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The Peak of your Imagination

Cygnus
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Mar 6, 6:11am

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Looking back at your life, when was your imagination at its peak? Or is it there now? Or do you think it hasn't hit the peak yet?

"I found it is the small things.....everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay.....simple acts of kindness and love." - Gandalf (movie quote)


Darkstone
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Mar 6, 3:27pm

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The world was larger then.

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Annael
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Mar 6, 4:27pm

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that's when I stopped listening to the voices of others telling me what to think/be and started listening to the inner voices. Or as I think of it, the information that's been downloaded to my brain, will I nil I. I swear most of my last book was channeled . . .

(Being a writer allows you to escape accusations of being nuts because you don't act out what those voices say, you just write stories. But at times I do feel a bit loco when the muse has grabbed me . . .)

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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Cirashala
Tol Eressea


Mar 6, 11:38pm

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I KNEW I wasn't the only one who has complete conversations with myself on a regular basis! Or acted out scenes (my hubby is so patient he and I act out fight scenes for my fan fiction so I get the choreography and descriptions right and also for my original fiction/novels). My kids don't even bat an eye-though I do get odd stares from other people in the grocery store Angelic

I want to make a t-shirt that says Writing- a socially acceptable form of split personality disorder Sly

My writing and novels:

My Hobbit Fanfiction

My historical novel print and kindle version

My historical novels ebook version compatible with all ereaders

You can also find my novel at most major book retailers online (and for those outside the US who prefer a print book, you can find the print version at Book Depository). Search "Amazing Grace Amanda Longpre'" to find it.

Happy reading everyone!


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Cygnus
Lorien


Mar 8, 2:18am

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I guess I don't even know the answer to my own question. Sometimes I think I'm at the peak now (but that could just be my imagination tricking me into thinking so) but other times I think it was 50 years ago. If the truth lies in the middle I suppose it was 25 years ago. Lately I've been trying to improve my imagination which is why I probably thought of posing this question. Reading Tolkien's books are sure helping. Watching movies helps too. Once in a while I will have what I consider to be a brilliant bout of imagination...light bulb turning on above my head and all...but I have to work on it. It no longer comes natural. It seems like I heard once that your best ideas come when you are in your 20s. I'm not sure that I agree with that when it comes to grand ideas that could benefit all of society but I do suspect that your 20s may be the peak of your imagination.

"I found it is the small things.....everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay.....simple acts of kindness and love." - Gandalf (movie quote)


Annael
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Mar 8, 4:17pm

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there's a bipolar aspect too where when you're in the grip of it, you forego eating, sleeping, etc. because you're on the high. Then the lows when you are blocked . . .

this is why - on the advice of a therapist who has best-selling authors among her clients - I have learned to set up a routine that lets the muse know "I'm ready now." These days that usually involves going to an internet cafe where I'm surrounded by other people typing away. And I only write for two hours. I'll even stop in the middle of a sentence, so I hit the ground running, as it were, the next day. Apparently many successful authors only write for a set period or to a set page or word count. I believe Isaac Asimov wrote one page a day. In a year, that's a book. (Although my first book took nine years, I hope to improve on that.)

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967


Ataahua
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Mar 8, 7:36pm

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I have learned to set up a routine that lets the muse know "I'm ready now."


If I start writing before 10am then I'm likely to get a couple of hours' writing in. If I start later, if at all, I won't get much done.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Cirashala
Tol Eressea


Mar 8, 10:58pm

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A deadline puts too much pressure on me (stems from homework in childhood and abusive parents) and if I do a self-imposed deadline, even if the brain is off a million miles away, the anxiety and stress that results from trying to write under pressure is really hard Unsure I CAN do it, but it feels forced and isn't my best work.

I do have several playlists on my ipod that sometimes helps, though it's not always 100% foolproof. Plus, I have kids and homeschool (trust me, our local public schools are horrible esp in the bullying department, so that isn't an option for us) so there are times where interruptions or fighting make it tough to write as well (they've been very cranky toward each other more and more lately. I think my 9 year old might be in "pre-puberty" where her body is *just* beginning to wake up hormone-wise. Not looking forward to the teen years).

Ah well. Ironically enough, novel #1 was written in 5 weeks (1 of which was fighting with the computer and formatting- Amazon self-published so all formatting was on me) but that was Oct 2017 when I had strep and tonsillitis at the SAME time (and first time for both-ugh). But my brain, despite my burning and swollen throat, was on fire (we also took a break from homeschool for that illness) and the words just melted onto the page.

But as you said, it can be "bi-polar". I was on fire then, but writing the subsequent 12 novels in the queue (first one is first of a 6 book series, then a 4 book series, and two stand-alones) hasn't been as "on fire". I do wonder if it's because my endometriosis and adenomyosis was increasing dramatically in severity (culminating in my surgery in January this year) and my brain couldn't focus with the pain I was in on a constant basis. It's certainly possible...

What do you write, if I may ask? I write 19th century historical fiction, and like Tolkien I intertwine my Christian faith into them, more or less depending on the book Smile Though one of my stand-alones is going to be set in the present-day era Smile I like to base my HF around real events but with fictional players involved.

My writing and novels:

My Hobbit Fanfiction

My historical novel print and kindle version

My historical novels ebook version compatible with all ereaders

You can also find my novel at most major book retailers online (and for those outside the US who prefer a print book, you can find the print version at Book Depository). Search "Amazing Grace Amanda Longpre'" to find it.

Happy reading everyone!


Annael
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Mar 9, 4:49pm

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The book that took nine years is a scholarly work, nonfiction, about female protagonists in major works of fiction and the story arc that most authors follow, which has gone surprisingly unremarked or discussed by most literary scholars.

I've also contributed chapters to The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders and a book about living a healthy old age. And I write essays, many of which have been published. Irecently granted permission for an article that was published HERE (on TORn), about the hero's journey in LOTR, to be included in a book of essays being put together by a professor.

Currently I'm at work on compiling and expanding some of my blogposts on heroines in sci-fi and fantasy films into a book. I also have two essays I'm seeking publication for.

I am thinking about venturing into fiction, specifically sci-fi, and I have a couple of ideas that I occasionally play with, building the world, as it were, and thinking about characters and the essential premise, but the plots haven't come to me yet.

A friend is urging me to write romances as I love Austen & Heyer, but find most current romance novels to be poorly written (WHY don't people hire editors?) and keep muttering "I could do better!" "So do it," she says. Turns out she makes a living churning out romances for Kindle reading, but she won't tell me her pen name . . .

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967

(This post was edited by Annael on Mar 9, 4:57pm)

 
 

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