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    Style Lost My Way

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Okon, Apr 27, 2014.

    My writing use to be stiff and precise. But it was awful and read like a report, so I changed it. But now that less agony (and more fun) goes into my words, I feel like I don't bleed enough for them.

    Is it bad if it's easy? A part of me doesn't feel like a writer anymore, because I forgive a lot more things than I used to. I guess I'm really just looking for a pat on the back during one of those 'low' points in writing confidence.

    Are there ever times for you guys where a scene hits the page so smoothly that you don't trust it?
     
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    No, I don't usually feel this way until I'm on my way home from my critique group. ;)

    If you are unsure of your work you need someone to look at it and give you feedback. If it's a matter of inspiration, that's harder to acquire, maybe a vacation or ???
     
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    Definitely not. As long as feeling, passion, and the joy of words go into a project, it can be just as powerful and artistic as a complex literary novel. Think of it like art: who's to say the paintings of Rembrant are any better than the work of a comic book artist? The latter is obviously more simplistic and would take less time to create, but in the end, both artists did what they enjoyed most: painting/drawing.

    So what about you? Are you enjoying what you're writing? If so, keep going, because that's great! Two very different writers can make two very different readers feel a vast range of emotions; we need writers of different style, mood, and vocabulary.

    Sometimes, but to be honest it's more of a relief! It means that the scene if going from my head and onto the page, which is the main thing. If you're worried, then you can edit your work later.

    :)
     
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    I've already had quite the vacation from writing, which is partly why I feel so differently about it. You're right, I should post something here. Do you go to a weekly critic group? That sounds rough Edit: yet helpful.

    @Thomas Kitchen: I am enjoying what I'm writing, but sometimes I get worried that it's just self-pleasuring instead of keeping the reader in mind, which I can, again, figure out by posting something here for critique.

    Thanks guys. I feel better already. Sometimes you just need a push.
     
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    Do you read in addition to writing? Doing a balance of both can help you find a "voice."

    Writing is different than editing. Let the words flow and organize them later. Are you focusing on one work? Sometimes switching to another work entirely can improve the quality.
     
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    It's every two weeks and I've been going for about 2 years. I rarely miss it. It forces one to get the next chapter done, and improve the last one, but mostly I credit the group leader and teaching me how to write. He'll be in the book dedication when I finish it.
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    For me it's usually better when it's easier.
    An unrelated tip: The thesaurus in Microsoft Word is amazing.
     

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