Also, I just realized I never responded to anyone. For some reason, I remember doing so. I wonder if it was lost in internet space? Or my crazies took over again. Oh well. Here goes. Possibly for the second time haha
southern.maple I’m pretty sure that’s the tagline for every writer I’ve ever met, including myself! I’ve learned to finish what I start, but it took me years. Nano and the book On Writing helped me. I just talked about it above to pistachio, so I won’t reiterate what I said, but I strongly recommend both. Keep doing Nano. [name_m]Set[/name_m] feasible goals for yourself. Nano is whatever you want it to be. Yes, the goal is 50k words in a month, but do with that what you will. I use it as my launching pad every year, the one month where everything else in my life takes a backseat. It’s one month out of the entire year, and I always shoot into [name_u]December[/name_u] feeling both exhausted and exhilarated, and most importantly, full of inspiration and a sense of accomplishment.
dantea I’m so excited for you! I’m making some huge changes in my life right now, and one of those changes is getting serious about writing. My creative writing teacher when I was 15 took a massive (aren’t they all? :D) fantasy novel I was writing to his agent who wanted to represent me, but I was the daughter of a horrid man who didn’t encourage I take that path, so writing stagnated for me for a very long time. I’ve been pissing away the years just writing for myself, which has been great, but I’m ready to be brave again and it’s scary and exciting. You know, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being “braggy”. I’ve been thinking about that lately, this funny world we live in where people talk shit about you if you say positive things about yourself. That’s so ridiculous. Why shouldn’t we tell people the things about ourselves we take pride in? So silly. Should we stare in the mirror instead and talk about everything we hate about ourselves? As long as you’re not the sort to only talk about yourself, what’s the problem? Complement yourself and others, and I say it’s all good. I will definitely be purchasing your book as soon as I can because I love fantasy, and your novel sounds straight up my alley.
ikfly I love books where the characters cryptically talk about some mysterious tragedy in their pasts! Stop planning and just start writing. Look at writing prompts to inspire the beginning if you’re having trouble with that first sentence. Or start in the middle. Write a scene and go from there. Go back and fill in the missing pieces as they come to you. [name_m]Just[/name_m] start writing. I know you’ll think that’s easier said than done, but it really is that easy. [name_m]Just[/name_m] write. You’re under no obligation to have that first draft be a masterpiece, or make any sense at all. Let your first draft be your outline so to speak. [name_m]Just[/name_m] let go and write.
aj_bear I’ve always wanted to write a historical piece, but I always get so enraptured with all the research I forget to write. One of my friends writes historical fiction. Your writing group sounds awesome. I love that you’re all different types of writers and can bring new things to the table. As for the Victorian mess of bonnets and hoop skirts, that sounds like something I’d devour. Haha. I love me some hoop skirts!
geeknamez Screenwriting, hmm, that’s interesting. Never tried to write a screenplay, although I often grumble at the TV screen that I could have written a better script than that. Is your professor just being a jackass? Or is he at least giving you feedback to improve your writing? If he’s just a jackass ignore him, do what you need to pass the class and forget the rest. If he’s being overly critical but in a constructive way, bite your tongue and listen. It doesn’t mean he’s right, so again, take what you can use and forget the rest. If you want my thoughts on which to work on for Nano (if you do it) I’d go for the fairy tale one or the zombie one. If you’re short on time, the complicated fantasy one might be too big a project. I’m always down for zombies and mermaids!
pistachio I already commented to you so I’ll just say that I’m the same in terms of having different writing styles for different works. Does anyone else write lots of different types of stuff? I know I should start settling into what kind of writing I want to do, but honestly, stories come to me from all over. I write all genres. I read all genres, too, which might be why. I just love stories. Give Nano a try. I hope you find some peace in your writing method.
violetgray Again, tagline for every writer I know, although you can work through it. [name_m]Just[/name_m] keep writing. Stop trying to find the perfect word. Get the words, any words, out of your head. Let the story unfold. It might be terrible, but it’s out, and you can work on fixing it once it’s written. If all you ever have is a chapter or two of some story that’s been in your head for 10 years, you’ll never know if it’s any good. And maybe it won’t be any good. That’s totally okay. [name_m]Just[/name_m] keep writing. You will never get better if you don’t write. And who knows, maybe it is good! As for not liking to share your work because you feel vulnerable, I so get that. I too have gone through writing limbo, and it had a lot to do with not wanting to share my most intimate thoughts. I once had my gran start analyzing me through something I’d written and I cried buckets over it. She was trying to be helpful I’m sure, or at least trying to make a connection between what I’d written and things I’d gone through, but I felt naked and ashamed, and after the cry, angry. Unfortunately, it’s our cross to bear if we end up sharing what we write. You have to get to a place where you’re okay baring your soul. [name_m]Don[/name_m]'t ask me how that happens, because I’m not there yet! Working on it.
[name_f]Happy[/name_f] writing, all!