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So, tell me in all honesty, what do you think writing is? Challenging or rewarding?

Bonus Questions:

1) Do you write daily?

2) What advice would you give first time writers?

3) How do you begin a novel?

4) Do you go through a lot of drafts?


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challenging
1. no
2. just write what comes to mind, then edit later
3. I imagine several scenarios and pick the most interesting one
4. no
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It's challenging especially if you're getting paid for it or graded for it

I write all the time, even in my half-sleep. I need to let loose all the turds in my brain that roll around while I'm trying to fall asleep.

For anyone who wants to write: Just write. Don't worry about punctuation, grammar, nonsensical or sensible sentence structure. Just write what's on your mind and let it out as raw as possible. You can fix later AFTER your thoughts have materialized.

I'm not sure about novels, since I have yet to publish any, but I just write a plot outline first, then fill in the gaps as I go along. I start writing stories, but any of them are close to completed

I don't go through a lot of drafts since I type everything up (it's faster that way). I use OneNote to organize it, and I just fix things as I go along.

I'm sure once something has been completed and/or published it would be rewarding
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It's challenging especially if you're getting paid for it or graded for it

I write all the time, even in my half-sleep. I need to let loose all the turds in my brain that roll around while I'm trying to fall asleep.

For anyone who wants to write: Just write. Don't worry about punctuation, grammar, nonsensical or sensible sentence structure. Just write what's on your mind and let it out as raw as possible. You can fix later AFTER your thoughts have materialized.

I'm not sure about novels, since I have yet to publish any, but I just write a plot outline first, then fill in the gaps as I go along. I start writing stories, but any of them are close to completed

I don't go through a lot of drafts since I type everything up (it's faster that way). I use OneNote to organize it, and I just fix things as I go along.

I'm sure once something has been completed and/or published it would be rewarding


Thanks for the advice.
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4)One of my teachers wrote a book and he says that when ever anyone asks him how to start writing a book he says, " I don't write books, I write paragraphs. Write a paragraph or an idea a day and then put them together" I thought it was pretty good advice since the hardest part about writing is actually starting. Writing paragraphs is a little less intimidating.
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Not much of a writer, but I am a big reader.
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4)One of my teachers wrote a book and he says that when ever anyone asks him how to start writing a book he says, " I don't write books, I write paragraphs. Write a paragraph or an idea a day and then put them together" I thought it was pretty good advice since the hardest part about writing is actually starting. Writing paragraphs is a little less intimidating.


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I find writing to be very rewarding

I never seen writing as a challenge, unless I am limited and restricted on what I write, which is why I hated writing in school. When I write, nothing is limited, it's my story, my rules, my journey. It's such a rewarding skill, well I call writing a skill because in a way you do need to have some sort of skill trying to convey material in a way that will reach out to others like it has to you.

Challenging only if you know someone is watching, waiting, or reading, grading/ judging. There were times I have done written exams, and I completely blanked because of the ridiculous question the exam asked of me. I never blank when I write, just don't force me to do something, I hate that soo much. I have a greater grasp of what people will perceive as something that grabs their attention when I can establish my train of thought and choice of words. I may not have a huge vocabulary, but that is the beauty of simplicity in my writing, it grabs hold of you because you are constantly taken on this journey that ultimately tells you a story from start to finish even from the most simplistic of answers, I will always try to open your mind as I begin to pick away at the question, I search, I find, I connect, and I bring the question to its destination. Though my words are simple, they are powerful, and power in your words can mean soo much more rather than their definition, it is how we put those words together to combine such power.

Daily? Well of course, but I don't always write it down, I simply act it out in my head. I go through the possibilities, and at times they can be endless because I am always filling my head with new ideas constantly, it's such a fascinating profession if one would ever make a living from it. Writing in general just brings me serenity, something that education and money can never provide.

First time writers?

Clear your mind of everything you know in reality, grab hold of your train of thought, and begin to create your story. It isn't hard to write, you just have to look at life as something more than just money and mortality, look deeper, look at your desires, your passions. I great writer will always give a piece of himself within his writing so that others can feel the connection, so that they can feel how passionate you really are. That's why I love to write, creating, envisioning, making your own world and opening your mind to endless possibilities.

Begin a novel?

