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Post Reply When it comes to creative writing, which one of these do you go with?
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23 / F / New Jersey, USA
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Posted 9/23/13
Explain your choices in great detail.
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Posted 9/23/13
I basically have an idea what to write, just one small scene though, the rest flows out as I write.
Sometimes it also comes from one word I find interesting (can't remember any right now, as an english language learner I find a lot of words interesting) xD
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I love seeing a picture and being able to meld an interesting, story from that one thing, an old house could become a horror story, romance, adventure... Anything!

It's pretty awesome what you can do with the right moment, right ideas and a good picture.
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34871spc901 wrote:

I love seeing a picture and being able to meld an interesting, story from that one thing, an old house could become a horror story, romance, adventure... Anything!

It's pretty awesome what you can do with the right moment, right ideas and a good picture.


Picture prompts are cool.
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25 / M / Sydney, Australia
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Posted 9/26/13 , edited 9/26/13
my own thoughts.

however the characters i create always seem to have aspects of me in it. I want to create a character that is so different from me that i can't see any of myself in that character.

i've been inspired to write about an assassin who was trained to kill since he was a child... but i know he's going to have some of my personality in it... so i stopped writing. i want to be able to create a character that doesn't have any part of me in him. just totally different
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

my own thoughts.

however the characters i create always seem to have aspects of me in it. I want to create a character that is so different from me that i can't see any of myself in that character.

i've been inspired to write about an assassin who was trained to kill since he was a child... but i know he's going to have some of my personality in it... so i stopped writing. i want to be able to create a character that doesn't have any part of me in him. just totally different


I would normally use writing and picture prompts just to pass the time/practice. When I'm getting serious about writing a novel, then I'll get my own thoughts in action. Originality is so hard to reach when too many cliches are out an about.
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25 / M / Canada
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Posted 9/27/13
My own thoughts. I'm always coming up with ideas for stories (and painstakingly plotting them out), but don't have much interest in actually writing them down to share with others, so I don't write often. When I do sit down and start actually writing, my problem tends to be choosing which of the ideas I've had to write, rather than coming up with something.


GayAsianBoy wrote:

my own thoughts.

however the characters i create always seem to have aspects of me in it. I want to create a character that is so different from me that i can't see any of myself in that character.

i've been inspired to write about an assassin who was trained to kill since he was a child... but i know he's going to have some of my personality in it... so i stopped writing. i want to be able to create a character that doesn't have any part of me in him. just totally different


It's easiest to write what you can relate to, and very difficult to portray a character well when you can't sympathize with that character. There's also the fact that while everyone is different, there are a good number of things that tie everyone together too. As human beings, we all share in some traits, and we all have the same range of emotions.

While I think crafting a character that's completely different from yourself sounds like a fun and challenging mental exercise, the best characters tend to be created like your assassin: different from the writer, but sharing some traits. By including elements you know little about, and elements you're very familiar with, you can craft a character who has seemingly disparate motivations, or acts in a way that seems to contradict himself. While that's not good in and of itself, if you take the time to explore that character in depth and come up with ways to tie together his traits, the result will be a fully three-dimensional character with complex motivations and relationships.
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24 / F / Australia
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I usually would combine a couple of few ideas. Often an image or word or idea will have me already contemplating and reflecting on a possible story. For me this usually involves a captivating beginning involving the setting and and event about to happen, gradually narrowing down to the introduction of the main character.

I haven't written a story or poetry for a while, though, so my creative-writing skills are quite rusty. Essay writing skills, on the other hand, are getting better instead.
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14 / F / イブキド
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Posted 9/28/13
Use my own thoughts.
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Posted 9/28/13
there's one thing i keep in mind when i begin to put something together, an idea given to me by a creative writing professor i had at university:

she told me to imagine that when i write, think of it as painting a picture of a house--without painting the house. paint the fence, paint the yard, the sky, the birds. she told me to "paint around the house." with everything else painted, the audience should be able to visualize the house with ease.

that was the best piece of advice i've ever received from a fellow writer.

i write non-fiction prose poetry, so i draw from my own personal experiences. i focus a lot on sound & punctuation, generally revolving around a central image, event, or emotion. my work has a kind of a spoken-word feel to it, when read aloud. you get a different feel from seeing me perform versus reading it on the page (i like to play with form a little). when i was a kid i wrote short stories (20-30pgs) all the time, but i was never too good at developing my characters haha i have more fun playing around with sound than characters i guess.
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Posted 9/28/13
Creativity trumps all
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Posted 12/22/13
I say your own thoughts because we can come up with some nice things on our own, if we try hard enough.
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Posted 12/23/13

MisakaMisaka0202 wrote:

I say your own thoughts because we can come up with some nice things on our own, if we try hard enough.




Very true.
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