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The Great Write Way, Act Three: Where's the gun?

A place for Buffistas to discuss, beta and otherwise deal and dish on their non-fan fiction projects.

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bennett - Mar 22, 2023 10:20:43 am PDT #6652 of 6661

I can see why teachers may be concerned - is that C paper just crappy student writing or is it AI of some kind? But everything I've seen is still very mediocre.

-t - Apr 27, 2023 6:43:46 am PDT #6653 of 6661
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

This has some interesting insights about what AI writing is good at or good for and what it can’t do [link]

I need to think about it some more. I feel a little obliged to read this book so I can have an informed opinion, but I don’t know that I will. So many books tbr

ETA: spending an audible credit on pre-ordering. Also thinking about craftsmanship in a broader sense, artisanal what have you’d and all that.

erikaj - Apr 28, 2023 10:51:48 am PDT #6654 of 6661
This machine kills fascists

My plan about courting rejection sounded much more fun before they started rolling in.(Not that this one hurts especially, I seem to be the one writer on Earth that doesn't really warm to fairytale themes, but I took a chance at it, since some of my best wheelhouses aren't exactly things that excite America.) Maybe I could have revised more? (Also, really kind of hate the microfiction trend, but I apparently still need to learn it.) Somebody was going to be the first, but,right now, it seems like I paid twenty dollars for a group of people to tell me I suck, which. even more than publishing, is something I can provide myself for free.(But I don't even need the $20, so I don't need to get dramatic about that, either. Old habits die hard, though.) I wish there were some amazing heart's desire that I really wanted that I could get at 50-100 to make the prize concept more attractive, but having more money means I don't save stuff up anymore.

erikaj - May 21, 2023 10:34:46 am PDT #6655 of 6661
This machine kills fascists

Still not showing much writing yet in here...lately stuff is feeling personal so... But I have a question though: Does anyone else notice different writing coming out in longhand than from when you type? (It may be so for me because getting to legible longhand took some work, through much of my teen years and the nearly-ubiquitous Schoolgirl Poet period...the poems have come back a bit.)

Calli - May 25, 2023 5:57:09 am PDT #6656 of 6661
Why do trees keep happening? — Eukaryote Writes

I think so? I'm trying this practice that involves writing three long-hand pages a day in an attempt to get through my years-long writer's block, and the tone and style seem a bit different than my typed stuff. It could also be that I write most of that while starting on my first cup of coffee of the day, so they're getting the un-caffeinated, barely sentient version of me.

-t - May 25, 2023 8:32:42 am PDT #6657 of 6661
I am a woman of various inclinations and only some of the time are they to burn everything down in frustration

I have an easier time writing without trying to edit as I go if I write longhand, so I prefer it for first drafts. If that makes much of a difference to what I get on the page, I'm not sure, but I think so.

erikaj - May 25, 2023 4:00:22 pm PDT #6658 of 6661
This machine kills fascists

Funny...I thought that might be a crip thing...cause I used to dictate and/ or struggle literally with making letters. Kind of glad to read that might not be true.

Amy - May 28, 2023 5:59:19 am PDT #6659 of 6661
Because books.

If I can't write at the computer (freeze up, nerves, whatever) I'll write longhand. I read somewhere a while back that it...connects to a different part of your brain or something? For me, I think it seems less "official" than writing on the computer (this less of a commitment?) but I can't do it for too long anymore and because of the arthritis in my hands.

erikaj - May 28, 2023 11:09:05 am PDT #6660 of 6661
This machine kills fascists

huh...interesting thought.

Beverly - May 28, 2023 6:42:03 pm PDT #6661 of 6661
Days shrink and grow cold, sunlight through leaves is my song. Winter is long.

When I got really stuck on a long fic, I'd take a legal pad and a couple of fountain pens to the B&N that had Starbucks, stake out a booth, listen to the slightly muted announcements and calls for help, and the coffeeshop noises--espresso steam, quiet chatter, etc. till it all faded into background and start writing. Fountain pen ink flows faster and smoother than ballpoint, so while I can type nearly as fast as I think, handwriting with a pen is almost as fast. I'd get down a scene or a chunk of dialog or narration or description that hadn't been coming right on the computer. Later I'd find it was just a skeleton, but it was something to hang the meat on. It helped, when the computer started hissing and spitting whenever I walked by it. I brought it food, and it settled down and purred for me--for a while.

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