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masquerade_writing_contestMasquerade Writing Contest
For this contest, the identities of the writers who submit entries into the contest will be automatically masked!
Submissions: 5/26/13-6/3/13 @ 11:59pm EST.
Voting poll: 6/4/13-6/8/13 @ 11:59pm EST.
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may-2013-haiku-contestMay’s Haiku Contest Winners

1st- The Greater Task- by Aj-anba

2nd- Eyes of Wonder- by KC

3rd- The Future- by c4a1g

 

Featured Writing

Science is?- 
by Killerelite

Relieve You- 
by Night_Sky_Of_Feelings

Starting With Vigor- 
by Night_Sky_Of_Feelings

Why can’t I be you?
by Grace C

Endlessly Painful Journey- 
by Night_Sky_Of_Feelings

Monthly Writing Quotes

Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations. -Ray Bradbury

The final lesson a writer learns is that everything can nourish the writer. The dictionary, a new word, a voyage, an encounter, a talk on the street, a book, a phrase learned. -Anais Nin

 

speed-typingNaNoWriMo, which is thankfully still months away, is an increasingly popular way for aspiring writers to hone their novel writing skills. There are still those who sneer at the event though, and argue that it’s impossible to write a novel in 30 days… Read More

 

 

retro-microphoneWhether it’s a poem or novel, all of your writing will fall flat if you don’t get the voice right. The voice of a piece is your voice, the voice with which you whisper your story into the readers’ ear. And just like telling a story verbally, if you don’t adopt the right tone you will cause frustration and confusion… Read More
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A Tribute- Night Sky Of Feelings

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Today is an interesting treat for me, as I was asked again to write up tribute to another member of our community. Usually I only get to dust off my gratuitous skills and give thanks once a year but it seems that once again we have a member who needs the spotlight shone upon them.

Night_Sky_Of_Feelings has really stepped up to the plate this last month with her poem-a-day attitude and is not one to be taken lightly. Though young, this author seems to be entering her stride; churning out many pieces of exceptional quality, depth, vision, and relatability. I, personally, look forward to watching her stretch her wings and become a force to be reckoned with in the writing world.

As always, I would also like to thank the other members of this site for their contributions as well; just as it takes many flavors to make great food, it takes many minds to make great food for thought. Keep up all the great work and never stop writing.

Sincerely,
One of Your Own

In Rainy Days- May 27- by Night_Sky_Of_Feelings

Sleep And Dream- May 6- by Night_Sky_Of_Feelings

Overcoming The Challenges Of The Day- May 16- Night_Sky_Of_Feelings

*note* this announcement can also be found in the forum here

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Voices in Your Head

retro-microphoneWhether it’s a poem or novel, all of your writing will fall flat if you don’t get the voice right. The voice of a piece is your voice, the voice with which you whisper your story into the readers’ ear. And just like telling a story verbally, if you don’t adopt the right tone you will cause frustration and confusion.

Here are just a few voices used by authors:

First-person: This means actually taking on the voice of your lead character and telling the story as they would tell it. It is immensely powerful and allows you to discuss emotional reactions in detail, but it’s not without limitations. It’s ultimately an illusion and, if you break voice or say something that’s not suited to your character, you will shatter the illusion.

Unreliable narrator: A cousin of the first-person, this is where you allowed the truth to be altered by the emotions or prejudices of the main character. The trick is to include a few details that don’t quite sit with the overall story, making your reader gradually lose trust. American Psycho is an excellent example of this difficult technique.

Third-person: Once upon a time, almost all fiction was third-person, though it is increasingly falling out of fashion. Third-person is great for big stories with multiple plots as it allows you to move around between each strand. Be careful of dipping into the emotions of each character though, as this usually feels tacky to the reader.

Omniscient: Essentially, this is when the author moves around like a god, freely jumping into the minds of each character whenever they see fit. It’s something that almost all fledging writers do by mistake, and most editors and creative writing teachers will soon tell you to stop. That’s not to say it can’t be done at all: Frank Ronan’s novel Dixie Chicken does this with abandon, sidestepping the inherent problems by allowing God himself to be the narrator.

So what’s the right voice for your story? Nobody can say. You just need to listen to the story and see if you can hear the voice it wants to be told in.

 

Robert 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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How long does it take to write a novel?

speed-typingNaNoWriMo, which is thankfully still months away, is an increasingly popular way for aspiring writers to hone their novel writing skills. There are still those who sneer at the event though, and argue that it’s impossible to write a novel in 30 days.

