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Why to abandon an idea In considering the question of whether or not you should write an idea you don’t like, my instinct would be no. If you don’t like it, it will show in the writing. If you are bored writing it, you can guarantee that your reader will be bored reading it. How excited you are by a project always comes across on the page. Why to press on ...


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It's often a good idea to note your ideas down the moment you have them and then look at them at a later point. This makes sure that you have an interest in it that lasts long enough to actually get something done and you can change some of the biggest things. Most stories are re-written / edited quite a few times before they are released. If you just can'...


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That's a really interesting question. What springs into my mind is wondering why you think it would be interesting to you as a writer, if not as a reader? I'd like to hear more on this, maybe with some examples. If not you, then who? Based on the information available, I'd agree with some of the other answers, that if it doesn't appeal to you as a reader,...


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An option that I see often used in November during NanoWrimo is to "free the plot bunnies" -- if an idea occurs to you (maybe a Leprechaun/Ghoul romance and a particular issue to solve), but you really don't like romances, you can post the sketch of the idea into a "plot bunnies" thread, and then anyone who DOES want to do a supernatural ...


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I am a discovery writer, for two reasons. First, I have tried plotting out stories, and for me that takes all the creativity out of writing, I stop caring about the story and give up. It feels like a job, and I think that shows in my writing. I don't feel I write authentically about the character's emotions and lines, when I know exactly how it will all turn ...


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I'm not sure whether this will work for you, but this is what I did: I started with flash fiction (900 words). Then, gradually, began writing longer pieces (3000~4000 words). At the same time, I started posting my work on this site for feedback. Also, I asked grammar questions at https://english.stackexchange.com/ (since I'm not a native English speaker, ...


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Just write. Seriously. Just write. Stop worrying about whether it sucks (it probably will). Write it. Get it out. Because then you can go back and fix it. You can't edit a blank page. But you can take lousy text and make it better. Study materials from the time I wish my story to be set in? If it's historical in any way, yes. Research is good. Take ...


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I really don't have any special advice other than to just write. Don't worry about the quality of what you put onto paper, just commit it to paper. People will say "it's probably better than you think it is" but the fact is that it will probably be pretty bad. That's okay. Everybody's first draft is bad. Writing quality prose is all about rewriting. If you'...


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Reading through your question above, I don't find your writing to be overly analytical or unemotional. You report quite clearly your desire for personal improvement and in your words, I can sense your emotional concern about your ability to write emotively. Seems to me that you are doing that already. At least when you are writing in the first person ...


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I think the main question here is why are you writing? If it's for some work thing, you might want to get a second opinion to make sure it's engaging, so that you can fulfill the work requirements. If it's just for fun, I think the most important thing is if you are enjoying the actual writing process. Personally, I've written stories that I would never ...


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If you will enjoy writing it that's all that matters. The advice I've had from every professional novelist I've had the privilege to speak to personally is clear on this: write what you want to write how you want to write it. Usually with an addendum or two about the opinions of critics, editors and/or publishers tacked on. If you enjoy working on a piece ...


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CON: The reasons to not write something you wouldn't read are pretty easy and straightforward: You are a stand-in for your potential audience. If even you aren't interested in this idea, that audience may not exist. It's hard to do a good job writing something that doesn't engage you. If you're writing in a unfamiliar genre, your writing may appear cliched ...


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Sometimes, I'll begin forming an idea, and then realize that the story wouldn't appeal to me as a reader, despite the fact that I have interest in it as a writer. If I wouldn't want to read the story, is writing it still a good idea? Yes, writing it is, but probably not polishing or publishing it. Write that story, and as you are going down a ...


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This, I think, is a writing prompt tool unlike any other. Whereas most prompts just start you off, this one can assist you with the continuation of your story. It provides multiple ways to get a prompt depending on your mood or goal. Whether you want a complete scenario, a starting scene, a goal, or a character, you just click a button. I recommend ...


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A few months ago, I set out to improve my writing and this is what I did: I started journaling, reading short things like stories or interesting articles, and listening to audiobooks or video essays. I put the lyrics in front of me when listening to music. Anything with the English language that I could do in small periods of time, I did. I didn't ...


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The most common type of question raised by would-be writers is some version of "why can't I write?" The most common type of answer is "just write." If you look through this site, you will find quite a lot of that sort of question, and that sort of answer. And it really does boil down to pretty much that. You are either going to spend a lot of time ...


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What I do is usually just sit down and write without thinking, then edit it later. I have a basic idea of a story, but it usually just happens as I go along.


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To develop story for any novel, first you need to have a start and an end points. Now the whole story and the characters in it will be moving according to this final goal point. You can add as many characters as you want but one condition they need to support your story and shouldn’t go beyond your perception of the story because this will confuse the ...


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