Take a book you already read, maybe 2-3 chapters, and focus on the boring sentences. You'll notice that you enjoyed the book even if not every sentence was a majestic masterpiece.
Maybe try to practice by writing down some scenes you thought about. But just focus on one scene at a time and don't think about writing a whole novel. Just give the reader what is necessary to understand what's going on and why.
I feel you. I understand you.
Here are the three main reasons you feel like your writing is bad:
* **You're comparing yourself (even if you don't mean to do that).** This is by far the most common reason you're unconfident about your writing style. The solution? Don't read until after you write. Many people will tell you that reading makes you a better writer -- and it does, until you find yourself comparing with better writers. Read another genre, or take a break from reading completely.
* **You're not practicing enough.** Writing is like a muscle. It has to be exercised, or else it'll be of little use. To get better at writing, you need to practice. And even if your writing sucks, practice. Try writing for ten minutes everyday. In a few months, you'll read your old work and find that you have progressed.
* **You're not giving your mind an opinion of its own.** Maybe you're forcing yourself to write a certain genre -- or forcing yourself to write, period. Writing isn't everyone's thing, you need to understand that. If it was, then everyone around the world would have published a book or two. You need to practice and listen to your own mind. See what works best. Maybe use a different utensil, a different tool, a different word processor, write different styles, different genres, etc.
Lastly, **don't turn on yourself so easily!** Give yourself some time to realize that there are worse writers and better ones. You've already started writing, even if it's bad -- which is always every bestselling author's first step. Take it step by step, take it easy on yourself, and you'll be a great writer one day.
I hope I helped! I'd be happy to chat with you on Reddit further if you wish to talk to a fellow writer.
Best of luck!
Thank you for this!
Read and write. Write and read.
Almost all of my "amazing" stuff is from layers of rewriting.
Try to panic less and keep writing and reading.
This should be at the top
How to be a better writer: by writing.
Do you feel the urge to downvote this advice? Go ahead, since it's not the easy way, just the necessary one.
Another thing to consider is that what you have in your head may only work because of the "*know what I mean?*" element. As in, **you** know what **you** mean, with the shorthand you use in your head (no, you don't tell the stories to yourself, the way you'd tell them to someone else). So, again, writing it out. But also, plotting it out on paper, so that you can see the problems (and fix them), before you try writing something that won't work.
I believe Stephen King once said you can learn to write well, but he was unsure if it could be taught.
Try taking a close look at the prose of your favorite authors. What stylistic techniques do they use? Practicing your writing by imitating authors you admire can be very helpful to improve your repertoire of writing tools, then you can adapt those tools as you develop your own style. When Benjamin Franklin wanted to improve his writing, he took works that he admired, made “short hints of the sentiment in each sentence,” then tried to rewrite the original in order to imitate the style and teach himself to write better. (Quote is from his autobiography)
It sounds as if you've already conquered the hardest challenge, which is to come up with stories and characters and 'plots'. You're a story-teller. Well done!
Now, you need to learn how to be a writer. That's going to take some time and practice. You will only become a good writer by writing... that's true. But there's *lots* of guidanceo n how to improve the writing you do, right from the start, from people who've done the same as you.
Here's one of the very best I know. Go here... [https://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/](https://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/)
This is Emma Darwin's blog about writing. Specifically, go to [this part of the blog](https://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/resources.html), the 'toolkit', and start to work your way through it. All the advice there is absolute *gold* if you're serious about being a writer. Emma steps through all the techniques you'll need, and all the mistakes you're likely to make, and shows how to fix them when (and sometimes *before*) you've made them.
You say in a post below that you dislike your writing 'because of some very boring sentences. Like if a guy were to have a crush it would be "then \_\_\_\_\_\_ opened the door to her house and \_\_\_\_\_'s attention was taken away from \_\_\_\_" and there are very blunt explanations for things.'
OK. That's because you're 'telling' rather than 'showing' and because you're not allowing the reader into the inner world of your character. It's great that you can recognise that that's not good. And it's nothing to worry about because pretty much everybody does it when they're starting out.
So how do you fix that specific problem? Look in Emma's 'toolkit' for the bits about '[showing and telling](https://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/showing-and-telling-the-basics.html)' and about '[psychic distance](https://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/psychic-distance-what-it-is-and-how-to-use-it.html)'. Just practising and mastering the techniques she tells you about in those sections will quickly make you a much *much* better writer... and that's just the beginning of your journey...
You're already a storyteller... and most people don't even get that far. Now you need to learn to be a writer. Practice, practice, practice... but based on practical advice from people like Emma Darwin, who've been there before.
