What are your proud moments as a writer? I'm not really thinking of like a boasting wall type situation but like...
I was writing a chapter the other night and it took a very unexpected turn but it ended in an interesting place. When I read it again in the morning, it held up and I got chills. The way this story is weaving together is leaving me feeling excited and bursting at the seams with pride. Of course, when other people read it and point out the issues that feeling will disappear. But I hope I can at least feel it all the way until the end of this draft. <3
For me, I get very excited whenever things just seem to "click" together with characters. Like, when I figure out a twist or something that's been bothering me and things seem to fall into place. It doesn't happen super often, but it's fun when it does!
Post by ScintillaMyntan on May 20, 2021 10:10:13 GMT -6
It finally clicked for me how to approach writing when I was doing the "virus"-themed contest on old LegendFire. Before that, I used to really labor through stories. I saw writing as a contrived process of hammering out a rigid plot piece by piece and would overthink things. I'd come to a 'fork' in my story and brainstorm like five different ways I could go, list the pros and cons of each, and get stuck because I couldn't decide.
Or I'd be like, "I have to write this beginning in preparation for the part where the protagonist is at work later, but I still can't figure out the minor detail of what his boss is like, which would affect why the protagonist is the way he is now; and I don't have confidence about making that later work scene convincing, so I'd better give the boss a personality that won't make that scene too hard but would also fit with the theme of the story, so I can't even write the beginning"— that sort of thing.
For the virus entry, I decided I didn't want the usual stress. I went in accepting that I didn't know how each plot point was going to happen or have all the necessary details. When I had a decision to make, I'd just choose something after brief consideration instead of getting frustrated poring over the options. It was the most fun I had writing since I was a kid. The joy was the joy of invention, the chance to come up with vivid and interesting things on the spot.
I'm not proud of the end product that came from that, but I was proud to have figured out how to get enjoyment out of writing again. I realize now this is sort of a metaphor for my approach to life, since I really tend to overthink decisions and worry about unknowns instead of just living. Unfortunately I have yet to have a piece of writing I'm really proud of in terms of the end product—
Post by HDSimplicityy on May 24, 2021 22:46:49 GMT -6
When I finished my Tomb Raider fanfiction on June 19th, 2019. Three years and four months after starting it.
I thought it was useless. After boxing myself in with uncertainty, and after encouragement from a writing server on Discord a few short years back, I decided to not care how crappy or great it would become - I wanted to finish it. When I wrote the final pages I was smiling with excitement. When I wrapped up the last paragraph on page 75 of Google Docs, I slapped the last period down with glee! It was areas of that novella length story that helped lay groundwork for my futuristic adventure novel I am writing.
Safe to say I am happy I finished it. Its a silly story with tons of errors, but I love it! When I finish this second draft of the novel, I will be as excited as you, Alatariel, are for your book.