What's the hardest part of writing for you?

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Hardest part of writing for you?

Coming up with Ideas
8
12%
Editing
3
4%
Putting Pen to Paper
14
21%
Finishing projects
17
25%
Making Time
15
22%
Grammar/Punctuation
2
3%
Rejection
1
1%
Publishing
2
3%
Other
5
7%
 
Total votes: 67
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Postby Sossity » Wed Apr 21, 2004 9:04 am

I have trouble finishing a story or should I say ending a story. I just find more to write on the subject and the next thing I know a 1000 word story has become a mini novel I can't sell.
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Postby timberline » Wed Apr 21, 2004 11:30 am

Editing is the toughest chore--killing all those darlin' words and phrases that don't move the story ahead. So I send them into a limbo file of lost phrasing....
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 O’Neal flirted with a grin, but sent it to the basement for acting out of character.
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Postby Bess » Wed Apr 21, 2004 3:03 pm

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Postby Sossity » Wed Apr 21, 2004 3:05 pm

That is so true Timberline, If I do a lot of editing I could make enough shredded paper for all the hamsters in the world for a year.
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Postby Bre18 » Fri Apr 23, 2004 1:37 pm

For me the hardest thing is putting pen to paper. I'm always thinking up ideas, but I never know where to take them so I don't write them down. I always think of my best ideas at school anyway, and I almost got detention last time I tried to write in class, but instead the teacher "did me a favor" and stole the notebook. :cry: I did end up getting it back though....but still...

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Postby Phantascene » Sat Apr 24, 2004 4:39 pm

I chose finishing projects as the hardest part of my writing, although a close tie was making time. I just seem to have so much to get done in the day that I never seem to get around to actually fitting writing into the scedule and when I do fit it in I spend so much time on trying to decide how to finish the story off that I eat up most of the time I had for writing.

The main reason finishing projects got to be my choice as the hardest is because I seem to be able to make it to the middle of stories, but then can't think how the third quarter of the book should go. I have no problems with beginning a story and can picture how it ends, but at the middle of it I stumble and can't connect the middle to the end. ](*,)

My third option would be coming up with ideas. I keep trying to think of ideas I can work on when I get stuck on my novel, and can never find something I like enough to write about.

Grammar and punctuation... both suck, obviously. But thankfully I take rejection and criticism very well. (I've even been rejected! :D ::bouncing:: :D several times!)
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Postby camconcay » Sat Apr 24, 2004 6:03 pm

I chose other as I believe some level of talent is needed before I would run into the other problems, all of which would apply :sigh:
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Postby Aiden » Sat Apr 24, 2004 6:44 pm

Starting. I can hardly make myself start. Once I start, I'm fine.
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Postby Mary R » Wed Apr 28, 2004 12:43 pm

I can never seem to get anything done. I start a project, get a couple of pages in, decide it's complete crap, and delete it. (rinse, then repeat)

A close second, though, is making time/putting pen to paper. Any time I really, really want to write and have a wonderful idea and a lot of energy, I can't spare two minutes. But when there's nothing to do, I sit and stare at the blank screen, wondering what was that great idea I had while sprinting from the copy store to class the other day...
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Postby slickerydoo » Mon May 17, 2004 1:00 pm

The hardest part of writing for me is thinking. If I didn't have to do that I could write all day.
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Postby JillStar » Mon May 17, 2004 1:09 pm

I think you have hit the nail on the head slickerydoo. . . :D
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Postby kexxy » Mon May 17, 2004 5:52 pm

lol, thinking hurts! I think that I write best when I dont think, when I'm just writing abotu anything, then what Im really trying to say finds its way out eventually. Thats when I get in my element and stop thinking totally, my heart starts writing for me.
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Postby Violinagin » Mon May 17, 2004 10:20 pm

Rejection... Or actually typing a story out once I finish it...
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Postby Dreamcatcher » Tue May 18, 2004 1:05 am

Actually finishing projects is the hardest part for me. For example, I started a new work last night, and I already have three on the boil at the moment. This'll be interesting... *rolls eyes*
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Postby slickerydoo » Mon May 24, 2004 3:52 pm

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Postby Delaney » Mon May 24, 2004 4:50 pm

My problem is once I get something good down, I'm afraid of writing anything else in case its worse.
So I hardly ever finish. Or...I'll get bored with the subject and skip around.
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Postby Mlou » Mon May 24, 2004 4:57 pm

It's ALL hard!
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Postby JillStar » Sat Jul 03, 2004 12:31 am

bringing forward
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Postby tearsonroses » Sun Jul 04, 2004 2:43 am

My worst problem is writer's block. I get a gap in the story that I am writing and I am stuck until I build the bridge.
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Postby TheMudge » Sun Jul 04, 2004 9:39 am

I agree with Mlou, it's all hard . . . but maybe the biggest bottleneck for me is the actual typing: I have ideas running around all higgledy-piggledy in my brain, and I have to try to catch them in small enough chunks (and in the right order) long enough to get them OUT.
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Postby Mlou » Sun Jul 04, 2004 9:53 am

Yes! When I'm really cookin', even typing fast...and I can...some of the squirmy ideas get away from me before I can nail them on paper. Every idea foster 10 more and they run every which way. But, alas...we should be so lucky as to be that way all the time!
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Postby TheMudge » Sun Jul 04, 2004 9:58 am

I AM that way all the time, Mlou.

Well. . . except for when I'm actually trying to WRITE . . .
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Postby JillStar » Sun Jul 04, 2004 11:27 am

I find many ideas floating around in my head and have decided that the only way I am ever going to write is to simply grab one of them ideas and go with it.

If I worry about all the ones I let get away from me, then I will never work on any of them. Sure... we all miss out on tons of stories getting from our wee minds to the paper, but getting a couple of them is better than the regret we will feel later of letting them all slip by.

EAsier said than done, I know... but I have spent too many hours thinking "what was that idea I had yesterday" and then letting the newest idea escape me as well because I'm dwelling too much.

I think I originall stated that the hardest part for me is finishing my work... and that is still true today... that and discipline in writing.
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Postby Mlou » Sun Jul 04, 2004 12:19 pm

That and overcoming the discouragement of not finding an agent. Of course, now, for a small fee I'm going to be published by Mudge Inc. so I'm all set! :o
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Postby JillStar » Sun Jul 04, 2004 12:21 pm

Is THAT the name of Mudge's company?
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