Sounds like you just need to practice more and not panic.
Okay, breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out.
1) don't throw it away.
2) can you figure out why you dislike it all so much? Try to list what you think is so wrong with your writing.
3) have you ever tried to ask someone else their opinion on this or is this just you being so sure you absolutely suck? Cause hey maybe you don't.
4) maybe stop editing everything right away after having written it. Wait a few days? A week?
5) it's not going to be perfect anyway. I love Harry Potter with all my heart but I could list you 5 big mistakes in an instant. But those 5 mistakes do not prevent me from loving the books!
Okay thanks. I dislike it because of some very boring sentences. Like if a guy were to have a crush it would be "then \_\_\_\_\_\_ opened the door to her house and \_\_\_\_\_'s attention was taken away from \_\_\_\_" and there are very blunt explanations for things. Take these paragraphs from The Keenotiaro Fox, for example. "As I stared at the tree tips, I thought of what kind of animal I would pick. I always wanted a rabbit, a violet coloured one especially, but any other colour would still be great. I would like a Rose-Pedal Svavor, but those were very rare, and I doubted there would be one in this part of the Forest.
My second choice would be a blue Jasutiako deer, who could let me ride on his back where ever I wanted to go.
Third would be an Arfiatso butterfly, the biggest species of butterfly there is."
So just think that you are putting down the story for yourself. The sentences and the quality doesn't matter at the moment, it's just the story that matters now. Sentences and quality can be improved, but they can't be improved if you don't have anything down.
Basically you need to ignore that scream in your head that says everything is shit. It is trying to protect you, but the cure is worse than the actual problem.
People like to say "just write", and they say it for a reason, but there's more to it that I think is often left unexplained. Every writer writes badly. That's not an exaggeration. Literally every single writer writes badly, because they have to. You are not any worse than any other writer. What you are, it sounds like, is someone struggling with self doubt. Try setting a timer for maybe 5 to 10 minutes, and write until it goes off. Whatever you do, *do not stop* until the timer goes off. Also, remember, writing, editing, and rewriting are all separate processes. You write, and it'll be full of flaws. You edit to find and fix those flaws, and then you rewrite to finish it. So, when you sit down in front of that blank page, remember, you're there to write, not to edit. So if you see a mistake, keep writing until you're done. Lastly, breathe, be mindful, and remember to take care of yourself. Be strong, you've got this. ❤
Sounds like you need to partner up with a writer to help bring your stories to life. Got a good feeling about you for some reason. Would love to see some of your drawings. I've been wanting a partner up with a good artist to make graphic novels and comics for a really long time
you need to remember that WRITING IS A SKILL. I feel like people overlook this because... I don't even know why. But it's a skill like any other art. It takes a ton of time to become adequate at writing. Fiction writing is incredibly difficult. Think about all the things you're juggling. Reader attention. Elegant prose. A nice plot. Character development. ETC. ETC. ETC.
Stop beating yourself up. It might take you years of writing to get to the point where you can say "hey this isn't that bad." Just stick with it. Read some writing books / take some courses. Never stop reading fiction.
Keep writing your "crappy" stories. Write all the ideas you have. You NEED to do this, even if they suck, or you will never get better. Be grateful that you have so many ideas, some people don't even get that far.
Read more and write more!
There’s a big thing in drawing where your mind and knowledge can be far more advanced than your ability to draw. So anything you draw you feel is inferior to what you had imagined. I assume writing is very much the same, you have these grandiose stories, thorough plot, but when you put it on paper you feel bleh about it. A lot of people seemed to already answer you, but don’t feel alone. Everyone feels these growing pains and I especially empathize with you because I experience the same feeling in art. It’s all about being comfortable to criticism, and about finishing it so you can go back and make your adjustments. Cause when I see the rough finished product I can better critique myself to fix the flaws I made while producing it. Keep writing dude, you’ll get it in no time.
# **Dude, sucking at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.'**
## -- **Jake the Dog**
You're bad a writing. Whoop de doo. How do you think anyone gets good at writing? *They practice*. They just do it, they just start writing, and keep doing it.
You gotta get guuuuuddd!
Start by reading. Read everything!
Then start writing. Write in a journal, write fan fic, write everything!
Then put your writing up for Critique. Learn from that and how to improve!
Wash rinse and repeat!
I would suggest using a word-to-text program to talk out your stories, then go in afterward and correct the grammar and organize the sentences better.
You will find that the more you write, despite not feeling satisfied with your writing, the ideas themselves will get even better, too. Give yourself the time and compassion necessary for this process to unfold.
