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November Newsletter

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November 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: 11/9/13 – 11/17/13
Voting Poll: 11/18/13 – 11/23/13

 

two-contestTurning Two! Contest Winners

The Turning Two! Writing Contest has concluded! As always Thoughts Inc. would like thank everyone who wrote for or voted in the contest.

1st) Shadows- by Aj-anba

2nd) In Dreams- by Grace C

 

 

Monthly Writing Quote

End with an image and don’t explain. ~Stanley Kunitz

A story is a letter that the author writes to himself, to tell himself things that he would be unable to discover otherwise. ~Carlos Zafon

 

mobile-forumNew mobile version of the member forum!

A new mobile version of the members forum was rolled out! Now anyone visiting the members forum on a smartphone will see the design. The new mobile design is simplified and includes action buttons/icons for easier touch navigation. Please keep in mind that this is still a beta phase of testing…. 

 

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September News

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CMYK buckets isolated on whiteColor Poem Contest Underway!
Topic: For this contest, write a poem inspired by your favorite color, or any other color.
Submissions: 09/12/13 – 09/22/13
Voting Poll: 09/23/13 – 09/27/13

 

25_words25 Words or Less Contest Winners!!

The 25 Words or Less Contest has concluded! As always Thoughts Inc. would like thank everyone who wrote for or voted in the contest.
1st) Sky of the World- by stargazer5
2nd) Home- by Aj-anba

 

Monthly Writing Quote

I’ve learned that I get blocked when my subconscious mind is telling me that I’ve taken the work in a wrong direction, and that once I start listening to what my subconscious is trying to tell me, I can work out the problem and get moving again. -Walter Jon Williams

 

story_outlineStory Outlines: Who Needs Them? by Forgewright
Unless 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…

 

thoughts-redesignThoughts Constuction
The last month or so has been quite busy here at Thoughts Inc. as the network was reimagined. We would particularly like to thank everyone for their continued patience over the last two weeks while the most trafficked areas of….

 

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Thoughts Inc August News

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ticket25 Words or Less Contest Underway!
Topic: For this contest, write a free verse poem
(no rhyming) that is 25 words or less in length.
Submissions: 08/07/13 – 08/16/13
Voting Poll: 08/17/13 – 08/22/13
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7_line_writing_contest7 Line Contest Winners!!
The Seven Line Writing Contest has ended!

1st: To my dad- by Jamboree
2nd: The Spirit of the Trees- by Aj-anba
3rd: Wish for worse- by tudoricus

 

[column col="1/2"]Featured Writing

Masquerade-
by SerenaLantha 

How to Get a Black Eye at the Circus- 
by Killerelite

Slipping Away-
by Chohns

[/column][column col="1/2"]Monthly Writing Quotes

The golden rule of writing is to write what you care about. If you care about your topic, you’ll do your best writing, and then you stand the best chance of really touching a reader in some way. -Jerry Spinelli[/column]

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. -Plato

 

Call Me Melville- by Forgewright
moby-dick-illustrationAugust is a great month to be born. The amount of literary talent born into one of the hottest months of the year is huge and includes everyone from Lord Alfred Tennyson to Mary Shelley. Herman Melville, author of the classic Moby Dick, was born August 1, 1819 in.. Read More

 

New Resource Launched
resourceThis summer we have been busy creating a new resource section that was just rolled out! The new resource was essentially created to house FAQs explaining Thoughts features as well as poetry and writing resources. One helpful feature that was added to the resource is a predictive search tool. Another feature is…. Read More

 

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Thoughts Inc Summer News

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The Masquerade Writing Contest Winners!

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 The Masquerade Writing Contest has concluded! Without further ado the winners of the Masquerade Writing Contest are:
1st: Masquerade Ball- by Night Sky Of Feelings 
2nd: Phoenix- by Aj-anba
3rd: Smoke- by stargazer5

 

7 Line Contest Voting Underway!

vote-buttonTopic: Open
Submissions: 06/14/13 – 07/03/13
Voting poll: 07/04/13 – 07/12/13
The Prizes:
1st= $60 Amazon.com giftcard
2nd= $30 Amazon.com giftcard
3rd= $20 Amazon.com giftcard
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Featured Writing

Oh, The Righteous
Indignation-

by forgewright

FaceBook Follies- 
by forgewright

Beginnings-
by Aj-anba

cyber-munks-
by c4a1g

Imagine Him in an
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by tlhopkinson

Monthly Writing Quotes

If writers stopped writing about what happened to them, then there would be a lot of empty pages. -Elaine Liner

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say. ~Anaïs Nin

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things. -T.S. Eliot

 

Plagiarism- You be You, I’ll be Me. – by Forgewright

copyright-symbol-300x300Writing has rules. Your ability to understand and follow these rules will determine your accomplishments as a writer. Knowing how to structure what you are writing with proper spacing and punctuation as well as spelling may determine your level of professionalism, but Plagiarism will ruin your chances of being respected as a writer and can land you in serious trouble. Read More

 

Facts About Fiction – by Forgewright

benefits-to-reading-300x250Leisure reading has fallen as a popular activity with people over the last two years. New studies in Canada have shown several benefits to reading fiction, especially in children.

