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I think that my problem with thinking of this as serious writing practice is because it's already a habit of mine and it feels like cheating to accept something that I already do and don't have to actively attempt to learn. I write (and sometimes I get paid for it). To turn your diary writing into serious practice, I'd leave some blank pages after each ...


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Anais Nin had a beautiful piece I believe is totally relevant: We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection. We write, like Proust, to render all of it eternal, and to persuade ourselves that it is eternal. We write to be able to transcend our life, to reach beyond it. We write to teach ourselves to speak with others, to record the ...


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Look at this from another point of view. Let's say you're the reader. You're the audience member at a magic show, with a carefully calculated point of view. You get the full production, with music, atmospherics, banter, beautiful but distracting assistants. The trick goes off--you've never seen anything like it! It's the sort of thing you want to discuss ...


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As Emerson said, 'Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm' - and some significant hard graft. Writing that aims to be read can be difficult, frustrating and so forth, but the rewards, should it ever be read, are not guaranteed and certainly not commensurate with the work involved. For me, writing is its own reward. It's how I communicate with ...


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For some, writing is a job, or a significant part of their job. They write to earn a living. They sometimes write more than needed because they need to put down ideas, streamline thoughts and just to practice before getting to the finished product. Basically, they have to. For the rest it is a mean to pursue an egotistical dream. Every extra word, every ...


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For me one of the uses of writing is to help me work out, clarify and order my thoughts on some matter. The process of developing a clear and definite explanation for someone else, regardless of whether anybody else actually reads it or not, helps me make sure that I really do understand what I think I understand and exposes any areas where I need to do ...


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Because it makes sense to you, or helps you make sense of and keep track of who, what, when, where, why, and how. Even if your reader doesn't necessarily need to know, it all too often helps you, as an author. It's world building, basically.


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I think it can be very rewarding for a humble writer to create something concise and share it with a single other person. It becomes a kind of intimate experience for them, being the first person ever to read a story intentionally crafted by another human being. Unfortunately I don't have an answer for you as to why you should want to write something nobody ...


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When I was in high school, a friend and I wandered together downtown and came across a psychic's booth. Out of curiosity, we stepped inside. We were both writers, she told us. My friend wrote for herself and it didn't matter to her if others saw it. But I was different. I wrote for others to see. No magic required; she nailed it. I've kept a ...


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Let me make a parallel: Question: Does walking inside my own home counts as exercise? Answer: It depends on the mindset and the way it is performed. For exercises, it depends on what metabolic rate you can achieve during your exertion. Keeping it steady and in the optimal zone makes it an (productive) exercise. Of course every single movement ...


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I'd like to address the premise of your question. Writing can be a very difficult, frustrating, stressful and effortful process. That's subjective. For some, writing is an easy, fulfilling, relaxing, and calming process. This poster in particular finds leading people to be difficult, frustrating, stressful and effortful. That's why I write novels, write ...


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Storytelling is more than just consumption. Consider three stages: Model the story. Design a setting, characters, conflict, plot, and flavour. Portray the models created in stage 1. The audience interprets the portrayal. The reason to write a book no one else will read would - in this perspective - be to portray the models designed in stage 1 as well as ...


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There is a distinction that needs to be drawn here: are you talking about practice that helps you improve your writing, or are you talking about the kind of practice you can put in a CV to help you get a job in journalism or something similar? If you're looking for something to put on your CV, "I write a diary" is weak. "I write a blog" is stronger, because ...


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What is the point of going to the gym, when you know you will never compete in the Olympics? You do it because it is fun, it is entertaining, and it is good for the soul. If you write to become the first great american author, 1. you will fail, 2. you will not write, 3. the process wouldn't even be fun.


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Writing is not a passion for me, not at all. I never wanted to be a writer. I wanted to be a scientist, and I became a scientist. As a scientist, I spent much of my life learning. Through learning (whether through direct learning or through teaching which is also a form of learning), I came to see that life is more worthwhile if we actually grow during the ...


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For me, writing is a passion. Not writing is an impossibility. There are stories in my mind; I need to tell them. I need to find out where they go, how they go, what they mean. I have something in mind when I start a story, but it changes, mutates, I do not fully understand it until it is written and finished. I find out what I think and how I feel about ...


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For many years --decades actually --my goal with every piece of writing I wrote was that it be read and appreciated by someone. There were plenty of things I wrote that didn't achieve that goal, and ended up moldering away in some corner of my hard-drive, but I viewed those projects as failures. I write to connect with other people, and anything that doesn't ...


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I tend to be a spurt writer, I'll get nothing on the page for months and then a few thousand words in a couple of hours. When I'm stuck on a piece I know the thrust of I try writing backwards, going from where I want to end back to the material already on the page. You know where you want to end, you have a story that gets you most of the way there and a ...


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Writers' block can be a symptom of a deeper underlying issue. Maybe you haven't written these last two chapters because your planned ending is wrong for your book. The end of the book seems to be the most dangerous time for discovery writers. Many of my favorite authors have a tendency to write books carried along by a tremendous surge of creative energy ...


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I am a discovery writer. I agree with Liquid, I don't leave it alone. If I get stuck, I edit my story so far. I will start reading, from the beginning, and if I see anything worth fixing, I do. If I finish and don't have an idea, I'll start over. If I go weeks without thinking of the solution, I'll still do that. I feel like my only choices are to drop the ...


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In my experience hibernation doesn't help, unless you are so into a story that you're suffering from burnout. Nine times out of ten, if I leave a story unfinished, it will remain that way. In your case, hibernating makes even less sense since you already know what you want to write in the final chapters. So, what keeps you from writing those chapters? "...


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You have finished most of your novella, but need two more chapters If you are struggling when you are about to end the book, you should give yourself a pat on the back, and also give yourself more time to figure it out. Personally taking breaks and doing activities do help me when I am determined to continue my writing process, there is no rush. Read, ...


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I skip to the next event. You are saying that you are only struggling coming up with the finale but you have a basic outline and at least a general idea as to how to end it, right? So, two options here - you either write something you want to write but doesn't necessarily come next, fill the blanks later, or you work with what you know about the story. In ...


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