Here’s at least what I do, somebody who normally faces the same problem of constant writers block and just thinking my work is terrible:
To start, Don’t write in complete sentences; use bullet points and formats and whatnot. You don’t even have to be serious about it. Make writing informal, fun, and simple. Start writing a story or adventure with a summary of basically everything that’s made by just putting shit down on paper as simply as possible.
Secondly, you said you were an artist, meaning that I have some very over specific advice as somebody who’s really really not:
Instead of writing a novel, write a graphic novel.
Graphic novels need good writing, they need strong plotting and good 3d characters that are easily likable. But, they also need so much more than words can provide. Strong character design, artistic expression, good overall art is super important. With that, you can let the actual art to the legwork while the writing takes a backseat and still works well. I write comics, not books, but comics can either let the art do the legwork, let the writing do the lion’s share, or try and strike a balance, and with a wide majority of my work, it’s a balanced approach.
Out of curiosity, how much do you read books?
Well I read Harry Potter every day. This is my first time reading the series, I'm on book five. I also have like, a million other books I have to finish rereading, like The Hobbit, all the Winnie-the-Pooh books, and The Penderwicks (suggested by my sister).
No one starts out being a great writer. It takes work. This includes reading the work of others, reading books about writing, taking writing classes, having other people critique your work.
Edison once wrote: "Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work."
Everyone needs to write thousands of words of garbage before they write gems.
You're working through your garbage. Think about when you started drawing. Your drawings looked like crap. You practiced until they didn't.
Same with writing. Practice until it doesn't suck.
Maybe you need to stop trying to write for a while and just let it be. Have you tried r/immersiveDaydreaming it's a cool sub for people with overactive imaginations trying to sort out all their imaginative worlds. Maybe you need someone else to help you sort it out a bit. Also I used to try writing down my day dreams but was also not very good. Sometimes you need to accept what you are not good at. Instead I am pursuing my art career and have sold many landscape paintings which I enjoy doing. My daydreams still live inside my head and emerge every now and then in notebooks but just for me. I also write poetry and blogs when I feel the urge. Sometimes you just need to work out your strengths and not beat yourself up over weaknesses.
Hate to break it to you, but books aren't usually good in their first draft. You'll rewrite, and rewrite, and rewrite, until you're happy.
Also, not every sentence needs to be a masterpiece. In fact, most don't - it's tiring to read work that is constant prose.
Sounds like you dont read. I might be wrong, regardless, go read books.
This will get me downvotes, but I really feel it needs to be said anyway:
***Not everyone can and should write.***
There's talent that raises the ceiling, and good work ethics, which raises the floor. Then there are people who sit outside the house, and for whom these things don't apply. I was always bad at mathematics, and I strongly believe that negative talent is a thing.
Btw, ideas are cheap.
Not bad at writing, just don’t know how to roll it out, but it comes
Everyone starts off terrible, it's a common misconception some people are born with a magical power. We were all once awful, and one day we can all be great if we put the time in
And don't worry about thinking it sounds stupid, everyone thinks there writing does, and you can fix it when you're editing
The best way to get better at anything is by doing it. The statement "practice makes perfect" is true.
If you want to get better at writing you need to write.
I was once told that the first couple of thousand pages a person writes will be garbage. After that experience kicks in and you get better.
The best way to avoid mistakes is experience, and the only way to get experience is to make them.
Accept the fact that your first draft is trash. Editing will fix everything.
Don't think of yourself as bad, think of yourself as inexperienced. This is something that can be fixed and improved upon.
Write a short story - prove to yourself you can craft a beginning, middle and end to some narrative with a climax. Then edit, rewrite, and rework the short story. Polish those beautiful descriptions and sentences, cry when deleting such darlings later. Repeat over and over to form a mini masterpiece.
Then write the sequel to the masterpiece by the same process. Then a prequel. And continue to write short stories around your main climax layer by layer. Months or even years will go by doing this. Some people might think of this as building a story but I like to think of it as uncovering one.
Just stick to it. The most important part is that your getting the idea down onto some pages. Worry about boring moments, terrible dialogue, and unnecessary plot points when you get to the editing phase. You have to start somewhere, no matter how bad it is at first. You'll get better as time goes by. I can guarantee you that nobody in the whole world can produce a best selling novel on their first go around.
The important thing right now is get this stuff on paper so you can preserve it. You'll rewrite it later.
I've written tons of crap down, and revisited it up to twenty years later. I cringe at some of the writing, but the fucking ideas are pure gold. Well worth preserving. I rewrote some of my cringy crap, and DAMN SON, I do respect it now.
