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Saturday, October 29, 2005 

Your Assignment, Should You Choose To Accept It..(CONTEST!)

I know a lot of writers drop by my site. I got a taste of just how many when I posted "How to Overcome Writer's Block" over at The Geek Advisor today. I received a couple of comments & a handful more emails asking to expand on the concept. I thought I would do so here.

The premise of the article is simple: All writers, from time to time, suffer regular bouts of writer's block. The key to overcoming this is two-fold:

1. Realize & accept that most of what you write will be junk. There is no way possible to sit down and write the 'Great American Novel' in one shot. Instead, the writer should focus on getting their thoughts, opinions, ideas, beliefs and everything else out on paper. While doing so, remember that you have total control over what is actually seen & by whom. If you don't want anyone to see a particular piece, then it's your choice to keep it from the public.

2. Writer's block is nothing more than the editor inside you. The Internal Editor keeps you from actually putting words to paper, instead drawing your focus to correct wording, sentence structure, spelling, etc.

The Contest

If you are like many, you can feel the writer inside you bursting at the seems. You know you have to write, but everytime you sit down to do so, the blank page just stares at you. So, in an effort to help you kickstart your writing career, I am going to provide you with your first 'assignment':

Tell me about your main character. Don't worry about spelling, sentence structure or anything else - don't even worry about dialogue. Just tell me about your character. What are they like? What are their likes & dislikes. What do they look like? Describe him or her in detail. I want to know their backgrounds, their quirks and so on.

Over the next few weeks, I will post a series of articles on overcoming writer's block. Those that choose to send their assignments to The Geek Underground will be entered into a drawing to be held at the end of November. The winner will receive FREE web hosting for one full year from The Geek Underground. Our web host accounts include 40Mb of banner & popup-free space with a gig of transfer every month. It also includes unlimited email accounts, and support for many popular programming languages, including CGI, PHP, and Front Page extensions.

The winner will also be featured right here on this blog, where we will follow his or her progress with their story. Finally, a published ebook of the finished product will be provided if the winner so chooses. In plain words, the winner will be well on his or her way to being self-published, with a completely web-ready ebook to sell, and a website to sell it from.

To enter the contest, simply send us your name & email address to thegeek@thegeekunderground.com. Then, follow along with the upcoming articles and submit your assignments as requested.

That's all there is to it! What are you waiting for? Start writing today!

Just stopped in to say hello...

my biz partner at sinotrading.us lives in GJ...

I am a Pueblo Native...ya, I know...

Great blog...great contest idea...


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love the contest idea. Its a great offer to help out writers... selling the winners story as an ebook through a free website is really nice and thoughtful! I'd like to combine that offer with my daily quote. All writers could choose their favourite quote from their story and i'll post them in rotation on my literature blog

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