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Daisy
Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2012 2:28:55 PM

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Sometimes, famous people or artists have a "Thing". They are known for only practicing their art whilst somewhere special, or wearing something, or doing something as they do it. If you know what I mean?

If you had a Thing as a writer, what would it be? I quite like the idea of only writing whilst wearing my Lucky Wellies (and all my other clothes, obviously, although some of you may choose to have your Thing as being naked - or indeed, be able to see your Thing). It's not practical (the Wellies, I mean), as I usually write whilst I'm in bed, but maybe one day, my Lucky Wellies will be in some long-forgotten archive basement of an ancient writing museum, labelled, "Daisy's Lucky Wellies - Daisy could not write without wearing her Lucky Wellies and drinking Baileys coffee."

So, what would you like your Thing to be?
Lisa
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 8:37:55 PM

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I don't have a lucky pair of socks or anything, but I do have my favourite chair where I always sit when I'm doing anything writing-related. It's just a regular recliner but it's so comfy and my laptop sits nicely on the arm. I'm never settled enough to write anywhere else.
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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 9:36:00 PM

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I don't really have a lucky "thing" per se, but I can't really imagine writing without a cup of coffee and a pack of cigarettes nearby...just sayin'

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Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 1:43:31 AM

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DirtyMartini wrote:
I don't really have a lucky "thing" per se, but I can't really imagine writing without a cup of coffee and a pack of cigarettes nearby...just sayin'


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Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 2:29:17 AM

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I don't have a particular object or need to have coffee at hand, but I do need to have peace and quiet so I can write without being interrupted. So perhaps a closed door with a "Do Not Disturb" sign on it would be the "thing" I need.



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scooter
Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 4:08:55 AM

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gypsymoth wrote:
I don't have a particular object or need to have coffee at hand, but I do need to have peace and quiet so I can write without being interrupted. So perhaps a closed door with a "Do Not Disturb" sign on it would be the "thing" I need.


I have to second this one gypsy.
I have a similar problem. I like to call her my wife.
Although she understands my addiction to writing, I swear she must be a bit jealous.

I'd like to add "time" to the equation.
I could have all the peace and quite in the world, but put a dead line on me and I turn to mush.

That's my things.
Lisa
Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 5:34:17 AM

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scooter wrote:
I have a similar problem. I like to call her my wife.


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scooter
Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 5:48:28 AM

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To be honest though,
I think my best quality would be; making excuses.
I should of been a hired "excuse maker" for rent
Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 8:46:44 AM

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So that's why agents keep turning down my two novels -- I don't have a thingy. (sigh) Wait a minute, what about being awake? I've found that very useful.But if that's the case, what about all those rejections? Oh, woe is I. Massive insecurity lurks. ;)

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Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 9:35:43 AM

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gypsymoth wrote:
So perhaps a closed door with a "Do Not Disturb" sign on it would be the "thing" I need.


A "Do Not Disturb" sign? Way too late for that...I'm already disturbed...

So, you write while you're awake, eh Rump? I'll have to try that one sometime...not sure how it would work though...dontknow

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Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 9:40:26 AM

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I don't know if it's a thing.. but I don't write spontaneously.. I tend to let many ideas fill my head before I let them out.. maybe that's why I often have 6-7 pieces of work in various stages of completion.. incompletion may be my thing..

DirtyMartini
Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 11:32:01 AM

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Oh, I just remembered...I like to have my computer with me when I write...I guess that would be my "thing"...

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Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 3:16:41 PM

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DirtyMartini wrote:
Oh, I just remembered...I like to have my computer with me when I write...I guess that would be my "thing"...


LOL — But aside from the computer (which is, indeed, a handy "thing" to have), I need a pad and pen within easy reach when I'm writing a poem. Despite my embracement of technology, I compose most of my poems by putting pen to paper.

(And yes, I do have a favorite pen. I suppose it could be considered my thing.)

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Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 4:05:53 PM

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magnificent1rascal wrote:


(And yes, I do have a favorite pen. I suppose it could be considered my thing.)


This wouldn't by any chance be your favorite pen...would it?