Pretend you're saving your crap for the awesome wordsmith yet to emerge. You owe it to the writer you'll become. Keep writing. You'll be glad you saved every crappy verse. I was.
Good thoughts Currency. My first book was crap. I finished writing a play 18 years after I started and after many major rewrites, it was one of my best. I finished writing a book 25 years after I started. Some chapters I must have reworked 10 times. I initially wasn't a good enough writer, but made substantial improvements over time and am now really pleased with what it turn out on any topic I choose. A good writer can make even cost accounting interesting.
In my experience, the best way you can get better at writing - once you know the basics taught in schools - is reading, and getting your mind familiar with the flow of the words, the structure of the paragraphs, the predictive mindset which lets you skim read knowing what goes where so that you can apply that to your own writing without thinking.
I say go ahead and give up!
I say this in case you’re anything like me and you’re easily influenced by reverse psychology. The moment someone tells me there’s something I can’t or shouldn’t do, you better believe that I’m not only going to do it, but I’m going to **do** the heck out of it and then shove my success down the throats of whoever told me to quit.
More specifically, imitation is a great way to learn. The best artists out of any media don’t start out by just jumping into the craft and making good art whether it’s a novel, or a painting or sculpture, or a piece of music, dancing, or even song lyrics. Every artist has to have someone else to imitate first, and writing is no different.
Start with your favorite piece of media, a book, a short story, a song, a comic, anything. And then - as crazy as this is going to sound - literally type it out. See the words on the page as you have typed them. Then, make a change to what you’ve copied. It doesn’t have to be a big change or even immediately recognizable. If it’s a song change two words in a line so they rhyme to different things. If it’s a novel (and I’d only recommend re-typing a small passage in that case), change just one character’s name.
Once you made a change, re-type it again with your change and make a new change while re-typing. As you make changes to an original work, consider what is driving you to make the changes that you do. This exercise is just to get you started in first getting your mind around the concept of how *you* create.
As far as writing stories or comics, again imitation can be a source for inspiration, so you’ll need to read *a lot*! Read every book that you can get. Read every comic you can find. The constant exposure to the craft is what is going to give you ideas of things that you would do if you’d created the same thing. Eventually you’ll be able to take all the little things you’ve gathered across all the books and stories and comics and relay that into something that you’ve crafted entirely on your own.
Same with me. If I had the ability to get out in a room with a bunch of Hollywood execs I guarantee you I could pitch them a movie they would like down to the small details. However my writing is just okay and I have no such connections so it seems I’m destined to have very few ever hear more than 1 or 2 of my hundreds of stories.
My best writing happens when I don’t think all that much. If I have something buzzing around my brain I sit at the keyboard and just let it flow until I’m exhausted and the scene is on the page. Don’t second guess yourself, don’t judge, don’t edit just let the ideas escape your fingers. Hell I don’t really think that much. I just let it flow. When I come up for air I have 2000+ words of i suppose pretty crappy writing on the page which I tidy up but I try not to alter too much because it’s usually pretty good.
Some authors recommend morning pages where you write 3 pages like that everyday and then throw them out. It’s supposed to get rid of all the noise in your head.
Remember to jot down those great ideas so you can return to them later.
I suspect you write fine you made sense in your post. Your Brayne is second guessing it though. Need to turn Brayne off, which is easier said than done I know.
I've been writing since I was 12, I am now 28. When you first start writing, there is no flow. You gain that through practice. My first story was called punks vs preps, it was SO much like outsiders that I like to read it to this day just for a laugh. It read like a science journal. There are tons of helpful links I have but I'd have to dig through Tumblr to find them. Shoot me a message if you'd like me to try and find them for you.
So I have an app called Webtoon. There are a ton of comics on there that have 2, 3, even more people working on them. One does story, one does writing, one does dialogue, drawing, etc.
If you end up becoming fed up with writing (or trying to write) you might be able to give that a try?
Either way, I wish you the best in all you attempt! Good luck!
One of the greatest pieces of advice that I ever got was “don’t write when you’re in the mood, write everyday, even if it’s terrible, because the only way you’ll get better at writing is through practice.”
I live by that now. I wrote my first novel 10 years ago exactly. I’m rewriting it now because it kinda sucked. But I got it out and now I still have the story so I can use what I know now to improve it.
Also, every sentence doesn’t need to be gripping or funny, write it down and come back in a week and maybe change what annoys you the most then.
You know that feeling when, hours or days after a conversation or situation happened, you think of the perfect, clever thing you wish you had said instead?
