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Turn Down the Lights?

A new feature has been added to Thoughts that allows you to choose between two sets of color schemes while viewing the site; light and dark. If you choose to turn down the lights, it will darken all the pages on the site and you can always switch back to the brighter version of the site but clicking the regular color link. This feature has been added right below your user information on the left side of the site as pictured below. Enjoy!

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How to write productively

writing-productivelyI have researched and found that most famous writers from the past used a technique for writing. Almost any famous writer you could think of woke in the morning and grabbed a pen and started writing. Our best writing is done when our minds are tired but who feels like writing after a long day and we want to sleep. So the alternative is to write at waking, with the imagination full from all our dreams and the mind is still waking up.

Remembering that you need to write at some point in the day and forcing yourself to do so, as we all know, leads to writer block and frustration, causing us to harbor a distain for our passion. Learning this technique brings back the joy and self-confidence. Just imagine loving to write again.

Waking up and bringing the mind to full functioning through writing is a win, win situation. You are productive and what better way to start your day than a satisfying round of doing what you love. I have been practicing this for the last few days and have been adding chapters to a story that I gave up on writing a year ago. I find I can’t write fast enough. I have to use pencil and paper because firing up my writing program starts my mind thinking about that and not about the fleeting thoughts floating in my head.

You literally have to rise out of bed and immediately start writing. You will lose your dreams if you don’t start right away.  For the first time in years I love waking up. The productiveness adds something that I carry with me through the day. Write all you can then go to the bathroom or smoke or get some coffee but return right away to jot down any other info you recall. Milk your mind like a farmer milks a cow early in the morning. Before you know it you’ll have buckets full and might even start to make some cheese…..Oh no I didn’t…. snap. Hey, I was going to use the phrase, “Milk those mental utterings.” So consider yourself lucky.

Mind you, you might not awaken with material that fits into a project you are working on but you will want to write it down anyway. No matter how odd or silly, save and savor these golden nuggets for poems or short stories or whatever prose you like.

Find your best time for writing and stick to it. Practice this and I assure you it will bring you new life to your writing.

About the Author


forgewrightRobert Hatfield hails from mid-western Ohio. Comedy and Adventure stories are his passion. Editing and Reviewing are the fields of work he enjoys. Writing has been an interest for the past 25 years and he now has the time to pursue it. As a Moderator on Thoughtsinc.net, he welcomes any questions or requests for help.

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Spring Cleaning

Spring has arrived! And with it, as many of you may have already noticed, came a round of updates to Thoughts Inc. If the website is not displaying correctly for you now try clearing your browsers history and that should clear up any display issues. However, if the problem remains please contact us.

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Here is a list of some of the bigger changes that occurred:

  • Homepage sections added, contest stats, and about section.
  • Writing forum restyled
  • Updated forum text editor
  • Member login, mailbox, etc, moved to left sidebar
  • Resource page merged with the main blog
  • Social icons added to navigation
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From Peace to Poetry

nobel-peace-prizeAlfred Nobel created a grant to award The Nobel Prize to those people who are found to contribute the greatest benefit to mankind. This award is given yearly for peace, medicine, physiology, chemistry and literature. The Swedish Academy which handles to prize gathers nominees from around the world and then decides on a winner. The prize is given in September or October.

Nominations are made by members of the swedish Academy, past Nobel Prize winners, professors of literature, literature societies and presidents of writers’ organizations . A nominee must be on the list at least twice to be considered. The Academy keeps these nominees secret until the award is given. However many nominators will divulge their choice.

The winner or laureate is granted a gold medal along with a diploma. Money is also granted depending on the income of the foundation for that year. These amounts can be between one million and eleven million U.S. dollars.

Alfred was a chemist and invented dynamite. He held 350 other patents. Even an element (Nobelium) is named after him. He was an engineer and owned businesses around the world. He created products from plywood to the torpedo.

He traveled most of his life and remained unmarried but fathered 8 children. One of his loves is thought to be the reason he added the Peace Prize to the list of prizes he left in his Will.

Alfred lacked a higher formal education but spoke several languages. He even wrote poetry in English. “Nemesis” is a prose tragedy with four acts was printed as he was dying and all copies but three were destroyed immediately after his death. Nobel was an atheist and Nemesis was thought of as blasphemy.

When his brother died the press mistakenly printed Alfred’s obituary. Saying, “The Merchant of Death is Dead,” referring to his invention of dynamite. This troubled Nobel after seeing how people would remember him. In 1895 he signed his last will and testament granting the majority of his estate to establish the Nobel Prizes.

About the Author


forgewrightRobert Hatfield hails from mid-western Ohio. Comedy and Adventure stories are his passion. Editing and Reviewing are the fields of work he enjoys. Writing has been an interest for the past 25 years and he now has the time to pursue it. As a Moderator on Thoughtsinc.net, he welcomes any questions or requests for help.

