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[GEN] What's wrong with YOUR writing?

16 July 2011, 07:41 PM   #1
Joined: 14 Jun 2011
Posts: 54
I couldn't think of anything else to call this topic Dx

Everyone has some writing habit that's not so good....mine is details. Sometimes I TELL a
story, instead of SHOWING the reader what's going it. I either don't add enough detail, or
add too much on something that doesn't need it.

What's yours? Maybe someone has the same problem. Maybe someone can help you. You never
know. (:

16 July 2011, 08:38 PM   #2
Joined: 14 Jun 2011
Posts: 15
I add too many adjectives and details to describe a scene, frequently disrupt the pacing
to tell a mini story instead of incorporating it in, I pretty much use the same set of
templates for my characters, and I start out really slow and mundane.

19 July 2011, 05:35 PM   #3
Joined: 6 Feb 2010
Posts: 46
Having a plot is my biggest problem. I can really only write short stories because I am
awful at coming up with plots, not using stupid plot twists, and staying on topic. 

19 July 2011, 06:01 PM   #4
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This is actually my first post because I have been so busy lately but I think my worst
thing is I can't end books very well. I mean I can think it out perfectly in my head but
it's something that has to happen further into the story so I have to add it later but
ending up I can barely finish it. It's difficult but I manage.

19 July 2011, 06:02 PM   #5
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I'm so much of a perfectionist it takes me like, a week to get a chapter done.

19 July 2011, 08:21 PM   #6
Joined: 14 Jun 2011
Posts: 54
Last edited by ‹RushingStars★›, 19 July 2011
@Einherjar: Maybe when you're writing something, take a break. Then when you come back,
keep an open mind, and read it as if you're somebody else reading it for the first time;
somebody who has no idea what the story is about, what should happen, etc. Then you can
see mistakes or things you want to fix.

@Orange: I LOVE coming up with plots! If you can't think of anything to write, just write
the first sentence or thought that comes to mind. Write off the top of your head. Some of
my best stories have developed that way.

@Wild: It sounds like you never know when to end your stories. xD Like I said with
Einherjar, try to read it as if you're someone else. Imagine you just picked some book up
at the library and as you're reading, you're thinking, "That would be a good place for a
cliff-hanger" or "I'd be content if it ended there". I've never had trouble ending a
story, so sorry if that doesn't help much. Haha.

@Mackie: Don't worry if it takes you a long time to get something right. When I work
really hard on a story, after I read it over, there's almost always some little thing that
I need to fix; switch these words around, delete that comma, etc. Most authors take a year
or more to write their books. (Usually more.) I've read biographies where the author says
something like, "It took me 5 years to write this because I had to get it just right. I'd
go back and change the beginning 7 times, and then I'd have to change so and so

Hope that helps, guys. (:

20 July 2011, 06:04 AM   #7
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I tend to write fanfiction, and I have a problem with staying in character sometimes. Also, detail. I'll aim to write 1,000 words and I'll stop at 600.

20 July 2011, 03:44 PM   #8
Joined: 12 Jun 2011
Posts: 53
I tend to do run on scentences. On like, every single scentence. Like this, 'She picked
up a muffin from the plate, anylizing it slowly before taking a timid bite'. And I get a
lot of spelling mistakes from not really paying attention XD Oh, and I use a lot of

20 July 2011, 06:17 PM   #9
Joined: 14 Jun 2011
Posts: 54
Last edited by ‹RushingStars★›, 20 July 2011
@Possible: Don't aim to write a specific amount of words. If you have a deadline or wanna
get something done, think like, "I'll try to write about 4 paragraphs." or something. When
I write, I usually never know how long or short it's going to be. That's the beauty of
writing, you can be spontaneous. :D

@Distressed: That's not a run-on sentence!! Seriously, it's not even close. But when you
DO write them, make sure you go back and read it over before you submit it. Pay attention
to punctuation; semi-colans ( ; ) are your best friend!! I have trouble w/ run-on
sentences, too....I'm not sure why. But it's okay, at least you're not alone.

31 July 2011, 09:45 PM    #10
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I have so many ideas that it's hard to keep up with them. I'm bad at keeping up with my
writing. I'm very whimsical and so I write when I want to... and then... I kind of drift
away until another time. :/

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