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For me, the biggest challenge is utilizing words that sound like one another but have different meanings. When done correctly, this technique can be very good. When used incorrectly, it can be terrible. Here are some examples:

hare
hair

see
sea

eye
I

read
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My biggest issue I have is focusing too much on story, and not delving into what the people and places look like.

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Find the time to write and edit. For my writing, portraying the flavour of my story- Taking the colours, sounds, smells and textures I envision and conveying them to a reader.
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Sausage rolls.

The flaky pastry gets stuck in the keyboard..

I underestimated the power of my vacuum cleaner and lost three keys.

Hard to write anything with only two vowels at your disposal.

Don't be ridiculous and suggest I eat sausage rolls elsewhere - I've got it covered - I'm packing spare keyboards now.
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Dialogue.

Sometimes can't get it to flow right, and it seems strained.

Characters.

Getting the right feel for them, who they are and what they are likely to say.

World building.

Descriptions don't always go down too well, Purple Prose shows its face to annoy me.

Quite a lot when i think about it... Haha!

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Devising plots. Guess that's why I stick to poetry these days ...
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Originally Posted by Leila View Post
Devising plots. Guess that's why I stick to poetry these days ...
I'm terrible at plotting, too. Even when following a structure it never goes my way. I have a collection of characters without stories because of this.

However, I think my biggest challenge as a writer is consistently wanting perfection. It's healthy to criticize your own work but sometimes I do it so much that it inhibits my ability to write.
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My grammar sucks I have great idea's and finish the work, but I get beat down for my lack of proper grammar. That's why I am in places like this, to write and learn and get tips.
Plus I just joined a grammar class, so hope it all helps, cause I have a book coming out in Oct! LOL
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Originally Posted by Theresajcbs View Post
My grammar sucks I have great idea's and finish the work, but I get beat down for my lack of proper grammar. That's why I am in places like this, to write and learn and get tips.
Plus I just joined a grammar class, so hope it all helps, cause I have a book coming out in Oct! LOL


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My recent biggest challenge is being unable to write something that's not depressing. I want to write something that would make people smile and feel positive but every time I sit down to write my mind throws itself off a cliff and I get sucked into this dark abyss of dismal stories.
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Originally Posted by Elenita View Post
My recent biggest challenge is being unable to write something that's not depressing. I want to write something that would make people smile and feel positive but every time I sit down to write my mind throws itself off a cliff and I get sucked into this dark abyss of dismal stories.


I love dismal stories. I think it was Owen who recently wrote a happy bunny story. You should look it up; maybe it will inspire you😀


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My recent biggest challenge is being unable to write something that's not depressing. I want to write something that would make people smile and feel positive but every time I sit down to write my mind throws itself off a cliff and I get sucked into this dark abyss of dismal stories.
Do it. Most of the stuff I've written on here is depressing. It's a form of expression. If it comes easier than stuff with a positive outlook, embrace it. We read sad stories and depressing tales because we need to feel better about our lives. You could have a career in there ( or at least a dedicated following on here)

I struggle with revising. I hate it. I do it, but it always seems like I'm doing something wrong. I always get that feeling of regret when I rewrite a paragraph. Am I making a mistake? It sucks.
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Originally Posted by brianpatrick View Post
I love dismal stories. I think it was Owen who recently wrote a happy bunny story. You should look it up; maybe it will inspire you😀


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I laughed. That story was amazing. 'They fucking loved it.'
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Originally Posted by Lockette View Post
Do it. Most of the stuff I've written on here is depressing. It's a form of expression. If it comes easier than stuff with a positive outlook, embrace it. We read sad stories and depressing tales because we need to feel better about our lives. You could have a career in there ( or at least a dedicated following on here)



I struggle with revising. I hate it. I do it, but it always seems like I'm doing something wrong. I always get that feeling of regret when I rewrite a paragraph. Am I making a mistake? It sucks.


I started writing at age 44. Before that I wrote songs and played the bass guitar.

Once I learned how to write a short story rejected the idea of re-writes for a long time. I thought if I could just make it “perfect” the first time I wouldn’t need to.

I’ve learned in the last six years it’s pretty much impossible to ignore the rules, much as I tried.

Write a first draft (edit as you go, fine).

Let it sit.

Revise first draft.

Seek outside criticism (really listen to what others say about specifics).

Rewrite, refine.

Let a real editor have his shot (I have free access to several; YMMV).

Fix what he/she says (mostly).

Then you have a finished product.

I don’t think there are many short-cuts.










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