As a writer you can actually do that. You can go back to whatever naturally occured to you in the original moment when you were transcribing your imagination into words, and *perfect* it. It doesn't need to be good when it first goes on the page because you can go back and fix it, over and over again. In fact that's what every writer HAS to do. If every author had to submit their first or even second draft for publication, every book in the world would suck.
Think of your favorite book or song lyrics or poem. I guarantee you it didn't come out of the artist in a single glorious wave of artistic brilliance. Even the Mona Lisa has several layers of redo beneath the masterpiece we see.
I started out like you, a visual media artist with a cinematic imagination but little experience in writing anything other than school essays. But I've always been a huge bookworm, and all that reading helped me develop an intuition for story and prose that I was able to build upon when I got serious about writing. Writing is a skill like any other, and storytelling is an artform. You're artistic so the latter comes easiest to you. But you're struggling with the foundational skillset - the *technique* that holds it together. The good news is that's the easier of the two to learn! It may sound trite, but you really do get better at writing...by writing. You may have a natural talent for art, but the first thing you ever drew was nowhere near as good as what you do now, right? Because you've had lots of practice developing your technique since then. *Years* of practice. It's no different for writing - most authors have a collection of early stories that will never see the light of day. And yeah, it may take years to get to that place. It has to be a labor of love.
So instead of fixating on whether your writing comes out good or not, focus on getting the story out on paper, start to finish. Seriously. Any writer anywhere will tell you the hardest part is simply finishing the damn thing. Read a lot - that can't be stressed enough - and pay attention to how the sentences and paragraphs are put together. How the prose flows. How dialogue plays out. If you're struggling with fundamentals of story structure there are lots of guides and resources available to help you learn the technical aspects of the craft.
But most importantly, don't beat yourself up or quit just because you're not a stone cold genius of the literary arts. No one is.
Imagine you want to share storytelling through the performance of magic.
You read about magic but you can't actually do any tricks, because you are young, and you definitely don't know how to dress and perform on stage, let alone operate a fog machine.
You learn one flourish, not even a whole trick. Just how to hide a card between the fingers of the back of your hand when you hold it a certain way.
You practice that one thing over and over, while adding other flourishes until you can do one a whole trick. You are really competent at hiding the card but you are just ok with the other aspects of the trick. You are in fact spastic at some aspects of the trick, but you work out which strengths you need to rely on the cover up the weaknesses.
You practice on some drinking buddies whenever it is not too rude to do so. You find that some things make them laugh and some easy movements help ensure their eyes are distracted from the parts you are rough at. They start laughing and being entertained sometimes in exactly the right way.
One day something happens you don't even notice: A friend asks you to do the trick for her parents. "He's really good". And you just do the trick for people you've never met. It's fine and you are comfortable with it cause you've done it a million little times. There is no self doubt, it's just that trick you do. They laugh. They smile. They ask how you did it.
*They ask you to do it again*.
For the first time ever - you owned the room doing magic.
Writing is that progression.
You make a sentence - like that first flourish. A fox jumped over a dog.
But you start putting a little time into it, every day, just plugging away at this stuff. No one is watching.
You study the structure a little and build here and there. The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
That part is natural now, a given. It was junk before but now it's in your wheelhouse.
You are adding up into paragraphs. Other basic sentences and even trying some rough structures. That one flourish is polished and the rest is coming along.
The three legged fox jumped so high it scared the moon into hiding.
You add paragraphs easily now and you look into these metaphors and analogies and things that are, let's be honest, still pretty rough. But you use the strong sentence to make the weak stuff less glaring. You share carefully - on reddit and with a few loyal friends.
You have gone from a flourish, to a trick, to a routine just with daily practice and experimenting.
One day something will happen you won't even notice. Someone will ask you to share that story about the myth you created.
You know, the one where the fox that caused eclipses to happen and the lazy dog that became a domesticated pet because it wouldn't stop whining are metaphors for people who take the chance of believing they can reach the sky vs people who just lay there and whine in fear of the moonlight.
I recommend writing about the things you are passionate about. The reason I've done well writing on a professional level goes all the way back to high-school. I picked research topics I cared about and often had trouble writing too much on a given paper. I also liked music, so I wrote lots of songs and experimented with lots and lots of poetry. Couple that with drilling down the grammar, structure, and styles of writing (yes it takes study and work from texts and other writers) and you develop a good baseline. I then volunteered a lot to write professional documents, and all the way through college and beyond continued to keep up the skill (ot is a skill). Now that I want to write novels for fun, its a matter of studying storyboarding etc only and then just doing it naturally. You have the reverse issue, with ideas but no foundation. Nothing says you can't start on the foundation. Get a book on grammar and sentence structure, a book on writing novels like Stephen Kings texts, and a novel on technical writing (parallelism, tone, etc)
Imma give you a simple, if painful response:
The reason that you never see an author's bad writing is because they don't publish it.