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Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 4:35:53 PM

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Not meaning to sound negative -- in fact, I'm pretty positive -- but this thread could set back the craft of writing to the Bulwar-Lytton era. :)

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Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012 4:50:50 PM

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Funny, I thought this whole site set back the craft of writing...or maybe it's just my stories...

And I'm not really sure who those Bulwar and Lytton dudes are, but if they're new here, tell them to send me a friend request...



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magnificent1rascal
Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:02:03 PM

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Rumple_deWriter wrote:
Not meaning to sound negative -- in fact, I'm pretty positive -- but this thread could set back the craft of writing to the Bulwar-Lytton era. :)

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Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:07:12 PM

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I don't have a "thing" per se, I do have a certain time of day I like to write, especially when I have alcohol near.

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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 7:29:28 PM

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love7 you guys are a blast ..i cant write for peanuts laughing6 why i read
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Posted: Friday, June 22, 2012 2:26:46 AM

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Daisy let me say first off that your name is my favorite flower....
Next I feel you asked a two part question...
What is your THING and what do you want your THING to be? (if not one and the same I assume)

My THING is background noise... There must be some when the Muse strikes me...Usually music but the TV or the washer or dryer works as well...
What I would like my THING to be... Wearing my mama's cross (God rest her soul) As I wear it all the time I would be prolific daily!

adele
Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2012 6:40:52 AM

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I guess I would have to agree with several people above, like having my computer with me, as I write all my stories on it. However, I do write my poetry with pen and paper, then transfer it to the computer when I am satisfied with it. One comment that I don't agree with is the one about being awake. A number of stories and poems I have written, and which are the ones that come the most easily are the ones that I wake up with already fairly formed in my head. So I guess my "thing" would be to wake up with a new story in my head every few days.

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Tiula
Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2012 2:59:49 PM

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If you're talking about the actually typing (or writing) process, then I don't have a 'thing'. But I tend to do most of my thinking not at my computer, usually in the hours when I'm lying awake in bed trying to sleep, and I can't really think things through at any other time... turn of the night, everyone else is asleep... God bless insomnia!

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Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 2:18:36 AM

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adele wrote:
I guess I would have to agree with several people above, like having my computer with me, as I write all my stories on it. However, I do write my poetry with pen and paper, then transfer it to the computer when I am satisfied with it. One comment that I don't agree with is the one about being awake. A number of stories and poems I have written, and which are the ones that come the most easily are the ones that I wake up with already fairly formed in my head. So I guess my "thing" would be to wake up with a new story in my head every few days.


How long would you be awake after you post these stories,

every few days?
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Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 7:16:31 AM

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My thing is, having a glass of water and my favorite blue eyeglasses on.

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Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 2:43:33 PM

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I tend to write late at night with no clothes on but when I write during the day, also with no clothes on (I'm hardly ever dressed) I have to have my music loud, not so loud to disturb the neighbours, I hope, but loud enough that I can hear it over my clacking on the keyboard. Also for some of my stories, I like to have my Kitty ears on.

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Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 3:57:00 AM

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i have this really cute toy lamb
it's really babyish but i love it loads
plus it's lucky

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Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 4:10:23 AM

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My "Thing" is just inspiration... When I get it, I can sit and type out a story or a poem pretty quickly...

Without it, I'm useless and unable to do much at all...
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Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 8:36:06 AM

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Ok here goes...i go dumb and my muse flies out of nearest opening if i have to sit and write on my laptop!!! now hows that for ludicrous?
I just have to have any pen and paper/notebook to write which than i copy on here!
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013 4:16:55 PM

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I think we are all missing the main thing we all need. That is to have a clue what to write. Sure we can write about everything and anything but that doesn't make a good story without the plot and characters. So my thing is where the majority of my ideas come from; my strangely bizarre dreams.
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013 7:51:12 PM

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It's funny how much I have in common with all the writers who've responded already: laptop, peace & quiet, time, coffee (sans cigarettes for me - just sayin'), but similar to 3rebels4 above, dreams do help. Even better: the shower! I come up with plots, new characters and even dialogue while in the shower, and so my biggest challenge is drying off and then finding the laptop, coffee, etc. before the inspiration leaves me. Sometimes it lingers, and I catch it. Other times, I really wish someone would invent a waterproof tablet for taking notes.

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