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comment How to stay motivated while writing a story, after the initial burst of enthusiasm?
It would be nice if writing were all about inspiration, but in reality, the most successful writers are the ones who approach writing like it is work. Because it is. Hopefully satisfying work, labor of love kind of stuff, but in the end, it is still just work.
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comment How to stay motivated while writing a story, after the initial burst of enthusiasm?
Yes! A good font is surprisingly helpful. It makes you feel professional and invested (or something), like "this is what a real writer's writing looks like, and this is my writing, therefore I must be a real writer!"
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comment How to stay motivated while rewriting?
If you love writing and hate re-writing, then maybe writing is all you need to feel fulfilled, so don't worry about revising. If you love writing and want to share your writing with readers, you'll need to think about what your trying to share through your stories. When you get into the habit of thinking about what you're trying to say to someone else, I think you'll find that revising will come more naturally to you.
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comment How to stay motivated while rewriting?
@Lauren I think that's a self-correcting problem. If OP isn't motivated to re-write, then not having any readers might increase his motivation. On the other hand, if he's not concerned with having readers, then what's the point of re-writing anyway? Seems logical to me.
Jan
18
comment Show don't tell advice
Cold air whistled through the crack in the windowpane. The sudden draft made the fire flare in the fireplace while shadows stretched their ghastly fingers up the wall. Which is to say, you can do a lot with ambiance.
Jan
8
comment Is the word “becoming” being used correctly in the following metaphor?
I think maybe if it's slanted to "what are the different implications of these two alternatives" and you are more specific about what you are trying to convey, it might be on-topic over at EL&U.
Dec
29
awarded  Cleanup
Dec
16
comment Is replacing “this” with “a” allowed in fiction?
Not just Southern US. I'm a Yankee and I'd use it. It wouldn't be considered ignorant-sounding where I come from.
Dec
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comment Is replacing “this” with “a” allowed in fiction?
I think it's fine, much like using some in the same context. It gives the story a conversational feel.
Dec
2
comment List of wars someone could be a part of, if they were born a certain date
Out of curiosity, have you tried googling "wars between 1990 and 2014" (1990 being the age your character would have been 18)? There's a whole book on that very specific topic called *War in the Modern World, 1990-2014 not to mention that you can find lists of wars by date on Wikipedia. Also, tours of duty are going to depend largely on the kind of tour and the branch of service, as well as the country.
Dec
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comment How to format the following dialogue without the parenthesis?
Is the detective supposed to actually be saying those things? If so, try using dialogues tags.
Nov
13
comment Should I write my novel?
I have a day job and a contract to fulfill, two children (4 and 6), and an old farmhouse that needs a woodstove installed, a wall built, and wood laid in before winter. I'm doing NaNoWriMo right now. It doesn't seem like much time, but if you love it, keep doing it, even if it's only fifteen minutes a day before you collapse in a heap. Also, write it all first, then review it; keeps you from getting stuck.
Nov
12
comment Show Don't Tell when Recounting Events
"in to what she perceived as guilt" seems very telling rather than showing. What if you describe the behavior he's exhibiting that makes her perceive it this way instead?
Oct
28
comment Every idea for a story I come up with seems excessively long
How do you know they are only suitable for big novels? I don't think you will know for sure until you actually try writing one. The first time I did NaNoWriMo, I thought I had a plot well over 50K. It lasted me through 20K, then I had to come up with something else.
Oct
22
comment Can I be a good writer without reading a lot?
I agree. You have to get limber before you can really enjoy acrobatics. Start with something a little less dense first, like Ursula K LeGuin, Lloyd Alexander, Susan Cooper, Madeleine L'Engle, Tad Williams, Orson Scott Card, and Stephen R Donaldson before you get into Tolkien and Eco.
Oct
21
comment What comes first: the hook or the rest?
No way are you 53. You look like my cousin.
Oct
21
comment How many pages long should a chapter book be?
You need as many pages as the story asks for. If you're trying to fill a certain page count, then you might need a different story instead.
Oct
14
answered What are some tricks for managing debilitating writing anxiety/phobia?
Oct
14
comment Need A Way To Avoid Excessive Use Of Subject When Refering To Character
I think your method is a good suggestion, but the first two changes bother me because of the resulting fragments.
Oct
14
comment How to write good erotic scene?
And if we just need to know that they slept together, the entire sex scene could be skipped altogether and alluded to after the fact. For instance, she's stuffing her panties in her purse on her way out the door to catch the train. (This has the added advantage of making the extent of the author's experience less obvious.)