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    My personal writing technique

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Mewrote, Apr 17, 2011.

    When I'm wanting to write a story I like to keep a few personal principles in mind.

    I believe that through an infinite amount of lies there exists a stronger constant truth that stands more sturdy than any other truth.

    I believe Everything within the limits of our own unique perception of reality can become an epic tale which is malleable, weavable and believable.

    The biggist dramas of the Universe exist in the cosmos and incubate within the folds of parallel, alternative realities.

    Everything in existence is a reflection of the Universe and the telling of a good story relies on the writers perception of these reflections.

    No Truth is ever constant because in fact, everything changes and takes on a kind of dynamic indifferent symbiosis of energy exchange.

    I never have writers block when keeping these self taught ideas in the back of my mind.
     
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    Hmm, part of that key probably works better when you understand it. :)

    You know, I think you have the beginnings of a very sellable self-help guide sitting right there.
     
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    Whatever works for you is good. At least you have a method. That's more than I have.
     
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    I just write stories and wish I had writers block - if anyone knows where the address of the writer's block let me know I wanna move in :)
     
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    It's funny you mention that because I was going to title this thread "A useful Guide to Writing", but I felt it too presumptive seeing as how I'm new to this website, lol.

    If you need me too elaborate on some of those points I'd be more than happy to explain.
     
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    You could always figure out what your muse is allergic to. Mine has an abnormal tolerance for rum, but has a rare sensitivity to cake.
     
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    My main is allergic to me writing better looking men, and anything with a swan in it lol but he never huffs for more than a few days and now have a few others that take his place when he flounces off.

    Joe and Tim seem pretty normal guys by way of characters and don't seem to flounce off the same way.

    Actually I'd go with this one. I believe anything can be turned into a good story with a bit of tweaking of reality.
     
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    Wow, I LOVE this post! Those are amazing principles to live by when writing. Sounds like a great cure for writer's block too! :)
     
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    Have you tried writing in some pretty ladies to appease him? :p
     
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    lLOL pretty ladies do nothing for him either way :) He likes me to write him some good looking men but he prefers them to be less good looking than himself :) He objected seriously to my male beauty pageant guy and until I gave him a part in it he didn't like the kids story about swans either. He has accepted it more since he realised I was doing one about peacocks for Nate (Nate's birdform is the peacock)

    He is not happy with my detectives especially Tim but is living with them.
     
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    Some of these statements don't seem to have much actual meaning. "The biggist (sic) dramas of the Universe ..." for example.

    Also, your first principle says you believe in a "stronger, constant truth", and then your last principle says "No truth is ever constant". Huh?
     
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    Haha, when reading the title of this thread I thought it was gonna be about everyone exposing the way they get started with a story. I felt surprised by your post, though, since your technique and writing principles are like spiritual perceptions and almost like a religion that you follow. Very inspiring and poetic. I like it very much. The only bad part is that it's difficult for us to understand them the way you do. xD

    We all have different methods to write, and I think that even when we can learn from others and use techniques that work for others, we should develope our own techiniques that will always work best for ourselves.
     
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    i am guessing that the one stronger constant truth is that no truth is ever constant :) I could be wrong but I thought it all summed up as - there is a story to be found in almost everything around us.
     
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    All of it, really, but it's not going to fix what's wrong with me. I still say you have a commercial opportunity if you can back up the mystic stuff with practical advice.
     
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    i'm with minstrel on this... sorry to say much of it seems to have been written more to 'sound pretty' than to make sense to others... i'm sure the intentions were all good, but more clarity/simplicity and less semi-philosophical cant would be more effective, imo...
     
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    I have a faithful one but I'll be glad to send him your way! be prepared! ;)


    Must be me not being a native english speaker, but I had a hard time to understand these principles... :rolleyes:
     
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    Well actually I only want the address for after Christmas before then some kind of filter would be useful.
     
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    Firstly, I just wanted to apologize for any confusion regarding my statements. I didn't mean to start some kind of battle of semantics, my only intention in this thread was to convey writing techniques which have been useful to me in the past.

    When I spoke of lies, what I actually meant was "misunderstandings", "misbelieves" and "disenchantments". I believe that if you give these lies a chance to be believed in and find ways to believe in them, you can come up with a great story, much like some of your more successful Religious texts for example.

    That being said, I believe that Truth takes on a kind of non-biological Evolution of sorts and is thus subject to the fluctuation of interpretation. That's why there exists a temporary truth and a longer lasting or a more constant truth.

    Damn I sound like a nerd in this thread, lol. For the record, I'm not religious and I'm not even exceedingly intelligent but my strong imagination has awarded me a talent in mathematics, metaphysics and story writing. Just be comforted by the fact that any story that I write here will be dynamic and logically sound, I guarantee it. ;)

    I'm not trying to sound pretty or mystical or even poetic, I'm simply revealing to observers how I personally come to perceive reality, Azeher hit the nail on the head. We all have our own unique way we gain inspiration.

    I was trying to show people a way to exhibit a different contrast in their work, to be different; just as the planets are, when you look into space, not one of them the same, never a twin.
     
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    maybe it was the mathmetician/physicist in me that had a basic idea where you were coming from.

    Tweak the language a little and it does make sense.
     
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    I agree the written dramatization of the mundane, plots based on real human struggle is so very out of style........ The biggest dramas of the Universe exist in the cosmos and incubate within the folds of parallel, alternative realities, who cares about strife in Boston or Baltimore, forget Beaumont and Baton Rouge..
     
