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Work Room - Week 5

Writing is a process that teaches us not only about the craft, but also ourselves.

Given some of the comments I've seen from people remarking about how much they loved people stepping of the box and out of their comfort zones, I'm curious - what (if anything) did you learn about yourself?

Not only that, but is it something you are going to apply to your work going forward? (not just in Idol, but in general).

Yes, I realize it was just one week and the lessons tend to be things that build over time instead of just lightning bolts to your skull. But I figured I'd throw it out there.

If you didn't really learn anything new about yourself - do you think that you pushed yourself? Do you even need to do either of those things? (Push yourself and/or learn anything new about who you are)? I'm sure there are a lot of folks you would say you don't... feel free to argue that.

But have a position. Have a point of view, and let it come through in your work.

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The new topics are up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/882027.html

So where are you going to go from there?

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idekmybffjill
Jan. 13th, 2016 02:49 am (UTC)
I know I saw the topics for like two seconds but I am stumped.

One word topics tend to do that to me, though. Pupa could be neat, because it's a life-cycle stage for things etc etc but it's not entirely calling to me, either.

It may also be because I'm so fucking braindead from work, rn. You do a deposit for 40k in cash and tell me you wouldn't be a little brain dead (thank god I was up front with the machines...)
yachiru
Jan. 13th, 2016 02:50 am (UTC)
Waffles begs for some Deadpool action.
porn_this_way
Jan. 13th, 2016 06:35 pm (UTC)
I love how a certain contingent on FB is getting all huffy over the Deadpool movie being rated R because OMG you can't make a superhero movie that's not family friendly! I shouldn't be laughing as hysterically as I am. But oh I am.
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kickthehobbit
Jan. 13th, 2016 02:52 am (UTC)
For two of those, my brain went immediately to my job (organic, void).

I think I'm going for fiction this week, no idea which topic yet.
leni_ba
Jan. 13th, 2016 02:58 am (UTC)
In the normal course of things, I'd take 'waffles'. Because the characters in my head know about waffles, and have made them, and have preferences whether they like waffles with butter, maple sauce, honey, or alone.

But I have only tried them once, and I really don't care enough to try to make them.

So I guess it's one of the other three.

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And regarding last week's entry, well, that was fun. I learned that I can find pretty disturbing corners in my mind and bring them forward... without a fictional backstory to frame it. That was interesting.

Learned a bit about the readers, too, by their comments. That was even more interesting!

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Anyway, wish me luck. Crazy week at work coming up, not to mention I've got to crank up my micro-business if I want to be ready for V-day. ;)
ellison
Jan. 13th, 2016 04:07 am (UTC)
What is your micro business? I like your Inspiration Remy icon! :D
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anyonesghost
Jan. 13th, 2016 03:09 am (UTC)
I think I'm turning into a postmodern satirist. I admit, I'm doing fiction in the background, and I'm hoping to finish a novel tonight - so it may be more telling what happens this week, when suddenly Idol has my full attention.

No topics are leaping out yet, but 'Waffles' just sounds fun. :-)
halfshellvenus
Jan. 13th, 2016 09:08 pm (UTC)
My mind immediately goes to the donkey in Shrek when I hear "waffles. Even before the food itself!
tijuanagringo
Jan. 13th, 2016 03:14 am (UTC)
Organic Void Pupa Waffles
Organic
Void
Pupa
Waffles

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
tijuanagringo
Jan. 13th, 2016 03:14 am (UTC)
Re: Organic Void Pupa Waffles
D E C I S I O N S
.
incisions
.
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ellakite
Jan. 13th, 2016 03:41 am (UTC)
Where do we go from here?
Which is the way that's clear?
(Still looking for that)

Blue jean baby queen
Prettiest girl I've ever seen
See her shake on the movie screen
Jimmy Dean
(James Dean)

ROCK ON!

all i know for sure is that i am *not* doing 'void', because i basically did a piece on that topic a couple of seasons back. so i'm going to sleep on the matter and figure which of the other three topics i'll be doing.

kickthehobbit
Jan. 13th, 2016 05:02 am (UTC)
Re: Where do we go from here?
oh no, no David Essex. :( "Rock On" is one of two songs I hate thanks to a sadistic DJ, I can't do it.
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ellison
Jan. 13th, 2016 04:15 am (UTC)
I learned that I'm still rather hide-y when it comes to personal stuff in my writing. I wrote non fiction and then knew I wouldn't be linking it on facebook!

I love when I read peoples' entries too, and feel inspired, see new ways of piecing things together. It's a fun feeling.

No idea what I'll do, but will try experimenting more than usual and see what happens.
murielle
Jan. 13th, 2016 04:28 am (UTC)
I want my subconscious to kick this week's prompts around a bit before I make any decisions, but one of the boys is tugging at my sleeve, so who knows what will develop.

This week was pretty scary for me, but it turned out okay. Good in fact. So many wonderful entries. So what did I learn? I'm braver than I imagined. I need to read the entries, comment and not read the comments from others until after I have voted, so I'm not scrambling to finish at the last minute. Because I want to really settle in with the entries, read them several times if I want.
eternal_ot
Jan. 13th, 2016 07:26 am (UTC)
Organic and Pupa can be interlinked..Life's Cycle and all. Void has a lot of scope when I checked this out.
Waffles is something I'll enjoy eating rather than writing..:p..great fodder for non-fiction again..but I don't know if I'll do non- fiction this time.
Though last week helped me get over my jitters for non-fiction..:) #Things I learned about myself last week. Let's see..
ryl
Jan. 13th, 2016 01:40 pm (UTC)
The way the topics were arranged it looked like a description of a terrifying breakfast.
murielle
Jan. 13th, 2016 04:23 pm (UTC)
They do! They really do!
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kehlen
Jan. 13th, 2016 08:47 pm (UTC)
Oh! I know what that combination of topics reminds me of: those memes where you have to combine your rock group names out of the colour of your underwear, your mother's maiden name and things like that, haha.
roina_arwen
Jan. 13th, 2016 09:05 pm (UTC)
I have an icon for Waffles... But we shall see what the brain spews out, lol!
prog_schlock
Jan. 14th, 2016 03:04 am (UTC)
I made a brief list of playlist songs for each suggestion.
oxymoron67
Jan. 14th, 2016 08:22 pm (UTC)
I just realized that I have a story that fits Organic, which was totally not where I thought I would be going.
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