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Work Room - Week 1

The Week 1 topic is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/951685.html

I won't lie, I went back and forth on how to start this season.

Heck, I went back and forth on the deadline. At one point it was going to be Thursday (which happens to be Thanksgiving in the US) and Cynthia literally said "Don't be an asshole!" So I decided not to do that. I should, however, point out that this isn't the "regular schedule" either. It's part of the "slow start", that will even out as we progress through the season.

I landed on the topic due to a couple reasons: (1) My love for all things Beach Slang - I'll save you the Googling time and let you know that it's a lyric from one of their songs: https://beachslang.bandcamp.com/track/dirty-cigarettes and (2) a discussion about the line and how it felt like how they felt about their own writing.

So it seemed like a good fit, and the rest of the season seemed to fall into place for me after that. (more or less)


But it's not about where I go with it that's important - it's where you go.

I'm saying this both as a guide for newbies, but also a reminder for veterans, especially those who may not have been around in awhile - or have gotten rusty - The topic is the launching pad, not the destination.

This is your Work Room, a place to hammer out and discuss different ideas - or to just talk about writing in general. Really, it's whatever you need it to be.

At the end of every topic post, I say "Have fun", and I hope that you do!


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Nov. 18th, 2016 02:58 am (UTC)

first time I is first

because I kept hitting refresh waiting for the topic post...

Nov. 18th, 2016 03:05 am (UTC)
When I saw that I figured it was a song lyric.

It makes me think of butterflies, but then I listened to the song and it's really not at all butterflyish. :P

I really only listened to a minute of the song, because that shit is um, not pretty. Sorry, Gary.

Nov. 18th, 2016 03:16 am (UTC)
I listened to a bit of it, too. Not my genre nor cup of tea but the rest of the lyrics are interesting.

Makes me think back to college where I'd put myself into a frenzy writing a paper -- caffeine, nicotine, the whole bit.
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Nov. 18th, 2016 03:11 am (UTC)
My first thought was back to an old manager of mine for whom stress was oxygen. If she was't stressed out about something, it was the end of the world, and alas something to be stressed out about.

Nov. 18th, 2016 03:15 am (UTC)
or needing a poll deadline to actually write something?

Reading it again, it could be I need (the struggle to feel alive) or it could be (I need the struggle) in order to feel alive.

I'm over analyzing again. Stop me, please.
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Nov. 18th, 2016 04:25 pm (UTC)
stimulus : response (topic) = you
I read your text and am glad you answered the topic call with your first thing that came to mind i.e. battling depression. I also bounced in with the first thing that came to mind which was a gut twist of some of my own personal pain embroidered with song lyrics from my ancient past and . . .

this recent translation/reincarnation

and then a step earlier in the music

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Nov. 18th, 2016 05:22 am (UTC)
My headache will not be in writing. Once it hits it'll hit hard.

It'll finding time to read and comment and read and remember. Spreadsheets aren't my thing.

I feel like the struggle is real. I don't need the struggle to feel alive. I need the struggle to end so I can stop feel like I'm dying.

Anyways... I still wanna read some week zeros even though it "no longer matters". But I also want to jump into this first real topic. I also want to care about the fact that I realize I don't care that I care.

BTW, I'll probably "cheat" and use Beach Slang as my jumping off point since Gary went and explained it in the Work Room. Cause... we can do that.

That's the tip Newbies and veterans. Don't take anything literally... use it as a JUMP OFF point to go in a direction that feels right to you.
Nov. 18th, 2016 08:25 pm (UTC)
" I need the struggle to end so I can stop feel[ing] like I'm dying."

That is an INCREDIBLE take on the topic. Twisted, but not so much that it obscures the prompt completely. Just enough :)
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Nov. 18th, 2016 07:15 am (UTC)
I don't like my first association with this topic.

I used to use deadline energy to spur myself on up until I overdid it and started to have anxiety attack when too many deadlines converged at once. That is not pretty, I have then to pause everything for the rest of the day, because I'm too jittery to concentrate.