J R Tolkien wrote things long before he wrote The Hobbit. Shakespeare studied and wrote things years before he wrote Macbeth. The reason that you only know the good stuff is because you only see the end result of tons of work. Like an Olympic athlete. You, as the viewer, get the privilege of seeing their success at winning gold. You don't have to see them fail at meeting their goals, suffer setbacks, or have off days.
If you want to just improve writing, go to somewhere like r/WritingPrompts and try your hand at them, but seriously, practice. No one's first peice was good. Neither will yours be.
Read save the cat. Shows you how you can plot out your stories so they are engaging.
I’m not saying this is you, but I had a very similar issue. My resolution was to just stick to the thing I was starting to think was garbage, and see it through to the end. That was the best advice I ever received. I too am an artsy person, so I’ll be dissatisfied with my paintings, writings, graphic art, etc. halfway through and then spend all this time revising, revising, revising. What helped me the most was to just power through it, even when it started to feel like I was making junk. Then at the end, I could feel really good about completing it and that gave me the motivation to go through it, editing and adding until it was more the way I imagined it.
Tbh the only way to truly get better is to study and practice
So pick up some books that you think are amazing and point out why. Study those parts
Then try to jot your own ideas down and if they suck… it’s okay. Everything sucks at first and that’s the beauty of writing. You’re supposed to make it better by reading it again and again. Stories take time so let time do what it does
Pony up some cash and someone will help you.
Hmmmm. You know how Only Fans facilitates certain sorts of service...any chance of someone putting together a similar platform for people who just can't seem to write for themselves.
It's only bad writing until you realize it is the birth of your voice.
I used to be in the same boat; I was never able to complete my stories, no matter how short it is. despite every detail being in my head. Then recently, I decided to stop working on one of my favorite story's drafts entirely; and start over in a new document, with one rule. Until I finish the general plot, I cannot go back and edit, even if that meant inconsistencies or I get a great idea that halfway completely changes the plot. It helped tremendously since now I have a skeleton to work with, now I can add stuff to it.
edit: also to add, don't delete ANY of your drafts, you'll regret it.
Personally, I write the chapters in my mind before really writing them. I have maladaptive daydreaming and it kinda helps me to see characters in action and their dialogues. I lose myself being them in their world which makes me understand that character better and even sometimes I directly find right dialogues.
I mean after a while even I, turn back and find things wierd but also I see that I write better than before.
I can understand the feeling still you are feeling. I mostly write in my native language. Recently first time I tried to write in English which... It wasn't that good, at least, not as much as my native language version. I believe that might be because I actually never read any English book from start to end and mostly read articles for my studies in uni. I plan to read a fiction book. Maybe that helps me to understand how to use the language.
The beloved novel is not the only platform from which to write. For an exercise try telling your story to a young child. Limit the story to a half hour. Record your story and the child's comments. It is a worthy exercise. Good luck and enjoy the process.
Yes, you're bad at writing. Everyone is. You start with an absolutely dreadful first draft that has inconsistencies, run-on sentences, and scenes that make you want to throw the project away. And that's okay. That's a part of the process.
So here's what I would do: You say you've tried comics before, why not try them again? Except this time plan the story. Write the basics: a short description of the room, the characters, and then the dialogue, along with any actions. This should get you to the next step.
What I like to do is start off my ideas with bullet points as a sort of list. After a while the short phrases turn into short sentences for more detail. Then longer sentences, then dialog, then almost a story. Once im in the groove of writing I can go back to the bullet points and rewrite them as actual sentences and paragraphs.
Also constant rereading as if I am the audience I am writing for, since ultimately I am.
Edit: another commenter mentioned this and I completely agree, reread what you wrote only AFTER youre done with a chapter or large enough section. A paragraph is not enough because it's still to fresh with proverbial ink. I cant look back on what I wrote even after an entire page, I need to be at least two pages through my idea before I cam look back at the beginning of my section with critical (but not overly critical) eyes.
Annotating helps too, acknowledge when there is a clunky sentence or a fractured sentence or when you straight up forgot to put in the dialog for the scene! I know I've done that 😅 But do not dwell on every little detail until the draft is done.