Take from your entire life, process the information provided, and create your starting point. Personally I haven't written a novel, but I have written enough to at least amount to a couple.

Drafts?

Absolutely. I always constantly go through what I have written all the time and I always find problems that I have to fix. Being a perfectionist has made the process of moving forward very slow, but it is a must if you wish to achieve perfection in your writing.
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1stladyent wrote:

It's challenging especially if you're getting paid for it or graded for it

I write all the time, even in my half-sleep. I need to let loose all the turds in my brain that roll around while I'm trying to fall asleep.

For anyone who wants to write: Just write. Don't worry about punctuation, grammar, nonsensical or sensible sentence structure. Just write what's on your mind and let it out as raw as possible. You can fix later AFTER your thoughts have materialized.

I'm not sure about novels, since I have yet to publish any, but I just write a plot outline first, then fill in the gaps as I go along. I start writing stories, but any of them are close to completed

I don't go through a lot of drafts since I type everything up (it's faster that way). I use OneNote to organize it, and I just fix things as I go along.

I'm sure once something has been completed and/or published it would be rewarding


Thanks for the advice.


No problem!

Are you working on something right now?
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1) I don't write daily but I try to do something book related each day. Sometimes that is writing, sometimes its just proof reading, sometimes its brainstorming future events (I tend to do well at this in the shower (in fact, I'm going to go shower storm after I post this comment) and sometimes its reading other books.

2) Write a lot and read a lot. Understand what you are doing on a level beyond "it sounds good". I actually find film analysis to be very informative at giving ideas in the how to do things and how to move characters about. Anything that gets you thinking about the "how" is very important.

3) This is the hardest question, because starting a novel isn't something you just do one day. Its a big process involving finding a good idea that you really need to write about. For me, I tossed around ideas for my novel for about three years before putting any words down on a page (although that was mostly because I didn't know it was going to be a book at first). In the process of writing this book, I've come up with ideas for two more, so I assume (and hope) that it is a bit of a never-ending loop.

4) Drafts are an ongoing process. Every time I read my work, I go through another "draft". This involves mostly cleaning up sentences that don't sound right and adding/subtracting paragraphs to fix pacing. Big "drafts" where I delete a chunk of text and rewrite it are more rare after I move on from a section initially.
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Yes, I am.
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It is much easier to write the truth then it is to write fiction, at least for me. The only time I have ever had a teacher personally talk to me and tell me I was a great writer was a story that actually happened. I get good grades on other essays or stories, but never so good as a true story.

1. Nope, no interest.

2. What other people have said, write whatever is on your mind. Nobody is grading you, this isn't school. write for your enjoyment and satisfaction and no other reason. If you go on to write amazing books, great! But don't force yourself to write if you don't want to write at any specific time.

Also, if you get writers block, walk away from the story and go do something else. Go for a walk outside, go eat somewhere, anything but try and write. Sitting in the same place trying to think of something is going to get you nowhere.

3. As someone who enjoys a good story, DO NOT start the story slow. As any high school english teacher will tell you, you need a hook. The Hook can come a couple pages in, but if the hook is on chapter 4-5, people are going to stop reading before they get there.

Also, make mini goals. Obviously the big goal is to write a novel, but your very first goal should be to get an idea. then get chapter one done. Then chapter 2, 3, etc. I personally don't like making the stupid diagrams showing where your story will start and end, and these events need to happen, etc.etc. Your ideas will change as you write. You may start off wanting to write an emotional non-fiction, but you might move on to a time traveling spaceperson and the events they go through. A rough idea is nice, but don't go too far into it.

4. I don't write, but when I did for school I went through one draft, made some edits, and sent it in. Never got a bad grade :P

This is all coming from a person who does not enjoy writing. goodluck to ya :)
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qualeshia3 wrote:

Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
Thanks a bunches.

So, tell me in all honesty, what do you think writing is? Challenging or rewarding?

Bonus Questions:

1) Do you write daily?

2) What advice would you give first time writers?

3) How do you begin a novel?

4) Do you go through a lot of drafts?


Enjoy!!!


1. If I'm working on something, then yes. Otherwise, I try and write some at least every other day.

2. Just do it.

3. Welp, everyone has their own method.

4. Sometimes. But I'm just writing fanfiction at the moment.
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