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Metilda
Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013 9:45:52 PM

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When it comes to writing - what do you have the biggest problem with?

My issues: I always come up with a story - a full novella or novel length story - and then dedicate a lot of my time to it . . . and quit half way through. Things change in my life, I lose interest, I lose my focus, I just don't care anymore - or more likely: I think it sucks and convince myself others will never want to read it.

I am my own kryptonite as there's no basis in real life for my issues. Everyone who has read my partially-completed stories has loved it, no matter what I've done with it.

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seeker4
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 3:38:13 PM

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That's pretty much mine, too.

I'm also bad for getting things rolling in a direction I like (or think I like) and then hitting a dead end where I don't know where it should go next.



Its been a while but I finally got a new story out. Enjoy!

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sprite
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 3:39:44 PM

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naughtyannie
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 3:50:17 PM

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I have to force myself not to over-edit my stories.

I can never leave anything alone - I always think I need to change a word here, a phrase there, when sometimes that spoils the initial spontaneity.

I even re-wrote that last sentence twice!

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DikDango
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 3:54:17 PM

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naughtyannie wrote:
I have to force myself not to over-edit my stories.

I can never leave anything alone - I always think I need to change a word here, a phrase there, when sometimes that spoils the initial spontaneity.

I even re-wrote that last sentence twice!


Haha nothing wrong with a perfectionist :)

clum
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 4:11:07 PM

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I get myself bogged down in details. My stories become cluttered with tidbits of information that just do not advance the plot. I need to work on just keeping some things to myself.

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Shylass
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 4:13:51 PM

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I have a long list, but my biggest lump of it is lack of experience. There's only so far an imagination and listening ear can take me.

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Dirty_D
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 4:29:32 PM

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I have several half started stories that I have quit for a variety of reasons. But my biggest flaw is to much telling, not enough showing

Guest
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 4:50:12 PM

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I have to say that it would be beautiful woman who want to have sex with me.
Delphi
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 4:50:56 PM

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Maintaining some kind of tension to drive the plot. I really just want them to all be happily naughty.



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Mazza
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 5:06:00 PM

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Mine is, like Sprite, getting too easily distracted... I procrastinate, I float off and do other things...

I have like a gazillion unfinished stories - I will get back to them, eventually...

I need focus and self-discipline...
Noreasonneeded
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 6:03:39 PM

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principessa
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 6:39:32 PM

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Leaving well enough alone. I want to keep editing, looking for repetitive words, finding just the right ones to express what I want to say. Wanting precision can be a curse as well as an asset.

DLizze
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 8:43:58 PM

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Mazza wrote:
Mine is, like Sprite, getting too easily distracted... I procrastinate, I float off and do other things...

I have like a gazillion unfinished stories - I will get back to them, eventually...

I need focus and self-discipline...


Ditto, and - oh, look! There goes a bunny rabbit!

"There's only three tempos: slow, medium and fast. When you get between in the cracks, ain't nuthin' happenin'." Ben Webster
Coco
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 9:10:05 PM

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Details, sometimes I get too bogged down in the detail of a plot. That may or may not be a bad thing.

Buz
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 9:14:44 PM

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Time! I never have time to sit and write the story from start to finish. I have to do it 2-5 paragraphs at a time, sometimes days in between. My hectic schedule and often long work hours are the reason.

SophieCroft
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 9:20:48 PM

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The dreaded tick tock of the clock. Finding time to sit down and do justice to your story in the midst of all the chaos of life can be quite a trial at times. I find that it is necessary to set aside a block of time each evening to try to write during which I turn off the phone.
kinkitten
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 9:33:03 PM

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Typing! I write my stories using pen and paper and just HATE typing them up. It can take a couple of days to write a story and then months to type it up...

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HotBttmInBriefs
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 2:10:27 AM

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Kind of a combination of what others have said....

The main one being just life.....esp. work of late. I would love to just sit down and write for hours or edit for hours and finish but lately I am like Buz. I do 3 or 4 paragraphs and then it may be days before I get to come back to it.

