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Edited by Arashi Sora: 5/15/2014 8:39:31 AM
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Anyone here a writer or at least somewhat serious about becoming one?

Anyone? Writing is what i've always really wanted to do, although I have almost no experience at it. I have a ton of story ideas, it's just the actual writing part i'm bad at. Or at least, i've convinced myself I suck at it. For anyone that's actually seriously into writing, how do you get over the fear of showing your work to someone else? The fear of having your ideas and stories rejected? And i'm talking about in person, not [i]necessary[/i] the internet.
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  • Disney got rejected 121 times for a loan to build Disney land
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  • Just make your sentences so wordy that no one can understand it. They'll automatically think you're a genius.
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  • When I was a little kid I wanted to be a writer, I read loads of books on writing and was usually ahead of my class in terms of composition and comprehension, those dreams fell off somewhere. Recently I've tried writing, even wrote a short story, showed it to some people and got good reviews of it. I would really like to write a novel length story, and I already have multiple projects started, but I often drift of that focus and forget about them till I see the file or something. My problem is I have a great base for the story, I know how I want it to end, and I know what I want it to mean, but I have a hard time putting meaning to writing that would be novel length or without directly saying it. I get to around 20-40 pages on word and then I start rethinking and eventually just stop writing it. It's really hard, atleast for me, to write a novel length piece from the beginning and distinguish a good detail from a useless one
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  • The toughest part is often just... starting. Start, finish a thought. Finish a 'scene'. Take a deep breath, let out out somewhere to be appreciated so that you can improve and do more. Worst thing ever is being stuck on just one thought because you're afraid to release it to the world. Just my thoughts/advice. It might NOT be the greatest thing ever. But your next one will be.
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  • I like writing a lot, but once I start writing, I can't stop.
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    • Edited by Icy Wind: 5/15/2014 10:48:25 AM
      Journalism. And yeah, a lot of us have that problem of showing someone your work. You just have to remember even the greatest writers get shot down plenty of times before they find someone who believes in what they write - JK Rowling, for example, was turned away by four or so publishers before Scholastic gave her a shot. So, just start with showing friends and family. If you need to, just walk out of the room while they read for the first few times (It's what I had to do), and slowly, your confidence will build up.
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    • Used to be an amateur creative writer, probably penned well over 1000 pages of various fan fiction/original works over time. Won a few short story awards for young writers. Got out of it though, not feeling the same spark I once did.
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      • Write masterpieces, then there is no fear.
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      • The good thing about the internet is it's mostly unbiased because people don't know you. Join the group burrito posted and post some stuff there. Then once you get feedback you can be confident that your writing is good and then it should be easier to take it to someone in the real world.
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      • That's a funny question. Because the answer is exactly what you fear. One day, you'll have to take something you've written, and regardless of what you think about it, no matter how bad you think it is, you'll have to take a leap of faith, and reveal it to someone. I write, quite a bit. On record I've got about 31 finished short stories, ranging from 30-80 pages long. And around 58 potential, partially started ones waiting to one day be finished. But they all started, with one. One story that I put out for people to see. And then, when I got reception, and feedback, I took it as it came, and with that in mind, the next story I wrote had all this in mind. And from then on I grew. I've been writing steady for about 2 years now, and it's incredible to see how much my writing has changed since. But, overall, my style was present from day one, just in a less refined form. Writing, is a funny thing, and I find that it cannot happen if you aren't ready for it. Before two years ago, I tried stories. But they sputtered and failed. I lacked the necessary spark to go about piecing them all together, and to make them true to their name. But, one day, I wrote something, and finally decided that I wanted somebody to see it. The only key I can really give you, is not to over reach your grasp. I had a big, big universe built up once. And when I tried to write it all, it didn't hold together. But, now that I do write, I find that I pay tribute to that first idea, in every one of my writings. Some small piece of what I created lives on in characters, places, and ideas. And it's better for it, because it creates variable, interesting things every time. You can share it with me if you like friend, if you've written anything. Although, I'm sad to say, as much as I write things, I don't actually read very many stories, and in that regard, I wouldn't be so good for pointing out things. I think everybody has their own path to tread and figure things out as the go along.
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      • I'm a writer. Poetry, screenplays, you name it. I'm in the middle of writing a novel right now thats gotten really good feedback from friends. Gonna get it published this summer.
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      • You are an anonymous person on the internet. Nobody here knows nor wants to know who you are in real life. The same goes for all of us- I'm sure nobody cares who I really am, either. Since you're anonymous, you have the freedom to write what you want. Some people do cool projects, others try to make friends, some just try to offend people. Anonymity is a powerful tool. There's no reason for you to have any misgivings of sharing some writing if you do it online. If you're looking for a start, [url=http://www.bungie.net/7_The-Black-Garden/en/Groups/Detail?groupId=39972]click here[/url]. That's the most well established group of writers on this website. I'm sure you'll find lots of people passionate about it there, and maybe you can even pick up a few good tips.
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        • Try repeating the litany against fear: [i]I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing, only I will remain[/i]
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