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Old 07-26-2017, 10:51 PM View Post #1 (Link) help me: longevity in writing
meltingcrayon (Offline)
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i write when i have a free second, to keep the words flowing-as most writers do. but i find it difficult to stick with and commit to characters, and the situations they're in. i've always been someone who gets carried away at the start and gives up i guess, which is obviously detrimental to writing.
i just find i'm always writing short scenes and them abandoning them, so that i now have hundreds scrawled on notes pages or on pieces of paper. although this is undoubtedly helpful to developing a writing style, i feel like i'll never be able to spend years with the same characters. i just like creating snippets of life: descriptions or conversations, and then never really know where to go from there. when i try to carry them on they just seem to wilt under lack of purpose.

has anyone experienced this, or can anyone help? i love writing as much as ever, i just can't get stories to move on their own.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:05 PM View Post #2 (Link)
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Hey so the most important thing is that you love writing! There's nothing wrong with you for getting "carried " away. I'm certain one day you'll find the "right" characters you feel like sticking with, but there's no "wrong" or "right" way to write a novel. When I was younger this used to happen all the time, I have soooo many abandoned ideas/novel outlines, it's completely normal part of the writing process

Please don't hesitate to message me if you have any comments or questions, I'm always happy to talk about anything reading or writing related. If you want me to look at your writing just ask!
It is not hard to write what one feels as truth. It is damned hard to live by it.
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