Sometimes you gotta just say screw it and write super-mega indulgently to get somewhere. After all, if you don’t gotta really worry about it, then you can just go balls-to-the-wall insane and have fun, cackling like the mad scientist you are at your own audacity. It’s just so much fun.submitted by /u/Elenscaie
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Which word(s), no matter how many times you write them, you just just can’t seem to ever spell them correctly?
For me there’s two big ones.
I don’t know what it is, but when I use those words either in my story or just every day life, I either butcher completely or I have to actively think and slowly type them out. No idea why, neither is particularly difficult.
What word(s) do you struggle with?submitted by /u/Aello_Nikaia_23
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I’d like a bit of help, if possible. I honestly don’t know what I’m asking for, or if there is a simple solution to the pinch I’m on, but I figure I may as well try.
See, I’ve spent the last 5 years writing short original fiction every month for a small indie contest. The word limit was 1.5k, and by and large this was enough for me as a writer. Then some fanfic germ bit my ass, and now I’ve written 40k words, in not even 2 months, nearly twice my yearly output.
My problem is that I’m very far down the gardener side of the writing spectrum. I cannot plot. If I plot an entire story out, I lose interest in it. It becomes “told”, if only to me, and that’s cool, but unless I can write it right now as the iron is hot, I’m not going to stick around for it.
And the Fic I started and planned on getting rid of ASAP turned into a bloody long fic!!! As one can expect… First date happening now in chapter 10… 26k in! I’m completely baffled. I got here on a joyride basically, and now I’m breathless, stunner… I’ve never written 26k on anything in my life… And I have 11 subs and 11 bookmarks on this, with loyal commenters! And there are at LEAST 7 or 8 more chapters to finish the outlined plot.
Last two chapters felt like an ache to write, and this one… well, I’m working on it, but I can’t help it, I’ve officially plotted out the story, and I’m officially losing my interest in it.
Even as people tell me this story means a lot for them right now, and how they’re all over it, loving it… I can’t help but look in the future and wonder, “does anyone really want to read this??”. I’ve seen where it ends… And it’s hard to keep the motivation to get there.
On the other hand I started a brooding fic series following a minor character that is a little esoteric and has no plot. The daily prompts from here keep me on my toes with a ficlet a day… All this goes very well, because I can just write when the inspiration strikes and run away with it.
I feel like it’s unfair for the followers used to 2 chapters a week, unfair for the fic itself, which means so much to me (it’s my first ever! I’m proud of it!), but finding the motivation to write is getting harder as time goes on. I don’t know how to trick my inner gardener to keep this going, there is too much foreshadowing to just go haywire.
Tl;dr : I’ve never written anything longer than 2 chapters in my life, finally losing steam at 10 chapters, need some advice on how to keep at it despite my dodgy focus.
ANY suggestion/help welcome.
P.S: I’m off to sleep, don’t worry if I don’t come and reply within the next 9h.submitted by /u/Rickdiculously
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Your eyes are dripping with tears
A trigger of words that I didn’t know existed
A pain that I can’t explain inside my stomach
A sight I never want to see again
String of fate
Connects all soulmates
Mine stretched far beyond the sky
And up into the heavens
Tears drip down my face
Tears of memories I can’t erase
Tears of pain and sorrow
Sometimes it feels like as though there is no tomorrow
I’ve never had a story get this many hits before. This feels like a big deal to me.
Oddly though, I’m not as “elated” as I thought I would feel. If anything, I feel kind of zen about it because I’ve realized that I’ve been engrossed in so many other aspects of writing this story.
I was feeling pretty down on myself for not being where I wanted to be as far as writing a number of chapters. From the readers’ view, nothing was wrong because I’ve pretty much stuck to my posting schedule. But I wanted to get ahead and write a bunch of buffer chapters that I could post while I did real world stuff over the next couple of months.
Then I turned around and realized I had written a giant 20k word chapter (compared to my typical 5-7k word chapters). When I realized how much harder it was to read through / edit / digest, I realized also that I should divide it so readers could absorb the hints and Easter eggs I’m sprinkling throughout. Then I realized that splitting them up means I’ve pretty much solved my problem.
I was able to just enjoy the writing process, expand my story and build the world a bit more. I’m preemptively grieving for a character who is not long for this world, and I was able to lay the groundwork for some plot points that won’t show up for years. Once revealed, they will hopefully blow my readers’ minds when they finally realize what certain things meant and who the hooded, mystery person is.
