of exchange can be.

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    • admin2
      July 4, 2019 @ 11:43

      Definitely. Good point.

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  15. JQ Rose
    July 3, 2019 @ 22:10

    I try to get the bones down of the story and barrel right through it without thinking about anything else, but the story. But….I get side-tracked every time and start thinking about the character’s reactions and if they’re right. But then again, once I get to the end of the story, I’ll know for sure if the emotions and reactions are true. It’s a Catch 22. I like your idea of writing as many short stories as you can at camp in July! Best wishes for success in that project!!
    JQ Rose

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    • admin2
      July 4, 2019 @ 11:42

      Thank you.

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  16. Anna
    July 3, 2019 @ 19:41

    I have a feeling you are too hard on yourself. You have some very good qualities. Kindness is one of them. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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    • admin2
      July 4, 2019 @ 11:40

      Ah… thank you. HUGS

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  17. Jennifer Lane
    July 3, 2019 @ 15:21

    I hear ya about the worries. We can get mired in them, for sure.

    I also try to help the villain sometimes. At least I try to give the villain a plausible backstory for his or her naughtiness.

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    • admin2
      July 3, 2019 @ 16:25

      LOL, I have to watch out or my villain will take over the story. as the protagonist.

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  18. Lidy Wilks
    July 3, 2019 @ 13:47

    Good luck with camp. Usually avoid camp because something always seems to go wrong during that time for me. It’s like I’m jinxed.

    I’m always worrying too. That it’s crap, boring, etc. But a little praise helps to get out of my head and see that maybe it’s not as crappy or boring as I thought.

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    • admin2
      July 3, 2019 @ 16:24

      Thank you. Yeah the more I know how it works the more I worry it doesn’t work or is crap as you say. Thanks for visiting.

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  19. Jacqui Murray
    July 3, 2019 @ 12:57

    I agree with all your worries, Juneta. It was almost nicer when I didn’t know what I was doing, thought whatever I wrote was wonderful. And then I got schooled.

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    • admin2
      July 3, 2019 @ 13:02

      Right, lol, Exactly, that is the crux of the matter.

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  20. L. Diane Wolfe
    July 3, 2019 @ 12:50

    I just get the story on the page and take care of all that in editing. Otherwise I’d go nuts with anxiety.

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    • admin2
      July 3, 2019 @ 13:01

      I try to do that but does not always work out for me, lol.

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  21. Pat Garcia
    July 3, 2019 @ 12:34

    Hi,
    You are busy and it sounds like you are happy being busy.
    As for your characters, I get the feeling that you have them just as you want to have them and that is what counts. Being true to yourself is being true to your characters also.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    • admin2
      July 3, 2019 @ 12:49

      I do like when I have something going writing-wise. I do. I can get attached to them like old friends. I have one I have been writing since 2000 that has been redone for stories yet is essentially that same character. Yes, you said it well, being true to yourself. Honest for you and honest for your character until that is a trait that needs to change cause he is the opposition or villain. Shalom Aleichem

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  22. Angela Wooldridge
    July 3, 2019 @ 10:42

    I worry too – in circles!
    What about Grumpy old gods vol 4?
    I nearly had something for 3, but was having serious trouble laying down the first draft and had to leave it in the end. Maybe I’ll have better luck if I come back to it for vol 5 or 6!

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    • admin2
      July 3, 2019 @ 11:04

      I am going to PM you on Holly’s site or contact you on your blog about GOG4 soon. I always love to see your stories. I hope you are planning on doing Storytime July 31st too. I really enjoy your stories. We miss you when you don’t.

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  23. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor
    July 3, 2019 @ 09:39

    I’m off to read your astrology article. I’m always looking for ways to make my characters more well-rounded. I like MBTI as a tool for that as well (INTJ here).

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    • admin2
      July 3, 2019 @ 11:06

      Yeah. I hope you enjoy it and find it useable. I really like using it as a tool and its fun and interesting. It has also given me stories before.

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  24. Alex J. Cavanaugh
    July 3, 2019 @ 09:05

    You make them what you would want to be – that definitely makes sense!

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    • admin2
      July 3, 2019 @ 11:06

      I find it fun and it gives my characters real depth.

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  25. Natalie Aguirre
    July 2, 2019 @ 23:24

    I worry about the same things with my writing too even when it’s going well.

    I like your idea of using astrology to round out your characters. I worry my characters aren’t interesting enough . I may try it

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    • admin2
      July 3, 2019 @ 11:07

      I think you might find it fun and inspiring for that. I know I do.

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