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When it comes to writing stories, do you sweat the small stuff instead of writing?
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Right now I'm just jotting down notes for a story I'm working on.
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Posted 4/21/14

qualeshia3 wrote:

Right now I'm just jotting down notes for a story I'm working on.


I'm a horrible person and skip that step, so good on you for following it! It's hard to resist the urge to just sit down and write, but you'll have am much better story if you plot it out before hand, take notes, etc.

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I do have a plot....sorta.
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Grammar and spelling piss me off so much. I spell something wrong and I need to fix it as soon as possible.
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MonkeysxMoo35 wrote:

Grammar and spelling piss me off so much. I spell something wrong and I need to fix it as soon as possible.


I know.
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i cheat and get an editor to fix my stories.
i tend to show more that tell, IIUC.
i hardly ever have a real plot, or any kind of plan.
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mostly, I just write and it kinda flows... and then I already know what my plot is, and I write every time I have an idea.
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nemoskull wrote:

i cheat and get an editor to fix my stories.
i tend to show more that tell, IIUC.
i hardly ever have a real plot, or any kind of plan.



Really?
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i married an AP style editor lady.
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nemoskull wrote:

i married an AP style editor lady.


Oh wow.
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Best advice I can give you is.... write.

Don't sweat the small things at first. The more you worry about how your grammar is, the more the story is going to sound forced. Let your imagination flow when you're writing. Try to get as much details as possible without it being too cramped. I find that this is the best, and probably the least stressful, way to get a story to actually work within itself. It's not till you're finished with the draft that you should go back and make quick, yes quick, corrections. Don't worry about your grammar at this point just yet and worry more about your descriptions. Maybe you want to add something or maybe you want to erase another thing. Once you're done with that and you're sure that you like the way it sounds, go back to the grammar.

I'm not sure if this has been stated before but your grammar does not have to be perfect. Especially when it comes to your characters and plot. You have to base your grammar off of what you're writing. For example, if I decide to write a story that takes place back in the Southern days when cowboys were still a thing, my grammar is probably going to be far from perfect. Now if I write a story about a lawyer and how his/her life is affected by their job, then my grammar is going to be a bit more pinpoint and sophisticated. Think dialect when you're worried about grammar. Think audience when you're worried about descriptions.

You can also get an editor to check your stories afterwards, like nemoskull does. You'll be surprised to find that a lot of people are willing to peer edit someone else's stories because they like to help.

Good luck with writing and I hope my advice has helped, even if a little bit. This is all coming from an amateur writer so I did the best I could because personally, I don't sweat the small stuff as much as I sweat writing itself.
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My Turn:

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qualeshia3


Agh, that sounds like a bad case of writer's block. It's not an excuse at all. Some people just tend to have the ideas of a story but don't really have the motivation to actually write it. To be honest, it's perfectly normal. I've hit a couple walls like this a bunch of times. If you want to go back to writing, try writing small paragraphs every once in a while. Just whenever you have some kind of free time, even if its only 5 minutes, sit down, grab a pencil and paper and write. Don't try to make a giant plot in your head when you do these kinds of exercises btw. Just write about how you feel or look around the room and describe a certain object... Start off with one paragraph a week, then two a week and so on.

Maybe that'll help with the feeling of lost dedication and fear that you're experiencing,
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Maybe I should try small. I wonder if it's really writer's block or just laziness.
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I don't think so.

I already have everything planned inside my head, except for the plot.
I struggle in that area most.
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