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    Me too. It read as a lot of gobblygoop to me, meant to sound deep, but really having little meaning. But, I wasn't going to say anything, because it seems anytime I dissent or point out anything contrary everyone gets up in arms about how everyone's opinions or advice can never be wrong and to even imply such a thing is a personal attack and a sin.

    But really, a bunch of well meaning nonsense is still nonsense. Sorry if that hurts anyone's feelings, but based on the title of these forums, I'm led to believe the purpose is serious discussion of writing, not the free sharing of nonsense that may actually be misguiding of misinforming other writers under the guise we should all excuse it and instead just be friends who blindly support anything anyone wants to say, even when they're claiming it's fact or giving advice.

    Not to mention, a list of vague philosophical statements doesn't exactly create a writing technique.

    What does this even mean:

    This might belong better on the poetry forums (I mean that as a compliment!).

    And I don't want to take away anyone's rights to express their opinion, I guess I just don't get how this is a writing technique, or at all helpful to anyone outside of equally vague "We all have our own unique way we gain inspiration." Yeah, that's great, but that doesn't mean everyone's methods or techniques (however loosely defined) are honestly worthy of discussion or note, especially when they're barely even comprehensible.

    I guess my bewilderment and consternation stems from the fact I'm more than willing to spend my own time discussing writing issues, answering questions, sharing what I've learned, learning from others, etc... but I'm finding it harder and harder to find such topics, and instead it seem increasingly threads are filled with flat-out misguided or misinformed information that is then personally defended when any debate comes about, or threads like this where no debate can really occur as the post is confusing, not exactly asking a question, or even really discussing writing.

    More actual discussions of writing, please, unless we're all done learning everything we need to know, then sure, lets just all share our vague philosophies and the things we think are fact because they're our opinions and we wouldn't dare be capable of thinking something false.

    I guess I just don't understand how this thread fits the following description:

    I guess maybe it's sharing resources?

    Maybe there needs to be a forum for people with writer's block, as it seems many of these threads are more about NOT writing, than actually writing.

    I don't want to be crabby-apple, but it's frustrating to click a thread advertising a writing technique and getting very little discussion on either writing, or techniques. It's frustrating how many threads (seemingly recently, or really it's probably just my perception) don't really have much to do with writing, and instead just socializing or sharing very untested theories they subscribe to (for better or worse). I enjoy this forum for the people wanting to discuss the craft of writing, and instead feel like I spend an inordinate amount of time reading through stuff from people who are actually just hanging out, using the threads as a platform to hear their fingers ticking away at their keyboard, whether what they're saying even makes any sense at all.

    I appreciate what seems well meaning and if nothing else interesting, but perhaps some more concrete and clear 'techniques' will be more helpful (or at least more accessible). And really, consider writing poetry, as I found this not at all helpful or instructive for a writing technique, but still interesting from a philosophical and poetic standpoint.

    Edit: and I know, I should just lighten up, right? Well, unfortunately writing is what I want to do as a profession, so I take it seriously, and if I just wanting some screw-around conversations I'd spend more time in the Lounge. Speaking of which, there could maybe also stand to be a forum where people can talk about their characters or writing openly, whether it has anything to do with the topic or not, as I find myself wasting (err spending) a lot of my time on these forums reading such posts.
     
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    Most of my stories take place in alternate worlds. That's not foreign to me. But, while I think I understand what you're saying here, I'm not sure that it directly helps one write stories. It's like saying blue things are blue. Give us something concrete!
     
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    Mewrote -- One should be careful equating religious books to lies. Even if you're redefining a lie.

    As for you post, I'm hearing you for 1-4 but 5's lost me. "...everything changes and takes on a kind of dynamic indifferent symbiosis of energy exchange." -- What does this mean? I'm getting 'There are no constants because bartered energy can cover a wide range of topics and give and take to those topics, while not caring about them.' -- I'd like to see that last one rewritten so I know where you're coming from.

    Also I'm looking forward to when you start your reviews of other people's work. I've only been here a couple weeks but it seems to me We have a good number of 'feeling' reviewers here (including me) and could stand for a few logical ones.
     
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    I ain't hatin' I agree there is nothing more concrete and compelling than Planet Diptron drama....Bro, you & me are peas sharing the same pod.
     
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    The ironic phrase "eschew obfuscation" keeps coming to me.

    This sounds more like your personal writing philosophy, than your technique? And, well, I'm not finding it very clear. Attempting to translate:

    > The biggist dramas of the Universe exist in the cosmos and incubate
    > within the folds of parallel, alternative realities.

    Are you saying here that the best drama is in fiction instead of reality? Or that you literally believe in alternate realities?

    > I believe Everything within the limits of our own unique perception of
    > reality can become an epic tale which is malleable, weavable and
    > believable.

    > Everything in existence is a reflection of the Universe and the
    > telling of a good story relies on the writers perception of these
    > reflections.

    These both sound like "write what you know" or "be inspired by what you see" or "a writer should be inspired by his experiences", or something along those lines.

    > I believe that through an infinite amount of lies there exists a
    > stronger constant truth that stands more sturdy than any other truth.

    > No Truth is ever constant because in fact, everything changes and
    > takes on a kind of dynamic indifferent symbiosis of energy exchange.

    These both sound like, "There's more than one interpretation of every series of events", but the first seems to claim that one and only one of those interpretations is correct, while the second seems to say that many of them may be correct.

    ChickenFreak
     
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