I'd prefer to turn this topic into something more lighthearted.
Nov. 18th, 2016 08:47 am (UTC)
So, that's a first I think. I decided to write a few notes on the topic, free associate it and whatnot... and accidentally wrote my whole entry and posted it. SO weird. Mostly weird because it is a total departure from my mostly semi-autobiographical style... It's more of a character study.

I'm not sure how I got where I was going.
Nov. 18th, 2016 10:43 am (UTC)
I would point out for newbies, though, that many people vote in part on how well you address the topic. So while you don't have to, say, quote the topic in your piece, it should still be obvious what the connection may be.
Nov. 18th, 2016 12:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, the connection being ~very not obvious could tip the voting against themwriter, but starting thee entry with "I am going to write about..." is also awkward and irritating.

Subtlety is best.
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Nov. 18th, 2016 01:37 pm (UTC)
When I read the topic, an idea came to me, and today I started doing some "writing" in my head. The problem is, the way it's forming is as journal entry. I worry that would be kind of like cheating or a cop out. I also worry because I love writing dialogue. Yeah, I can write some in a journal entry, but will I write too much? Will dialogue just end up hurting the writing?

Sorry. I think I'm done with my writing freak out of the day.
Nov. 18th, 2016 01:50 pm (UTC)
Why do you think it'd be cheating or a cop-out?

My own philosophy is, if it moves you to write, then write :)

I sometimes get caught up in dialogue too. I think everybody does because it's natural and flows easily. I always try to remember, though, that it's one thing if I'm writing, say, a scene from an imaginary play/movie (where the dialogue IS the thing). It's another thing if you're writing prose where, I think, it needs to be balanced.

I apologize in advance if I'm freaking you out more. I don't mean to. Right now I'm buzzing on my umpteenth cup of coffee, LOL.
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Nov. 18th, 2016 03:59 pm (UTC)
Struggle, and stress, and life! Oh my! Too, too many things in my life with this topic. Where to go...
Nov. 18th, 2016 05:21 pm (UTC)
My first thought when I saw the topic was - "oh, crap, there are going to be some really depressing entries this week." That's not a bad thing, some people are trues artists at that kind of genre, but I am not. Then I saw Gary's comment that it was a song lyric. By that point, other ideas were starting to form, so I have chosen, especially after reading some people's comments about the song, NOT to listen to it. I have a nugget as a starting point, so I'm going to see where it goes. For now, it appears that it will be something more in my wheelhouse.
Nov. 18th, 2016 07:16 pm (UTC)
Newbie Here
Brand new to doing this and I have several ideas. Deciding which to flesh out...

I could go non-fiction and write a post-election journal entry. That's my election, just for the record, though the national election may come up, too.

I could go original fiction, but the setting would be with a working class WWI officer and/or his family.

I could go fanfic, because, for the first time ever, a Harry Potter story has begun scratching at the back of my brain.

I could talk about my own experiences with depression which would get into religion and atheism.

Thoughts? Suggestions?
Nov. 18th, 2016 08:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Newbie Here
There's a pretty wide range of genres and styles submitted in Idol, so none of those will be "weird" or "wrong," if you're at all worried about that.

Also, while some people stick to a style or even a story line through the season, most of us switch things up from week to week, so I'd say go with what is "on top" and wanting to be written right now.
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Nov. 18th, 2016 09:13 pm (UTC)
I have two ideas for the topic -- one based on my saga, one based on my real life.

Personally, I think the story from my saga is more interesting... but in order for it to have the impact I want, I'd have to include a *LOT* of detail... perhaps far too much for this stage of LJI.

So... I guess I'm writing about my life again...
Nov. 19th, 2016 12:13 am (UTC)
This lyric makes me go political. I really didn't want to do two political poems in a row. We'll see.... :-/
Nov. 19th, 2016 10:15 pm (UTC)
Speaking of needing the struggle to feel alive (maybe the creative struggle, the challenge, yes?) - Casey Neistat had a few words to say about this: https://youtu.be/l-yrXB95qDo
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