I even got into the zone deep enough that this one epic scene wrote itself. It serves to say farewell to my character while they go down fighting, and also to expand a whole new part of the world and new avenues that has given me more inspiration.
To top it all off, I have a dedicated reader who has been with me from the start. They have commented on every chapter and have put in the effort to write detailed comments telling me what they liked and what they thought was interesting.
Reading their comments is making me realize that even if I weren’t to 1000 hits yet, I’d still be as happy as before. I get so much pleasure from telling this story to strangers. It’s like I get to be the guide on this secret journey that no one in my real life knows about.submitted by /u/CaptainMacCactus
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You can pass this post up. It’s just me ranting about my life. It’s not important to read or anything.
My life is just going wonderfully. *cough sarcasm cough* So anyway, a few posts ago I said that I had gotten sick, lost my voice and got a really bad ingrown toenail. Well, I’m no longer sick and I got my voice back. But my toe, however, has not gotten better. So now, I have to go to the doctor to see if they can fix it. Only the problem is, I haven’t left my house in over 10 months. And I really don’t want to go. Like, I don’t want to lose my toe, but I really really really don’t want to go and leave the house. For multiple reasons.
1. I was in a car accident a few years ago and ever since then I’m terrified of being in a car.
2. I’m very immunocompromised and I’m terrified of getting covid, because if I do, I am 99% sure I will die from it.
3. I really don’t like people, they are rude, annoying, loud, and I can’t understand them.
4,5, and 6. I’m autistic, prone to sensory overload (which means light, sound and smells can overwhelm me), and hard of hearing when it comes to people speaking.
7. I’m disabled and live with chronic pain/illnesses so leaving the house also hurts, not just mentally.
So it makes going out a horrible experience. I mean I have to go (or risk losing my toe), I just really don’t want to.
Thanks for coming to my rant just ignore it if you’ve got this far.
Why we tend to prefer nature?
Is it because living in a chaotic city, working a 9 to 5 job, wasn’t out purpose in life?
This will change one day. Soon. Soon the world will be a beautiful place… the world we dream of…
“If I gave voice to every soul in my mind, I might just have to listen.”
psa to writers: if you ever write mermaid characters with long hair, or anyone with long hair who spends time in the ocean, for the love of all things good in this world do not say they had pretty shells and seaglass stuck in their hair!
why not? because it doesn’t happen!
you know what does get stuck in hair in the ocean? tiny scraps of seaweed, crab corpses/skeletons, and occasionally dead jellyfish! not romantic or aesthetic or fun. very much a pain to get out. anyway that’s all.
I truly appreciate some advice that was given to me recently.
I started writing a fic about a year ago. I wanted to publish it this year, but, it doesn’t look like that is going to work out, unfortunately. That’s alright though, because in the end it will be a better story, even if it came a little later than planned.
I have a wonderful boyfriend who supports me in my fanfiction writing hobby. He knows about my fandoms, ships, favorite characters; the whole nine yards. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better support system.
He is also the one who encouraged me to keep writing until the story was exactly how I wanted it, verses releasing it this year. He said, “Do you want a rushed story that’s timely, or a good story that’s a bit late?” I chose the latter.
He’s also a great editor. I showed him one of my chapters and he said, “There is nothing wrong with this chapter grammatically or plot-wise, but it’s so boring. I had to push through it. Reading this chapter was a lot harder than reading some of your more exciting ones.”
So I added an action scene that moved the plot forward more, and helped flesh out my villain to be a bit more… ‘scary’. Glad I did.
Other times I have showed other friends my fiction, and especially when someone isn’t familiar with the fandom, I’ve gotten some not-so-helpful pieces of advice. For example: once, a different friend suggested I change the name of one of the cannon characters. She did not know this was a cannon character. I kindly dismissed her advice.
In conclusion, it’s always good to take advice from people who want to help you succeed, and who understand the type of audience/fandom that you’re writing for.submitted by /u/TheSalt-of-TheEarth
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I worked so hard writing a 13 chapter fic for a small fandom, fleshing out a character with hardly any canonical personality (they only appear in a few scenes) as my protagonist. I did tons of research so the story would be accurate to the time period. When I posted it, I got one comment, and I was overjoyed. I figured that was the best I was going to get…
…until this morning! I saw someone had left kudos on the fic so I went to their profile and saw that they had bookmarked it too, with a note saying they loved the emotions the fic conveyed, and even that they found it relatable! I’m so happy. I feel like all my hard work has paid off. :)submitted by /u/BlueMHart
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