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Let me know if a thread like this one exist or not.
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I am not going to lie when I say I am okay at writing. I'm not the best writer in the world but I am the most decent one. I completely suck at showing not telling, have terrible syntax, and my tenses are jumbled. I truly love writing stories and want to get better at it. But the more I practice the more I noticed that nothing has changed. I am terrible at getting the tenses right along with showing not telling. It sucks that I can't write like I was meant to. The words and everything sounds ten times better in my head. What should I do? Do any of you writers and readers on CR have any advice for me? Tell me how should I get better at writing. I practice by hand and in my mind but it's just not working. I worry that I might not ever get better. I'm good at creativity but everything else I am not. Help me little by little get better at writing. Sorry if it seems like I am coming across as annoying. I just really don't know what to do anymore.

Got any friendly and helpful advice?

Enjoy!!!
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First of all, you need to make sure you understand all of the different tenses and punctuation marks. Its hard to do things correctly if you don't know what you are doing wrong. Then, you need to look at your work. Take one of your short pieces and edit it until it is grammatically perfect. Make sure you understand what you did wrong on your first draft so you can fix it, and you can try to avoid those mistakes in the future (although no first draft is perfect).

I've been saying for a while that you need to pick an idea and start writing. That extends to editing. Don't just look at your work or someone's criticisms and say "this isn't right, let me try something different"... fix it. Make it right. A perfect story isn't just going to fall into your lap if you try enough times. You craft a great story with a lot of time and effort so devote yourself to something and make it great.
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sundin13 wrote:

First of all, you need to make sure you understand all of the different tenses and punctuation marks. Its hard to do things correctly if you don't know what you are doing wrong. Then, you need to look at your work. Take one of your short pieces and edit it until it is grammatically perfect. Make sure you understand what you did wrong on your first draft so you can fix it, and you can try to avoid those mistakes in the future (although no first draft is perfect).

I've been saying for a while that you need to pick an idea and start writing. That extends to editing. Don't just look at your work or someone's criticisms and say "this isn't right, let me try something different"... fix it. Make it right. A perfect story isn't just going to fall into your lap if you try enough times. You craft a great story with a lot of time and effort so devote yourself to something and make it great.



I swear I suck at getting the tenses right. but when I start writing I forget. Rereading my work makes me want to cringe for how bad it is. And I don't know how to edit stories for I am not good at English grammar and punctuation. I miss English classes very much.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


sundin13 wrote:

First of all, you need to make sure you understand all of the different tenses and punctuation marks. Its hard to do things correctly if you don't know what you are doing wrong. Then, you need to look at your work. Take one of your short pieces and edit it until it is grammatically perfect. Make sure you understand what you did wrong on your first draft so you can fix it, and you can try to avoid those mistakes in the future (although no first draft is perfect).

I've been saying for a while that you need to pick an idea and start writing. That extends to editing. Don't just look at your work or someone's criticisms and say "this isn't right, let me try something different"... fix it. Make it right. A perfect story isn't just going to fall into your lap if you try enough times. You craft a great story with a lot of time and effort so devote yourself to something and make it great.



I swear I suck at getting the tenses right. but when I start writing I forget. Rereading my work makes me want to cringe for how bad it is. And I don't know how to edit stories for I am not good at English grammar and punctuation. I miss English classes very much.


Well, like I said, pick one of your short stories and edit it, fixing all the issues you see. You say that rereading your work makes you cringe, which means you must be able to tell when there is something wrong. Go through it over and over again until you don't see any more issues and then post it. Then I'll try to point out any issues I see and if you want, I can explain why they are issues.
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sundin13 wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


sundin13 wrote:

First of all, you need to make sure you understand all of the different tenses and punctuation marks. Its hard to do things correctly if you don't know what you are doing wrong. Then, you need to look at your work. Take one of your short pieces and edit it until it is grammatically perfect. Make sure you understand what you did wrong on your first draft so you can fix it, and you can try to avoid those mistakes in the future (although no first draft is perfect).

I've been saying for a while that you need to pick an idea and start writing. That extends to editing. Don't just look at your work or someone's criticisms and say "this isn't right, let me try something different"... fix it. Make it right. A perfect story isn't just going to fall into your lap if you try enough times. You craft a great story with a lot of time and effort so devote yourself to something and make it great.



I swear I suck at getting the tenses right. but when I start writing I forget. Rereading my work makes me want to cringe for how bad it is. And I don't know how to edit stories for I am not good at English grammar and punctuation. I miss English classes very much.


Well, like I said, pick one of your short stories and edit it, fixing all the issues you see. You say that rereading your work makes you cringe, which means you must be able to tell when there is something wrong. Go through it over and over again until you don't see any more issues and then post it. Then I'll try to point out any issues I see and if you want, I can explain why they are issues.


Rereading my work makes me want to cringe only because it is bad and I can't visualize when I read. Thank again for the advice.

