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Joecossack January 23, 2014 - 7:51am

I decided this is the year. I will read Moby Dick, I will write at least 30 minutes every day. I started .. yesterday.  I sat down looked at my new marble notebook, and wrote. I wrote about me writing. I wrote that I hoped i was writing about something else.  

I'm new to this site, but I'm exploring every day. I am looking for some ideas and topics or at least exercises to start with. Any help?

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami January 23, 2014 - 11:56am

You could write up a list of unique writing prompts to you. It doesn't have to be related to your book. I used to come up with writing prompts for flash fiction I know aren't good enough to be published. But I found the writing experience an envaluable practice. Eventually you will learn things like description to length proportion, and stuff like that.

This is where I found I'm more of a social sf writer.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel January 26, 2014 - 10:02pm

I think reading James Joyce's Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man will be a great read for you. He, in a round about way, says once you stop writing about yourself and start creating the worlds that you write about, you finally begin making the turn from someone with angst and wants to write to someone who is becoming an artist. But we must start with writing about ourselves to learn how to express ourselves.

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Dmcleod from Florida is reading Molloy January 26, 2014 - 10:11pm

It goes without saying that you should pour through all the articles on writing that Litreactor has to offer.

Also, for good writing prompts, check this place out: http://www.languageisavirus.com/

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated January 28, 2014 - 3:05pm

Maybe find something that you want to write so it doesn't seem like a chore.