I think you'd fair well with making a collection of short stories so you can keep going to your next ideas every day if a big long story isn't your style
You have to write them anyway. Everybody is bad at the beginning, it's ok. You have to write consistently until you get the bad writing out of your system and can get to the good stuff. Give yourself permission to write the worst shit that has ever existed if that's what it takes!
I so envy your ability to come up with characters and plots! I've got a suggestion to get you writing, one that will help you get past that cranky judgmental editor in your head.
Try writing short things, vignettes, maybe just paragraphs, *in the voices of your characters*. Not your voice. A character's voice.
Diary pages. During one of your recent "big adventures", one or more of the characters around you, went home that evening, and wrote a line or a page in their diary. Write that page, the way that character would have written it. If it's boring it ain't your fault, it's her fault.
Does your world this week have a newspaper? Write the story that appeared on the bottom right of the front page yesterday, the way the editor would have written it. It will include mention of some event you witnessed, but from another viewpoint, and will mention some people from the world that until now, you didn't know the names of.
Some of the people in your world write letters. You sit down and write those letters, in the voice and style of those people, paying attention to who they are writing to (mom, lover, debtor...?)
Notice what this type of exploration does. One, you can stop worrying about *exposition*, you don't have to explain this world to the reader because these people live in it. Two, you can stop worrying about your writing style because for the time being you aren't doing the writing, it's your character who is writing and if their grammar sucks or their style drags, that's not your problem. Three, it forces you to think much more deeply about this imaginary world. You *think* you know a lot about this place but I'm betting you don't really. When you have to think through what these people care about, and how *they* describe the world from their viewpoints you will find out things you didn't know.
Does this help you turn your world into a salable novel? Probably not. But it should be fun to do, and it will give you some back-story that you can refer to when you do try to write the novel.
In the words of a wise man "Git Gud"
Is this parody? I feel like you're doing a bit.
OH MY GOODNESS I HAVE THE EXACT OPPOSITE PROBLEM. Writing comes naturally to me, and the sentences will just flow out. BUT I HAVE NO IDEAS EVER EEE
man we should fuse together and create a writing prodigy
Sometimes when my brain isn't giving me ideas (doesn't happen a lot so I'm not sure how much this will help) I get ideas by taking characters I already know the personality of (like people from shows or books) and I create a fanfiction in my head. If you can't think of a plot, just think of an episode/chapter and a moment in it and change something one of the characters says or does and just see what your mind does with it.
Most of the time I end up getting new, original content and original worlds and characters from that.
I hope this helped!
Hey, fun stories don't need a technical mastery. Writing as an art isn't your goal, you're writing a story to enjoy. So write the damn story and accept that your writing may well be like a sledgehammer.
this is my exact problem. I am a heavy world builder, not tolkien level but I dare say close, but I just can't write whats in my brain the way I want it.
I am exactly like this, me down to a T. Except I couldn't draw, so I had no form to express myself. I only had my thoughts. I struggle with reading and writing since I was in kindergarten and thought I would never be a writer. I am currently working on editing my rough draft of my first book.
Give all your ideas to me and I'll use them to write a book.
But... Writing is a craft... I don't understand this post at all, you understand the *concept* of practising a craft since you consider yourself an artist (you weren't born with a skill like that, no one is) and yet you think *Reddit* will somehow make you magically good at writing?
If this isn't a troll post, then I recommend starting simple but in-depth, like watching the Brandon Sanderson lectures on Youtube.
btw, this post was shared on r/writingcirclejerk because people found it funny.
The first step to being good at something is being shitty at something.
Write it down. Get it out of your head. Don’t even edit it, don’t even put off “making it better,” for later. Just put the words on a page or processor.
Then move on. Over time, you’ll build your muscles of writing. You might look back and want to rewrite, you might cannibalize old work. That’s fine.
For now, just let it out.
Is there any skill set you’re naturally interested in learning about?
Just tell your story out loud as you are thinking it, and let Microsoft Dictate add-in write it for you. Or you can use other apps if you don't have MS-Word.
Once that is done, proof-read and change what you want.
How about just writing your story as bullet points to get it all down. A timeline of what happens, what people talk about(not how they say it), etc. Then fleshing out the events. Not really a new idea, but maybe something you haven’t tried. At least the story is laid out. Just a thought
Wanna help me make a comic? Hit me up.
I think the best way to start would be writing a general outline of sorts on the story you plan to write. From there, you can expand it. Add characters, lore, world rules, etc.
Or maybe you can try and write and essay on your world. Elaborate on the cultures, world, races, history, and everything else. This is very true if you are writing a high fantasy story. Of course, this also applies on all genres, so don't be afraid to write what you have in mind.
