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[03 Feb 2010|06:52pm]


Name: Becky
Pen name: Rebekah
Age: 27
Location: Lorain, Ohio
Writes about: Horror fiction: Occult, ghosts, witches, Tarot, Vampires and the number 13. . . and a little romance, but it's mostly realistic or dark romance
http://rebekah1213.livejournal.com/87631.html a blog: I posted about books for those who have writer's block.

I am looking for more friend who enjoy writing and are encouraging, because it is easy to get distracted and writing isn't always easy.

Favorite food: Pizza, Cheesecake, Coconut Shrimp, Sushi, and most pasta
Favorite ice cream flavor: Rocky Road, Chunky Monkey
Favorite drink or beverage: Pepsi, Dr Pepper, or Mountain Dew
Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden and China Buffet
Favorite color: Purple, black, and silver
Favorite actor: Johnny Depp, Johnny Pacar, Hugh Laurie, and Nicolas Cage
Favorite actress: Angelina Jolie, Jenna Elfman, and Melissa Joan Hart
Favorite TV Show: House, Yes Dear, 1000 ways to die, Myth Busters, and Sabrina the Teenage witch
Favorite Movie: Red Red; Gone in 60 Seconds; Repo! The Genetic Opera; the Shining;
Favorite song: “A Song to Sing” Hanson; “Hot N Cold” Katy Perry; “Aint No Rest for Wicked” by Cage the Elephant; “New Divide” Linkin Park; “Donch Wanna,” Tinted Windows and “Hate my Life” by Theory of a Deadman
Favorite musician or group: Hanson, Nickelback, Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Pacar, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Tinted Windows
Favorite animal: Penguins, Pandas, Owls, and cats
Favorite subject: English, Creative writing, and most music
What are you listening to right now: “Aint No Rest for the Wicked” “Doncha Wanna,” and then “New Divide”
Day or Night? Night
Summer or winter? Neither; I actually like spring and autumn
What brings you the most joy: Writing my stories and baking

Do I like to chat? Yes, but not all of the time. There are times where I am completely involved into my chores or writings.
Do I have YIM? Yes, please message for the screen name.
Do you have AIM? Yes, please message for the screen name.
Do you rewrite back to e-pals? I try to reply at least every two weeks, it really depends on my schedule.


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Writing Style Survey [18 Nov 2009|02:42am]

My Writing Style
May 15, 2009 by marina72

Questions snagged from Faye L. Booth

1. Are you a “pantser” or a “plotter?”

2. Detailed character sketches or “their character will be revealed to me as a I write”?

3. Do you know your characters’ goals, motivations, and conflicts before you start writing or is that something else you discover only after you start writing?

4. Books on plotting – useful or harmful?

5. Are you a procrastinator or does the itch to write keep at you until you sit down and work?

6. Do you write in short bursts of creative energy, or can you sit down and write for hours at a time?

7. Are you a morning or afternoon writer?

8. Do you write with music/the noise of children/in a cafe or other public setting, or do you need complete silence to concentrate?

9. Computer or longhand? (Or typewriter?)

10. Do you know the ending before you type Chapter One?

11. Does what’s selling in the market influence how and what you write?

12. Editing – love it or hate it?

Bonus questions

13. Why do you want to write?

14. Do you want to publish your work? Why?

15. Do like to write alone or do you like to work with other? Why?

My answers are here: http://rebekah1213.livejournal.com/74230.html
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Finding inspiration in those who came before us... [15 Nov 2006|03:04am]

[ mood | calm ]

As someone who can honestly say I've let my writers block get the better of me, I can tell you without hesitation that I KNOW what it's like to seek inspiration in ANYTHING you can.
I've been in dire need of a muse since mine ran away so long ago...

Something I recently found online was a TRUE inspiration for me, I thought perhaps it could help some of you out as well.
While a lot of these REALLY jumped out at me, others I felt I couldn't have said better myself.

All throughout you really get an understanding that YOU'RE NOT ALONE!

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For my dear dead and departed community... [11 May 2006|07:10pm]

It has become very apparent to me that this community may never come back to life. However, I know you're still all out there, and I'm sure at least a good handful of you still struggle with every day writers block. (Or if you're anything like me, MIND NUMBING and artistically crippling writers block!)

In a last ditch effort to save what could have been a really wonderful community, I've decided to try and keep this baby alive.
A friend of mine named tyger_raven  recently wrote, and posted something in his personal journal that I thought you might all find helpful.

It focuses on a lot of different things we learn as writers. Anyway, I'm posting it here now. Comments and additions are welcome and encouraged.

Hopefully some of you can find something interesting in this. I know I did....

