6.26.2013

javier's picture

Now I've made it a habit of writing early in the morning as it's the only time my mind is clear and focused. Well mostly restless.

I found myself googling Why do I hate my friends which took me to a site about social anxiety. Odd, I dont think i have that since I've acted, sang, and can speak publicly without nervousness, but yet my sister told me I have it. She's no doctor so i won't take her word for it. My friends have been frustrating me lately and I get annoyed easily by them and their nonsense.

I think it's because most of them take forever to text and occasionally when I do call their cellphones, they do not answer. I say Hey the cellphone store called, they want their phones back. (No i havent, one day i will.)

Another frustration i am annoyed by is my lack of ever finishing a short story. Ever. The only things i've published was an act (which is here on this site) and a pseudo-historical biography (not here, tucked into the files in my broken laptop). And I start with a single idea but i cant express it and also descriptive language isnt my strengths. my god i cant function without finding success in things

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elph's picture

What happened?

Last sentence is a cliff hanger... plus no ".". I suspect you intended to expand... but fell asleep... maybe?

Could you post the url for that one "act?"

Ann's picture

I had "friends" who

I had "friends" who constantly annoyed me. I realized that I didn't really have much of anything in common with them and I didn't like spending time with them. So, I stopped hanging out with those friends and made an effort to spend time with other friends who I actually like being around. I'm not suggesting you just drop them all, just slowly drift away to different people.

As for the writing thing, try listening to music while you write. Or look back through the story and pin point exactly where you started to lose interest, then change everything about that point and everything after it. Sometimes to get into writing, I look at the websites of some of my favorite writers or literary agents, who are blogging about writing. Or maybe you just haven't found an idea that you like yet. Sometimes though you really just have to force yourself to sit in your chair and type, type, type, no matter what. Maybe you're writing a murder mystery, but you get bored and consider quitting the story - don't quiet, instead liven things up with something really unexpected like "Oh my god, Holmes, what's that dragon doing in here?" First drafts don't have to be good, in fact they're usually pretty crappy. The point of the first drafts is to get it done, and nothing more.

radiosilence95's picture

Yeah, I related to pretty

Yeah, I related to pretty much this entire journal. I don't like my friends much either. They're all wrapped up in themselves, most of them are annoying in their own special way. The ones who don't annoy me aren't super interested in me. So I hear you loud and clear. Good news is college and adulthood means a new batch of friends.

Also hear you loud and clear on the whole writing thing. I've started so many stories and I've only finished one. Really the only advice I can offer is advice I can't even take myself: try to force yourself to write everyday, whether it's a sentence or a paragraph or nonsensical rambling or a journal on Oasis or what. Any and I mean any amount of writing you do, whether it's structured or contains a plot or not, sharpens your writer's brain.

jeff's picture

I have bad news...

Hitting the end of writing a first draft of a story is barely finishing it. That is nearly the start of the process.

In my case, it was even worse, as when the characters in my novel hit what I thought would be the end of the book, they sort of talked themselves out of freaking out over it, and kept going. Thankfully, I was led to a much more impressive ending than I had originally imagined.

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Yamamoto's picture

Am I the only person who

Am I the only person who comes up with final drafts before he writes them... seriously. Now don't tell me this isn't possible because I know of other authors who do it and it shows in there writing especially one of my favorite mangaka. :S

jeff's picture

I don't know what you mean...

You know what is going to happen before you sit down to write? Many people do that. In fact, a lot of authors I know write outlines of the entire book before they ever sit down to do the actual writing. So the spine of what is supposed to happen is already in place before they start writing anything as far as narrative.

I am confused how your final draft is done before you start, since that term seems misused here. I think you can plot out a draft and finish it in advance, but final draft to me means that when you sit down to write, once you finish it is perfection and never needs a single word or thought changed?

That part does seem less possible to me.

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Yamamoto's picture

You are making the

You are making the assumption that I actually 'Write out' a first draft. The first draft is made in my head. What goes on paper only needs to have grammar and sentence structure or wording changes done to make it more easier to read. Me and my friend Daniel both do this... So actually it is quite possible. Though you are right to say I may have misused the word 'final draft', but I am not wrong in saying that what I write changes quite significantly less than the average writer.

Bosemaster42's picture

I guess,

If it works for you then great, but it's a very unorthodox way of writing.
I think a story definitely needs an outline because it is indeed a guide for the narrative. I think you'd find most professional writers follow this rule of thumb, but I'm sure there's probably some that may not. Of course, I'm not a professional writer either, but to write a final draft and not make any changes, that's seems to be a bit of a stretch.

Yamamoto's picture

Well I mostly take a lot of

Well I mostly take a lot of time to outline it in my head... never said it was a short process... but I don't write my outlines down. As I said before it is something me and another friend like to do. We kind of call the process 'creating worlds in our minds'.

Writing a final draft and not making any changes implies that you didn't make mistakes which is impossible. I hope though I haven't been confusing in communicating what I am trying to say I do.

jeff's picture

OK...

But what is the benefit of sorting out an entire outline in your head, as opposed to on paper?

I'm sure most people could keep all of this in their head and shape it until they finished. But I guess I'm not seeing any advantage?

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elph's picture

Oh... that's easy!

You're able to kid yourself into believing that you actually have an outline!