Hello everyone, my name is Cory and I am 28. I'm from Britain but live in California. I wouldn't really call myself a writer at this point but rather someone who wants to write. Badly. Problem is my writing skills are not the best. I have read lots of books about how to write but still I'm feeling paralyzed. I get little bits of ideas but never know how to develop them into somethings more. It's like my brain is in constant brain fart mode. Could it be I'm just not cut out for this? I've tried prompts but they haven't really helped. I do a little better at non fiction, journaling or blog posts for example, but I want to be more creative. I read and read and read everything I can get my hands on. Books and reading are my first love. Writing seems impossible to me. Ok, so I'm starting to waffle on. I hope I can
Post by heinleinwasthebest on Mar 6, 2017 15:27:53 GMT -6
Well then... I can contribute a bit to a world and/or setting. Except for sappy romances Just a tip: Don't make the "over powered" people your character. Not really as interesting. Also, avoid adverbs and adjectives when possible, deferring to strong (but appropriate) verbs and nouns.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. ----Robert A. Heinlein
Hi Cory! Sorry it's taken me so long to get to this - hope you're still here.
It sounds like the main difficulty you're having is that you can't start? That's definitely something you can get past if you want to. I have two bits of advice that might help: First, outlines are your friend. I used to get stuck halfway through a story and I never finished anything, but outlines really helped me figure out my path in advance, so I don't stall out so much anymore. It doesn't have to be a super detailed outline, just a basic idea of where you're going with the story. With novel-length works, I go chapter by chapter, just the barest idea of what's going to happen in that chapter and any notes I need to remember while I'm writing it. With shorter stories, I just give myself an idea of beginning, middle, end.
Second (and most important!), don't stress yourself out over it. Just write something - anything, absolutely anything - until the story starts coming out. Sometimes I'll just write "blah blah blah" or list fruits or vegetables or something until I can get back to the story. As long as your fingers are moving, your mind will catch up. Don't worry about making it good. That's what editing is for.
Hi Cory! Time limits and deadlines really help me because they give me less time to worry about the quality of what I’m scribbling. Try putting a timer on for 30 minutes and cement yourself to your chair and write. When the time goes off, reward yourself with some hot chocolate and cheesecake
sapphire: Zoom! Welcome back. Sounds like things are going well! What's your job?
Jan 7, 2017 16:43:00 GMT -6
Zoom: (Sorry I haven't been around btw, got a serious boyfriend and a full-time job, almost literally no time)
Jan 1, 2017 5:31:12 GMT -6
Zoom: Am here! So great to hear the news Saph!!
Jan 1, 2017 5:28:21 GMT -6
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