Grandfather Clock
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Note: This is a writing prompt exercise borrowed from here. Per the rules of the prompt, I've limited my response to 500 words.

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The last 5 years and where to find me
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Good Evening various LJ users (to those of you who're still around, anyway!).

Quick Update:

I've been attending graduate school for the last few years, and have finally graduated with my M.A. in English. I'm currently working as a part-time content developer for the web, and do a little publicity work on the side. I'm working for something more permanent. My thesis project was a table top RPG handbook, which was actually pretty fun to work on. Yes, furry races were involved, because why not. I'm hoping to develop it into something awesome over the coming years.

I've also started using my newfound free time (and reduced stress) to write furry stuff again. I managed to put out a couple of stories while attending graduate school (one of which was published), but I'd like to do more. For now, I've started work on a furry-themed novel. I hope to begin work on a shorter story I've been mulling around in my head for the last few months, and I have a pair of collaborative RP-based stories that might see the light of day sometime soon.

Other places to find me:
How to contact me:

  • Email and Google Talk, etc.: brathor@gmail.com

  • AIM, Yahoo, Skype: BorderFollie


Free-Writing: Giving back
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A note: Below the cut, you'll find a free writing prompt I took from Twitter (@writingprompt). I gave myself ten minutes to write as much as I could, then another five minutes to clean up as much as I could.

(I cheated on this one. I wanted to finish out the scene, so I gave myself about ten extra minutes.)

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Free-Writing: Strangeness
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A note: Below the cut, you'll find a free writing prompt I took from Twitter (@writingprompt). I gave myself ten minutes to write as much as I could, then another five minutes to clean up as much as I could. The idea is to force myself to get something written down quickly and to then transfer that into a "real" writing project. The editing time-limit is just to keep me from getting into the so-called "editing spiral" that tends to kill a lot of what I write. Maybe I can transfer some of that to my work too.

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Writing with the right Motivations
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Since starting college in 2003 (I'm hoping to have my Master's degree by the end of the year), It's been difficult to find the time to write and read the things I really want to write. Don't get me wrong, I have found these exercises to be useful, if not very interesting. Unfortunately, it means that when I do take the time to write, I feel a lot of pressure to get things done. Pressure is not conducive to a creative mindset, and often creates some of the most frustrating writer's block I've ever experienced.

I want to produce content, I want to prove that I'm a talented writer, I want to share my ideas with others, and (hey, I'll admit it), I want praise. Naturally, however, if those thoughts and desires are the foremost thing on your mind, you'll never actually be able to reach that point. And that makes sense, really. Professional athletes certainly seem to enjoy their fame and prosperity, but if a quarterback only thought about how much he wanted a bigger paycheck every time he executed a play, chances are you wouldn't be seeing him for very long.

I won't deny that I want to have a finished project, and that I want to earn feedback (hopefully positive!), but I also need to remember where that desire comes from: the passion to simply tell stories.

Writing is easiest when you can relax, immerse yourself in the characters and plot, and then describe what happens. You can't get there if the reason you're writing the story has nothing to do with the actual process. Keep your motivations in mind when you write, and let them drive things to the end.

Free-Writing Exercise: Go to Waste
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A note: Below the cut, you'll find a free writing prompt I took from Twitter (@writingprompt). I gave myself ten minutes to write as much as I could, then another five minutes to clean up as much as I could. Enjoy.

WARNING: NSFW furry shenanigans below.

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