What has been your biggest challenge?

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  1. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 1 year ago

    I don’t hate Word, but I prefer Scrivener for anything of any length. It’s much like working with a decent programming IDE. The only thing I miss from programming IDEs is version control.

  2. ubersoft (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Just to clarify: I use Word at work, because they pay me cashy money to do so.

    I use LibreOffice everywhere else. Like Jim I used to use Scrivener but they killed the Linux version and multiplatform tools are a business requirement for me.

    Curveball (Updating)
    A Rake by Starlight (Updating)
  3. Psycho Gecko (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Motivation. I have the updates down pretty well, even in times when I'm insanely busy, but I need to get my act together and update other areas of the site.

    I was tempted to say Patreon as well. I once again failed to get on it, and right when I had time again and was focused on it, they screwed the whole thing up with that proposed change to billing that drove so many people away. Now I wonder if I really should bother, or if I'm going to set a page up just in time for them to screw up something else. I'm good at finding flaws like that. Seriously, "pessimist" needs to be a job. Catch a hell of a lot of problems before they get started, that's for sure.

  4. Shaeor (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    My main problem has been getting started, all through my writing experience. I wrote for a long time before finishing my first novella, starting first chapter after first chapter of different ideas. It really wasn't until then that I started to find out what actually made a story and plot have promise, and even now I'm not sure. With Dirge, I kept to a schedule and there were a few times when I would crank out 2k chapters in under 3 hours. But I am a pantser to the extreme, in some ways. In that, my story is NEVER finished developing until I write those two final words.

    With 2017 and now 18, my problem has been that I didn't remember how I had done that, once Dirge wrapped. I started an intended short story named Reverie Flight which sputtered and died. But seeing myself fail at something, though sad, has been insightful. I can tell the difference now, I think, between what does and does not have promise. Some ideas are going somewhere, some aren't. Everyone knows a story has a beginning, middle, and end, and then there's something about a healthy dose of the unknown that makes a work alive. Sometimes I insert a mystery without even knowing yet what the answer will be. Really, a lot is adaptable, even in a published webserial.

    I always start with concept art. I let it flesh out my ideas. Does anyone else do that? I use reference to visuals, music, and ideas that are already out there to shamelessly stitch together my own, building folders. And whenever I can, I call back to earlier works of mine to cannibalize. Then I start completely blind. Every detail I commit to is a narrowing of possibilities. After the first two chapters, then, I knew where the arc was headed. And with the first arc, I knew the ending was there. All of it falls into place around the central concept/theme, which is like a base color. Every character building on that with direction and role. And in the end the unknown is why I don't get bored and why it's meaningful. I don't know where the closure is.

    RE: what program I use.

    I am a bad person who uses the WordPress jetpack editor and archives pages. Forgive me.

    Also yay for active threads. :D

    CHOSEN SHACKLES The screen is running static. Face your shadow.
    DIRGE The light is dying. Hold your breath and go gently.
  5. revfitz (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    @Psycho Gecko
    I had the luxury to overhaul my site last year after having a week off to transition to another job. Now, however, I am busier than ever, and do not have the additional time to give it the additional upgrade that I want (this was supposed to be a transitional site). Instead of working at it all at once I am slowly putting in a little bit of time every week so that I may relaunch in some months. This may not be helpful to your situation, but it at least eases the guilt I feel about doing nothing.

    I like your idea of using concept art. I was listening to a podcast the other day where one of the writers on the show likes to go through photographs of places so that he can "scout his locale". He then builds a playlist with the sort of tone that he has in mind for the story, and then "casts" his characters in an outline using actors/actresses that he is familiar with. Have you considered becoming a plantser (a combination of pantsing and planning)? I have tried using an extraordinarily short outline for my NaNoWriMo (it was a single vague sentence per chapter that I wanted to do), it helped.

    I just realized that I did not answer my own question, outside of a chance to be comically Lovecraftian. What has been my biggest challenge? Getting y'all to drop Word and treat yourself right!
    BESIDES that, my biggest challenge has been fighting off my inner critic. I HATE all of my early work, and often I do not feel like I have what it takes to be a writer. I even hesitate to call myself a writer. No matter what my readers say to the contrary, I feel like what I write is not good enough. Learning to demand rent from my inner critic, and to tell it to shut the hell up has been hard for me. I have gotten better at it, and have now written more than I ever had, and are even learning to be proud of it, but it has been a long and hard road for me.

    Existential Terror and Breakfast--A serial with cereal.
    Updates Wednesdays at: revfitz.com
  6. unice5656 (Moderator)

    Posted 1 year ago

    Haha, being a writer is about finding that balance between knowing your writing sucks and knowing your writing is good. If you have that inner critic that's constantly nagging you to be better, you can learn to ignore it to the point you can publish things. If you don't have an inner critic and expect praise for the first half-assed, malformed abomination of language you manage to create, well, I've never seen that turn out well.

  7. Shaeor (Member)

    Posted 1 year ago

    @revfitz I'm probably already what you'd call a plantser, then. I write short summaries for my arcs and usually use chapter names to refer to what I plan on happening. I do have a kind of plot in mind, but since it's character driven and I try to discover the characters, in part, the how of point A and B is very fluid. The summary of the first arc for Chosen Shackles in my text file is "lost cat," for instance. I don't yet know how the bulk of that will work, but I know *what I'm trying to achieve for the character. What I want them to know by the arc's end. And the book's end is the same. I intentionally start as soon as I'm able, figuring out only the information I need when I need it, and letting, like concept art, particular scenes I have in mind drive me to flesh out the *how.

    CHOSEN SHACKLES The screen is running static. Face your shadow.
    DIRGE The light is dying. Hold your breath and go gently.
  8. TheWiseVixen (Member)

    Posted 6 months ago

    My biggest challenge... Well, I got my start as a writer in roleplay. Through various online communities and such- it left several pretty nasty stains on my style as a whole. For a long time, I struggled with dialogue between two or more characters and honestly still do.

    I've been getting better over the years, but 12ish years of hard-coded writing habits are hard to defrag. The other problem is, well...

    I storyboard in my head. ONLY in my head.

    As a result, I get some things twisted occasionally, but I'm usually able to retain narrative consistency between the stream of consciousness and the editing phase. When I have an idea, I often have a VERY solid idea of where I want a story to go when I start it, so I suppose that helps huh?

    Everyday Life of a Modern Witch: https://thewisevixen.wordpress.com/
  9. sunflowerofice (Member)

    Posted 6 months ago

    flexible motivation. Sometimes i can write so much other times i can write only a little bit. I do force it though when i need to. Also for some reason i'm worried if i do get fans what if they grow toxic with each other like ive heard happen with so many shows and such.

    also yeah bit grammar issues etc, im literally going to bed after i hit submit im to tired to care at this moment

  10. Joker (Member)

    Posted 6 months ago

    Plotting. I want to efficiently get from A to B as quick as possible and I need to slow myself down and think of little bumps in the road to slow my characters down and find some interesting interactions and challenges.

    Mavericks - With friends like these, who needs enemies?


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