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MHD 07-28-2019 01:38 PM

Should I start writing?
 
I'm interested in reading books, I've read quite a lot of them in past few months and I constanly get new ones, when they're available in the library. I usually read horror or crime/mystery, sometimes others too. Stephen King is among my favourites writers (not the best writer, but good story teller). I was thinking to start writing short stories or novels just for fun or hobby, but I'm not sure if I'm good enough, I heard that writing is very difficult and writing good is even more difficult. I have some doubt that I won't be good in this and I might spent too much time doing something that will result in a catastrophe.

Maslow 07-28-2019 03:07 PM

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Originally Posted by MHD (Post 1093771969)
I'm interested in reading books, I've read quite a lot of them in past few months and I constanly get new ones, when they're available in the library. I usually read horror or crime/mystery, sometimes others too. Stephen King is among my favourites writers (not the best writer, but good story teller). I was thinking to start writing short stories or novels just for fun or hobby, but I'm not sure if I'm good enough, I heard that writing is very difficult and writing good is even more difficult. I have some doubt that I won't be good in this and I might spent too much time doing something that will result in a catastrophe.

You never know until you try! :)

farfegnugen 07-28-2019 04:07 PM

I say yes. You're probably not going to write a masterpiece at the beginning but it's something that will develop over time. Take it as a learning process and experiment with it.

blue2 07-28-2019 04:48 PM

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AffinityWing 08-02-2019 02:00 AM

If you're interested in getting feedback one day, I highly suggest joining a writing club of sorts. It can be highly beneficial having unbiased strangers reading your writing, compared to showing it to family and friends who may say it only "Sounds great" to not make you feel bad or because they aren't as qualified.

It's good that you're reading. The more you read, the better of a writer you'll become. Try using prompt generators online if you're struggling with an idea and if you're interested in doing something impromptu.

Don't focus on getting an audience off the bat, as the industry is heavily saturated and even online sites where people share their work for free like ArchiveofOurOwn can just be a huge popularity contest. I've found new writers tend to get hugely overshadowed there by older users who already have large followings, have submitted over a 100 works, and etc. That can be a huge blow to your confidence, but it doesn't mean it'll be because you're less better of a writer.

Remember to enjoy yourself first, before anything. I'm personally not that interested in exposure at all anymore, as I mostly just write for myself. It has helped ease off my self-consciousness and insecurity about my writing, since I don't feel forced to expose my work and only post it when I'd like to.

PeterO 08-05-2019 12:48 AM

There's a book called "The 90-Day Novel" that I like. I ultimately decided I don't really want to write right now, but the guidance on how to go from loose ideas to a narrative are good.

truant 08-05-2019 12:59 AM

Writing is a skill, like anything else. Anyone can learn to write. The more you write, the better you get, as long as you're trying to get better (ie. pushing yourself). I've got over 60 published stories and novels. I'm a lot better now than I was when I started.

The best thing you can do is get in the habit of writing every day. When I started, 1,000 words was an average day, and 2,000 words a good day for me; now, 2,500 words is an average day, and 5,000 words is a good day. Read every day, too, if you can.

White Shirt Guy 10-04-2019 05:14 PM

How are your short stories coming along?


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