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    i hate my life

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Taylor3, Jul 19, 2010.

    ok picture this. you're writing a scene, the biggest scene you've ever written and it's going wonderfully. you're in the best zone you've ever hit. then you have to go to work, in the middle of it.

    so you're happy because it's going so well, but in agony because it got interrupted.

    next day, you are trying to finish the scene and as you suspected it just feels horrible, the rest of the scene is just horrible because you can't get over the fact that yesterday you had to leave in the middle of something special.

    what would you do? should i wait until i'm in a better mood, should I try to finish it even though i think it's garbage. what would u do???
     
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    I personally wouldn't force it, but I'm the type to write whatever scene I feel like in my book, instead of doing it from Chapter 1 and moving on from there. If a scene doesn't strike me that day, I'll move on to one that does. That scene that was flowing so well for you that day may not "feel good" for weeks. But one day you'll have that stroke of inspiration again and want to write it.

    A suggestion: write when you know you had a block of time and won't have to be interrupted.
     
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    ugh i know but i just couldn't resist i had like 4 or 5 hours and i knew it was risky but i tried and of course ended up getting really inspired like right around when i had to go to work ha I almost didn't show up to work but then i might have gotten fired
     
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    your only problem as i see it is just making such a big 'poor me!' deal out of it... that sort of thing is a fact of life for writers...

    get over it and just write what you can, when you can and be glad you've any time at all...
     
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    Maybe delete it or rewrite it on another page? I find it helps if I start from the beginning of the scene again. Its heartbreaking to do but I can then get the flow back.
     
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    I am learning very quickly that life often gets in the way of passion. Very often.

    Pick yourself up, brush yourself off and go at it again. I would NOT, however, delete anything. If you feel you must start over...fine. Start over. But you may want to look back in a few weeks at the inspired writing and incorporate it back in. Or blend the two together.

    Writing ANYTHING is never wrong. It may be wrong for THAT scene...but it could very well lead to inspiration in another one. So stop beating yourself up over it (I guarantee it's not helping you get the flow back) and just keep writing.

    Happy typing!

    ~Bree
     
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    I found this very sound advice. I stil have a habit of deleting my previous drafts and scribbles, but I tend to end up wanting to reread something on...yep, -those- papers!
     
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    finish it. you can always change what you have written or just throw it out. it will not hurt to just keep going. :)

    Feel your pain...
     
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    yea you guys are right. I actually took a walk and stuff and i think that helped. i'm not in a bad mood anymore at least
     
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    Especially when writing a first draft, you have no obligation to write your story chronologically or have it make sense in any way, shape, or form.
    Personally, I just use rough drafts to "discover" the story anyway so I think I would be a lot better off if I could learn to just write whatever scene I feel at the time and not get bogged down trying to make my first draft publishable (or understandable).
    As long as write something at least vaguely related to your story, you are making progress. The worst case scenario is that you throw out part of it, but then you've at least learned what not to put in your story.
     
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    DO NOT FORCE IT.

    Forcing a scene when you're in a bad mood is the worst thing you can do because it'll come out to be complete crap sometimes and make you hate it even more.

    So what do you do?

    You take a break, go read or watch tv or something. Fix your mood, make sure you're nice and relaxed and feel like you're worth a million dollars. Then you go back to the scene and write it.
     
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    ^^^
    yea that's what i did. i don't know about writing different scenes out of order though. it's too late for that anyways because I'm at the end of the book.
     

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