Not that WriteWorders aren't out there in the sun, of course. Or in the office, or the Algarve ... But the forums are still busy, because, as everyone here knows, writing isn't something you can pick up, and drop when you fancy doing something else. It's an addiction, or possibly a form of OCD, and once you've got it, you've probably got it for life. Or at least for Christmas, and Midsummer, and most of the months in between. (upstairs typing, when you should be downstairs having fun...) And that's before we've even mentioned NaNoWriMo.
So what's being talked about in the forums at the moment? In the Technique Forum alone, all sorts of things have come up. WriteWorder Jennifer1976 asked this:
I wrote the first draft of my wip in present tense (it is a memoir), and am in the early stages of editing/re-writing. I’ve got two versions on the go at the moment – one in past tense and one in present tense. I can see the benefits of either for my wip and as an exercise it’s making me look closer at my writing. At some point I will have to choose which one to go with, although I’m quite enjoying the procrastination of doing both at the mo!
and members weighed in with thoughts, links and discussion. relative merits of past tense, and present tense, And in another thread MariaH asked for some collective advice:
Does anybody know how I can STOP constantly editing my work as I'm in the middle of writing it? I never used to, but for the last couple of years I've got into the habit of rewriting/checking facts on the internet/checking a particular word is suitable/playing around with one or two sentences etc It drives me crazy and really slows me down, but it's like a bad habit I can't break.
and some fascinating insights about the whole question of process flowed in with the replies.
A thread of Debac's, from a while back, about what to do when your protagonist just would talk and think in clichés - how to make her authentic but not, well, clichéd - gave rise to this thread, about thinking in terms of what figurative language she would use.
And if you're a Full Member, and have access to the private forums, click through to threads about
How to Put Together a Plot Arc for an Editor in Private Members, while in the Lounge they're discussing Whether a Mysterious Past is Too Big A Cliché for a Protagonist.
And, of course, you can start your own thread, asking for help, insight, advice or just fellow-feeling about whatever's running in your writing-mind today. Join in!