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Story Outlines: Who Needs Them?

story-outlineUnless you’re writing your 10th book you might want to consider creating an outline of the story you are looking to write. Sitting down and writing by the seat of your pants may offer freedom to change directions in a story but it is more likely that a new writer will find themselves stuck or lost in a tangent.

The use of an outline provides structure and a useful framework for filling in the story. The planning involved in making an outline helps produce a well thought out plot. You will become more familiar with the story you want to write and this early involvement allows you to create a powerful plot. You will gain more organization when piecing the story together, ensuring details and ideas are less likely to be left out or badly arranged.

There are those who prefer more spontaneity in their writing process. I use everything from mind-maps to sticky notes when writing. In the end, the choice is yours to make when deciding a personal preference in writing styles.
If you would like to use an outline, I’ve listed four steps for turning an idea into a story.

goalDecide on the story’s goal. What do you want the most overall result of the story to be? Perhaps your character will find love or overcome loss. Whatever you choose, make sure you know this story goal before continuing with your outline. Some authors prefer to begin their outline by starting with the end of the story then back tracking the events that lead up to the ending. Knowing the result of an event ahead of time makes it easier to create the event.


PaintCreate conflict.
Every story I can think of has conflict. If it didn’t, once upon a time would be more like once upon a coma. Think about what is keeping the story’s goal from being achieved. This is most likely going to show itself in the first few pages. Is it a villain or a bad decision? Maybe the main character cannot make a decision? This is the meat and potatoes of the story so work on making this part exciting and believable.

 

sceneCreate subjects. Adding detailed settings and lifelike characters is your next big step. Writing a list of descriptions for many places and characters will give you more variety to choose from when introducing the subject in the story. Researching specific details that fit in the time and place of the story will add believability and a stronger mental picture in the readers mind. Make as many as you can and if you don’t use them now save them and someday they may be useful.


developmentBuild the plot.
Here you want to write down scenes that you envision of your characters in interacting the world of your story. Learn the purpose of each scene and the order they occur in. Remember, you are not writing the story now, just gaining some insight and reference points to guide the plot. After finishing a list of scenes, make sure the sequence of events can effectively convey the story.

 

At this point you will have outlined your story’s structure. You should be familiar with the workings of the story and your mind can focus on other details to add while understanding that events need to head in a certain direction. If you have taken these steps you should see your story unfolding and you can begin writing! When you’re discussing your best seller on a TV talk show be sure to tell them about story outlines and why you needed one.

About the Author

forgewrightRobert Hatfield hails from mid-western Ohio. Comedy and Adventure stories are his passion. Editing and Reviewing are the fields of work he enjoys. Writing has been an interest for the past 25 years and he now has the time to pursue it. As a Moderator on Thoughtsinc.net, he welcomes any questions or requests for help.

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What is a haiku poem?

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A haiku is a Japanese form of poetry. In it’s traditional form a haiku is a three line poem consisting of seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often inspired by nature, a haiku emphasizes both simplicity and intensity.

Example of a traditional haiku poem

“The old pond by Matsuo Basho”
An old silent pond…
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.

Notice the first line is 5 syllables, the second 7, and the third 5. Overtime the form of haiku poetry has evolved and the 5/7/5 practice has been routinely broken. If the syllable count is not traditional the philosophy of haiku can be preserved by focusing on a brief moment in time, and creating enlightenment through the use of provocative words.

Next time you go to write a short poem, try writing it as haiku. It will be an adventure and a fun learning experience. If you run into words that make counting the syllables tough there are many syllable counters online to help such as http://www.haikuwithteeth.com/index.php

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February 2014 Newsletter

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two-word-contestTopic:  For this contest, put together a combination of only two words to creatively provide profound meaning, unexpected meaning, or just for fun!
Submissions: 2/9-2/17 @ 11:59pm EST.

 
why-i-cant-write-a-poemThe Why I Can’t Write a Poem Contest has ended! As always all the writing entered into the contest was excellent so Thoughts Inc. would like to thank everyone who wrote for or voted in the contest.

Links to the winning entries-

1st) I Haven’t the Time- SerenaLantha 
2nd) Tion- Killerelite 
3rd) My brother told me once- tlhopkinson 

 

 

 

feedbackThoughts Inc. is continuously being developed and we are always looking for more feedback on things you like about the site, problems, and ideas. So a new feedback form has been added to the site that will appear on the left side of the site after you login. You can also view feedback submitted by other members and vote on what you like as well. We hope to hear your thoughts!
 

 

 

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Monthly Writing Quote

The rewrites are a struggle right now. Sometimes I wish writing a book could just be easy for me at last. But when I think about it practically, I am glad it’s a struggle. I am (as usual) attempting to write a book that’s too hard for me. I’m telling a story I’m not smart enough to tell. The risk of failure is huge. But I prefer it this way. I’m forced to learn, forced to smarten myself up, forced to wrestle. And if it works, then I’ll have written something that is better than I am. -Shannon Hale