Oh yeah you never check out my other thread and tell me what you thought of it. Check it out whenever you get the chance.
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A. Calm down. Slow down. Don't worry about being perfect, or what anyone would say if they read it - you don't have to show it to anyone, so feel free to make your first draft however it needs to be - it doesn't matter as long as it's down.

B. Do you see the story playing out in your head like a movie? Try to visualize it that way, then slow down, and write out everything you see.

Also, look at your favorite movies and anime, even if you're trying to write prose. What does the director focus on in the scene? I know you like Code Geass, so let's use an example from that - the scene in episode 5 when Suzaku is with Euphie and Lelouch is in his apartment with C.C., and they're having parallel conversations, shown together.
Think about:
- Why did the writer and director frame it that way? What similarities and differences did they want to show between Lelouch and Suzaku? Between their relationships with their new friends?

- What does the scene show, and why? Notice how much time is spent showing Lelouch's hands. There's so much time throughout the series where his hands are shown and not his face, and this scene is a great example of that. Notice the moment when C.C. is saying something, and it shows Lelouch's hand on the case that holds his Zero costume, and his hand clenches in response to something C.C. says (iirc, the lines are C: "But survival of the fittest is the most basic rule of all." L: "Then what happens to Nunnally? Should I just give up on my sister because she's frail?" (but I might be wrong)). Also, the chess pieces.

So when I wrote a fanfic, I tried to carry that over. In between lines of dialogue, I mention Lelouch doing things with his hands - he "dances one hand across" a surface to pick something up; "twirling" it in his hands as he speaks; begins to put it down and then pauses when he pauses the dialogue, still holding it in his "long, pale fingers". ... I would post the whole thing, but it's sort of... NSFW, (but not this scene).

But yeah, things like that. I hope that's clear, at least a little.
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LavenderMintRose wrote:

A. Calm down. Slow down. Don't worry about being perfect, or what anyone would say if they read it - you don't have to show it to anyone, so feel free to make your first draft however it needs to be - it doesn't matter as long as it's down.

B. Do you see the story playing out in your head like a movie? Try to visualize it that way, then slow down, and write out everything you see.

Also, look at your favorite movies and anime, even if you're trying to write prose. What does the director focus on in the scene? I know you like Code Geass, so let's use an example from that - the scene in episode 5 when Suzaku is with Euphie and Lelouch is in his apartment with C.C., and they're having parallel conversations, shown together.
Think about:
- Why did the writer and director frame it that way? What similarities and differences did they want to show between Lelouch and Suzaku? Between their relationships with their new friends?

- What does the scene show, and why? Notice how much time is spent showing Lelouch's hands. There's so much time throughout the series where his hands are shown and not his face, and this scene is a great example of that. Notice the moment when C.C. is saying something, and it shows Lelouch's hand on the case that holds his Zero costume, and his hand clenches in response to something C.C. says (iirc, the lines are C: "But survival of the fittest is the most basic rule of all." L: "Then what happens to Nunnally? Should I just give up on my sister because she's frail?" (but I might be wrong)). Also, the chess pieces.

So when I wrote a fanfic, I tried to carry that over. In between lines of dialogue, I mention Lelouch doing things with his hands - he "dances one hand across" a surface to pick something up; "twirling" it in his hands as he speaks; begins to put it down and then pauses when he pauses the dialogue, still holding it in his "long, pale fingers". ... I would post the whole thing, but it's sort of... NSFW, (but not this scene).

But yeah, things like that. I hope that's clear, at least a little.


Thanks you. I can't visualize anything when I read a book. My ADHD won't let me.

Also, you have to check out three threads that I've made in the Creative Corner.

The Novel Trio

A Rebirth Novel

Another novel to go with the Rebirth

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I've said this before in a thread and I'll say it again, grab a copy of the elements of style. While it's not the perfect end all text when it comes to mechanical writing, it does address many of the issues you're having in that aspect of your writing process. A copy of "On Writing" by Stephen King is also a nice beginners guide, offering the basics that you can then expand upon.

I'll echo sundin in saying, you need to stick with a project or idea. I notice a lot of your threads throw up concepts, ideas, worlds and whatnot, but I never see anything beyond those initial threads. I don't know if you're working on all of them or none of them, but what needs to happen is a focus on one, maybe two projects. Crush some words, do some editing, expand your projects and make something out of one. Bring something that you've not only written, but also edited, for us to look over.



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LITVoid wrote:

I've said this before in a thread and I'll say it again, grab a copy of the elements of style. While it's not the perfect end all text when it comes to mechanical writing, it does address many of the issues you're having in that aspect of your writing process. A copy of "On Writing" by Stephen King is also a nice beginners guide, offering the basics that you can then expand upon.

I'll echo sundin in saying, you need to stick with a project or idea. I notice a lot of your threads throw up concepts, ideas, worlds and whatnot, but I never see anything beyond those initial threads. I don't know if you're working on all of them or none of them, but what needs to happen is a focus on one, maybe two projects. Crush some words, do some editing, expand your projects and make something out of one. Bring something that you've not only written, but also edited, for us to look over.





I have a problem with focusing on one thing at a time.
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