Things I'm learning about Writing- Part One

1) When the inspiration hits, do whatever you can to write as much of it down. Don't rely on your memory (no matter how photographic you believe it to be), and don't let even the tiniest thought slip away. If you decide later not to use something, you never know when a variation of that thought could be useful for the current writing project or a future one.

2) Love the process of writing. If you're trying to write because you think it'll look impressive to others, or you have a naive expectation that it'll be easy to get published, then you're in for a rude awakening. You'll know that writing is in your blood if the only time you feel truly happy or satisfied is after you've written a complex scene or story. When you're a writer, even the little things can make you happy (like having written five pages of darn good story that only took your 10 hours to do). On the other hand, writing isn't easy, and you'll have plenty of moments where the writing frustrates you more than you can explain. But, if you're truly destined to be a writer, or if writing is a part of you, you'll fight through the frustration. Even if you never make it as a published author, you'll never be able to give up your craft. Your legacy to the world may be a series of incomplete works that may or may not be interesting to read, but you'll die happy because you pursued your passion.

3) Write in the only way you know how. If you're stuck for a certain phrase, or if the scene you're crafting isn't working, don't give up. Keep working at it. Eventually you'll either work through the block (which is usually having to admit that your writing isn't flowery like Shakespeare or full of symbolism like Tolkien), or you'll find the way to say it that both suits your writing style and makes the most sense. Don't try to compare your writing to others. We aren't all able to write the next Tale of Two Cities, or Les Miserables`. Even if your writing style is simple, then use that simplicity to your best advantage.

4) Don't lose your own personal voice when writing characters with distinct personalities. While you want to write characters that have distinct personalities, don't try to force a character trait on them that either you don't know much about or that goes so against what you believe in. No matter what the character, you'll always want to let a little of yourself come through in the character. If you're natural style is to be witty and sarcastic, then you shouldn't try to make the main character in your book a naive, optimistic person who's talent is to find the good in everything and everyone. You'll find out that in the process of writing the story, you'll become so annoyed with the character that either you'll have to change her personality or write a very flat, one-dimensional character. This is not to say that you can't write different personalities, but you may have to resign yourself to writing a character that's not 100% the way you think they should be.

5) Avoid using passive tense. "Was" is a red flag, especially if the verb used is something like "was talking". If you use "was" a lot with other verbs that end in -ing, it's usually a simple matter of removing the was and changing the -ing to -ed. It gives action to the sentence and makes the sentence stronger. For example: "A girl was getting out of the shower, so I gave her a smile as I walked out." is more stronger if you change it to "A girl got out of the shower, so I gave her a smile and walked out."

6) Be careful not to use the same word too often especially in the same passage. Even if it's a particular term that you use to describe someone or something, try to eliminate over-using the word. It makes your writing look tired and repetitious to use the same words over and over again. If you discover there are words that you use a lot more than other words, try to find another word to substitute for it. Or if nothing else, check to see if the word is necessary at all. A rep word for me is "just". Only after it was pointed out to me how often I use the word was I able to recognize it and when I looked over at the times I used "just", I discovered that in most occasions I could take it out without changing the meaning of the sentence. We all have a habit of using the same words or phrases; it's all a part of being human, but when the words or phrases get used too often, they lose their potency and meaning.

(If you're feeling ambitious, and enjoyed this peice go to tyger_raven's journal and thank him personally. I'm sure he'd love the compliments.)

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Hollywood Sucks.. [10 Oct 2005|11:51pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

Let me explain. The factory know as hollywood seems to spill out the same thing at a constant pace. In one way or another, they want to get you buck with less bang as possible. I was at work one day and saw this in the coming soon magazine...


They made a part 2 to a movie in some circles thought shouldn't of been made. I wasn't a huge fan of the original Nic Cage movie, but now its hit the sequel rehash bandwagon. And now this leads into this post...
As I noticed over some time, the asylum has hit well a dry spell would put it lightly. So this is to see what life is left out there. This is not a contest or anything like that. This is a challenge.


Write an entry with the outline,plot, or whatever to a sequel that has yet to be made. It can be on any movie out there, but it has to be on a movie. If it is little known movie then fill us in on what we need to know.
Hope this might get some breath out there and get some work busted out there. If you know anyone in any other groups that would like to take part, then by all means invite them to here. If you have any questions feel free to comment or if you think this is the worst idea in the world then comment that too. If you want to take votes on what is the best one we can do that and if you don't then we won't.
Well anyways I will be posting one here in the next few days, lets just see what reactions are out there first. But if you have an idea, throw it on here ASAP lets see your stuff.
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[29 Sep 2005|05:20pm]

[ mood | blah ]

Hi, I'm new. And here is my grievance:

I mostly write poetry, which I haven't written any of in a long time.

But I got this idea, and decided to write a story instead. I thought I had everything planned out in my head, and I wouldn't have any trouble writing it. I even created a seperate LiveJournal to put the chapters in. I got 4 chapters into it, and realized that all of them other than chapter 1 sucks.

