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Feb
24
comment How do I balance reading time with writing time?
Lauren’s comments about using a book instead of the Internet are interesting. They imply I should switch my categories, which would also raise my priority for reading.
Feb
24
comment How do I balance reading time with writing time?
@Standback, thank you for the comment. Sorry I didn’t get to it sooner. I chose reading since it's the only "important" task I know of that isn't the same priority as or higher than writing for me now. I class "reading" as a non-writing hobby. The only other one, a particular video game, I don’t do until I'm certain there is no more writing in me. Surfing is "writing" because I surf for info that will help me continue, so I do that before reading or video games. While I would be interested in responses to “When should I stop?” I do want to write, so I singled out reading.
Feb
21
comment How do I decide if writing expository scenes that won't be in my finished novel is useful, or procrastination?
I'd like to learn how to write better questions. I'm not quite sure how I was asking for discussion. I view discussion as a two-way street -- conversation going backwards and forwards. I view SE as a one-way street -- once I get an answer, there is no conversation unless clarification is needed. While my statement could have limited answers (perhaps unwise when a good one can come from anywhere) I didn't see it as asking for a back-and-forth conversation. Does my understanding of SE need to be adjusted?
Feb
21
comment How do I decide if writing expository scenes that won't be in my finished novel is useful, or procrastination?
Actually, I think your edit brought out the question I wanted to ask. I am especially interested in hearing the answers of those familiar with pantsing novels, but I won't mind answers from plotters as well. Since that statement seems to be what red-flagged you, I see no reason why that information can't just stay in this comment.
Feb
18
comment Do I need to know anything to write a short story that I wouldn't know by studying how to write novels?
Why ahouldn't readers thing I'm using novel skills to write short stories? Any time I skim books or websites on the subject, I find the advice tends to run along the exact same lines I've read for novels in terms of characterization, plot structure, ect.
Feb
17
comment Do I need to know anything to write a short story that I wouldn't know by studying how to write novels?
@JohnSmithers, actually, I did get started on a novel. It's going to be a while before its ready for the revision stage, though, and I feel it's important to become more familiar with revision so I'll be better able to push through the first draft. So I'm looking at short stories again while working on the novel.
Feb
17
comment Do I need to know anything to write a short story that I wouldn't know by studying how to write novels?
Thank you for your advice. I don't know of a way to edit this question to fit the Problem X model, but I'll keep this in mind when writing future questions.
Feb
12
comment Will blogging my fiction limit its ability to be traditionally published later?
I like the suggestion of using a locked blog. At this point, I'm not sure how dedicated the people I've told about my blog are to reading it, so it's probably something I'd consider for later if I find they are. I'm curious, though: if I were to blog a few scenes of a larger piece, realize I'd grown attached enough to want to publish it, then finish and revise it offline, would that change how likely a publisher would be to turn it down for being blogged?
Feb
12
comment Will blogging my fiction limit its ability to be traditionally published later?
As for the possibility of self-publication, I like the idea of having a publishing house's assistance to prepare and market my book, but I do see the value of keeping my options open. At this point, I'm nowhere near ready to publish anything. I'm just trying to see how my decisions today may help or hinder me down the road.
Feb
12
comment Will blogging my fiction limit its ability to be traditionally published later?
My wording may have caused confusion as to what I meant by writing a new piece in the same genre as the piece I had blogged. I meant "genre" to be very narrow, e.g. a story about a pack of wolves dealing with internal conflicts while in a natural disaster. Is there a better word I can edit in for this narrow a category? If I had dedicated time to a story like this but discovered its being blogged prevented its publication, it would be disheartening to consider whether to lose it or write a like story.
Feb
8
comment How can I cut my prep work to get to writing more quickly?
I wish I had the rep to at least vote this answer up. I plan to apply some of these suggestions to see if they can help me gain some more insight into my writing process or provide ways to improve it.
Feb
6
comment How can I cut my prep work to get to writing more quickly?
Excellent point. And I can understand your impatience. There are way too many of us. ;) Regarding the ease of plotting vs. writing, I think I'm in the other camp. I have really enjoyed participating in forum roleplays in the past. In that setting, the plotting is done by the creator of the forum. Once you craft a single character, it's all writing. Unfortunately, it leaves me without practice in areas like plotting and revision.
Feb
5
comment How can I cut my prep work to get to writing more quickly?
I think I need some clarification on your intent in the first line. Do you mean to indicate that "prep work" is not necessary to writing (since daydreaming is considered non-productive in many cases), or do you mean that "daydreaming" is a necessary part of writing, though like all prep, too much can get in the way of actually writing? I've seen and appreciated your answers to other questions on the site; thanks for taking time for mine. I especially like the suggestion about practicing with shorter works.