What has been your biggest challenge?

4 months ago | revfitz (Member)

After getting into a writing habit myself this past year I have met and interacted with many authors (a good number of them here) with a wide range of success, word count, and sanity. It has been an awesome journey for me. So, in the spirit of furthering these interactions, and to get a general feel for everybody's different take on writing, I would like to know what your greatest challenge in writing has been! Has it been finding an audience, getting words down onto a page, or like me do you just want the incessant chanting of the Demi-Moon to cease and once and for all shatter the veil of lies and deceit?

Existential Terror and Breakfast--A serial with cereal.
Updates Wednesdays at: revfitz.com

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  1. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 4 months ago

    The Engrish. Seriously, there are days where I can't for the life of me string a sentence together and spend an hour agonizing over less 100 words. Any amount of progress is slow and painful.

    I ENVY you people who can dish out an entire 8K word chapter in a day. SO MUCH.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  2. Sharkerbob (Member)

    Posted 4 months ago

    Being able to actually do a continuous series. I've worked around this by doing the whole "mosaic" of different stories that share a setting, but I've always really struggled writing an actual series, whether it be a straight up serial or doing sequels. This despite most of my ideas until recently being series set ups.

    Also, being consistently productive. My brain just doesn't seem wired for that. It's very frustrating.

    My meager offerings: http://sharkerbob.blogspot.com/
  3. revfitz (Member)

    Posted 4 months ago

    @Chrysalis
    I can relate to that, there are times that it is hard for me to get past a sentence without suspecting that I just had a stroke. What have you done to get past that?
    You once said that you write 500-1000 words a day? I know that a lot who self publishers (especially the guys at Sterling and Stone) report word counts of 8k a day, which is something I wish I could do as well (right now I can only manage 2k a day) but that level of writing is INSANE. By any other standards I think you are considered to be a fast writer.

    @Sharkerbob
    Honestly that seems like a pretty creative work around to me. Is writing a serial like you have been doing satisfactory to you, or do you wish you could write a more traditional series?
    What do you use to write? Scrivener has a good goal setting tool that has helped keep me honest.

    Existential Terror and Breakfast--A serial with cereal.
    Updates Wednesdays at: revfitz.com
  4. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 4 months ago

    @revfitz I'm not fast, I just put in quite a few hours for a relatively small wordcount. Other people can do 500 words in an hour, I need 2-3. And it's rare that I manage more than 500, though right now I kinda have to (deadline for the new book).

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  5. leoduhvinci (Member)

    Posted 4 months ago

    Same here- I shoot for a thousand a day, which is one chapter for me. But that chapter will take around 2-3 hours. If I'm "in the zone" I can go faster, but since this is a hobby I don't freak out too much about my rate. I'd rather it be enjoyable.

  6. Marn (Member)

    Posted 4 months ago

    Coming up with too many ideas at once and restraining myself from having three serials running at one time...logically I know that the amount of work would kill me, even with the main one being a collab project, but the part of me with no impulse control REALLY wants to write everything at once.

  7. justinwenger4 (Member)

    Posted 4 months ago

    Getting back into it. I posted a chapter in April 2017. Havent done anything since because of a looooooooooooooooootttttttt of stuff :( BUT HEY 2018 IS THE TURN AROUND LETS GO!

    Eidolonbound:http://royalroadl.com/fiction/11557
  8. revfitz (Member)

    Posted 4 months ago

    @Chrysalis
    I hear you, but 500 words a day is 3 novels a year (or 6 novellas). Again, I realize that in the self publishing world that is small, but the majority of published writers can barely get a novel out a year. I think you are pretty prolific! :D
    Also: good luck on the deadline!

    @Leoduhvinci
    Honestly that is a pretty good attitude to have, I guess the last thing that you want is for what you enjoy to become a grind.

    @Marn
    I got really excited about an idea that I had and decided to write it alongside my serial. So far I am happy with the results, but writing two series at once (plus a weekly horoscope parody) and working full time has been exhausting. I honestly can not say whether or not this was a mistake yet. Cloning myself or picking up a cocaine habit seem to be the ONLY rational solutions if I want to continue like this. So yeah, I too am bad at impulse control.

    @Justinewenger4
    Losing momentum SUCKS. I did not realize that you had stopped writing around the time I gave you my impressions, I was actually thinking about your serial just the other day, when do you plan on posting again? Good luck this year! :D

    Existential Terror and Breakfast--A serial with cereal.
    Updates Wednesdays at: revfitz.com
  9. TanaNari (Member)

    Posted 4 months ago

    ... I made the mistake of having a main character with depression and social anxiety for my latest novel.

    Turns out, I get *faaar* too deep into the mentality of my characters when I write- like method acting, but with writing- and this does not go well with depression. So, yeah, my latest book has been a huge struggle on my part. I look forward to getting it done so that I can move on to something with characters whose mindsets I actually enjoy.

    Author of Price.
  10. TanaNari (Member)

    Posted 4 months ago

    EDIT: Disregard this one. Somehow, it was double-posted on me.

    Author of Price.
  11. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 4 months ago

    @revfitz if we factor in edits and rewrites, it's more like 1 novel a year - tops. Plus my books tend to be fairly long, in ~100K words territory.

    I've had readers tell me they wouldn't vote on TWF because unlike other authors, I only update once a week. The new serial will also consist of weekly updates because one single 4K word update takes around 20 hours if you factor in the edits. Which is insane. It's half a full time job!

    I'm still fairly convinced everyone else can do it faster than me, but maybe it's all just in my head.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  12. justinwenger4 (Member)

    Posted 4 months ago

    @revfitz

    Thanks! I don't wanna set myself a date quite yet but my mental situation has gotten to a point where my drive and productivity is up so I hope things go well.

    Eidolonbound:http://royalroadl.com/fiction/11557
  13. Archive (Member)

    Posted 4 months ago

    On the micro level, learning how to improve flow, infuse text with emotion, make characters that have believable emotions, and dialogue. On the macro level, constructing a plot. Creativity is very difficult for me (yeah I know, weird problem for an artist to have). I suspect there's also a lot that I'm doing wrong that I don't even know enough to recognize yet. But I'm getting better and people say they like what I write so... *shrugs*.

    My audience is also tiny but I'm fine with that, I knew what I was getting into when I started.

  14. Dary (Member)

    Posted 4 months ago

    It always feels like people forget rewrites, revisions and editing when discussing how much they write. I average around 500-700 words an hour, but when you factor in the rest of the work, it comes out around 100-150 (30-50 hours per 5k chapter).

    As for what I've found the biggest challenge? Probably consistency, keeping track of character voice and development, juggling multiple conflicting perspectives, narrative undercurrents and subtext, pulling everything together as a cohesive whole. It's why I end up taking breaks, sometimes for extended periods, because I have to work on 40+ chapters a time. It can get overwhelming.

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