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Post Reply Do you consider writing both challenging and rewarding?
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Do you read books instead or write them?
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Always challenging, but occasionally rewarding as well. I tend not to do much creative writing, except in the rare instances where I suddenly think "I need to make a story/poem out of this." I do enjoy writing about ideas, though.

1) Nope. I used to journal daily, and sometimes I still go back to it, but I have fallen out of the habit now.

2) Well, take my advice with a grain of salt, but I think it's important to just put your thoughts into language immediately, and come back to it afterwards. I have very little creative imagination, so sometimes I just write whatever nonsense comes to mind, before rereading see if anything can be salvaged.

3) I wouldn't. I can't write from an outline to save my life, and there's no way I could keep everything straight in my head with a work that long.

4) Probably, but I don't think of them as drafts. It's more of a continuous editing system where I just go back if something comes to mind that I need to fix, and I make lots of minor changes all the time as I write.
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qualeshia3 wrote:



Do you read books instead or write them?


I do read quite a bit in my free time. Both Manga and actual books. I have bought too many books that start off waaay too slow and I set the book aside for a really long time. Need to get back on those heh

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"All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. For all one knows that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention. And yet it is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality." - George Orwell, Why I Write

Written by the person who is why I write. I've written my whole life, and have had the fortune to do so both professionally and for pleasure. It's something that I do, but it is lonely, difficult, and most of the time I want to throw what I'm working on out the window. It took me years (over a decade) to write something that was worthy of public consumption, I've trashed 94k word drafts, I've wept while reading other novels because I became convinced that I'd never amount to anything in the face of their artful prose.

But I keep doing it, because I can't imagine doing anything else with my life.

My mother was a novelist, and I remember one night I called her at just past two in the morning. I was working on a novel and I wanted to take my laptop and toss it off my 20th storey balcony. She listened to me rant, and then quoted something Martha Graham once said, and I swear she did it nearly word-for-word.


“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others”
― Martha Graham

Since that night I've had that printed out and put up on the wall by my desk.
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1. Yes, very much, although not much written during the time I set.

2. Write what interests you.

3. Read some other books in your genre of choice or by your favorite author and gain some samples, go from there.

4. Often, very often.
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