I happen to be in the midst of creating a story and I have a complication when staying on task. If I force myself to write, it gets sloppy. How do I avoid this?
Ideally, writing should be a fun thing that we look forward to. Having that excitement every single time we sit down to write can be hard, though. I’ve talked a few times about finding the motivation and inspiration to write before:
Every writer is going to have good days and bad days; days where you are very excited about your WIP, and days where you are just trying to throw some words on the page just so you can say you did something, sloppy or not. That’s okay! It’s not going to be positively inspired every single time. Even sloppy writing is something that you can edit and work on later. What’s important is that you keep going.
Also try to remember that writing is not always just writing. Sometimes it’s working on characters, or worldbuilding, or re-reading. That’s all part of the process, and I personally think sometimes it’s a little helpful to thoroughly lose yourself in the world in order to find yourself again back on the page.
Give some of those a try and see if you can strengthen your connection with your story. And at the end of the day, sometimes we just have to be a little sloppy for a little bit. After all, we can’t be perfect all the time, and having words to edit is better than having nothing at all, even if you cut half the scenes you write later.
And finally, finding the mood to write is a different process for everyone. Some tips are going to work better for you than others, but you’ll never know if you don’t give it a go.
My friend said I couldn't get any good character plot if the character is always swearing. I ain't gonna change it (I got a ton of pages of it already) I just wanted a bit of insight. Thx
Your friend is wrong. Always swearing is a big part of a character and tells a lot about them. It’s a major trait and if anything helps round them out. I think it’s good to consider how much each of our character swears, if ever.
That said, also keep in mind the effect that you are going for. When a character doesn’t cuss a lot, it becomes a lot more impactful when the moment comes when they finally do. If everyone is all swearing all the time in your story, your audience will definitely become desensitized to it, and probably annoyed at some point.
Short answer: swear with care.
Oh, also, just a side note- keep your genre and audience in mind as well. If you swear a hundred times in your YA novel, it’s probably not going to get published, let alone sell.
HRT Day 74: Well, today I finally experienced being misgendered while shopping. The guy running the fitting rooms at a store made me go into the men’s dressing rooms instead of the women’s, using his whole body to block the way off and kept pointing and telling me where to go…… oh well, it was bound to happen eventually. Other than that, I had a very successful shopping trip and got a lot of cute clothes and a really awesome push-up bra. :3
Thanks again to everyone who has been following my blog as I record my journey on HRT. It means a lot to see everyone being so supportive. Again, always feel free to ask me anything or send me a message. Thanks loves! ❤️
Okay I'm sorry for asking so much, some of the stuff I got into writing about is a little new to me, and I want to be sure I'm doing in right. Here's the question: what's the best way to carry out a fight in a book. Specifically a gun and explosives fight. I can draw it out no problem, it's just harder to write.
Ask away! There’s nothing to worry about. A writer who never asks any questions probably isn’t a very good writer.
Anyway. Fights often very difficult to write. They are fast paced, action heavy, and require an understanding of things such as weaponry and strategy and such.
First things first, get an understanding of your weapons, setting, and other tools that are going to play a part in the fight. You want to understand any possible limits that you might have in a scene in order to understand what would be a realistic result of each action. Plus, researching weapons, injuries, and other fight-related factors can actually help to inspire you to different outcomes or events within the fight.
Once you have that basic foundation, you can start to write the actual fight. For this, I actually have a few methods I can refer you to that can apply.
First, in this post I talked about the “action, emotion, reaction” structure. You’ll probably want to read the post in its entirety, but it is basically what it sounds like: when Character A commits and action, Character B then must react emotionally, and then react physically. Character B’s physical reaction then becomes the starting action for Character A, who then in turn reacts emotionally and physically, etc. That post goes more in depth about what that looks like, gives examples, and a few exceptions, etc.
Second, this post in which I talked about making sports scenes more exciting has tips that can also help with a fight scene. 1. “Show, Don’t Tell”, 2. “Keep Characters in Mind,” 3. “Remember the Stakes” and 4. “Keep Up the Conflict.” All are explained more in depth on the other post, and can apply just as easily to fighting as sports.
Next, let’s point out a few key things about guns and explosives. In the case of these particular weapons, it’s important to understand what they are, and what they can do. You don’t necessarily need to define every single weapon in your story or even use real gun models. But you should set up some parameters even within your own world. What kinds of explosives exist? How big are they? Do they release gas, fire, shrapnel, etc? Are there timed detonators? What kinds of guns exist? How big are they? How many bullets can each one hold? Are there any that are automatic or semiautomatic? All of these details and more factor not only into the fight but also the worldbuilding as a whole.
You’re also going to want to study up on the kinds of injuries that can be sustained from guns and explosives. One common thing I see is characters being shot or “grazed” and still acting mostly normal, or just a little “pained” until they can get medical attention and be dramatic properly. It’s often very inaccurate.
Finally, it’s interesting that you mentioned that you can draw it out. You can use that to help yourself. If it helps you to visualize the scene, then by all means, draw it out first, and describe what you are seeing! You’re still going to want to fancy it up with descriptive words and emotional reactions, but having a clear visual is a great start already.
Check out those resources, and I hope this helps~!
HRT Day 131: I’m in Midland, TX. I’m officially part of the bass section for the Midland Odessa Symphony Orchestra. I’m super excited, and I’m having a blast up here working with all these talented musicians! Our season opening concert is tomorrow!
Also, I’m learning to actually love my body and myself, and I’m learning to stop focusing so much on the negative aspects. I’m trying to just focus on the positives right now.