Post Reply I need advice on how to stick with an idea when writing
Posted 7/2/17 , edited 7/2/17
Hi! I'm an avid writer and have been since age 9. I've discovered a HUGE problem in my writing, though. I can never enjoy an idea long enough to write more than 10-20 pages of it. I've written great short stories but when approaching a novel, I get bored of everything fast. I can write fanfics pretty well too but I just get bored of my own characters and worlds after a short time. Can anyone from Crunchyroll's writing community give me advice on how to stick with my ideas or improve my writing?
14428 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Online
Posted 7/2/17 , edited 7/2/17
I would say you need to figure out why you're getting 'bored' and address that.
22264 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
21 / M / Oppai Hell
Offline
Posted 7/2/17
Seems like that since an idea is new and novel to you, you are initially excited, but taking the time to invest in putting it on paper may make the whole thing seem boring as it goes on. Perhaps it feels too burdensome, too grand to start out with, or any other number of reasons.

Iunno.
Posted 7/2/17

PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Seems like that since an idea is new and novel to you, you are initially excited, but taking the time to invest in putting it on paper may make the whole thing seem boring as it goes on. Perhaps it feels too burdensome, too grand to start out with, or any other number of reasons.

Iunno.


These are actually good ideas, they opened my eyes a bit. Thank you for the advice!!
Posted 7/2/17 , edited 7/2/17

gornotck wrote:

I would say you need to figure out why you're getting 'bored' and address that.


Thank you for the advice, that is a smart way to do things and I will definitely try that!
998 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
M / IDK
Offline
Posted 7/2/17
I struggle with the same problem lol. Perhaps try world building on a document, and build up backstories, settings, characters & motivations? May help Idk.
Posted 7/2/17

PandaSamaBoi wrote:

I struggle with the same problem lol. Perhaps try world building on a document, and build up backstories, settings, characters & motivations? May help Idk.


Thank you for the advice, I'll try that, and I wish you the best of luck also
998 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
M / IDK
Offline
Posted 7/2/17

lucythefangirl5689 wrote:


PandaSamaBoi wrote:

I struggle with the same problem lol. Perhaps try world building on a document, and build up backstories, settings, characters & motivations? May help Idk.


Thank you for the advice, I'll try that, and I wish you the best of luck also



No problem, good luck and don't stop writing!

14720 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
24 / M
Offline
Posted 7/2/17
For me, the key is to love the idea. I'm currently working on my second novel (well, I've completed one novel and now I'm writing like an episodic collection of short stories) and both of my ideas I had banging around in my head for years before I actually put a single word on paper. It just got to a point where I needed to know what would happen to these characters and see where the writing will take me and the only way to get there is to write.

I think if you truly love your idea, it is incredibly difficult to let it go.
Posted 7/2/17

sundin13 wrote:

For me, the key is to love the idea. I'm currently working on my second novel (well, I've completed one novel and now I'm writing like an episodic collection of short stories) and both of my ideas I had banging around in my head for years before I actually put a single word on paper. It just got to a point where I needed to know what would happen to these characters and see where the writing will take me and the only way to get there is to write.

I think if you truly love your idea, it is incredibly difficult to let it go.


Thank you for your advice and I have one question. How many ideas did you have before your current ones?
14720 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
24 / M
Offline
Posted 7/2/17 , edited 7/2/17

lucythefangirl5689 wrote:


sundin13 wrote:

For me, the key is to love the idea. I'm currently working on my second novel (well, I've completed one novel and now I'm writing like an episodic collection of short stories) and both of my ideas I had banging around in my head for years before I actually put a single word on paper. It just got to a point where I needed to know what would happen to these characters and see where the writing will take me and the only way to get there is to write.

I think if you truly love your idea, it is incredibly difficult to let it go.


Thank you for your advice and I have one question. How many ideas did you have before your current ones?


Not too many. Maybe five or so, but the ideas I do have evolve a lot before they acually get written down. And its not just about the premise side of an idea. Its about the characters and the world and the tone and all the pieces that make up a story. When I talk about an "idea", I'm talking about all of those elements. Write characters who you want to learn about. Write settings that you want to explore. Write stories that you want to see through to the end.

