My novel....

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Postby Klonkku » Mon Jun 25, 2001 7:04 am

...is just one good idea away. <BR> <BR>I've been wanting to write a novel for, about, 3 years now - but every time I figure out something 'creative', a good plot or something interesting, the creating ends on the first few pages. I find the plots boring, or then I just lack the skill to write and tell long stories. <BR> <BR>I need all help I can... what is your motive? what inspires you? what makes you keep on writing?
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Postby Wandering but not lost » Tue Jun 26, 2001 12:44 am

If you write you are a writer. I also want to make a novel and I have similar trouble. One thing, find a story you like and stick to it. It will develop as time continues into someting great. Another thing, if you think you are not a good enough writer, then practice. I write rather often to hone my skills. i still find my talents insignificant to what I need. But, every day I write it is a day closer to what I need.
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Postby Klonkku » Tue Jun 26, 2001 1:59 am

I'm honoured to get an advice from such a talented writer as you <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Truly - your stories are something out of my class. I could never achieve such a wonderful play of words and images as you create on Prancing Pony.<BR><BR>But I shall try... and practise... perhaps someday...<BR><BR>
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Postby Arwen740 » Tue Jun 26, 2001 6:57 am

Dear Klonkku, I have often experienced what you're talking about. The role-play here has really opened up my writing, and makes me practice almost everyday. I don't have to worry about it being publishable and I'm free to make up whatever I want. It helps me so much to sit and write in a playful mode, free to explore. And I get more ideas for myself in doing so. I, too hope to publish someday. I wish you the best!
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Postby Wandering but not lost » Wed Jun 27, 2001 12:41 am

I am honored beyond words. Thank you very much. I thank you very very much.
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Postby cynthiacraven » Thu Jun 28, 2001 9:08 pm

Writing is not about how long or short your story is. Get the good stuff out there, and be proud of it! Many people do not have the imaginations to do that much! With practice, and time, your stories will get longer and you will want to stick with them. <BR><BR>I started my fantasy novel in January, expecting that it would just be a short writing exercise, but my characters said differently. The novel is now just under 600 pages, and threatening to go on for at least 300 more. <BR><BR>If you love your characters, they'll do amazing things for you. Just give them a little time. : ) From one writer to another, you can do this! <BR><BR>C.<BR>
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Postby Wandering but not lost » Fri Jun 29, 2001 1:50 am

Wow. That is really neat about your novel. I admire that much work. Hopefully one day I can talk from a viewpoint similar to yours. Any ideas of publishing?
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Postby the mouth of sauron » Tue Jul 03, 2001 3:53 am

Klonkku, you are one of my most favorite people here on this MB. I too am trying my best to write a novle. If you could see my desk that I sit at even now as I write this reply, it is littered with scrapes of paper from one end to the other and they contain anything from a place name to a persons name or the trade mark characteristics of differnt characters... you name it about this book and it will be on a slip of paper or a shopping docket or the like. When ever a thought or brain wave or comes to me I write it down on what ever I can find. should I be in the process of writting my story on my puter, then I just type and I do not stop until the insperation runs out, and I do not worry about spelling or it making any sense at first... all of that will come later. If you want to read some really good writting read some of Radagast posts in Shadow over Anor thread in the pony.<BR>I hope Klonkku that everything works out for you and you have a number one best seller on your hands. Hey this is the first time I have posted in this forum <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby pippintk » Tue Jul 10, 2001 6:49 pm

Klonkku, I feel the exact same way sometimes. However, I tried to get a story of mine published...it didn't really work. but you know, I mostly just write for sheer pleasure at creating characters and stories in which I control. I just write for my own amusement and my own reading. Most of the stuff I write will (most likely) never be read by anyone BUT me. And that's cool.<BR><BR>So, even if you are not published, like yours truly, DON'T LISTEN. Keep writing!!!!!<BR><BR>------------<BR>Pippintk-<BR>"One thing you have not found in your hunting, and that's brighter wits."-ME!<BR><BR>THE SHIRE LIVES<BR>
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Postby TheEllipticalDisillusion » Tue Jul 10, 2001 7:11 pm

