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Hi! I'm magyargirl3 , and I'm a college student who loves to write.

Right now, I'm working on a story that involves a civil war in a fictional country called Vorlan. A teacher, his family, and some of his students band together to help fight, and that is the center of the story. It's a story I've been working on for a few years, but, being a student, I can't always get around to writing on it. Plus, I had a lot of trouble figuring out how to tell the story (settled on epistolary narrative), and the characters were hard to figure out, for various reasons. I even gave up on the story for a few months.

Now, I'm back in the game, and I'm glad to find a group that supports writing and lots of it!


Oct. 8th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
Hello! So nice of you to join us :)

Oooh another fantasy author, right? That makes me sooooo happy. Question - when you say "epistolary narrative" - does that mean you're telling the story through letters between the characters? Wow - I've only read a few books that worked that way (and a few that were written as diaries) and it sounds really interesting.

I, too, have picked up my stories, tossed them aside, and then picked them up again over the years. I even completely started one over from scratch thinking that would help...

What are you studying in college - out of curiosity? I always wondered what the average major for writers was ;)
Oct. 8th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Technically, I guess it's fantasy, but it's set on Earth in modern times, so I'm not sure what exactly to call that.

I'm mostly writing the story from diary entries, so I guess it's not technically epistolary, but it was the best description I could come up with at the time. *blushes* I figured having 14 points of view couldn't just be written the "normal way." Plus, one of my favorite books, _Last Days of Summer_, was written like that and that way of telling a story piqued my interest.

I'm planning on majoring in English, but I'm not going to be a professional writer with that; I'm planning on going on to grad school and becoming a professor of Gothic Literature. I had a wonderful Gothic Lit. teacher in high school, and from then on I was fascinated by it and wanted to teach it to others. I won't stop writing, though: It's basically become my outlet for everything in my life, both good and bad.
Oct. 8th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Oh I see - hmm, I'm not really sure what you would call that then. It's not really alternate history since it's a fictional country...

Gothic literature sounds really cool. And teaching it sounds like a great "day job" for a writer :) Do you have any favorite gothic writers?
Oct. 8th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
I like Poe a lot, obviously, since he's the biggest. But, I have to say that Daphne duMaurier has to be my all - time favorite, because _Rebecca_ is such a fascinating read. I was hooked until the very end...unlike the movie, where they ruined a major plot point (won't say it on here if you haven't read the book or seen the movie, because it's really central to the whole story) because of the stupid Hayes Code.

And the short story "The Birds" should've gotten a movie. The only way that and the movie are similar is that birds attack people *grumblegrumble*

Ok, I'll quit pointlessly ranting on that.

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