Your Weaknesses In Writing Things:

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1. difficulty in finishing/continuing things.

2. inability to flesh out stories immediately/without aid.

3. selfcenteredness

4. underwriting (though i may just be minimalist.)

edited 27th Apr '13 9:10:16 AM by Passerby

so much to do, and yet... here, it feels like one cannot do anything but lie here and sleep forever.
52 nova2427th Apr 2013 09:27:53 AM from Irgendwo in Deutschland , Relationship Status: In Spades with myself
Idiot in Chief
I don't give enough detail, and I make my chapters short.
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I procrastinate about later chapters, only really focusing fully at the end of something. this site hasn't helped either. I fell setting a daily goal can help.

Also, having a beta reader helps me get over insecurities. (In my case, I have my brother who is brutal and honest.) You really need to be in the room with them too.

Sometimes you just need to write. Sit down in silence and just work. Worry about all that crap after you have something. Trust me, you'll be better off for it.

edited 2nd Sep '13 12:40:01 AM by KW

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54 VincentQuill2nd Sep 2013 10:22:19 AM from Dublin , Relationship Status: Sinking with my ship
1. 'Borrowing' (intentionally or unintentionally) elements from history/other works.

2. Procrastination. I find it near impossible to get started.

3. Laziness in justifying disclosure of information. I have kings giving highly classified pieces of information to peasants they've just met, because I'm too lazy to have trust build up.

4. Trying to write things visually. I watch a movie or something and think 'I want something like this' (see point 1.), but it doesn't work on paper.
What should I put here?
Sometimes I feel as though my writing reads more like a series of conversations than an actual piece of literature. I'm not pulling my hair out over it; I went into this intending to focus more on character than action, but I do think that maybe the flow seems off.

I just need to get into the habit of fleshing my dialogue out with description, but I have real difficulty with it as I write, so I'll probably just go back through it all once the first draft is finished and go nuts.
I write stuff sometimes.

I also sometimes make youtube videos:
56 edgewalker222nd Sep 2013 01:05:07 PM , Relationship Status: Gay for Big Boss
Lawful neutral
Plots. I can come up with settings, people, religions, magic systems, geology, technology and the like forever, but then I can't figure out how to make them do anything. As a result, I keep winding up with pinball protagonists who aren't particularly engaging and aren't trying to accomplish anything worth doing.
57 GAP2nd Sep 2013 01:59:09 PM , Relationship Status: Faithful to 2D
Formerly G.G.
One of my weaknesses is that I use a lot of run-on sentences complete with misspellings and other grammaticals that would any Grammar Nazi cringe. I also have trouble with description especially of clothes and structures and I realize that I don't know a lot of words to describe my settings. I wrote a story once in high school class and I realized that it sounds too much like Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy. I tend borrow a lot concepts and plots form other stories.

I also tend to discouraged when I write fanfics in fear that they had been done before. I also seem to have trouble with scheduling as I tend to procrastinate. I realized that I had a lot trouble getting my point across when I am writng essays and my teachers often notice it.
"Monaca, the outsider, the eyesore, to survive in that house, she did what she had to do. "

58 Wolf10662nd Sep 2013 02:12:20 PM from New Zealand , Relationship Status: In my bunk
Strange Kiwi fella
[up][up]I have shit-canned more stories due to that than I care to remember. I've got a crapload of really cool characters that would make for interesting dynamics with one another - I seem to do "foils" pretty well if the flood of situations, dialogue and such I get running through my brain is anything at all to go by - but they get mothballed because I can't find a decent plot to use them in or the plot I come up with is so naff as to be an insult to the work I put into the characters.

Some of them I recycle into other stories if they'll fit - with or without minimal tweaking - until such time those stories, too, are shit-canned for being pure crap.

I'm currently working like mad to make my current WIP work plotwise as I rather like what I've come up with for characters and setting and I don't want them to join the ranks of dispossessed entities wandering around my brain looking for something to do.
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59 Jabrosky2nd Sep 2013 04:10:45 PM from San Diego, CA
I would say persistence, characterization, and plotting are the areas I struggle with the most. With regards to the second item, since I have Asperger's Syndrome, I worry that I might lack the talent to create the kind of deep, multidimensional characters that most readers demand since I barely understand flesh-and-blood people in the real world.

