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Offline Henry Dale

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Re: What do you find most difficult about writing?
« Reply #15 on: February 25, 2016, 03:52:05 PM »
Our biggest problem is the whole "writing" thing. It'd be cool to just make up stories and have the worlds appear instead. Would save a lot of hassle and heartache.  ???

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Offline Captain Blobby

Re: What do you find most difficult about writing?
« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2016, 04:04:31 PM »
I have difficulty is shutting up my inner critic, the pedantic, second guessing sod who knows what I'll write before I write it and shoots it down. I'll start the weekend with good intentions to write and by Sunday night I'll be completely drained of any ideas, feeling like a failure.  I would have wrote perhaps 500 words and so I either delete it all or send it to my folder marked mass grave.

I'd love to thump him.



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Offline Overlord

Re: What do you find most difficult about writing?
« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2016, 10:07:23 AM »
Easy question: Coming up with an idea for an adventure that is worth writing about. A convincing reason why any one the characters care enough to risk their lives.

I often come up with crazy huge adventures, like G.R.R. Martin style epic and find myself too scared to write about them. I hope that, like Sanderson, one day I feel ready to tell my finest tale. I guess that until then I will just keep practicing with my shorter work :)
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Offline Overlord

Re: What do you find most difficult about writing?
« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2016, 10:10:39 AM »
Aside from getting distracted I apparently lack description in my text which causes my pacing to be way up there.
I have to learn to take my time and actually write down all the stuff I imagine rather than blasting through it...

Pretty much the exact same as me. Writing short stories helped me a fair bit... rather than epic plot and multiple threads, I began being able to focus more on economy and as a result of the form, you get to the second/third/fourth draft stage quicker.

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Offline CryptofCthulhu

Re: What do you find most difficult about writing?
« Reply #19 on: February 26, 2016, 10:33:29 AM »
Bostons are the best! My parents have three!  :D
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Offline cupiscent

Re: What do you find most difficult about writing?
« Reply #20 on: February 26, 2016, 09:59:57 PM »
I find middles the hardest. My story outlines all too often go:
1. Gripping and immediately engaging beginning!
2. Development of problems and establishment of heroes/villains
3. STUFF HAPPENS
4. Stirring finale and heartbreaking conclusion

I'm a planner because I need to stitch over the gap between parts 2 and 4 before I start writing, or otherwise I end up on the precipice of the unknown section with no firmer idea of what comes next!

Offline Yora

Re: What do you find most difficult about writing?
« Reply #21 on: February 26, 2016, 10:08:30 PM »
Have you considered aiming for shorter total lengths? That still means that you have to bring the beginning and the end together in a way that works well, but when you have a great beginning and great end you could make a full work of relatively short length that is pure awesome.
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Offline Very Tired Writer

Re: What do you find most difficult about writing?
« Reply #22 on: February 27, 2016, 03:21:14 AM »
I guess my biggest problem is that often things don't turn out as well as they do in my head, and I don't like writing when something like that happens.
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Offline NinjaRaptor

Re: What do you find most difficult about writing?
« Reply #23 on: February 27, 2016, 02:34:03 PM »
Finishing what I start and not getting distracted by other ideas are big problems for me. But I would say the biggest challenge of all is characterization.

I notice that characters and their interactions come to me in visual form first and foremost. In my head I see what they look like, what they do, and where they are. It's like watching actors on a movie screen. Internal aspects of character like what's going on inside their heads don't come so naturally to me. And honestly, this isn't much different from how I perceive people in real life. I see what they look like and what they do, but I can't read their minds. I would have thought this normal, but given how people off the autism spectrum claim autistics like me don't have a "theory of mind", it makes me wonder if they have some kind of rudimentary mind-reading ability that we lack.

However, I do find that assigning a motivation and backstory to characters can help with their internal aspects, and even suggest how their character arcs would play out. So I think I have a strategy for overcoming this weakness of mine.
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Offline m3mnoch

What do you find most difficult about writing?
« Reply #24 on: February 27, 2016, 06:26:10 PM »
plot, characters, dialog - these are my faves.  they've always come easy for me.

the painful, suffering-filled bits?

1) writing interesting prose.  i struggle tremendously with the "he did this.  she did that.  he did this other thing.  she followed up with something else."  every sentence would start with a name or pronoun if i didn't constantly battle against it.

2) finding the time to write.  family, work, social activities.  goddamn timesinks, they are.

Offline jefGoelz

Re: What do you find most difficult about writing?
« Reply #25 on: February 28, 2016, 03:07:44 AM »
getting published.
nothing is remotely close in difficulty.

Offline Phoenix

Re: What do you find most difficult about writing?
« Reply #26 on: March 03, 2016, 03:40:03 PM »
Trying to stop procrastinating and actually start writing
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