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Writing prep

Writing prep

Postby TheBlackCatCrossing » September 9th, 2019, 1:21 am

I wasn't sure where to put this but if the mods feel that if it belongs somewhere else, I will respect that. Hopefully it isn't the Elephant Graveyard. :lol:

I wanted to ask the other Fanfic authors/writers: How do you get motivated to write? Do you have a weekly routine or do you write on a whim?

I used to be more active here years ago. I had TLK bug really bad. Then, this annoying thing called Real Life caught up so my fandom activities were impacted greatly. It was really bad when I was interning and then I would get an email alert of someone reviewing or favoriting my fics. I missed it. :(

When I was at university, I was able to plan my writing. I would plan it out by weeks. If I couldn't do it a certain weekend, I would see if I could do it the following weekend. This allowed for me to brainstorm ideas. By the time I was able to sit down, I was able to write 2K+ words.

I cannot do that anymore.

I am trying to outline more. Because of my lifestyle now, sitting down and just writing on a whim is impossible. In fact, I find it intimidating and daunting. I was browsing Reddit awhile back and someone suggested outlining. I haven't written anything yet but using this method makes my brainstorming a lot more manageable. I am actually looking forward to sitting down and writing one of these days. After watching the remake, I felt inspired. Dormant ideas that I had became exciting for me. I even carry a notebook now just in case I lose a thought! LOL!

I have created outlines for a few fics. I can't wait to sit down and write them. However, right now I have some real life things that are distracting me. It's nothing major or life threatening but it is an inconvenience.

Another thing I have done to keep the writing muscles going is using prompts. I bought this cool journal with ten word prompts at Five Below. You have to create a story using these words. I am basically writing using that journal instead of fictional (for now). To me, I see it as the same as weight lifting. If you don't do it, your (creative) muscles will atrophy.
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Re: Writing prep

Postby Loki_adores_Scar » September 9th, 2019, 8:29 am

I had three weeks off so had enough time to write. I found an old story back (one I had written in Dutch), so I decided to translate it but ideas popped my head so I actually rewritten it.. I write blogs too and write a lot in general, but yeah there are times when there‘s less time. I mostly got inspiration for one fandom, now that‘s TLK so it‘s quite still around my Loki stories. I could open them, but nothing comes while this guy :evil: is haunting my mind. :P
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Re: Writing prep

Postby Heleigh » September 17th, 2019, 11:43 am

Good question. My problem has always been laziness what comes to writing. Early in my fan fic career, I had huge problems to update regularly, I was unsure of my skills and admired famous authors and their style. But I just kept going and self-confidence grew with it. Nowadays sure come times when the motivation is lacking from time to time but it comes back when it wants. If I don’t have a mood to write, I do something else and write again when I feel like it. In my case, a break every now and then is good for the imagination since good ideas come by random, not by force.
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Re: Writing prep

Postby TheBlackCatCrossing » September 18th, 2019, 12:13 am

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