Lisa
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 2:45:03 AM

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Mine is editing. I set time aside at night for writing but I always start each session by reading what I wrote before, then I tweak the previously written parts over and over, and only end up writing a couple of new paragraphs.
AbigailThornton
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 5:03:15 AM

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sprite wrote:
i get distracted too easi...


lol hey look ca...

Liz
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 5:27:52 AM

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Lisa wrote:
Mine is editing. I set time aside at night for writing but I always start each session by reading what I wrote before, then I tweak the previously written parts over and over, and only end up writing a couple of new paragraphs.


This ^^^

I edited a story recently from 12,000 words to about 7,000 in one sitting.
Every time I pick up where I left off I have to give the existing content a read to get back in the mind-set. Then it inevitably turns into an editing session during which nothing new gets written.


Guest
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 7:12:49 AM

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Mine is editing. I type fast so I always end up missing words and having to go back and fill in the blanks.
CSX19
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 7:22:07 AM

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My main area of preferred writing is graphic novels. The first problem is that I am a terrible artist. The second is place setting. I can work well inside a room or somewhere I am fully acquainted with, but I can't describe an area I don't know well at all.
Jack_42
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 7:29:55 AM

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Laziness. Once I've had an idea for a story - that's the main creative act already over so having to write it all out is the draggy thing. I once thought of a great idea as to why a lot of rock stars die young and it was this. Rock and Roll was thought up by the U.S.S.R. as a means of corrupting the west (anyone who thinks rock and roll didn't do just that has a short memory) Anyway the idea would be that every time some icon finds out that they are a Soviet puppet they get ''accidentally'' removed. :) Some people think I should still give that a go but it sounds like hard work. ''Hey Buddy what was that guy doing to the wing of the plane? I dunno Ritchie maybe just a last minute safety check wanna drag of this splif?''
Dancing_Doll
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 9:46:08 AM

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Like others - the time factor seems to be the big one. I have to get into a bit of a 'zone' to really feel the words. I also find that the more you write, the more self-critical you become and sometimes the pressure you put on yourself to produce something fabulous becomes paralyzing or leads to overthinking things.


sweet_as_candy
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 11:45:35 AM

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Liz wrote:


This ^^^

I edited a story recently from 12,000 words to about 7,000 in one sitting.
Every time I pick up where I left off I have to give the existing content a read to get back in the mind-set. Then it inevitably turns into an editing session during which nothing new gets written.


Me three! Omg! I do this too much! Then I end up changing the whole bloody plot! Damn! computer




swollen
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 2:19:03 PM

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AM versus PM.

I can only write before noon, and have to be in total solitude and silence. After noon, my brain ebbs, and I seem to lose mind-power. Hence since returning to full-time work, I've not written. All of my stories were scribed at the dawn of the day, or near enough. Even at work, when I have to compile long or complex correspondence, I always schedule to do it in the mornings.
Metilda
Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 3:15:26 PM

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LOL - changing plots! yes! I do this until I get sick of it all.

A story - titled 'Mine' . . . was about a rapist who falls in love with a victim of his and changes into a nice guy.
Well I researched publishers and realized that there's no way in hell that would ever be published - so changed it to him just having a split personality and the other side is up to no good half the time.
That was stupid, though - and I"m not a guy - so I switched to her point of view.
Then I didn't like her at all and rewrote her as a character - and he was just a normal, nice guy.

In the end - I eroded it down through 7 rewrites (and this was like 50K words worth to rewrite) to eventually it being a boring boy-meets-girl bs story . . . so I quit writing on it altogether. LOL

It sucked.
The end.

But my first version - I really like the first version (and that shows you how fucked I really am)

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TxSwinger
Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 2:23:46 PM

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writing myself into a corner. get a great story going, full of character development, details, etc. then have a great idea for a twist in the story but can't make it possible without treading on something i've already said earlier :/
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