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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
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Explain your opinion in great detail.

Writing is hard but is it something that anybody can do? Even with practice can just about anyone can become a good writer? Or is it something you have to be gifted in?

Bonus Question:

1) Are you able to write a story?
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well yeah if you know how to write , how to put things into proper sentences
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I'd say that writing has just about the lowest barrier to entry of any creative medium, but it still takes a lot to make something that is worth anybody's time.

PS: I'm a bit of a writer so I damn well hope I am able to make a decent story.
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ignitingmemories wrote:

well yeah if you know how to write , how to put things into proper sentences


True. But can simply just knowing English grammar create a good story?
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sundin13 wrote:

I'd say that writing has just about the lowest barrier to entry of any creative medium, but it still takes a lot to make something that is worth anybody's time.

PS: I'm a bit of a writer so I damn well hope I am able to make a decent story.



I write as well.
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Simply being good at grammar does not make you a good story teller.
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With time and dedication I'm pretty sure you can become a writer, having a big imagination would also help because you'd need to constantly expand on one thing to keep readers interested. Basically stay a step or two ahead of yourself as to not make what you're writing extremely boring at certain parts and then overly exciting at another.

My gf and a couple friends frequently ask me to write them stories because apparently I'm good at it, but damn... It's time consuming. I just wanna play my game
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Writing is, essentially, a normal thing for everyone. However, the difference is in the form of writing. What I mean by that is this: Some people write in "ghetto," the use of slang and all of the other verbs that go with it. Then their is "proper," what we are taught in English class. But to writing and if anyone can do it, it's true. Anyone can.
A little insight into me. I've been working on a novel since I was in the 11th grade. That's been what? Almost five years now? Yeah, just about. I'm still no where near done with it. You see, you have to figure out the plot, write your rough draft, edit, then send to a publisher who wll give it to their editor, who will revise it (unfortunately) to suite their needs, and then back to the publisher. But that is if they like it. You're going to encounter hard times. Everyone does. But if you ever need help, or want advice. Feel free to contact me. Good luck.
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Dariamus wrote:

Simply being good at grammar does not make you a good story teller.


That is where I worry.
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I say master the short story element make a bunch to make a book then tackle full novel in my humble opinion. The younger generation today loves shorts
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Rakeril wrote:

Writing is, essentially, a normal thing for everyone. However, the difference is in the form of writing. What I mean by that is this: Some people write in "ghetto," the use of slang and all of the other verbs that go with it. Then their is "proper," what we are taught in English class. But to writing and if anyone can do it, it's true. Anyone can.
A little insight into me. I've been working on a novel since I was in the 11th grade. That's been what? Almost five years now? Yeah, just about. I'm still no where near done with it. You see, you have to figure out the plot, write your rough draft, edit, then send to a publisher who wll give it to their editor, who will revise it (unfortunately) to suite their needs, and then back to the publisher. But that is if they like it. You're going to encounter hard times. Everyone does. But if you ever need help, or want advice. Feel free to contact me. Good luck.


Thank you.
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scoobydew wrote:

I say master the short story element make a bunch to make a book then tackle full novel in my humble opinion. The younger generation today loves shorts


For some strange reason, I don't know how to write a short story. I go directly into "novel writing" mode instead.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


Dariamus wrote:

Simply being good at grammar does not make you a good story teller.


That is where I worry.


-Get people to read your story and ask them to be as harsh as possible. Its hard to convince people you know to be harsh, but make it clear how important criticism is. No one has ever improved by being told that they are perfect.

-Read other books to get a feel for how they do certain things (I've found that action scenes are extremely tough to write because they are all about movement). After I finish my novel (hopefully by the end of the year), I plan to read a lot. I want my work to be new, so I don't want to taint my brain with the solutions that other people have found, but I think reading is tremendously important in the editing phase.

-Read critiques and analyses of stories in general. Get a feel for what makes other works good or bad (to the smallest detail) or just what the writers are considering as they write. I recently started watching Youtube videos by Every Frame a Painting, which is a film critique show, but some of the ideas such as "Who wins a scene", character placement etc are still interesting and important to think about in a literary context. Go back and apply these principles to your work and maybe you will find that you could make some tweaks to strengthen the impact of a scene.

Good grammar does not make a good story teller. However, understanding what a good story teller is, does go a long way to getting you there.
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For NBC, yeah
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Thanks for the help. Although the reading part might be hard because I can't visually read book.
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