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    Writing flaws

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Torana, Oct 14, 2007.

    Just something that has me curious, but what is your biggest writing flaw?
    We all have something that we aren't that good at with our writing. So what is it with writing of any kind that is your biggest down fall?

    For me I find it really easy to come up with ideas, but I find it hard to write them out. I have a million different ideas and so forth running through my mind all the time, but when I sit down to write them out, it simply doesn't work out the way I would hope and so I scrap the idea altogether.

    Also my grammar, sentence and paragraph structure really is shocking.

    So what are your biggest flaws with your writing?
     
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    I use some words like 'and', 'so', 'thus', and similar words too much.
    But my biggest problem is I go bleak when I write. I'm not very good with being cheerful, so my stories generally go from being mildly depressing to 'Oh God, make the suffering stop already, you sadistic person!" fairly rapidly. With the occasional light being the flamethrower at the end of the tunnel, and a train about to hit the character from behind.
     
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    I don't write often enough.

    My grammar could be way better, though it has gotten (is that even a word?) better over the past couple of years.

    I think mostly, though, I run out of ideas, and don't write nearly enough as I should. I write when the time "feels" right and not for the sake of writing.
     
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    I'm hopeless in third person perspective.

    I just can't write like that, so everything I do is in first person, which is better also as I love writing about someone's downward spiral into insanity.
     
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    I over glorify. I try too hard to make everything seem really pivotal, even when it isn't. I try to make everything pretty.

    Also, I repeat adjectives a lot if I'm feeling frustrated, or if I find an adjective that feels right.
     
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    My grammar and punctuation will always need room for improvement (though I'm not very pedantic about it because editing can always make things perfect) but story plots are the main area of concern. I have very often failed to write decent pieces of writing because of it. I either used to write mindless stories or over complicate scenes by excessively describing them.
     
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    I can't "dumb it down" for the caliber of lower-level readers who make up the bulk of the reading population. This is not a criticism, newspapers and most magazines are not secretive about the fact that they are written for an 8th grade level. I write "too fast" for some people to read. I actually don't want to dumb it down. Most people who read my writing say it is clear, but I end up with massive criticism from the overly loud segment who is still on the Dick-and-jane level.
     
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    Too complicated, as I feel. And sometimes too deep that the person feels lost.
     
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    My dialogue sucks. The conversation always seems forced or really unnatural. I use 'and' way to much for my - or anyone else's liking. I can't seem to stop torturing my poor characters with tragedy.
     
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    My biggest one is starting out with a good idea and then realising I have nothing to progress to, which then leads to an incomplete piece. I also think I try too hard sometimes.
     
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    I find myself having to go back and change alot of passive language to active.
     
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    I tend to rush supporting scenes (exposition and the like) and not put enough attention to peripheral characters. I get hung up on the main action or main characters and neglect the other elements that enrich the story.

    Dialog is difficult for me. I am not much of one for small talk, so it is difficult for me to write dialog for characters who partake in it.
     
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    ^I normaly have no problems at all writing Dialoge.
    I may be shy, but i'm still pritty talkitive though.
     
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    My whole process is flawed, I typically get ideas for scenes that occur throughout the middle but I have no idea how things will begin or end. Not knowing how to begin is the worst since without a beinnin I can't really start.
     
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    My grammer. It's gotten better since I started writing in 2005 but it still needs work.
     
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    I'm melodramatic. Everything's a big deal, and really breathless and desperate and as such I have about fifty commas in a sentence and all sorts of crazy adjectives.

    I also worry that I'm too descriptive sometimes to write effective action...and I think my dialogue could use some work; I'm like Cogito, I can never write small talk.

    I also worry that I focus too much on the central plot to even think about sub-plots and the like. Too single-minded.
     
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    In poetry, I'm self-indulgent. Like, I often shroud my pieces in such dense, indecipherable metaphor that it becomes a pile of pretty gibberish.

    In prose, well, I rarely write prose so I have many places to start.
     
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    My biggest flaw. Starting half a dozen stories then never finishing them because I get inspired by something else!
     
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    I tend to use past tense a lot. Especially where it isn't needed.
    It was worse in school but I still find myself closely reading my words.
     
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    ermm, i have a lot t be honest with ya but i don;t want to sit here listing the bad things. so, my worst flaw would have to be how i always tend to go off track with what i am writing and finding i have got lost along the way :p
     
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    im great with dialogue and action and describing and all that, but my flaw is that:
    without realizing it, i continually dig my characters into a deeper and deeper hole.
    A lot of my work ends at a bleak point because theres no easy way to continue.\

    also i have trouble keeping stuff in the same verb tense, but most reviewers dont notice
     
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    I think it's hilarious that this was a question about flaws, and most people just bragged as much as they could. Oh, vanity.
     
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    It's human nature.

    What was that scene in the Di Vinci code when that albino guy whipped himself? That's not where I'm at.
     
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    my flaw's are obvious, i cant write worth crap, a total disgrace, but o'well i still try.
     
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    Really? I think that scene is definitely sexy.

    ...

    Not really.

    But still. This is supposed to be about honesty and everyone's just like: My writing is waaaay too deep for mere mortals to 'get'. and My description is like hella intense, idiots don't get it. Man what a tragedy.

    I disagree about it being human nature though.
     

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