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Noticing Newbies: May 02, 2018 Issue [#8879]

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 This week: The Most Important Rule of Writing
  Edited by: I like big books #2233315
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
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Letter from the editor

A book is a gift you can open again and again. —Garrison Keillor

I am a firm believer that reading is not just important, but imperative for our future as a society. Don't think so? Take this excerpt from an interview with Neil Gaiman:

I was once in New York, and I listened to a talk about the building of private prisons – a huge growth industry in America. The prison industry needs to plan its future growth – how many cells are they going to need? How many prisoners are there going to be, 15 years from now? And they found they could predict it very easily, using a pretty simple algorithm, based on asking what percentage of 10 and 11-year-olds couldn’t read. And certainly couldn’t read for pleasure.

Reading isn't just a way to pass the time. Beyond being an important part of a civilized society, it's also a very important part of your life as an author. Reading for enjoyment can teach you many things about yourself as a writer. Take a story apart. Find out what made them tick. How did the writer build suspense? Write the plot in 1,000 words. Outline each chapter. Study emotional scenes. What made them that way? How did the writer feed in the background information and character description?

Reading and reviewing here at Writing.com isn't just benefiting the author. It's a benefit for you as well. By telling them the parts of the work you enjoyed, you learn what works and why it does. These are critical keys that you need to learn as an author yourself.

What's the key you ask? Read, read, and read more. Decide what kind of story you want to write and then read similar stories. Don't read them once, but several times - ingest them, dissect them and learn from them.

What if you are interested in writing screenplays or scripts? You should definitely read scripts and plays but also watch movies. Study the characters' actions on screen. Listen to their dialogue. You will see that it is not necessary to show everything. Notice how the movie cuts from one scene to another, eliminating all excess and unnecessary action. Your reader really does not want to know every little thing your character does in their spare time. You can also watch the interviews with directors and writers on movie extras on some DVD's and on television. Learn from them and practice, practice, practice!

Write and Review on! ~ Brooke

Editor's Picks

Let's check out these new members and their newest work!

 An Unwelcome Family Tradition  [ASR]
My father "shared" his obsession with me and now I'm obsessed too.
by squeegee

Of all the things I inherited from my father (a passion for the eighties, a deep appreciation of garlic, the knowledge to pop perfect stovetop popcorn), his most influential gift came as a shock. I never imagined that my large, Hispanic father with scars on each eyebrow and a scrutinizing intense stare would share with me his passion for the 2012 musical comedy, Pitch Perfect.


 The Girl Nobody Knew Chapter 1  [18+]
A young woman wakes up in a hospital with no memory and learns of a looming threat.
by Corman

The girl awoke from her slumber. She opened her eyes only to shut them quickly again. The lights on the ceiling were far too bright. She sat up as her eyes adjusted. She was in what seemed to be a hospital room. The evening sun shined through the open window to her left. She could hear the wind gently blowing the leaves on the trees outside and every now and again a vehicle of some sort would drive by in the distance.


 The United Rogues  [18+]
Read to find out.
by _lolita_01_

That's it! I'm done! I thought angrily.

I got up from the cold hard wooden floor. My drunken father had just left me here in the living room, lying naked. My mother was out 'enjoying' herself with other men. My Tia was out selling drugs. I know what they do but they have no idea and think I'm just stupid.


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by A Guest Visitor

It was a crazy day at home. Marilyn was working on her painting in her room. The painting was of her backyard in Spring. She always painted her backyard each season. She loved to paint. It was something she enjoyed. She put the finishing touches to a tree when a knocking on the door occurred. On the other side was a man. An odd man. Who tried to sell her...a set of cloth sheets of yellow? Okay, let's talk about the man.


 The Servant: Part 1  [18+]
Beginning of a story about a wealthy girl and her secret relationship with her servant.
by White Hat

When I was a little girl, before I even began homeschooling, there was a particular creek that I loved to play in during the summers. At that age, it didn’t take much to keep me entertained or happy; just trying to sneak up on, and then trap, tadpoles and tiny fish in between my hands would keep me occupied and content for hours.


 The First  [18+]
The first time for some can be the last time for others.
by Lauren Brett

He squinted at his reflection in the harsh glare of the overhead light. The fixture buzzed softly above his head, vibrating the shells of multiple bugs cradled within its plastic dome.
He stood, nude, in the bathroom of Room 12 at the Starlite Motor Inn. Glancing down with a grimace, he lifted and wiggled his toes, detaching them from the sticky yellowed tile beneath his bare feet. The stench of cheap cigarettes hung heavily in the stale air, stinging his eyes and causing them to water.


 The past and the future  [13+]
A young Padawan is confronted with his interpretation of his past.
by Sotiris

A dim light from behind Baez brakes the total darkness in his room. The light is directed towards a brown old looking book, that he is holding in his hands while he is lying on his bed. With one hand he reaches to his right to grab the plain white cup of black caff, while not letting his gaze of the book, and spills a little bit of caff on the floor . As he takes a sip he realizes that now would be a good time to take a brake so he can holo Gimmy. Quickly he puts the cup back spilling a little bit more on the floor, and then closes the book and starts pushing the buttons of the holo to see if Gimmy would answer.


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Ask & Answer

I received some wonderful feedback to my last newsletter [#8837] "Keep the Conversation Going and I'm proud to share it with you.

From Twilight
Hi there, I blog - because I am without a support network, and mental health services are poor (Complex PTSD). Not sure yet about the best part, as I'm currently kept sick and very tired. Consequently, lacking focus. I used to participate in a 10 word fic-challenge and now I just enjoy writing freeflow, in bits. In poems too. I do miss it a guide so I think prompts are good for me. Too much freedom can be limiting (funnily enough) best wishes, Shar.

From Brother Nature
Hi there
Thanks for including Andre the Blog Monkey's Banana Bar in the most recent news letter. I found a lot of good points made in regards to writers' block as well as good suggestions of where one could find story or blog ideas (ways to get the creative juices flowing) in this issue. At a couple points in time I considered deleting the banana bar and moving on to other things, but I couldn't do it, because of the vast amount of content, supplied from several WDC members, stored in the archives and forum posts. I know there are hours of good reading filled with inspiration and motivation available to anyone how wants to explore the pages of the bar. Of course the Banana Bar is haunted at this time, and it keeps calling to me ... come write... come write...

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