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I want to know what you CR users/writers struggle with when it comes to writing. What is the hardest parts of writing and what is the easiest parts? Do you suffer from constant writer's block? Have low self esteem when it comes to writing? Are people not reading your work? Tell me your problems and what you feel you should improve on. Get feedback from other writers on what to do. This thread will help figure out what your problems are and guide you. Meet other writers who struggle with the same things as you do.


Everyone should be supportive and helpful towards each other. No rude comments are allowed here. Simply list the struggles you are facing as a writer and someone will help you solve your problems.


My Turn:

I struggle a lot with showing not telling, my tenses in the story, the fact that I can't write past chapter five for some strange reason, too many plots and can't stick to one, and can't write short stories.


Enjoy!!!
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I've made it a habit to completely abandon a story once I become too obsessed with it. I find becoming too obsessed with a story negatively affects all other areas of my life, but destroying everything and forsaking the characters I've grown to love never gets any easier. I think it's about finding balance, but I really don't know what that balance is yet. It sucks.
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Posted 10/21/16 , edited 10/21/16

xXshiroXx wrote:

I've made it a habit to completely abandon a story once I become too obsessed with it. I find becoming too obsessed with a story negatively affects all other areas of my life, but destroying everything and forsaking the characters I've grown to love never gets any easier. I think it's about finding balance, but I really don't know what that balance is yet. It sucks.


So, your problem is obsession?
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qualeshia3 wrote:

So, your problem is obsession?


Sure, I guess you could say that. I'd like to be able to write without neglecting other areas of responsibility.
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My handwriting is pretty bad
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I tend not to take criticism of any kind very well, so if someone else reads my writing and gives me even just one criticism, then I'm tempted to just abandon the story all together, even if others said they liked it.
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FracturedRose wrote:

I tend not to take criticism of any kind very well, so if someone else reads my writing and gives me even just one criticism, then I'm tempted to just abandon the story all together, even if others said they liked it.


If I may make a suggestion, why not ask what issues the reader has, and make changes if you agree that it's really an issue? It could be really helpful to question the legitimacy of the criticism rather that just accept it outright.

But again, that's just a suggestion. Please don't take it harshly. We're all friends here.
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EmperorGanishka wrote:

My handwriting is pretty bad


That's why you use a computer.
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Writing. I think the hardest part of writing is actually coming up with the right words to make things sound good. I can get the characters, themes, and story down but making it read well is tough.
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sundin13 wrote:

Writing. I think the hardest part of writing is actually coming up with the right words to make things sound good. I can get the characters, themes, and story down but making it read well is tough.


Yes. This, so much.

Also, I think I feel for my characters in such an intensely emotional way, but when I try to write it, well... I don't want to just be like "LOOK AT THIS PRECIOUS SNUGGLE MUFFIN ISN'T HE SOO CUTE AKFLSAHLKALDLFDSK" so like

it ends up being too distant.

like.


"He was playing an instrument. He had hair and he was wearing clothes. He was sitting there. Yes."


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FracturedRose wrote:

I tend not to take criticism of any kind very well, so if someone else reads my writing and gives me even just one criticism, then I'm tempted to just abandon the story all together, even if others said they liked it.


I'm sorta like that too.
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My struggle is I can plan out my story perfectly in my head, I got everything down, Then when I'm writing, my mind is so jumbled together, I can't make the story flow. Then I start getting ideas for other stories and forget the one I am working on.
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Easiest part, coming up with an idea and creating characters. I think that is one of my strongest areas when it comes to writing, especially when it comes to characters. No character I create is one dimensional, it is a process that unfolds over time, in a way I like to throw out little hints or words that seem out of place in my writing, I like to go deeper within their lives, I want to express their attitude in a way that defines them, but also offer a bit of mortality and emotion in order to let you connect with that specific character.

I think the hardest part about writing is making it easy for someone to read, like just the way you word your story, make it flow for the reader so that they don't seem to get jumbled up in your writing. You know repeating too many words, mine would be as, or slightly. Just finding a good medium is all I need. I mean don't get me wrong, my writing isn't half bad and people have told me that they enjoy it for the most part, but it's just the consistency I find to be the greatest challenge

Accept your weakness so that you may coincide with your strengths. Once you have found balance, then you must learn how to accel and improve everytime you write. Like in my case, everytime I draw I improve drastically, and when I write I rewrite what I have already written to improve my writing everytime. It's a process of finding your strengths and overcoming weakness by always improving everytime you start, continue, or finish.
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My biggest struggle is maintaining momentum.

I get to a part that's difficult to write, story-wise, and I ponder on it and ponder on it. Without motivation, or someone urging me to write the next part, I tend to lose focus.

Like, my chapter 4, at the moment, is frustrating me.

Of course, I have a number of unfinished works.

25K on a sci-fi

35K on a fantasy

15K on another fantasy set within the same world.

25K on an urban fantasy (actually, the setting is modern rural, but I don't think 'modern rural fantasy' is a thing).
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The most difficult thing for me is that I think in 3 languages when I am writing: English, Mandarin, and Japanese.

My native tongue is Mandarin but I have been living in the US since middle school so I am actually better at writing in English. But for many words, I still need to think in Mandarin first then translate into English. Why Japanese? I have been watching anime since like 5 years old. So when I am writing dialog, I usually have the image of an anime character in mind. Many words and expressions in Mandarin and Japanese are almost impossible to translate into English without loosing some meaning...

I suck at determining which tense to write in too. I am not even sure whether I wrote this reply correctly or not...

I am writing a story for an AVG that I am developing by myself. Writing for AVG is way easier than writing a novel; you don't need to be as descriptive and you can write more dialog.
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