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Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:32 pm
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LadySpark says...



So, I'm developing a new column for Squills, but I need your help!

So, you all know the 'Ask Alice' column in all the teenage girl magazines where heart broken girls ask 'Alice' for advice?

Well, I want to put a spin on it. I introduce you too the 'Ask The Girl with the Golden Pen' for all your writing needs!
Do you have questions about reviewing, writing poetry, writing prose or even questions about YWS in general?

Well now's your change to get all these questions answered!

Post your questions in the thread below, PM me or send them to me in whatever way you wish, and then look for your questions in the next Squills!

-The Girl with the Golden Pen
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these tornadoes are for you


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Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:49 pm
Jonathan says...



Well here is something that I would love to have answered about reviewing.

Is it OK too write something if you see something that another person saw about a book and they wrote a review for it and so do you is this good or bad.

But I dont mean like copy what the other person wrote and then look at the book and say o ya I saw that and write it down after them?.
There seems to be nothing written here. :shock:
  





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Sat Mar 16, 2013 3:15 pm
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Blues says...



My creative batteries really need recharging. I feel like I've forgotten how to write, out of ideas, bored, can't bring myself to review or even do very much apart from lurk on chat! This has been going on for quite a while.

So! How do I charge my batteries? I've tried changing the songs I listen to and taking walks but this is... long-term writer's block.
  





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Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:13 pm
Auxiira says...



I have the same problem as Blues. It's kinda like apathy. Just can't bring myself to write anything, apart from SBs, but they aren't updated that often...
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Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:10 pm
LadySpark says...



Keep 'em coming, guys!
hush, my sweet
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Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:22 am
Animal says...



Could I ask you weird questions? :D
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Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:53 pm
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LadySpark says...



As long as they have to do with writing.
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Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:05 am
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Cspr says...



I am terribly at writing action. Oh, Alice, help me. Explain how to do it correctly?

XD I don't even know.
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Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:39 pm
LadySpark says...



The page will be posted in Squills next week, but I'd like a few more questions before then!
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Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:30 am
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Audy says...



Dear Golden Pen,

When you write your first chapter and mid-way through, you think: Oh, I've a better idea for an opening! And you get through writing that 2nd idea when you realize your novel is going in a different direction and so you write yet another *better* opening to satisfy new ideas. Never-ending cycle, yo! ;-;

- Signed, Girl Who Never Finishes Things
  





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Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:32 am
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fireheartedkaratepup says...



If you ever need help with this, I've always wanted to do an advice column.

As for my question: WHAT IS PLOT I DON'T EVEN
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Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:40 am
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FermentingFruit says...



My totally random question you shouldn't put in: Why did you like your own topic? :P
Save time... see it my way.

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Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:51 am
LadySpark says...



I didn't realize I did? o.o
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Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:05 am
Vincian says...



Sparky, I have a question that I would like you to answer, just to keep you fresh XD

So, (especially since people are gearing up for NaNoWriMo) I'm wondering on how you create long stories that flow well and represent your writing aproppriately. My longest story (Which I'm still writing on) Is about 15,000 words, and it has taken me about six months to get there.
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Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:51 am
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ChildOfNowhere says...



To add to the fun, here comes the other side of that coin - the shortest thing I ever wrote (finished, that is) is about 25,000 words. I call it my short story. The longest.. I don't even want to go there.
But for the majority of the contests, for magazines and all kinds of events, what is asked for are short stories, sometimes with the limit under 1,000 words.

Do tell, how does one make the characters live, the readers feel the atmosphere and see the world from the words on the paper, with such restraints? s:
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