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  1. xx._bareyoursoul

    xx._bareyoursoul New Member

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    Problem Areas

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by xx._bareyoursoul, Jun 14, 2007.

    We all have them. I thought it might be useful to start a thread where we can chat about them and how to improve on them. It could also turn out to be a resource for those reviewing our work because if they knew where we thought our weak points were, they would know what to concentrate on.

    Problems I find in my writing:
    • Too long of sentences
    • Varying sentence structure
    • Too much dialogue, not enough narrative
    • Tackling 3rd person omniscient point of view
    • comma use (too many)
     
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    Good idea. But lest we get too negative about ourselves, why not also list what some of our strengths are as well. I wager that will be harder for most of us to put in writing for all to see!

    Some problems of mine that I am most aware of:
    • Reluctance to add supporting characters
    • Not fluid with dialog
    • A tendency to rush the plot
    • Poetry eludes me on most levels

    Some of my strengths:
    • A strong vocabulary
    • Decent at spelling, punctuation, and grammar
    • A somewhat twisted imagination
    • A brain that is flypaper for odd trivia
     
  3. Crazy Ivan

    Crazy Ivan Contributing Member

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    Let me see...


    • Run-on sentences
    • When writing serious prose, constantly bogged down in unneeded thought
    • Poor characterization in serious prose
    • Procrastination (Getting better lately)

    And then...

    • Good at humor (All-around better than serious- better characters, pace, etc.)
    • Good for my age
    • Good grammar/spelling/punctuation
    • Improving my procrastination habits
     
  4. xx._bareyoursoul

    xx._bareyoursoul New Member

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    Excellent idea Cogito. I can't help but add mine in.

    Strengths:
    • Formatting dialogue
    • World building
    • Not procrastinating
    • Setting short and long term goals
    • Believeable characters
     
  5. Gannon

    Gannon Contributing Member Contributor

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    I'd say something like:

    Weaknesses:

    • Dialogue - thus I don't attempt it
    • Direction
    • Prior Planning
    • Consistancy
    • Time in the Day!

    And strengths - the blowing of one's own trumpet

    • Narrative
    • Description
    • Aesthetics
    • SPAG
    • Vocabulary
    • Range?

    A tough exercise on both counts!
     
  6. sashas

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    Hmmm...

    Strengths:
    • Ability to come up with plots
    • Good with less than serious prose
    • Decent Vocab
    • A sorta wild imagination

    Weaknesses:
    • EXTREMELY bad spelling!
    • Too many commas
    • Inconsistency of style when writing different genres
    • Too few characters
     

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