Writer Problems

brendaonao3:

stephrc79:

discordantwords:

fuckyeahfightlock:

missdaviswrites:

yamitamiko:

nocsa:

When you lose interest in a story that you’re writing but YOU HAVEN’T LOST INTEREST IN THE STORY, YOU’VE JUST LOST INTEREST IN THAT PARTICULAR PART THAT YOU’RE WRITING AND YOU WANT TO GET TO THE GOOD STUFF THAT YOU’RE ACTUALLY INTERESTED IN BUT YOU CAN’T DO THAT WITHOUT FINISHING THE BORING PARTS

SKIP IT

IT IS SO MUCH EASIER TO BUILD A BRIDGE WHEN THERE’S A FOUNDATION ON BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER

Not always, but sometimes that’s an indication that that is a part that should be skipped or just briefly summarized. If you’re bored, the readers could be, too.

I’m all for Skip It, if you’re in the first draft and just need to get the story down (I use brackets like [sex scene goes here] or [the thing about the rabbit] to remind myself on the second draft what it was I was skipping.

Otherwise, if it feels boring to write, figure out what needs to happen and/or be said, and write those things as succinctly as possible, even if fits awkwardly into the flow of the story. Sometimes the “business” of a scene gets in the way of just accomplishing what needs doing; try writing JUST the dialogue, rapid-fire, or JUST a few sentences that sum up the action, and move on to the next thing. If it’s truly not enough, you can fill it out later.

This is good advice, and it took me a long time to actually start doing it. I find myself using brackets all the time now to mark off scenes that I don’t feel like writing in the moment, and continuing on with what I do feel like writing so I don’t lose my momentum. I’ve seen a marked improvement in my productivity since I started.

@brendaonao3 I feel like you might have something to say to this.

I DO!!! SO MANY THINGS!!!

Look, transitory or exposition-y scenes are the WORST, but if you skip too many of them, your story will be all jerky and not have any weight to it, so sometimes you need to buckle down and write them.  But, if you’re not feeling that particular scene or part of a scene, then it’s TOTALLY okay to bracket it off and come back to it later.  My first drafts are filled with [DESCRIBE PLACE/THING/PERSON HERE] or [MORE HERE LATER ON X’S THOUGHTS OR MOTIVATION OR PLOT POINT] or [DIALOGUE TALKING ABOUT Y AND Z HERE] – I skip around all over the place just trying to get the story out.  Only then do I go back and start to shade in and add all the nuances and coloring the scenes with all the little details.

I promise, it will save your sanity and life if you do this.  And sometimes, yes, you’ll come back to the brackets and realize you don’t NEED more, and that’s the best feeling in the world. 😀

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