I've decided it's hopeless. It was rather disappointing.

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New community [28 Sep 2005|11:38pm]


Hello, my name is Emma.

I'm promoting a new community for a friend of mine, cause she's got too much pride to do it herself.

It's called onedrunknight  It is a community for the day after. You can post anything you like having to do with embarrassing, silly, crude, lude, hilarious or otherwise funny drunken stories. They can be about your friends, co-workers, family, yourself. Anyone anywhere so long as it happened whilst under the influence.

If this is not ok, Delete it, and I apologize. Otherwise, JOIN OUR GANG!

Thank you all. From onedrunknight


If you allow me to post this in your community, we will be as kind whenever you wish to promote yours.

A favor is a favor. THANKS AGAIN!

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Too soon again I suppose. [24 Aug 2005|02:11am]

[ mood | disappointed ]

I can't do it. I just can't do it. I don't know what's wrong with me. I can't do anything.
I sit and stare at the pages and pages of story, and the blank pages of story to be told, and I just can't seem to bring myself to type anything I want to write.

I wrote about fifty words. And now I look at them and I just hate them. I HATE my own words.
I feel like crying. I feel so lost. I'm almost stuck in this place and I can't get out of it. God, I can completley appreciate how my main character must feel. She's just as stuck as I am. Sitting there in that chair. Hung on one line. I'm sure she wants to know more. She needs to know more. In order to understand what is going to take place in her life she needs to know what he is about to say. The man who she sits in this room with. He left her at such a critical moment, and I can't finish it for her to bring her either comfort or terror. I don't even know what I'm going to do next. That's where I am so stumped. I just don't know where to take them. And THEY, who I have depended on so much in the past, don't know where to take ME this time.

It's easy to depend on your characters to tell you a story. They take on this personality so outside of the one you gave them that they almost start to write themselves. And it worked that way with me for such a long time. They told me how they wanted things to be, and I just made it happen. But not this time. I've left them sitting. Some frightened some confused. Some not caring either way. But one thing they all have in common is that NONE of them no what's going to happen next. It's this pivitol point where I have to make the choices. I have to take the next step. And I feel so certain I'm cheating them out of something great by forcing myself to write... I know it wont keep. It's just not good, and I refuse to cheat such wonderful people out of a chance to tell their story!

Look at me. Here I am waisting time posting more bullshit online, and becoming so easily distraced at The Oprah Winfrey show, that I've put my book on the back burner again... Maybe it's just not time to write. It will come to me. I know it will... It has before. I'm just not there yet. It's too soon...

X posted in personal journal...

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*Taps Mic* Is this thing on? [08 Aug 2005|02:27am]

[ mood | creative ]

It has again, been a very long time for this, my dear departed community.
When this community was created by draven_ftw  and myself, we had such high hopes for it, but it has fallen. It has fallen down into the pits of despair, and I wonder now how hard it would be to bring it back to life.

And, so now I pose to you all a question.

What is it about The Writers Asylum that drew you to it? 

Was it the concept of having a place to leave your work? The idea that you could come here, post your heart out, anything you wanted no matter if you thought it was bile, or a masterpiece and get the kind of constructive criticism you needed to get you back on the track to writing? 

I personaly have suffered with a writers block incomprehensible even to myself! My writing has taken so many different turns, and I've been working on the SAME novel for almost two years! I want to be able to post bits of my book here as much as I want for YOU ALL to be able to post your work. It may have been a bold, if not BAD move to create a WRITING COMMUNITY for a bunch of people who CAN'T WRITE, HOWEVER, this community should be used as a tool!  One of the things I have done for my writers block that has actually WORKED for me, was I made a pact with myself. I am a fiction writer, so the deal I made was that I would write 400 words of fiction a day, everyday. No matter what it was. At one point I wrote about a sock puppet who sang Frank Sinatra songs to people with toilet stage fright in public restrooms.  If you had written something that terrible, you could post it HERE just to get it out!

Use this community to your advantage. I had contest ideas here in the past, but it failed. If you would like to see that come back, let us know. If you would like an idea of your own used, LET US KNOW. ANYTHING is beneficial to the community, and the hoped of future writers with this terrible block. Please, writers. I encourage you to give this community another try before forgetting about it all together.

Thank you for atleast sticking around. 

Your friendly neighborhood moderator,


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Romance Writers Wanted [01 Mar 2005|05:03am]

Romance writers are deadly serious about their writing. They sweat and bleed, swear and plead as they birth page after page after page and then somehow (this part's magic -- I can't explain it if you haven't experienced it for yourself) manage to pull it all together and produce a deeply moving love story. ~A Writer

I’ve been writing since I was a child, but recently I have been following up a dream of mine to becoming a published author. To achieve this goal, however, I realize there are a lot of little things that make up the big picture. Creating a tangible plot, forming believable characters, and having the stamina to finish what has been started.

