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Zombros: Writers’ Group Movie

You’d think there wasn’t another way to spin a zombie apocalypse, then again you never considered bath salts and Miami. And that happened for real. So please enjoy “Zombros” and let us know what you think. It’s a 10-minute film featuring a Central Florida cast and crew. The production included several of our writers as cast and crew, including Bryan (bandanna), Michael, and Christine pictured below. Wade wrote and produced. Nathan edited. Jeff died twice. Dan died a horrible death – surprised? It was great fun to make. So awesome. I just had to share!

It’s called “The Writer’s Group of Central Florida…or Thereabouts.” A fun and supportive group of folk.

LEAVE SOME WORDS ON YOU TUBE AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!

BTW…Bryan Hughes, the guy in the bandanna, just published a book:

“In an apocalyptic look at a future that never was; Rain takes you into the life of a select few survivors who live in a world where water is so scarce it no longer falls from the skies. 


Lakes and rivers are dried up in this reality where the living cling to life by placing their beliefs in whatever helps them hold on. Often killing each other in search of water. Safety is found in numbers and behind the barrel of a gun, or nowhere at all. 


The stories focus is around a hero who is on the brim of insanity. This man tries to maintain his grip of reality and bring back life to a world that has been turned into a vision of carnage when all others have accepted it as hell. 


Can he really bring back the rain, or is he truly just accepting his inevitable death as he leads his small group north? Join the last days of his long struggle; through love, death, bullets and fire.” 

Writing Group Experience

Doubt

I promised myself I was going to try to be more positive minded this week. I have been working on that, but this post might not reflect such.

I joined a writer’s group about six weeks ago.  This has a little to do with my personal insecurities. I seriously want to hone my skills before I put another work out there. I sit at my computer all day and pound out words. There is no one here to critique. When I go back to read it, it all makes sense. My husband says it is engaging and interesting, but what does he know, right?

Six weeks ago, this writers group met and I got to know everyone, but the venue was noisy and crowded. Not much was accomplished beyond getting introduced. We chatted awhile on everyone’s current projects, and it was mentioned that they are on chapter seven of a chain story that could be found in the files of the meet up group online.

I never made the time to read the chain story. I haven’t been in touch with anyone since that first meeting, as I missed the last meeting two weeks ago.  They picked a new venue with a private room and much quieter, so it was decided that everyone would bring a short piece of their work to read; only I did not know about this decision, so I came empty handed last night. I was ill-prepared but they were forgiving.

The members are all at varying levels of progress. Some are fledglings and some are published. I got to listen to others read and the varied writing styles as a whole were quite remarkable. They are supportive and kind to one another and I feel comfortable. Again raise my insecurities. We all provided useful information to help each other out while remaining kind and supportive. It was a great feeling and I regretted not having any of my own work to share. This would have been a wonderful time to ask those questions my husband can’t answer about my first chapter.

Is it a good opening paragraph? Is it too much exposition? Do I wait too long to get to the action? Is it showing the history of chaos the two sisters grew up in? Does the back story and history get too tedious?  Is it necessary? Am I telling the story rather than showing how these characters are relating to one another? Do you see fairly clearly and quickly the beginning of development of the character personalities?  Namely the mother and two daughters? Is it engaging enough to make you want to know more about the characters and the story?

I have a good story, can I master the execution to make it a great story?

This is the beginning of a novel, not a short story, so it may be more spread out, more in-depth than a short story. Does it work?

I have two weeks to wait for the next meeting.

I plan to forge ahead, knowing that all the questions in my mind, when answered, may force a rewrite, and at the same time, might be just fine.

My insecurities. I can’t deny that I am in a place of self-doubt.

Should I rewrite my first chapter until I have no more questions?

What do you think? Leave it alone until we meet again, or work on fixing what I have doubts about?

Multiple Writing Projects

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What does a writer do with all of the voices in their head, or is this just me? I try to listen to both the voices and my heart.

Yesterday I was on a roll with my new WIP, having completed the first couple of chapters, when I had an epiphany of sorts with another WIP. So I was up until 4am writing on that WIP. I had to get it all down while it was fresh in my mind. I could hardly wait.

Today I reread both works and I am pleased.

They are two entirely different works, two entirely different genres, two entirely different writing styles.

I went online today and joined a local writer’s group that meets tomorrow. I am still struggling with POV and person with both of these works despite my successes with them. I need some practice that is separate from the WIP. It is not a lack of confidence, it is more a desire to develop and grow as a writer.

I believe that I write best in third person, but that is not going to allow me to develop the depth of character that I would like in my current WIP, unless I gain more skill. So, I am wondering if I should go with first person…but then, with the two sisters I really need two POVs. That is going to take some practice. I feel like I am up to the challenge…but it is going to take time to mold this work properly.

With the crime novel, writing has been in spurts.  I write a bit and get hung up and have to put it down and leave it alone for a while and go back to it at a later date. I get moments of clarity when the writing flows naturally and seems to fly like a bird on the wing, and then it stalls and crashes.  Sometimes I love it and sometimes I think it stinks. It is still early, and the depth I needed for some characters is starting to come through. I have a love hate relationship with it.

I have no clue which one of these works will pan out and blossom into something worthy of publication, or even if that will happen with either. I do know that, despite my trials and tribulations, I am having fun with both.

There is also a third WIP that I write on when the mood strikes. It could actually be a sequel to the book on the two sisters, being a sort of autobiographical.

Now I have some thoughts on yet another story.  My husband thinks I am getting a bit psycho and wants me to “focus” on one project at a time. He fears that I am going to become dissatisfied with my progress on all of them if I don’t focus on one and take it from beginning to end.  I don’t know if I can do that!  And this, coming from a man that has five or more big projects going on at any one time, from boats, to building, to cars.

Do you work on one project at a time?