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This one bears a similarity to your Alpha Vespae piece which I critiqued earlier. This one has several more elements to ...

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Accept the Doubt by RipleyNox
Accept the Doubt
"Accept the doubt and do it anyway." This is my mantra while I write and create art. No one is exempt from doubt, and the most successful are the most infected by it. Accept what you do as the best you can do at that moment, and don't be afraid to show your progress over time to the world.

Background image purchased from designshock.
I've written before about how I don't believe in writer's block, and I still don't believe in the kind where you simply don't have any ideas. That kind is always about fear. Once you find your fear, you can easily overcome this kind of block.
But for the last year, I've been writing quite a lot. I've written more than two hundred thousand words of my original manuscript. Unfortunately, I've been writing in circles. Characters changed, merged together, and storylines diverged in unusual ways and never return to the original premise I set when I began this story. I've read writing manuals, studied, and rewritten, only to have it happen again, and again, and again.
A friend recently asked whether I was trying to write genre fiction or literary fiction, knowing, no doubt, my tendency to wax philosophical with my stories. I realized she was right; I was writing plot points and a premise for science fiction/urban fantasy genre fiction, but once I sat down to write I was trying to write literary fiction, deviating immediately from the plot.
Since then I've been far more productive, but I'm breaking old habits now. It's been a tough journey to come from writing fanfic in an established world to my own work. I didn't think it would be this hard. But, thankfully, I have friends who give me honest advice and critique.

And now, to deal with GSJennsen's tag (check out her new book too!)

Ten Things About Me (ahem):

1. I have unnaturally good hearing. I can hear dog whistles. My children hate this about me.

2. I can eat anything with chopsticks.

3. The first science fiction book I ever read was Heinlein's "4-H", a collection of short stories, when I was ten years old.

4. I thought I was allergic to cats until I was 35 years old.

5. I'm immune to poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak. Thank goodness.

6. I started writing short stories when I was eight.

7. My dreams are incredibly vivid and follow storylines, kinda like that Leonardo DiCaprio movie Inception.

8. I LOVE RPGs... but I can't play them unless I'm sick because once I start, I can't stop. I'm like an addict. I can't think about anything else. So I have to have vacation from everything to play, which rarely happens. :sadface:

9. My first car was a 1976 Ford Maverick.

10. I collect nostalgia paperbacks, like the Conan series.

Now for my tags: auntholly Chaogirl200 darksunshaman Hipbone58 JasmineAlexandra Philliwolf5 joanfarley Dragonwyrd316 LadyMerrethsAuthor rebornhoneybee

You must list ten things about yourself in your journal and tag ten more people. There are rules, evidently, but I'm a rule-breaker so I won't paste them here. I'M A REBEL.
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Ashley-JaneW Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch and llama badge!
RipleyNox Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Professional Writer
My pleasure Ashley! Look for the new post in the build-your-platform group you inspired as well!
Ashley-JaneW Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I will I love reading your articles. 
LadyMerrethsAuthor Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Thank you for the fav!
GregorKerle Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank You kindly
WALLGOTH Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
HI, thank you very much Hug Wink/Razz 
The-Prototype92 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the favs :D
The-Prototype92 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A long time ago you did a critique on this piece :…

I now have tried to make a new one based on the same image, You can find it here:…

I would love if you could write a critique on it. Your critique's are really helpfull to me :D

RipleyNox Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Writer
I'd be happy to!
The-Prototype92 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ĘThanks :D
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