Ok i dont have a novel planned on paper, though i have many many things planned in my head. One thing i've noticed is to find your writing voice (you may already know this but eh). Try to figure out what the voice of your writing is. And as for plot, one thing ive found to be helpful is to try to make a generic (kinda) plot, dont make one too detailed right away, create a basic story and then throw in the twists as they come to you. It helps if your imaginative. Dont be limited, thats another thing. Also write for yourself, dont try to write something that everyone else is going to enjoy, try to write something you enjoy (this is the hardest part), cause it is said, you are the most critical of yourself, if you can write something you like then it is likely that most people will like it and even if not at least you got something to enjoy. Thats all i can think of, also dont get discouraged by other peoples fancy wording (no offense to anyone), everyone writes their own way, try to find your way.
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Postby meneltarma » Thu Jul 12, 2001 2:52 am

klonkky,this happens to most writers...I think the key is to not look too hard for a story,but let it come to you.I've started countless novels,and left them because I just didn't feel like writing any more. About a year ago I had an idea,and this idea grew,and grew,till I was bursting with the need to write it,to know more about those characters.So I started to write,and I've been working on this particular novel about 6 months,hopefully I'll finish this one<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby TheEllipticalDisillusion » Thu Jul 12, 2001 11:42 am

I have a question. What kind of novels does everyone write, fantasy, sci-fi, general fiction?
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Postby Klonkku » Sat Jul 21, 2001 5:09 pm

Thanks for all the replies - I have tried the writing from a different point-of-view and actually come up with few short stories. I'm still proud of being able to actually COMPLETE something <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I usually write fantasy/sci-fi. But usually those stories are left on the very first pages... but sometimes they catch fish. The only thing I need is patience, and patience is the only thing I need.<BR><BR>Sheesh, I should go to bed, but I believe I'm going to write a bit <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0>
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Postby Speaker-To-Animals » Mon Jul 23, 2001 9:20 pm

I have a somewhat unique perspective to offer.<BR><BR>I also had difficulty starting stories, much less finishing them. I have several ideas in my head just floating around up there (right now, even as I type this...), awaiting some inspiration or motivation.<BR><BR>And then, one day, I fell in love. She, however, didn't (with me, that is). Depressed, I thought about what would be the "perfect" gift - the thing that would express myself clearly to her and make her love me. So I began to write a novel. I continued to write until I was finished. Twenty-five chapters, nearly 400 pages later, I had a complete novel. A beautiful, romantic story, all self-contained, cohesive, with fully developed characters, major and minor themes, plot twists, suspense, the works!<BR><BR>My motivation was simple. If I don't finish the novel, I can't give it to her. I needed to finish it so I could see her reaction. (By the way, if you're curious as to what happened... I didn't get the girl. You probably all saw that coming! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> )<BR><BR>I'm proud of my work, but it remains what it is - a private gift between me and her.<BR><BR>But the writing came easy, and the following may be some real insight. All I had to do was create some characters, develop a situation, and effectively stand back and watch. Those characters literally came to life in my head (I can still see them now, and describe them perfectly to you). They took on a life of their own. I was simply writing down their interactions almost as if I were documenting them as I watched them interact. It's like going to a party and watching the guests talk to each other, and writing it all down. I wasn't really creating anything, it was already created for me, by them - the characters in my head.<BR><BR>Whenever I write anything now, I do it the same way. Of absolute primary importance is who the characters are. What do they care about? How do they see the world? Writing dialogue is like playing chess with yourself - but you have to force yourself to get up and place yourself in the other chair before making another move.<BR><BR>Anyway, just thought I would share that.<BR><BR>Don't stop writing, Klonkku, just change your perspective. Ask your characters whether you should put down your pen (or turn off your word processor) - they will surely insist that you continue. Besides, aren't you anxious to know how it all turns out?<BR>
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