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Offline MiggsEye

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New to Fiction Writing, Late in Life
« on: September 03, 2014, 10:01:01 AM »
Cheers.

By day I'm an architect. By night I take care of my elderly mom, while finding time for family and friends, cooking, movies, reading, creating and general "joie de vivre". Amidst this smorgasbord of life, finding a way for creative outlet is challenging. I've been a visual artist my whole life. But paints have a tendency to dry out when one is called away for a caretaking emergency. I've found writing to be a rather practical solution for my creative dilemma. I can still paint pictures, just the medium has changed: words instead of paint. When I'm called away for an emergency, it's an easy medium to drop in a flash and the cursor is still there waiting --  blinking at me 5, 10, 20 minutes or an hour later.

So maybe I'll realize a childhood dream of traveling the world and writing murder mysteries a la "Agatha Christie" after all? In the meantime, I'm cutting my teeth on general short pieces. Flash fiction. Fiction I can write in a flash between life emergencies.

I welcome and enjoy feedback as I have much to learn and an eager desire to share.
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Re: New to Fiction Writing, Late in Life
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2014, 12:48:13 PM »
Welcome to MyWritersCircle Miggs,
 
It does sound like you have a busy life, glad you have found a way to feed your soul with a little or a lot (depending on time allowed). It's something we all need I think.

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Re: New to Fiction Writing, Late in Life
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2014, 02:44:13 PM »
Welcome to the circle, MiggsEye.
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Re: New to Fiction Writing, Late in Life
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2014, 03:48:15 PM »
Welcome aboard.
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Re: New to Fiction Writing, Late in Life
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2014, 04:09:34 PM »
Hi and welcome
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Offline MiggsEye

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Re: New to Fiction Writing, Late in Life
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2014, 09:10:38 AM »
Thank you LauraH, thattollie and Rho
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try” — Dr. Seuss

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Re: New to Fiction Writing, Late in Life
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2014, 11:40:43 AM »
Hi MiiggsEye,

Welcome to MWC.

As you like flash fiction, I thought you might like to dive in and do in the latest flash fiction challenge that has opened today. Find the details here:
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=54854.0

Challenges are anonymous - unless you win - and are a great way to cut your teeth if you're a little nervous.

Hope you have fun with us.

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Re: New to Fiction Writing, Late in Life
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2014, 01:20:49 PM »
Welcome to the circle, there are several of us here who were visual artists and are now trying our hands at writing.

creativity isn't confined to specific tools or methods.  ;D

Great place to learn and be encouraged. Glad you found us.

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Re: New to Fiction Writing, Late in Life
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2014, 02:22:34 PM »
Thank you JewelAS53 and Heidi52. Looking forward to participating on the site. I just checked out the prompt. really good one. Thanks for suggesting.
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Re: New to Fiction Writing, Late in Life
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2014, 02:30:40 PM »
Welcome to the Circle MiggsEye :) I agree - the flash challenges can be a fun little kick-in-the-pants to get you writing!
It's good to laugh at yourself once in a while - why let everyone else have all the fun!
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Re: New to Fiction Writing, Late in Life
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2014, 10:36:47 PM »
Thank you Distant Sun. I submitted my entry yesterday. First time I've ever submitted my writing to anything like that. Here goes nothing...

Brendan
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Re: New to Fiction Writing, Late in Life
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2014, 05:16:18 AM »
Welcome to our quiet little corner of the Big Bad Web, where an amazing amount of good stuff gets done amidst the messing around in the coffee shop and the 'games' threads.

Starting late should be an advantage to a writer, in that you'll have a lot more life experience to draw upon compared to some some ambitious young whippersnapper from the keyboard generation who has never dipped a pen into a school inkwell, or similar.  Okay, you may not be that old, but experience gives the older writer a rich well to dip into.

You'll find plenty of joi de vivre here amongst the more serious moments.

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Re: New to Fiction Writing, Late in Life
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2014, 11:24:16 PM »
Thank you Distant Sun. I submitted my entry yesterday. First time I've ever submitted my writing to anything like that. Here goes nothing...

Brendan

Good on ya Brendan!! Braver than me (took me longer to work up the courage to submit one).
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Re: New to Fiction Writing, Late in Life
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2014, 08:09:12 PM »
Thank you Gyppo.

Thank you Distant Sun.

FYI:
The Flash Fiction Contest #90 voting thread is up now. There are 6 stories. Since it's an anonymous contest I'm not going to say which entry is mine. But I encourage everyone to go on over there and read the stories -- each is 600 words or less. Vote for the one you think is the best story. It would be a great feeling to be a newbie here and win the contest. The first writing contest of any kind I've ever entered. Cheers, Brendan.

Here's the link to read and vote: http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=54966.0
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Re: New to Fiction Writing, Late in Life
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2014, 06:51:44 AM »
Hello Miggs,

I have only been here a month. For decades I've been flirting with the idea of writing fiction and finally, now into the early stages of my seventh, I'm at least doing something tangible about it. I'm hoping Gyppo's right ... he usually is.

Sincere welcome to you.
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