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Ever felt guilty about not writing?:

Formerly G.G.
I hadn't written anyhting in over a year and reading all sorts of stories and fanfictions makes me feel guilty about not ding anyhting. Other than the short stories I use to do in high school, forum posts and a few essays I use to do in school, I hadn't written anything seriously. It just bothers me that I have all these ideas yet afraid to put them because it will sound wrong. Not to mention all these ideas in my head are ripped off from other people stories although I wanted to put my own spin on them. What should I do?
"Humans haven't changed since my days in the temple.

How foolish and self-centered you are! Now, namusan ―― !"
 2 Psycho Frea X, Sun, 20th Nov '11 6:51:37 PM from Transcended Humanity
Yes I frequently get, not ready yet, need to do more research, can still plan my story better syndrome.

Recently I started again on writing a story and reached the tenth page so far. I'd say just pick an interesting idea, without being serious, for the sake of having something interesting to write about. Like a short one shot and if you can happen to expand on it later then goodie.
 3 Oh So Into Cats, Sun, 20th Nov '11 7:11:34 PM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
A year? I feel guilty when I stop writing for a day!

edited 20th Nov '11 7:11:48 PM by ohsointocats

Eidolonomics: ~60.4k/100,000 words
 4 Leradny, Sun, 20th Nov '11 7:35:44 PM from Alameda, CA
Whenever I feel guilty about not writing, I stop feeling guilty and start writing. True story.

And I don't care about my ideas getting ripped off, or ripping off someone else's. In the former, you can call the fact that there's nothing new under the sun. In the latter, you can give credit and not hurt anyone's feelings.

 5 Morven, Sun, 20th Nov '11 8:29:13 PM from Seattle, WA, USA
Yes; don't be shy about admitting your influences, but don't let those influences make you feel too shy to show anyone your work. Novelty is overrated in writing.
A brighter future for a darker age.
Rainbows hurt.
Not guilty. Just lazy.
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No. I feel irritated, but not guilty. It's not as if the world is missing out on great brilliance.
And better than thy stroke; why swellest thou then?
 8 nrjxll, Sun, 20th Nov '11 9:18:48 PM Relationship Status: Not war
If I had readers, I'd feel guilty about not writing, but as everything I've written so far has been intended for myself, it would be rather silly to feel guilty about not working on it.

 9 Yuri Strike, Sun, 20th Nov '11 9:27:23 PM from I'm telling nobody!
Not really. I enjoy world building but usually skip the writing part.

edited 20th Nov '11 9:28:32 PM by YuriStrike

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I rather do, given that for some odd reason a bunch of people seem to like it and follow it when I do. It usually keeps me from going too far off the grid.
Shinigan (Naruto fanfic)
 11 Night, Mon, 21st Nov '11 12:07:25 AM from PSNS Intrepid Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Who you are does not matter.
I'm not sure it rises to the level of actual guilt. Guilt precursors, perhaps, whatever they are.
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Story of my life.

Sounds like your perfectionism is what's stopping you from writing. It's OK; a lot of writers have this problem. The trick is to not to take writing so seriously that you freeze up in terror. Of course you should always aim for your writing to be as good as possible, but a first draft isn't the place for that. Just try writing something as your mind takes you. You can always edit it up later. Maybe do some writing exercises to loosen up your mind.

And seriously, don't worry about writing ideas that other people have used before you. You're hardly going to plagiarise every single thing in their stories. In my experience, ideas inspired by other stories usually start diverging from the source fairly soon.
It does not matter who I am. What matters is, who will you become? - motto of Omsk Bird
 13 JHM, Mon, 21st Nov '11 1:54:02 PM from Neither Here Nor There Relationship Status: I know
Thunder, Perfect Mind
While I love writing, I find it often quite difficult to start, and avoid it in various ways, until I don't.

Guilty, perhaps.
 14 Mr AHR, Mon, 21st Nov '11 2:10:49 PM from ಠ_ಠ Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ahr river
I feel depressed.
Grin and bear it
I've had a recent month-or-so long break from writing, and I feel guilty only because I have people that genuinely like my stuff and want to see more of it.

Then again, the reason for said break was personal, so if they were any sort of sensical human beings, they would understand.
 16 Major Tom, Mon, 21st Nov '11 3:12:51 PM Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Eye'm the cutest!
Ever felt guilty about not writing?

Do bears shit in the woods?
"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
Tom, that's the kind of saying that accompanies a question whose answer is intuitive and obvious.

edited 21st Nov '11 5:46:37 PM by kashchei

And better than thy stroke; why swellest thou then?
 18 Major Tom, Mon, 21st Nov '11 6:21:33 PM Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Eye'm the cutest!
And in my case the answer to that question is my answer.
"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."



Perhaps perfectionism is to blame. People seemed to like my writing, but I just freaked out months ago over writing things for others and stopped.
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 20 Riotous Rascal, Wed, 23rd Nov '11 5:59:28 AM from AUSTRALIAAAAAAAAAAA
Well played, old chap!
I just find it friggin' impossible to name my characters. Everything else is fine, just..names. Ugh. Maybe I should just name them all after metasyntactic variables?
Did I ever tell you...the definition of insanity?
 21 Mort 08, Wed, 23rd Nov '11 1:41:12 PM from Oklahoma Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
Pirate AND writer!
For me, the hardest part of writing is actually dragging myself to my laptop and getting started with all these crazy ideas I have.
 22 nrjxll, Wed, 23rd Nov '11 1:43:25 PM Relationship Status: Not war
[up][up]I will never understand why this is so hard for people.

 23 joeyjojo, Wed, 23rd Nov '11 4:53:35 PM from South Sydney: go the bunnies! Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Happy Oktoberfest!
Hell no, sometimes I don't even bother to finish my own p
Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy -Gandolf In Harry Potter
 24 Wolf 1066, Wed, 23rd Nov '11 7:35:35 PM from New Zealand Relationship Status: In my bunk
Frequently. Most the time it's because I'm busy with something else - work, kids etc. At the moment it's because I'm having to pack to move house.

I'm telling myself that once we're settled in our new place I'll be able to write again, but until then I'm only getting five or ten minutes free here and there - nowhere near long enough to get into creative writing and get something done.
Dangerously Genre Savvy since ages ago...
 25 Rynnec, Mon, 28th Nov '11 8:09:25 PM Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
Yep, most definitely. There's really no excuse for me not writing anything at this point. Hell, I'm feeling pretty shitty right now for not participating in NaNoWriMo.

edited 28th Nov '11 8:09:38 PM by Rynnec

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