That’s clearly nonsense if you look back through literary history. Some of the most important novels ever committed to paper have been written in a crazy rush. The most famous example is that of Jack Kerouac, who taped a ream of paper together to make a single, continuous sheet, then spent a weekend working without pause. “That’s not writing, it’s typing,” is how Truman Capote described this experiment, but the resulting novel –  On The Road –  remains one of the pillars of modern literature.

Just as amazing is Dostoevsky, who completed the first part of  The Idiot  in only 23 days. Hounded by gambling debts, Dostoevsky had a good reason to work as fast as he could, but the epic scope and splendor of  The Idiot  suggests a novel that was planned over many years.

Ultimately, the amount of time needed to write a novel is the amount of time required by that particular novel. It might take years. Or you might have some things burning inside you that need to escape as quickly as possible. Either way, don’t let anyone tell you that 30 days is too short.

About The Author

Robert 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.

This article is for use by Thoughtsinc.net

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Thoughts May Newsletter

May is here!! May is the month of change. Winter and Spring come together for the passing of the torch. Animals are born and green returns to the world. Enjoy!

haiku-poemMay 2013 – Haiku Contest
Topic: For this contest, submit a Haiku (a three line poem where the first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5 syllables).
Submissions: 5/6/13 – 5/17/13
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poetry-month-contest-winnerPoetry Month Contest Winners

1st- Write to live- by c4a1g

2nd- Footnote to a Footnote- by tlhopkinson

3rd- Midnight- by uniquelylost

 

20-wordsApril’s 20 Words or Less Contest Winners!
April’s 20 Words or Less Contest has come to an end! We hope everyone who participated had fun!

1st place- Broken Angel- by @KC 

2nd place- Distance-  by @Aj-anba 

 

Featured Writing

A Writer’s Prayer for Inspiration- by SerenaLantha

Reincarnation- by tlhopkinson

A book with a black leather cover- by c4a1g

Night whispers- by uniquelylost

Laugh from the Past- by Killerelite

 

Monthly Writing Quotes

A story needs rhythm. Read it aloud to yourself. If it doesn’t spin a bit of magic, it’s missing something. -Esther Freud

Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard. -David McCullough

 

falling_stars_390x250A Tribute- tlhopkinson
When asked to again write a tribute for Poetry Month there was only one person in my head that qualified for this honor. They are a shining example of all Thoughts Inc. has to offer us as well as a shining example of a good human being… Read more

 

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We are happy to announce that as of today member profiles were updated and further integrated with the forum! Ever since member profiles were implemented it has been planned and requested. In addition to the integration some new features were added to the profiles…read more

 

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A Tribute- tlhopkinson

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When asked to again write a tribute for Poetry Month there was only one person in my head that qualified for this honor. They are a shining example of all Thoughts Inc. has to offer us as well as a shining example of a good human being. This being said I would like to offer my thanks to tlhopkinson. Writer, moderator and poet extraordinaire.

Tlhopkinson was the only person to qualify because of the amount of poetry she has gifted us with in this month celebrating the written word. Almost every day this entire month she submitted a new original work. As if this wasn’t enough, the quality of each piece has been on the superior level and thought provoking. I can say that after reading each piece I walked away with a new perspective or a few new ideas to ponder. This is the skill of a great poet, to get their ideas across while still leaving room for the reader to have their own experience. I feel that tlhopkinson has mastered this skill fully.

Other readers and writers among us don’t think that I’ve not noticed you either. We’ve had so many great pieces of work submitted in the last year and just because I didn’t choose them or you doesn’t mean that you aren’t great in your own right. It takes all kinds of authors to make us great. You show us the world through your eyes and allow us to live in it for a little while, that alone makes you also worthy of mention here. Keep at it and refine your craft and maybe next time it will be you this honor goes to.

Sincerely,
One of Your Own

Adventures of the Farmhouse on Route 6- by tlhopkinson

Tasting Rain- by tlhopkinson

Worlding- by tlhopkinson

*note* this announcement can also be found in the forum here

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April’s freewriting contest winners

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April’s Poetry Month Contest has come to an end! All of the works entered into the contest this month were exceptional, therefore, Thoughts Inc. would like thank everyone who wrote or voted in the contest! Without further ado the winners of the Poetry Month Contest are-

1st- Write to live- by c4a1g

2nd- Footnote to a Footnote- by tlhopkinson

3rd- Midnight- by uniquelylost

The announcement can also be found in the forum here