The University of Toronto has reported that two new studies they have conducted suggest that this may have negative repercussions on children and adults. The main focus is on the Soft Skills; the personal attributes that enhance a person’s individual interactions, job performance, habits and overall friendliness. These are directly equated with the Emotional Intelligence Quotient or “EQ”. Read More

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Thoughts June News

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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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Thoughts March Newsletter

 

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The Road Not Taken Kindle Fire Contest
In celebration of Robert Frost’s upcoming birthday on 3/26, Thoughts Inc. is hosting a contest dedicated to the poet!
Topic: In response to or inspired by Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”
The Prize: 1st place= Kindle Fire
Submissions: 2/19/13 – 3/18/13 @ 11:59pm EST.

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greeting-card-contestThe Valentine’s Greeting Card Contest has concluded! All of the works entered into the contest this month were exceptional and Thoughts Inc. would like thank everyone who wrote or voted in the contest!

1st: For the Polyamorous Partner- by Suoaei
2nd: Forever Valentine- by Killerelite
3rd: Spicy- by tlhopkinson

 

Featured Writing

A Few Days Gift- by thatkid508

Mordred, Son of Avalon by eternallyyours.kcaylix

Hell Hounds by TheKitten

Ripples- by stargazer5

 

Monthly Writing Quotes

Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use. -Mark Twain

Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

 

thoughts_blue_inkWebsite Updates
Members can now twitter style @mention other members in forum posts. If someone is mentioned they will be notified at the top of the forum. In order to mention a member in a post enter the @ symbol and then then the members name. Once you start to type the members name you are mentioning a drop down menu of close names will be displayed that…. – Read more 

 

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January 2013 Newsletter

December 2012 Writing Contest Winners

The December 2012 What December means to me contest has concluded! The winners of December’s writing contest are:

1. Winter’s Witness ~SerenaLantha
2. Thoughts of home ~c4a1g
3. A Christmas Story ~Forgewright

 

Thoughts Incorporated New Slogan

The contest to decide our new slogan has come to an end! Thoughts Incorporated would like thank everyone who wrote for and voted in the contest. Without further ado our new slogan is:

create – share – inspire – encourage – discover
-by tlhopkinson

 

January Found Poem Contest

Start date: 1/7/13 – 1/18/13
Poll: 1/19/13- 1/25/13
Topic: Found Poem

 

Featured Writing

When I Was A Kid… -by Night_Sky_of Feelings

Beauty- by SerenaLantha

Drops On A Window-by MyLittleWhiteRose

 

Monthly Writing Quote

There are two kinds of writer: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder.
– Brian Aldiss

 

This is your Brain on Books- by forgewright

Ever wonder what’s going on in your noodle when you read? Recently, while researching how the brain works (It’s just the kinda stuff I enjoy) I came across several interesting articles on the subject of reading and how the brain functions. I’ll summarize these here.. read more

 

Persistence writes a book- by forgewright
So many great authors give us incredible stories of every kind of genre. Famous writers with abilities we can only dream of developing. A writer must want something enough to maintain the motivation to put a story together. Life just seems to get in the way… read more

 

Website Updates
Thoughts Incorporated is now accepting guest blog posts. Accepted posts will be added to the blog and featured in the monthly newsletter. For more information please read the guidelines

 

 

 

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November News

Memories Writing Contest Winners

The 20 words or less Memories Writing Contest has come to an end! We would like thank everyone who participated in the contest and the judges!! Without further ado the winners of the memories writing contest are:

1st- My Son- by lnolan

2nd-  1941,’42 After battle moment- by claudiu

3rd-  Who I Am- by SerenaLantha
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 November Contest

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Submissions: 11/5/12-11/16/12

 

Featured Writing

How I got into writing as I do now- by Ritski

Why I Write-
by  tlhopkinson

Lost my marbles-
by c4a1g

 

Monthly Writing Tip
When editing it can be helpful to save the first draft and read the piece again on another day, fresh eyes catch more mistakes!

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Writing Veterans and Overseas Soldiers by Forgewright

Today’s military members are seen on every type of media. We see them every day and hear about the conflicts they are involved in. This may seem like a connection but in reality many soldiers have very little contact…. read more

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Defeating Writer’s Block by Forgewright

You found some quiet time to do some writing. The software is loaded and you have your fingers on the keyboard. You have a great story in mind, so why is the page still blank? Let’s take a look at what could be stopping you… read more

 

 

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Website Updates

October was spent working on the new member profiles which are now available! The new profiles have many new features. A major change is you can now post on your profile and comment on others. read more