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    A silly question....

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by sailor_venus, Oct 27, 2008.

    I was wondering about something just now. At times, do you feel like writing, yet feel it is forced instead of flowing freely without you even thinking about it? If you enjoy writing, yet have to force yourself and spend hours on one paragraph just to make it look half decent, can you ever be a good writer? Is writing really for you?
     
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    Yes, you can still be a good writer. Writing takes practice, so it's only natural that at times you may struggle with it. My advice is to keep writing. You will definitely see improvement as you write more.
     
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    First thing I was ever taught in life is that there are no silly questions :p.

    I think you can enjoy writing, but that what you produce can still feel forced. Hard work is the key to success. Even Einstein didn't come up with the theory of relativity at the snap of a finger I'm sure he spent a great deal of time working on it. Maybe you need hours to make a paragraph workable, but that doesn't make the final product any less workable.
     
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    Answer to first question: Yes.

    Answer to second question: I don't know.

    Answer to third question: I DON'T KNOW....???!!!

    I hope this was helpful. yours in Chaos, Scarlett
     
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    The only silly question is one you already know the answer to.


    And what you've described is perfectly natural. Even the pros have difficulty writing sometimes. My personal response to it is just to keep going. Eventually, I push past the obstruction, and everything seems to regain its natural flow.
     
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    Being a good writer isn't just about ease of doing it. Like anything you have to be dedicated, persevere and put some hard graft into it. For this reason I think that forcing yourself to write is not a bad thing. It's just you pushing yourself.

    Think of it like being a professional athlete and going to the gym. Your sport comes naturally you enjoy it and it's a satisfying experience. But inbetween the good bits where your competing, you've also got strength/flexibility/stamina training and often you have to force yourself to do those. But it's worth it.

    It makes you better, and it proves you've got the determination to make it happen, rather then sitting back and waiting for it to happen to you.

    That's how I've always thought of it. So I put my head down, suck it up and wade through those three hour paragraphs, gritting my teeth all the way.

    That said, I hate the gym. :D
     
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    I think we all feel that way on occassion. Writing isn't just a job or a hobby. It's a mental illness.
     
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    Even the greatest of writers I am sure, have found themselves in this predicament. I think that no matter how good you are at writing, there will be times when you have to force it instead of it flowing freely.

    I know I have had to with my poetry at times, and sometimes it has been for the best, other times... it was the biggest mistake I had made for the piece I was working on.
     
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    Lol! So true!
     
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    There are so many different ways of approaching writing that one can only tell they're meant for it if it feels like they are. Meaning, only you can answer your own question for sure. Writing is usually very easy for me--I've done it all my life and it's almost like breathing--but there are still times when I have to force it to come.

    If you're forcing your writing to come, at least you're doing SOMETHING--you're writing--as opposed to all those people who say they're writers but they just can't be pressed to actually write anything unless they feel like it (which is very rarely).

    However, if you're making a habit of working for hours on every paragraph, there might be a problem--you might just be trying too hard. Sometimes you have to learn to let something go and move on. You can always return to it later. If working on a single paragraph keeps you from finishing a story in a decent amount of time, then it's true, you'll never get anything written, and you might even grow to resent writing.
     
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    It happens to ppl at work all the time...that doesn't mean you retire.

    Keep at it, there are highs and lows to everything.
     
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    I'd like to share a quote with you by a certain Anthony Trollope: "There is no way of writing well and also of writing easily."

    Most of my writing feels "forced". Many writers feel "forced". The important thing is what feels forced? Do you feel forced to sit in the chair and do your work? Or to come up with ideas? Oh, and if you're spending that much time on one little paragraph (in the first draft, anyway,) then stop it. I'll even throw a tantrum about it: stopitstopitstopit.

    I'm going to put on my Old Lady hat and tell you that, from about twelve years of (amateur) experience, whenever I feel like my writing is forced, it's usually because (1) I'm not writing the correct story, (2) I'm being lazy/procrastinating, (3) I'm sick from depression/flu/etc, or (4) it's time to take a break. It's easy to get tired when you write. It's such hard work.

    Sometimes the words come to you fast as you can put them to paper. Other times you have to hop in a spaceship, or mount your horse, and seek them. This happens almost every day you write. No, it does, one form or another. When your writing feels "forced", keep going. What you're fighting is partly inertia.

    Now, is writing really for you? Well, that varies on a person-to-person basis, and only the one asking the question of themselves can get the answer.

    There you go. A novella.
     
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    It happens to me quiet often. My best advice is to do you best to push through it. Sometimes, just fighting through it will help you "regain" the flow of your writing. If not, I wouldn't worry to much as you can edit it later on. If you just can't do it, then stop and do something to stimulate your brain. If I can't force it, then I may just watch a film or read a book in a similar genre.

    Another alternative might be to work on a different section of the project or to work on the plot (if you don't already have it all laid out). This way, you can stay in the "writing mindset" while taking a break of sorts at the same time.

    Recently, I've found that exercising can also help as it clears you mind. You can try something as simple as a few pushups or maybe going for a quick jog or bike ride. I hope this helps! Good luck!
     
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    This happens to me, when I feel like the writing is being forced I just take a break.
     

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