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Author Topic: Weird Writing Habits?  (Read 1040 times)

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Re: Weird Writing Habits?
« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2018, 10:20:21 PM »
That's true.

I used to be like, hyper dependent on having songs that felt like the scene I was working on playing while I wrote. It was pretty detrimental. Nowadays I still go that route if I find a real winner, but more often than not, I find no urging for it.

I think part of that is I'm finally starting to come to understand my own internal sense of flow. My writing style has definitely shifted, and I can only hope it's for the better. But now that I'm not relying on whatever random song, everything feels so much more self consistent. Even right now, while writing four different stories, they all feel like my own hand. All my old stuff felt like it was a different author each chapter.

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Re: Weird Writing Habits?
« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2018, 01:36:56 PM »
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I'm finally starting to come to understand my own internal sense of flow
Yeah a sort of similar thing is happening with me and my drawing. I usually rely on music from my 5 star playlist to give me a boost into drawing but then I'm usually OK. Having a "crutch" isn't sooo bad as long as it is readily available!

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Re: Weird Writing Habits?
« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2018, 09:37:42 PM »
I found that I would re write entire chapters if I mess a paragraph up :/ find a mistake and then go backwards up the page changing everything... maybe its a distorted form of editing. I try not to go back and read what I've done for a while but I'm in that rut now.

Cant get one chapter right ugh.

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Re: Weird Writing Habits?
« Reply #18 on: November 26, 2018, 06:17:47 PM »
So I've just been made aware of something I do that, in hindsight, is pretty strange.

I like to have plans. I like to have a little legal pad or index card with a simple list of things I'd like to get done for a specific scene, chapter, story, whatever. But, my writing and my planning rarely add up completely. I'll write a few hundred words here and there to fill in the blanks of the plan, and a new plan will form. After a few more chunks of a few hundred words, I tend to have to go back and write up a new plan to keep the goalpost manageable, or, I suppose, as manageable as a goalpost can be.

I think I started to do this to give myself a little creative liberty to not feel like I was trapping myself in my own plans, and to help ensure that my writing didn't feel constrained by specific and arbitrary rules I had outlined for myself. It also helps me keep my writing separate from my editing, since I can always go back over my plans and, after a piece is done, consolidate and focus on particular rough patches between planning and execution.

I've always found this to be really helpful for decreasing the amount of stress for getting things done. However, ahaha, it doesn't work so well in collaborative settings. (Sorry, mates :sure: )

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Re: Weird Writing Habits?
« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2018, 03:54:16 PM »
Hmmm... I used to write a lot of poetry and tend to write my stories in poetry format first. Usually it's dialogue and narration for the chapter but no other descriptions. You just read it as talking...  You may remember this from my original account. I basically do this for every chapter.

Example
Spoiler
Dialogue
Do you remember how we met?

   I remember so clearly…
      What a cold and dreary day it was.
I was five years old…
   The other children tugged on my hair and clothes.
They called me dirty… trash…
   They shoved me back and forth
      Until I found myself on the ground
         Crying.
I can remember the salty taste of my tears as they laughed at me.
   And I can remember your voice.
      “What’s going on?”
You looked at me with such shock and pity.
You turned on the other kids in anger.
Chased them off with your words.
And I remember when you turned to me the sadness in your eyes.
When you held out your hand to me
   I can remember shying away
      Wondering
   Is this a trap? A new joke?
But then you smiled at me…
   “My name’s Shane. What’s yours?”
      “A… Alex”
   “You want to be friends Alex?”
Friends…  I had never had a ‘friend’ before.
I remember being so frightened when I took your hand…
Looking back on things now…
   That was the most important day of my life.

We had so much life in us back then.
   In our early years I told you everything.
We would often go for walks
   Through the woods
      And alongside the creek
   That ran near my house.
It was there that we talked about
   Our hopes and dreams
      Our nightmares.
I never noticed how often I talked
   About my own sadness…
But never once did you confide in me your feelings.
   Your problems.
You always just smiled at me in that gentle way of yours.
   Listening and comforting…
You were my strength, my rock, my support.
   It never occurred to me
      That underneath your smile
   There was a sadness growing there.
Sometimes I wonder…
   If I had been a little less selfish
      Paid a little more attention
Then maybe…
   Things would have turned out different for us.
If I had been a good of friend to you
   As you were to me
      Then maybe
         We wouldn’t be here today…

Do you remember the crystal you gave me?
   My 13th birthday…
You found me at our favorite spot
   Huddled up in my winter clothes
      Staring so forlornly at the water rushing by.
I remember the sudden warmth from your hug
And the heat of your breath against my ear
   As you whispered
      “I’ve got something special for you”
And you pulled from your pocket this beautiful crystal
   I remember it reminding me of
      A glass tower
         From a fairy tale…
You handed it to me and told me to hold it up to the light
   To look inside.
   “Rainbows!”
      “No… Wishes and feelings. It’s my magic stone.”
   “Whenever you feel sad or alone just close your eyes and pour it all into this stone”
It was … the most beautiful present that I had ever received.
Whenever I am sad or lonely… I hold that stone, close my eyes, and remember that beautiful day…
If only we could turn back time.
If only I had known what I know now.
I would like to think that I could have been there for you…
That I would be less preoccupied with my own problems…

All those times that you saved me.
   Stealing me away
      Like some superhero in the night.
Maybe once…
   I could have saved you…

Do you remember that night?
   Surrounded by our friends
      Sitting close to the fire
         Listening to good music
            Cuddling in your arms.
That was the night that I thought…
   You’d tell me you loved me.
We were always close
   But that night
      It seemed to me
That you held me tighter
   Held my gaze longer
I caught you watching me
   With a sad smile
And I smiled back
   Not understanding
      Not suspecting
         What was going on in your mind.

That night I fell asleep with your arms
   Wrapped tightly around me
The heat from the fire a soothing warmth on my skin.

And that night…
   I woke up without you next to me…

I remember…
   Finding you on the bridge
      Standing on the ledge
   “Shane!”
      You looked at me
         And smiled sadly at me.
For the first time
   I saw something
      That you had kept hidden from me.

All these years…
   I never saw the sadness in your eyes.

And now…
   Every time I close my eyes
      I think of all the times I saw you smile
And I wonder…
   How did I not see it?

And every time I remember that night…
   I wonder…
      “Why?”

Why?
Will I ever know why?
 

Aside from that, you may have noticed in other posts that if I don't watch myself I will capitalize random words while typing. I don't know why I do this, the words don't need any extra emphasis... I just randomly capitalize things.

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Re: Weird Writing Habits?
« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2018, 05:34:04 PM »
Well, persistent and surgical capitalizing does certainly lend itself to adding import to whatever you apply it to. There's something to be said for that. It's like how Pratchett always capitalized Death's lines. It made you stand up and notice.

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