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  1. I quite like the site as it is so nothing to change, I do have a question though:

    How does one keep motivated to write when even though the desire is strong, the general tiredness, mundanity and semi-ennui of life just makes you want to catch up on all that sleep?

    • Oh, goodness – good one. Often when I sit down to write, I would rather do anything else. Down to cleaning my keyboard, even. But I do have some tricks I use – I’ll look to address that in May or June. Thanks for the topic!

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  4. Hi Stephanie. I pretty much read your ENTIRE blog, and it was great. You’re a wonderful writer. The day your book is published will be a great one for the literary community. I’m 15 and I’ve been writing since I was four, although I’ve yet to finish anything haha. Currently I’m writing a novel that takes place in an alternate universe, and I was wondering if you have any tips for creating/building a world without long, tedious descriptive paragraphs. It would be greatly appreciated 😀

    • Thank you so much, Sky! But it is a daily struggle just to follow my own advice. : )
      Mmm, sneaking in world-building is a great idea for a blog topic, and I’ll be sure to work on it soon! Thanks!

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  6. Hello Steph,
    My email has changed. Please send all bekindrewrite posts to the above address @gmail.com and not to the old one please ( [email protected] ) Stay safe and take care, Tyler

    • Hi Tyler: the subscription system is automatic and I am unable to unsubscribe you at my end. You will have to click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the next email. Or, if you have deleted the old email account, no further action is necessary.

      Thanks for sticking with us.

  7. Forgive me for operating outside the box … but have you downloaded and run through your entire machine this piece of software? – Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: and you need only the free version!

    • I had not before – but on your suggestion I did. Thank you! It hasn’t found anything yet. So I’m still not really sure what is/was wrong with my computer. I’ve had to completely wipe it twice in the last month! I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  8. I agree. Great product. Have a nice day. T.M

  9. I was wondering how to pick how your characters look. I know it isn’t that important, but I’m a little stressed about it.

    • Great question – and it can be an important subject. I mean, just look at how much Sherlock Holmes can deduce from someone’s appearance! I will be sure to write a post about this soon. Thanks so much for the suggestion!

  10. Hey Stephanie,

    I have been reading your reviews of assistive software and have been very impressed with your deep research.

    Have you had the opportunity to play with Read & Write Gold (http://www.texthelp.com/UK)? If so, I would love to hear your opinion before I dish out a lot of money for this piece of software.

    Cheers

    • I’m afraid I haven’t tried that one. It looks like they have a free trial, though, so I might check it out. But holy moly, $645! That is a ton of cash!

      It looks like it’s specifically for people who are learning English, so I wonder how it compares to Ginger.

      Thanks for the suggestion, Dave!

  11. Stephanie,

    No suggestions, just a general comment: I found your blog by typing “Jonathan Bing, cheeser” into Google, and you were the first result. I’ve only read that one article so far, but will surely be following it up with more; after all, I can’t think of a better recommendation! (Though I have to disagree on the raisin cheese thing — sounds pretty good to me.)

    • You. Are. Kidding me. Little old BeKind is the top result for one of the world’s most famous cheesers? I am half honored, half just plain excited to meet someone else who knows James P. Blaylock. He’s the Grandfather of Steampunk, but do you ever meet ANYONE who’s read him? No.

      On raisin cheeses: I suppose it makes logical sense, grapes and wine being traditionally paired with cheese. It’s just not an idea that instantly appeals to me.

  12. I came up with a possible InMon prompt by accident! Cybernetic Mystification. Although I also like Cybernetic Mysticism… hmm….

  13. Hi, Stephanie… I have a dear friend, Parul, who wrote a story for IMOM (did I get that right) I thought your deal looked interesting. Getting back into writing again. Have written with Friday Fictioneers lots, and used to do Trifecta… loved that group. Waiting for the new prompts.

  14. I was wondering: I’m writing a book, and I’m having this recurring difficulty that is really bugging me. When I write my scenes(I’m on my first draft), they go by really fast. I see that published writers usually spend a lot more time in one moment, really diving deep. Even when I add a bunch of detail, it’s still like one paragraph for my character to make her way down a mountain in the rain. So I’m going to pose a couple of questions. First, it that normal for a first draft? Do any of you have that problem? Second, how would I fix this in my later drafts if its normal and okay, or fix it now if it isn’t?
    Thank you so much for your time and I want everyone to know that from the moment I found this awesome website, I really loved it and found it super helpful, so thanks for that also!

  15. I was recently watching a movie (The Huntsman Winter’s War) with my sister. My sister and I didn’t enjoy it for multiple reasons. One of them was that fact that the whole plot is filled with side stories because one was not enough to make a full movie (though each story could have been much longer with more creativity). So basically, we were jumping from story to story. I started to wonder if I am doing that unintentionally. I have one main story, but I have different, smaller conflicts too to go along with it. Is this too much? How do you tell if you’re patching little stories together and don’t have one main focus? How do you ‘cure’ this?
    Thanks!
    -Erin

  16. I’m currently working on a short oneshot where the setting of the story is like a surburban tokyo, will all the neon light and lively music. Originally I planned for it to reach 4,000 words but after finishing it I’m stuck with 3,100 and trying to rewrite. Looking over the text again, I realized that my scenes, or the setting/background of the story was not fleshed out. How do I describe it better?

    • Hi Alex,

      I wouldn’t worry too much about the story being too short. If you stuff it with words just to make it longer, it can start to drag. But if you really need to flesh out the setting, add description sparingly, here and there. If needed, find ways to expose your characters to more of the scenery – get them out and moving, or change a location from someone’s private apartment to a noisy restaurant. The more specific you can get, the better – maybe it’s a ramen restaurant and they have to yell to hear each other over the electric sitar music in the street. Here’s a blog on sneaking in scenic description. It also helps if you use description to convey the mood of your story or characters, rather than being neutral “furniture.” Here’s a blog on doing that. I hope that helps.

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