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Feeling like trash
« on: April 01, 2018, 06:46:59 PM »
I've written probably more than I've done anything else since I've been very young, and I've been published a couple times here and there. It's been many years, maybe a few since I've started writing bigger stories, and I feel like everything I put on paper is absolute trash. I've been told that this is a widespread problem with writers, but I can't get past it-for all I know my writing is that bad. I can't see any improvement at all in what I'm producing, and it just feels like I've wasted years of my life. It's just a crappy feeling overall.

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Re: Feeling like trash
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2018, 08:09:08 PM »
I think that is, as you say, a widespread problem not only for writers but for everyone that is creative somehow.

I also think that it can be something that is hard to get pass.
Since all creators has a vision of how we want it to be, and we know every little flaw in the "trash"...
But i believe that one of the great ways to get passed it is to put you heart into the creating, and love it just because it is "trash". Our own "trash". The "trash" no one else can create. the "trash" that almost is dripping of our own individuality.

There is no wasted time if you love to "waste" time at what you do.
Enjoy your writing, enjoy your time doing it. Enjoy what it is teaching you. And most important, hold you head high.
Because you are the only person that can give your work the individuality it is drenched in.






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Re: Feeling like trash
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2018, 09:08:03 PM »
I've seen this passed around and it seems to be true. Nothing will ever reach perfection, but we try.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm7awfl6hYA

But as for what I will say it is this. If you can identify that you have flaws, then that means you are improving. In order to improve our creative ability we must first improve our sense of, and formulate our own opinions on, what makes something good vs what makes something bad. An important point is that good and bad are subjective so don't think you can please everyone (still it's good to get the basics like grammar down so you can be understood despite a person's preferences).

When I come to a stop, I think carefully about what the main thing that I am dissatisfied with is. Then I ask myself what would satisfy me and work to get it there. Of course there are many problems, and one by one is slow, but if you try to tackle everything at once you will be overwhelmed and discouraged. Set smaller more realistic goals that you can do in steps. It should be more manageable and give you a sense of progression.

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Re: Feeling like trash
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2018, 10:09:18 PM »
I want to say the YouTube channel Big Think once did a very good episode on this topic, but I'll give my own opinion.


If you're feeling like this, go and dig up the absolute oldest piece of your writing you can find. Read it, cringe really hard, and then compare it with the most recent thing you've written. Now, I can only speak from personal experience, but I'm pretty confident you will not feel the same way about the two. Becoming a good writer is a slow process. Becoming a great writer takes even longer. And I don't think even the greatest of them ever thought of themselves that way. None of us are ever going to be perfect, but we can always be 'better'. As long as you can look at your work, and say that what you wrote today is better than what you wrote a year ago, then you're on the right track.

But above all, remember that it's not ultimately about us. I don't know how you feel about the death of the author theory, but no matter what side of that debate you fall on, it can't be argued that writing is ultimately a product. It's a product made for the readers, not for ourselves. If people enjoy reading your work, then it's good to them. If it's good for them, then take satisfaction that you brought something to their life that they did not have before.

Ever onwards. Ever upwards. And to share a quote from Mark Twain: "Experience is an author's most valuable asset; experience is the thing that puts the muscle and the breath and the warm blood into the book he writes."

In other words: the more experience we have, the better we become. I find it to be an unconscious thing personally. Just always know that if you feel your writing is lacking something, it is not because you lack skill. It is because you have not yet experienced that which will propel you to knew hights. But you will. Keep moving forward through life, and you will.

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Re: Feeling like trash
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2018, 01:11:01 PM »
I've written probably more than I've done anything else since I've been very young, and I've been published a couple times here and there. It's been many years, maybe a few since I've started writing bigger stories, and I feel like everything I put on paper is absolute trash. I've been told that this is a widespread problem with writers, but I can't get past it-for all I know my writing is that bad. I can't see any improvement at all in what I'm producing, and it just feels like I've wasted years of my life. It's just a crappy feeling overall.

I have been writing for a while too and I can say for certain that this is a widespread problem for a lot of people, especially those who have been doing it for a while. Take it as a sign that you've evolved as a writer, you can recognise when your writing isn't as good as you want it to be. I've had the same problems as well.

"There's no such thing as good writing, only good re-writing."

I can assure you no great writer was happy with their first draft. Just focus on getting words on the page, even if you think it sucks don't worry about it. Just keep your flow going. It's all about output. Then, when you've done, set it aside for a while and do something else. Come back to it with fresh eyes.

You're at that pit of despair where most people give up but keep pushing through it and eventually you'll break out of the other side. It's the worst part of your evolution as an artist but once you push through you'll be part of that small percentage that didn't give up and are now excellent writers.