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    Senior Member htb's Avatar
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    Working as a copywriter, I've practiced economy and literality. I naturally figurate, and enjoy precision through the use of what are often uncommon words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by litterateur View Post
    As an avid writer, I don't know why this didn't occur to me earlier. And a quick Google search produces little fare on the topic. So, tell me about your craft. Upon further conversation, I will definitely share mine.
    With practice writing can become an expression of oneself.

    After a while you will discover your own voice; and after a while you will discover your voice has its own style.

    And this is just the beginning. Once you discover you have a distinctive voice and style, you may discover you have other voices and styles.

    But the first essential step is to discover your own voice and style.

    But what is fascinating is those who do not have their own voice and style. What do they do? How do they write? And what do they sound like?

    Do they borrow a voice from someone else? Do they mimic? Do they imitate?

    Or do they think they simply write down their thoughts and feelings?

    Or perhaps they follow the rules of logic.
    Or perhaps they follow the rules of an ideology.
    Or perhaps they follow the rules of MBTI.

    But whatever they do, they follow the rules.

    And then they become the rules-police.

    I've had the rules-police onto me ever since I joined this site.
    Bless their cotton socks.

    But I would much prefer a faltering and unsteady voice, a voice that was struggling to be itself, than a self-satisfied, imitation voice.

    How I long to hear that cool, clear voice that is really you.

    I long to hear the sound of your voice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by litterateur View Post
    As an avid writer, I don't know why this didn't occur to me earlier. And a quick Google search produces little fare on the topic. So, tell me about your craft. Upon further conversation, I will definitely share mine.
    Dear Wayfarer,

    Here is a chapter all about you, just click on -

    The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame: Chapter 9

    Victor.

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    LOL. I used to love Wind and the Willows when I was a kid.

    I've never thought about using MBTI to create characters. To me, it seems inauthentic, but then I guess characters follow basic archetypes anyhoo.
    My characters seem to have minds of their own, and have their own individual quirks and eccentricities. The ones that I've worked longest with seem almost real to me. Although maybe typing them after their emergence may help with inconsistencies perhaps.
    Currently submerged under an avalanche of books and paper work. I may come back up for air from time to time.
    Real life awaits and she is a demanding mistress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCat View Post
    Precisely. A good book consists of drama, and then when a life threatening conflict arises the people will straighten up and solve the conflict. It works like a charm to hold interest.

    What are your characters like?
    Yes, only put up with certain people for the greater good. Character development? It's because of the plot! Then you get the joy of the writer forgetting certain aspects of a character's personality, or certain details of the plot when writing further into the story. This is actually why I like reading critical reviews of things. They really dissect this stuff.

    The depth of the characters is only as believable as the writer's understanding of human personality and emotions, though. But, this is going way far way from MBTI, sort of.


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    I love to write but I often get caught up in narrative flow and easily get stuck on voice versus precision.

    I used to type my characters. For what I'm working on right now, I'd say perhaps I have... an ISFJ, an ESTJ, an INTJ, an ESTP, an ISFP, and an INFP.

    Perhaps. I need to write more of it.
    -Carefully taking sips from the Fire Hose of Knowledge

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireyPheonix View Post
    I used to love Wind and the Willows when I was a kid.
    I knew you weren't all bad, Firey.

    So I know I can confide in you - I want to tell you of my dream - as long as it is just between you and me.

    I long for you to read me, "Wind in the Willows".

    It is surprisingly easy to do - all you need to do is download Skype for free and type in my Skype name, "shortus", and I can hear the sound of your voice.

    Of course you need to open up on your screen, "Wind in the Willows", by clicking on -

    The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame: Chapter 1

    And you would make my dreams come true.

    Victor.

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    Better with concepts than characterization.
    I may be bested in battle, but I shall never be defeated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge View Post
    reguarding fiction:
    my being a visual thinker has an affect on my writing, sometimes it appears to be descriptions of actions seen in a movie or a movie script. but apart from that it's written kind of like crime and punishment, epsecially with focus on the inner thoguhts and stratedgising by the main character. i try ot be very precisie and accurate with my metaohors and descriptions of peoples personalities. since ive uncovered mbti, i use it keep my characters consistent.
    my poems usually have an acompanying movie in my mind and are exclusively inspired by emotion - so theyre rare.
    One, two....FIVE

    Sorry - Holy Hand Grenade and all.

    I haven't tried writing fiction in a very long while. But I naturally gravitate toward either dialogue and little else (because I see it in my mind and fail to describe it) or the internal musings of the protagonist. I'm not sure if that's type related or not - but both the dialogue and internal monologue do take on a movie script quality.

    Needless to say, I'm a lousy fiction writer. But I'm an amusing enough anonymous columnist to have had people hunt me down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by litterateur View Post
    Inner-conflict while dealing with outside forces, however, quite appealing.
    You'd probably would enjoy my stories, since that's often a major theme. This is especially true with my war stories.

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