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Hello fellow nerdfighters! It's story time!
I wrote a
lot when I was younger but then I got into music and the fact that reading was
much more effortless then writing and somehow I lost myself in a world of
punkrock and Harry Potter. The only time I wrote was for school and that kind
of writing aren’t always fun. I've always found it hard to get my ideas down on
paper. I've had this big idea of a whole world inside my head but I don't know
how to get it out. I guess I've always had that problem. In my last year of
school however, an opportunity came. We had to do someone creative by ourselves;
it could be anything from making a doll to writing a song. I decided to write a
screenplay for a Doctor Who episode and I have never in my life been so proud
of myself as when I gave that huge stack of paper that was my script to my
teacher. I want to feel that again. And that my friends is how I went from
"I don't write and I have no idea what I want to do with my life" to
"I can write and in 4 days I'm moving to go to film school for a year."
Hey all (:So...I suppose you could say I'm an aspiring writer; I do love writing, and to do it professionally has really been my underlying goal since before I even thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up. I have a problem, though, and it seems like you guys are the best people to ask (:I don't have any ideas--I never know what to write about. I've written a few things from prompts, and some of them were okay but honestly, they don't feel completely...mine. I know I can write (not to say that I don't need a lot of improvement) but I don't know what to write about.I know they say to write what you know, but I don't feel like I know anything interesting.Anyone else feel the same way/ have any suggestions?Thanks a million (:
I just joined, so I have a few comments for posts above:CaitRose I think your idea for a novel has some promise (sounds a little like the Fallout video games, which are awesome). The only thing I would caution you on is how you approach scifi. Good scifi takes the rules of science/physics/biology/chemistry that we already have and tweaks them or extends them or uses them to explain the fantastic stuff happening in your story, whereas fantasy just makes up new rules. You idea about different kinds of bombs and epidemic, identical mutations occurring as a result of exposure to the bombs sounds like you might need to do a little more research about nuclear science (my husband is a nuclear scientist, which is why your idea stuck out to me). Read about how nuclear bombs work, read about what they can do to biological organisms - talk to people with direct experience building these things or treating the results. An educated writer is a strong writer.mikaylamarie I was going to give the "write what you know" advice, but it sounds like you've already received that. I like to take long walks outside in lots of different places - new settings give me new ideas. But maybe the best writing advice I've ever received is from a book I read (I don't even remember what it was called - it was quite a while ago). One of the characters told another character to look at the facade of a building and write about it, but she said she didn't know how. So he told her to write about one single brick in the facade. A day or so later she came back and told him that she had started with that one brick, and then written about the next one, and the next, so on and so for until she'd written several pages. So maybe start out small, detail-oriented, and see where it takes you?Owl-of-Death Best ways to fix that: 1) Write a complete dating website profile for each of the characters you create to get to know them better 2) Create a whole bunch of everyday and unusual circumstances and write out how each of your characters would respond in each situation.anxiously_aware Haha, I think I have the same problem! I have way too many hobbies (I'm super bad at making choices). So when I decided I wanted to dedicate more time to my writing, I assigned a specific notebook, and decided I would write a minimum of 100 words per day. It's not very much, just enough to make sure that I'm still making progress. If I write on my computer, I still record the day's amount in the notebook so I can keep track. I've been doing this for a month, and I think it's really helping!If anybody is looking for a good writers' forum, I love WritersCafe.org - I'm DaughterNature on there if you want to connect and review each others' work!
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