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    Just Not working grrrrrrrrrrr.............

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by SuperVenom, Dec 4, 2012.

    Just a general question: but do you ever that feeling while writing your story of "what the hell am i doing?" You know that sudden hint of doubt that smacks you mid sentence or the writers block that just wont shift at certain times that makes you wonder if the story is right in the first place. I'm not talking from any real bad issues or even considering giving up, it's just that prang you get every so often until you pick your self up again. Just asking because sometimes i think I am the only one who has these ideas lol. They do go but they can make you think a little too hard lol.

    Ive done it with a sentence where i have written it...looked at it...changed it......reread it....looked at it.......and changed it back lol, and you start thinking what the... lol.

    Just reading through the forum everyone just seems so sure lol. And I'm like oh....lol

    Come on there must be at least the odd dip lol.

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    This is a light hearted question and not wishing any writers block on anyone. :)
     
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    Lol, well, you see, lol, what you're experiencing is certainly quite common...... lol

    Sorry I couldn't resist. lol... :D

    Ok now in earnest, sure you get that feeling - too many times I've wanted to smack my head against my laptop or throw it out altogether and scream "Why am I doing this to myself!!!!???" Usually actually screaming out loud helps too.

    I'm not really sure what the discussion is. lol..... (I can't seem to stop!!!)
     
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    See its contagious... lol

    I just read my post and there were a lot of them weren't there "LOL"

    Glad im not the only one tho, sometimes it feels like being in an exam where everyone's pencils are moving and im just sat staring at the first question.
     
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    I'm sure it's very common. I don't usually have this experience while I'm writing the draft, but it hits me when I read through what I've written, and I'll start making changes. When I get really frustrated, I put it away for a while, come on here to the forums and read about other people's struggles for a while. Or I read. Or watch whatever sport is going at the moment (right now, that would be either the Brooklyn Nets or soccer, but baseball is best for my soul). Or I go play the drums.

    The most serious episode I've had was at the beginning of this past summer. I had decided several months earlier to try to finish a novel I had started about a group of middle-aged musicians after having become dissatisfied with it and setting it aside. I pounded away at it, got maybe 30,000 words in, and then realized I still didn't like where it was going. In fact, it felt like it wasn't going anywhere. I decided to set it aside for a week and do other things (the Yankees were doing well, so that helped). A week became two. When it got close to a month, I realized I was making excuses, so I took a day off from work, and when my wife and son had gone, I grabbed myself by the seat of the pants, marched myself over to the computer, pulled up the file and told myself, "Now write!"

    Nothing came. Maybe I hadn't planned it well enough, and needed to go back and do a formal outline. Maybe I needed to sketch out some character arcs. Maybe I just didn't have the passion for the story, anymore. Whatever the reason, I decided that James Michener's phrase - it lost forward momentum - summed it up nicely, and I decided to walk away from it until whatever time seems like it might be good to pick it up.

    And it turned out to be the right decision, because my current project has me more energized and positive, with an approach much more structured, than anything I've done before.

    So, don't let it beat you up. Sometimes, you just have to let a good story sit and fester for a while. Good luck.
     
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    Thanks Ed, I would watch sport here to but being welsh its a given to watch rugby and we aren't doing to well in the world cup at the moment. But its strange isn't it how even though you have plans for a story it can still feel like its got a life of its own and almost start dictating itself with you merely typing. Some times its a good thing some times its bad.

    Hope your new project going well.
     
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    Got myself in deep *beep* with so many short stories I've lost count. I start writing with one scene in mind, or with a brilliant character portrait that just hit me, or whatever. I finish it, read it and find out there is no context for it. I try working around the piece - introduce another character, change the tone, try expanding on it with some unrelated idea in mind, Nothing works out. I leave it for a while, return to it after weeks, months, years, but it's still there and I have no idea what to do with it.

    Once or twice I combined some of these fragments to create something of a short story - but even if readers don't notice it, I know they are chimaeric constructs that seem artificial, or just plain bad.

    I may call them "an exercise in style" - but actually, they are my own nightmare of futility. :rolleyes:
     

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