Don't mind too much about your writing. You can always edit them later.
I hope this helps.
I usually daydream stories and just go until I get bored but never write it down. When I get high I do the same thing but I'll usually open up a notebook on my phone and type away, and I'll usually start out detailed but then jump around and stop making sense just so I can write down ideas for plot points. The biggest piece of advice Ive heard is that the revisions almost never stop. Books take forever because it's not hard to get the idea for the story, it's hard to make it all comprehensive with good flow. I in a similar boat where I don't have the willpower to make myself practice writing and get frustrate, but I hope you find the motivation to get your words onto paper and keep editing it! It'll take a lot of time and patience, and a lot of frustration, but it you keep coming back to it you'll eventually make something awesome.
Omg, I feel this so much. I feel your pain. I hate this so much. I just wanna share what’s in my head, but I can’t draw and I can’t write.
You should really try roleplaying games. It turns the often hard and boring process of writing into a fun and easy process of playing. You seem like the kind of person who would be a good GM.
Writing is a skill like anything else. You have to practice and learn how to do it. The more you do the easier and less floppy it gets.
Talk, explaining the characters like you’re having a session and smoking weed and listening to music. Record, and then transcribe. Then you have material to edit with momentum in the unfolding of material. I have written many stories this way and it is the fastest way I can write a book. Get a little mad and embrace your characters existence like it’s real. Most people talk much faster than they write. It’s about three times faster than handwriting or typing.
One word. One sentence. One becomes three. Three becomes five. Ooh, look a whole paragraph. You got this dude bust out that pen and paper and the ideas down before they fade in obscurity
Have you considered collaborative work? You mentioned comics: a lot of comics and story-heavy video games are collaborative works.
It takes time and patience. If you don’t have the patience, then become a producer lol
Write your ideas out in point form being as brief as possible. This becomes your plan and start to outlining.
You could also combine these into just one story using the same character.
Save them into individual files for later use and future works.
Helps the anxiety.
Wonder if telling a story into your phone (or telling a story to a friend while the phone is recording), using an app that converts speech to text, would unlock things for you. Might be worth a try.
Tell them around campfires. Under the stars.
Each one of us is different. Some have amazing ideas but less writing skills and then there are others who have weak ideas and poor creativity but they can write vividly (they usually end up in copy-writing. And there are the crazed, mad bastards, who happened to be gifted with both.
All I can say, all any of us can say is, work on it as best you can. That few of us write polished prose first draft. Its our ability to go over our work again and again, cutting out the crap, adding in the colour when its needed, that makes our work boundlessly better.
I recently started with learning the fundamentals of writing, that basic blocking and tackling that I need before I can put my thoughts into a form that's readable. I enjoy writing as a hobby, so I don't have any pressure around learning, it's my spare time.
You tube has some good videos. Here's a good one that gave me some good perspective and led to others:
I have been active in [www.writing.com](https://www.writing.com) . The short story contests run daily. People will review your work if you'd like. I believe they have a section for comic strips as well.
I don't think any concept I have, no matter how good, is going to be read by anyone if I'm not applying the right writing structure, making relatable characters, etc. I used to think my great idea would carry the weight of it, but it takes time to learn a new craft. At least that's what I've found so far.
My little sister mentioned something like that and I told her she could record what she’s thinking and then write it out by listening to her recordings. She’s an audio learner so I figured recording for her would work. Maybe it would work for you?
Get better at CHARACTER VOICE by listening to characters on youtube. Focus on one voice at a time.
We buy the book for the concept, but we love it for its characters and relationship dynamics. Star Wars wouldn't have been such a big hit without Han Solo vs. Princess Leia.
Try a voice recorder! Just vomit your ideas into it as they come, then try writing while listening to yourself. It helps me.
1-pick a notebook and write a scene every day ,even though they are bad.Just give your brain the opportunity to learn from his mistakes.no matter how bad you are ,the brains tend to improve the task that it is working on
2- don't focus on the destination ,instead focus on loving the journey of becoming a good artist.Laugh at your mistakes and imagination.yoy will get to your goal without even noticing how much hard work you have did because you were having fun with journey not focusing on the goal itself
(However,You to always remind yourself of your true goal.this will help you get through the hard times and deep falls)
3- You have to accept the idea that you are neither the best,nor the worst. Put a close attention on how your favourite artist ,or writers express their imagination and opinions.Copy other's work like an artist;Use their ideas and strategies to your own interest and make sure to add your own touch to their ideas so the idea that you are trying to share will look new and fresh
George Lucas had great story ideas but no writing talent too. Now he's a billionaire.
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