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Subject: Help or Suggestions for writing problem?
Date Posted: 9/22/2010 9:24 AM ET
Member Since: 6/23/2009
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I love to write stories & it's easy to start them off but I have a really hard time getting from the start to where I want the story to go next ,even if I know what I want to happen in the story later.

I've had this story in my head for about 6!!!! years now & I can't connect the parts of the story I have together. TT.TT 

Date Posted: 9/22/2010 11:57 AM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2007
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Do you write a plot outline? A timeline? A chapter outline for each chapter?

Write what you have in chapters, even if they are not in order.

Ask yourself what would motivate those characters to get to that ending, What needs to happen?

It might help you to join a writing class (either in person or online).

If you want, you can PM the basic outline to me and I can give ideas on what I would think could happen to the characters to make them get there. SOmetimes having a person throw ideas and the writing say NO NO NO, can kick start you into working out what is going to happen.. Not sure why this works but I've had it done to me a few times.

Date Posted: 3/7/2011 9:53 PM ET
Member Since: 3/1/2006
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I would also recommend a writing group or class. I've been studying writing for a handful of years now, and found I have the most motivation and push when I'm around other people. For example, I'm in a writing class now while I wait to hear if I got into the creative writing grad program at my university. I know what my story is. I know who my characters are and I even have the ending detailed. Yet when it comes time to turn in our pages of work for the week, I have to really push myself. It's not easy, but knowing that I have a deadline helps.


Also, how much have you written before? Going from my own experience, when I first knew I wanted to write, I had great ideas of writing long, 50,000 or 100,000 word novels. However, I realized a couple of years in that I needed to brake and take a step back. So at the moment I'm tryign to finish short pieces. Get used to just writing. Try that for a time, then work your way up. It's going to be hard, but honestly, I've met a few authors via my writer's group, and all of them say it's never easy to write. Sometiems it flows and other times it's a real project. But you just need to keep going.


I hope I dont' sound like a know-it-all. Lol. I'm just repeating what I've been told. So go for it and good luck!

Natalie B.

Subject: What works for me...
Date Posted: 7/6/2011 11:35 PM ET
Member Since: 7/6/2011
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If I have a story in my head, or even just parts of it, I write it in any order, then assemble it later. I (try to) write everyday, whatever part of the story is exciting me at the moment, and then, when I think I might have told the whole story, I try to put the pieces in order. I'll find gaps. Then I go and write those missing sections day by day. Repeat. HTH.