What I learned writing my novel.

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  1. Hwaigon

    Hwaigon Member Reviewer

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    Second to the right, and straight on till morning.
    I mean. Who hasn't felt like that?
    I do believe though that one has to bring a project to completion. That in itself has some kind of mysterious, driving force. For me, at least, a project
    does not need to be perfect, reasonably good, sure, at least having a passage here and there, the wording of which I'm proud of, but finishing it is
    the saving merit.
     
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    Totally agree. In my very specific case, as someone who has spent entirely too much of my life telling myself what I SHOULD do, what I HAVE to do, this will be a wonderful exercise in letting go. I'm well-versed in rigid, unforgiving discipline and the accompanying anxieties and fears; now I'm hoping to get myself a little more chilled out and well-rounded before wading in to the authorial deeps. Scrivener and I have a very cautious and juvenile relationship.

    I always knew I was a newbie, and now I'm learning that the "newbie" status carries more subcategories than I care to name. So i'll keep plodding along and hope I get this thing right. Here's to blind faith. :-D
     
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    karanveer41 New Member

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    Wow, what an inspiring message. Thank you for sharing these insights.

    God bless you for your effort.
     
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  4. honey hatter

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    N818 inspiring words I'm going to take to heart. ❤️
    You made the vein on the left side of my neck tingle. That only happens when I feel inspired... or...
    This is another tool I can add to my chest. So helpful thank you. I am taking things one step at a time.
     
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    I'm glad to see that this thread is still inspiring other writers! This last 7 months have been so hectic that I haven't been nearly as active as i used to be. It came down to another thing I learned, the more I consumed, ie. tv, movies, books, comics, internet, ect. the less i had for my own creativity. I'm still working on being more of a creator than a consumer, but since i placed myself in that mind set my productivity has been through the roof. I'm on the 5th or 6th draft of the second book in the series, on the 2nd draft of the third book, and I have recently started a pulp sci fi noir serial.
     
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    Cave Troll Who says evil ain't sexy. :P Contributor

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    Glad to hear you got your groove back. :cheerleader:
     
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    thanks! its been a long process, but I'm defiantly killing it these days!
     
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    Megs33 such a good post! Words to live by. The accompanying anxieties and fears i am too well versed in... That is now like an old decrepit vampire metaphor for my neurosis that i have driven a wooden stake through it's dried up desiccated heart and watched the ashes float away on the wind. My apologies, even though my heart no longer beats, i wish to defeat my old demons and move onto something greater.
     
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    cutecat22 The Strange One Contributor

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    1. make notes. Your brain tells you it will remember things, but it's a bloody liar. Write notes.
    2. don't pay as much attention as you think you must, to the word count. It's important in some instances (certain publishers will only take novels of a certain length) but the story, the plot, and readability are all far more important than upping that little counter in the bottom corner of the screen.
    3. there are no rules to writing fiction. Pay attention to the rules of spelling and grammar, fuck everything else and tell your story.
     
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    This may be some of the best advice I've seen, I'm actively following it everyday, I constantly forget things so I'm trying to write out my ideas as soon as they come.
     

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