PS: There is a creative corner forum here (which this thread has been moved into). I'd love to read some of your work if you are willing to post it.
Humms 
11793 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
25 / M / CAN, ON
Offline
Posted 7/3/17
You worry about other things too much.

distractions, because you cant keep on track. Improving something is only based on ability, and your willingness to hold on to your idea, ready to expand it to the fullest.

There is no improvement without realizing your potential, and realizing the potential of your idea. You want to watch something grow, in all things the result is worth the wait, the care and nurture only you yourself can approve.

In time you'll learn to appreciate such things we do something for the benefit of all
7814 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 7/8/17
Maybe don't think of it as a "novel" length piece of writing.

If you flesh out an idea in your head a little, picking something at random - first humans going to Mars after the initial drops of machinery and materials to build the habitat domes - you can do the equipment drops, then the characters, then the launch and journey, the landing is going to be scary. Then there's the conflicts versing the environment, physics of building in that situation and the inter-personal relationships.

Now there's a story to be written and "It'll be as long as I need it to be", rather than "How do I make this long enough for a novel?"

Oh, and if you're like me you'll think of other ideas for the story while you're writing so don't feel you can't stop mid-sentence to get an idea for a romance or a disaster or a minor engineering irritation, onto paper before you forget it.
127 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 7/8/17

lucythefangirl5689 wrote:

Hi! I'm an avid writer and have been since age 9. I've discovered a HUGE problem in my writing, though. I can never enjoy an idea long enough to write more than 10-20 pages of it. I've written great short stories but when approaching a novel, I get bored of everything fast. I can write fanfics pretty well too but I just get bored of my own characters and worlds after a short time. Can anyone from Crunchyroll's writing community give me advice on how to stick with my ideas or improve my writing?


If you can only write at a short length then writing novellas/novelettes (short novels) may be your best bet.Chapter novels may be another good option - Stephan King wrote Green Mile as chapter novels which as all very short parts of a book and he'd release regularly chapters of his Green Mile book. When it was completed it was put together as one big book and later became a rather good movie. You'll know what your strengths are. I tend to stick to writing novellas as attempts at larger novels ended up being abandoned or re purposed later as short stories or novellas. In terms of the inevitable creative wall you'll hit - try immersing yourself in your chosen genre to keep the inspiration going. If there are places you've based your world one, then visit them and take a writers holiday. Read the up on the genre, watch tv series, radio adaptations and movies. Research is a good tool to keep invested in your book's universe plus its a good technique for world building. If its about a mythical figure , then research that mythology. If it is real world based, then research the Town, case histories if it is crime based and so on.
Posted 7/8/17

Star-flower wrote:


lucythefangirl5689 wrote:

Hi! I'm an avid writer and have been since age 9. I've discovered a HUGE problem in my writing, though. I can never enjoy an idea long enough to write more than 10-20 pages of it. I've written great short stories but when approaching a novel, I get bored of everything fast. I can write fanfics pretty well too but I just get bored of my own characters and worlds after a short time. Can anyone from Crunchyroll's writing community give me advice on how to stick with my ideas or improve my writing?


If you can only write at a short length then writing novellas/novelettes (short novels) may be your best bet.Chapter novels may be another good option - Stephan King wrote Green Mile as chapter novels which as all very short parts of a book and he'd release regularly chapters of his Green Mile book. When it was completed it was put together as one big book and later became a rather good movie. You'll know what your strengths are. I tend to stick to writing novellas as attempts at larger novels ended up being abandoned or re purposed later as short stories or novellas. In terms of the inevitable creative wall you'll hit - try immersing yourself in your chosen genre to keep the inspiration going. If there are places you've based your world one, then visit them and take a writers holiday. Read the up on the genre, watch tv series, radio adaptations and movies. Research is a good tool to keep invested in your book's universe plus its a good technique for world building. If its about a mythical figure , then research that mythology. If it is real world based, then research the Town, case histories if it is crime based and so on.


Thank you for your advice, that is all really useful stuff. I'll definitely put it to good use.
You must be logged in to post.