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    I have a problem

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by CharlieTheUnicorn13, Jan 21, 2008.

    I think I'm going through yet another writing change. Have you noticed that over time, your writing style changes, and sometimes improves? Well, mine changed, but it sure isn't improving. In fact, it's duller, and it's boring. Do you think this is just part of a bigger change, and eventually it will improve, if I give it time? I'm worried and confused. Also, has this ever happened to any of you? Please share your experience with me. It would help a lot.

    Thanks for reading, Charlie/Unicorn. :)
     
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    I think it depends on the nature of the change. If the overall change is large enough, you may have work to do to get it into better shape than the old style.

    But it's also possible you have picked up some bad habits.

    In either case, you will need to dissect the new writing to figure out just why it isn't working.
     
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    Please note that this not intended to be insulting or condescending to teenagers in general or to you in particular.

    1. At your age, you have so many changes and stages to go through before you find your voice. You have the luxury of time, time to experiment and play with what works for you and what doesn't.

    2. It very often happens that a writer is not the most accurate critic of his/her/its own work. Show the "new style" to an objective third party, and see what they say.
     
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    However, as regards point two, she already recognizes that something in the new style lacks snap. Of course an extra set of eyes always helps, but I believe it's a worthwhile exercise to try to tackle it yourself first.
     
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    I've had this happen before, most often in the form of writer's block. Sometimes I can't figure out what to write, but when I go ahead and try to write it without any get-up and go in me, it'll sometimes turn out "boring", and sometimes not even relevant to the story. When you write something, be sure to go back and polish it, change it if need be, or add and remove parts all together.
    And yes, if you give yourself time and practice (I can't tell you how much I must emphasize the latter) you'll find yourself improving.
    Hope I was helpful '^^
     
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    This happened to me not long ago. You have absolutely no inspiration whatsoever. Or your imagination is dying.
    To inspire yourself, read something that got you into writing in the first place. For me, it was manga. Or sit there and look at art.
    To regain imagination, take time off from writing altogether and think about plots, concepts, characters whatever. Just think and go into some sort of zen and tranquility mode and just think about nothing but your art. I do that without writer's block.
    The only way you can fuel your creative writing is with your imagination. And your imagination must be paid for with clear thinking. That's how I see things.

    I'm so patenting that last bit. MY QUOTE!
     
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    Hi

    To look at this slightly differently, I think change can be a good thing in any creative endeavour. I would hope that you continue to view things in a new light, trying different approaches and tackling new subject materials.

    Sometimes one can get to easily stuck into a creative style, or formula that you believe works well. Changing these aspects may not always provide staggering results first off - but they will provide over time a solid understanding of the art you are trying to master, and IMO inspiration can often be link to change

    All the best
    Matthew
     
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    I would also advise having some time out... stress can affect us in many ways, like do terrible things to our imagination.
     
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    ok, so since you asked, mine changes all the time, like every other week or something I am writing slightly different. Just trust your abilities and see where your writing goes. I know it might sound corny and that but things take time, it is all part of developing. And if in a while you still think it is dull or whatever, work on it. At least you know what is wrong with it, which is the first step to improvement.
     
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    Thank you all so much, you've really helped. I think I'm going to take a break, think about my plot(s), then go back and look over everything. If this is another change, I'm okay with it. Maybe I just need time to settle into the new style. Well, thanks again.

    Charlie/Unicorn
     
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    You're welcome. :-D
    *WOO! HE CHOSE MY ADVICE! EAT THAT HANSEL!*
     
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    What I do if I lack a "zing" is starve myself of writing. Sometimes you push yourself to write that you end up exhausting your passion and creativity.

    Do everything but write. Observe. Stare at an interesting object and place it in a scene. Write a sentence about it in your head, but don't write it down. Throw it away.

    If you draw your mind away from a current project, you'll be able to observe everything else that's going on.

    Then after a month or two, go back to your project, and see it with a fresh set of eyes.
     
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    Interesting idea. I'll have to try that too. I can see how and why this would help. Thank you. :)
     
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    You're welcome =)
     
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    This has most definitely happened to me as well. Since I started writing at a young age my style has most definitely matured and as I read back over previous stories I find that the way in which i'd deal with certain concepts now isn't the same as the way I would have done.

    I also found that my general tone and the way in which I write has altered (i'm yet to decide whether or not that's for the better), which isn't good considering that i'm halfway through a novel.

    Still, all it'll take is a little time to adapt to the style and use it. You might find you eventually like it.
     
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    Looking at things positively, you might find that your analysis is off the mark. By that I mean, because you have improved and expanded your knowledge, which is something that happens naturally the more you do stuff, the things which always had room for improvement in your writing have now become more apparent to you. So what appears to be a change for the worse, is actually an improvement, and merely something you have to incorporate into your writing, to make use of your improved knowledge, ability and expectations.

    Just a thought.

    Al
     

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