[up][up] and [up]: I can relate to the issue of having characters and settings without knowing what to do with them. What often happens is that I draw a character and feel this compulsion to bring them to life in some kind of story, but I can't decide on a plot or even a personality for them.

edited 2nd Sep '13 4:13:44 PM by Jabrosky

60 ironcommando2nd Sep 2013 04:54:16 PM from Terra 102 , Relationship Status: Abstaining
I get writer's block when trying to create proper characterization and personality for my characters. And also sometimes when writing the storyline.
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I think my greatest weakness is describing action. Whenever I go back and reread my stories I tend to get bogged down in those sections. I always find i've either overwritten them, or made them so vague I have no idea who is doing what (or who).

I've found I don't put a lot of effort into describing characters physical appearances, though personally I think of this more as a preference then a weakness.

Coming up with character names has always been a bit of a challenge as well. I usually just use something that 'sounds right' as a placeholder, then get so used to it I never bother to change it.
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62 VincentQuill4th Sep 2013 12:55:52 PM from Dublin , Relationship Status: Sinking with my ship
[up] Don't get me started on names. Days running words through Google translate and I still haven't settled on a name for a main character beyond 'Prot' (protagonist, though he no longer really is the protagonist).
I can do action and I can do interaction, but I have trouble with moving the characters from point A to point B. For instance, if they are in a dungeon like setting, then I'll be very vague about moving from rooms. When I look back, its fine, but while writing, it just feels lazy.
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64 GAP6th Sep 2013 04:50:32 PM , Relationship Status: Faithful to 2D
Formerly G.G.
A few years ago I found that I could write dialogue and give my characters voices however I am not sure if I can do that now. It was mostly for an RP but I was able to write their personalities real well. I am just bad everything else especially with grammar and sentence structure.
"Monaca, the outsider, the eyesore, to survive in that house, she did what she had to do. "

65 VincentQuill6th Sep 2013 05:04:17 PM from Dublin , Relationship Status: Sinking with my ship
[up] Grammar can be fixed after you write, so that's not too bad, but you might want to work on the sentence structure.
66 PsychoFreaX9th Sep 2013 06:01:19 PM from Transcended Humanity
Let's see, show don't tell, anything to do with prose really. I also have a lot of ideas that I have trouble thinking up plot devices to reach. Other than that, I have transcended mortal grasps. >:D
I always seem to make the side characters more interesting than the main characters <_<
What should I put here?
[up] Then make the story about your side characters.
I write stuff sometimes.

I also sometimes make youtube videos:
[up][up] Maybe make Ensemble Cast?

My problem is two heads in space dialogue. Not a biggie. That's what editing is for.

I also have feeling that I'm bit slow. Are four to five hundred words per day more or less than avarage?
What should I put here?
[up] My average is probably 250 words a day, though I do have days of writing nothing and days of nothing but writing/editing.

I don't understand people who pressure themselves to write when they don't feel like it. However I understand not wanting to lose interest, which is why I always keep the document open, to serve as a constant "hey you, feel like writing something?".
I write stuff sometimes.

I also sometimes make youtube videos:
I don't pressure myself. About 400 words are comfortable for me. My "do I write enough" comment was kind of half joke. That said I did pressure myself when I just started writing. Cuz one sentence is humiliatingly not enough.

Back on subject I don't describe surroundings directly. It's like fact checking. Instead I describe it through thoughts of my characters. It's a fine solution, but ability to actually describe things directly would be swell.
72 wabbawabbajack12th Sep 2013 12:30:41 PM from Soviet Canuckistan
Margrave of the Marshes
When I'm writing something, I will always, *always* come up with an idea for a different story that results in me abandoning story A, to work on story B, for the process to repeat. I'm getting better at this, though.

Using the words almost and seem, I tend to overuse those words.

Another problem is I have these visions in my head of what I want something to be, and translating that to ms word is difficult.
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73 Wolf106612th Sep 2013 02:06:20 PM from New Zealand , Relationship Status: In my bunk
Strange Kiwi fella
[up]I have problems with abandonning works, too. Eventually I do go back to earlier works I've abandonned but it can take years (my Post-Cyberpunk story being one that gets sporadic work). My current WIP has elements of a number of other "abandonned" works, so (if I don't drop this in favour of something "shiny and new"), those works may never get finished, their stories having been "told" in this one.

I've got another cool idea for a story that shouldn't be too hard to write but I'm not working on it as the current WIP is "more interesting" to me at present.

edited 12th Sep '13 2:07:23 PM by Wolf1066

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This is strangely not a problem for me. I have tons of ideas but I incorporate them in my existing stories. And instead of making terrible mess it all somehow fits in. Each new random idea ties before unrelated plots, ads character and story development and all that other goodnes. It's gotten rather bloted though.

edited 13th Sep '13 7:37:28 AM by Prany

[up] The same could be said about me. Of course, some things are probably gonna end up being chucked out.
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