Although I belong to a number of critique groups for various genres (_blueberrybagel is one I formed for original fiction of any genre), I noticed there really isn’t any for romance writers of any type…thus the reason for joining forces with astutebunny to form one using bodice_ripper as a place for writers and even nonwriters. If romance is something you like to write, hope you may one day publish, and would like to be part of a critique circle while discussing the aspects of writing, please join.


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Official Registration for NaNoEdMo 2005 is now open! [22 Feb 2005|12:44pm]

Greetings fellow Writers/Editors!

We're getting closer to the kick off of
this year's National Novel Editing Month… March 2005.
And as we grow closer to the start of the challenge, we here at NaNoEdMo HQ invite
you to contemplate the Monster in the Box.Collapse )
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New Community [13 Feb 2005|11:46am]

Because I am doing a Nanowrimo in July, I created a new community to support it, so I can find people who are interested. Not that I expect a whole lot of interest, but for those people who are in school and who are doing a lot of different stuff during the school year and find it difficult to write 50k words during the year. And yes, I realize that doing Nano in July is sort of cheating, because the whole point of doing it in November is that you're working writing into your own life and everything, but with the school year and lesson planning and everything, I figured July might be a better time for some people who do like to write. So, come and join this community julnowrimo and we can all hang out and write in July. I'm setting this up in February so I have a little bit of time to set this all up. If anybody would like to do a website or anything else like that, I would be very grateful, as I have NO time to do any of that and I suck at web design.

I hope to see you all writing.


P.S. For those of you who don't know what Nanowrimo is, go to www.nanowrimo.com. Awesome place!
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[02 Dec 2004|07:40pm]

readCollapse ) my intro for this paper i'm writing for gothic lit. and tell me how stupid it is.
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forgive me for advertising and xposting [12 Oct 2004|02:59pm]

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[28 Sep 2004|01:29am]

[ mood | cheerful ]


Hows everyone out in the wasteland called Writer's Aslyum. It's been quiet out here,but no worries. I haven't exactly been around latly, work is keeping me busy and writing whenever I get a chance.

I'm kindof stuck in a short story that I have been writing. Does anyone out there have any advice when it comes to writing a flashback? Its driving me nuts.

Well anyways, I hope this find everyone well and I would love to hear from everyone on here (in your own posts) catching everyone up on what you have been up to.

Much Respect to all the Inmates, Josh (the silent mod)
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If you are in love...you should be here [27 Sep 2004|11:16pm]

[ mood | loved ]

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you."

Every time you fall in love, you sign an unspoken contract that might as well be the eleventh commandment: "Thou Shalt Fight!"

We love, we live, we cherish, we care, we speak, we touch, we feel, we emote, we Fight!

fightslastnight is a community where you come and report what happened to you...What happened last night.

If you fought with your partner and want to share it - maybe because you like telling stories, maybe because you need advice, maybe because you have a kink of making your private life public...or maybe because you like malice and want to get even with somebody.

Whatever it is, if it is a fight between lovers - arguments, debates, exchanges, dialogues, fights - unfathomable things that happen when two people try to be each other, this is where you want to talk about it.

Come join us at fightslastnight
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Hey! Remember when people used to write in here? [19 Sep 2004|12:24am]

[ mood | contemplative ]

So, it's been along time since anyone wrote anything in here.

Sad really.

So, I came back to see if you're all still alive. If the answer is yes, then you can ALSO answer THESE questions.

How is your writers block coming along?
What what the most you've written in the last 2 months?
What one piece of writing do you wish you'd written more than ANYTHING else?
What book are you currently reading/just finishing/just starting?

I say they're good questions. You don't have to answer them all if you don't want to.
But, I just thought I'd check in.

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[22 Aug 2004|02:09pm]

I'm so sorry I havn't been around here in a while. I'll try to check in more often.

Here's two poems I've written fairly recently. I'm not so sure I like them. So I'd really appreciate some constructive criticism on them. Thank you.

4:40am GoodbyeCollapse )

I'll Never Forget HerCollapse )
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Been Working On This For Awhile... [21 Aug 2004|03:10am]

[ mood | hopeful ]

Well, I've been working on this for awhile. I'm finally done, my fellow mod knows how long I've been working on this piece. Its still rough around the edges and please be gentle.

Working Title- "Open Ending"
MyStoryCollapse )

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Sorry if this isn't allowed... [14 Aug 2004|09:51pm]

[ mood | crazy ]

Because rating communities aren't the only place to find people for communities... check out an awesome community: teen_ana ! You will know if this is the community for you. Please join!!!

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