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I need help writing

Postby Dexterleehall » Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:47 pm

I need help writing. I read thinking before you write. When I write I write whatever comes to mind and it wastes my time. Also, I want to relax when i write. Thaanks

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Postby pls » Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:35 am

You need much more self-discipline.
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Postby mammamaia » Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:30 am

ditto what paul said!

well developed self-discipline is one of the two most vital necessities for anyone who wants to establish a career as a writer... as much a requisite as having some degree of talent...

and it's something you must engender and employ within yourself, not something anyone can help you to 'get' or force upon you...
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Postby James A. Ritchie » Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:36 am

I don't think self-discipline has anything to do with this. All the self-discipline in the world can make you do something you don't know how to do. Huge amounts of reading, writing, and study can. While these things may require self-discipline, or not, they're the help you need with writing. Really, raise your hand if self-discipline plays a large part in why you read and write and study.

I do these things because I love doing them. If I had to strap on self-discipline to get them done, I'd stop all three and go find something much more fun to do.

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Postby robjvargas » Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:59 pm

I'm not going to say that James is wrong, but I *do* disagree with him.

Writing can be learned. Some can learn better than others. Some may fail. It can still be learned. And that takes the discipline to undertake the learning.

Writing a story isn't a stream-of-consciousness activity. Converting all our random thoughts and jumbled inspirations into a cohesive, flowing plot, that, too, takes discipline. Even for those (of you) that have talent.
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Re: I need help writing

Postby Dexterleehall » Tue Jan 06, 2015 12:35 am

Well, I don't know what to read. I haven't found anything that interests me. I read things online. I don't have the patience to read a book. I don't want to force myself to write, I want to enjoy it. I want it to be fun.

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