Friday, 15 June 2012

Writing

If you've noticed this is late, then you would be right. It's even later than I thought it would be because my computer didn't want to play nice. I almost wrote it on my phone but then I remembered it had the potential to be long, and that was going to stop me. Plus writing wasn't the original "W" post I wanted to make. I really decided on the fly. This is being written live which is harder than you'd think when your mail and your cat keep interrupting you. I ordered something from America a few weeks ago and it's only just arrive. In fact it was sent in a Chinese take-away box. I almost felt bad I had to break the box to get in to it. I wanted to preserve this moment. When someone actually used a take-away.

Speaking of writing live, I've considered podcasting live. I don't imagine it's all that hard. The only problem is having something to talk about for so long, and finding a time when people can listen, and when I can actually do it myself. The interaction side is cool though, you can tweet and email me while I'm on the air and I read stuff out and what not. It's something I've considered at the least.

Most of this post will probably be stuff I've said before but all collected in to one post. Writing is something I've not considered too much. It was something I wasn't very good at in school, and every attempt I've ever made to own a diary has failed. I think I've owned about 3 or 4 diaries in my time. I just never did anything worth writing down.

I think part of the problem I had with creative writing in school is that I wasn't, or still aren't, very creative. This claim has been tested however with every post I write, with every story I write. I think my problem may actually have been I didn't want to write what they wanted me to write. For some part though my problem IS a lack of creativity. I can write posts and books based off a very simple idea, but I don't get those ideas often. They don't just come to me. I can not summon forth the Gods of writing and beseech them for ideas.

Couple this with a lack of motivation and willpower, and you have a very bad writer. I proposed the idea with Bersercules of writing a picture book with him, and a lack of ideas have really stopped this happening. I think though I could do something like that quite well. I can write conversation better than I think, but now I have the problem of not being great with what happens during a conversation. My conversations seem long and drawling and there's not enough going on outside it, such as internal reactions to a conversation, or people looking away or what not. This is just another case of reading again and thinking "God I fukken suck."

Still, I love books, and I do enjoy writing, so hopefully I'll be able to balance the two, and continue to improve my writing ability.

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  1. I finished my creative writing assessment today, and that's the feedback I got too. Too much talk, not much substance.

    As for ideas, I just look around, and try to write about stupid shit happening in school.
    As for diaries (I call them memoirs) just try to kick yourself off. Once I begin writing, it takes me a lot to stop. I once wrote about 5 hours nonstop.
    Then I realized I was hungry.

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    1. I read other people do conversations, and remember the ones I have myself and it's totally different from how I might try and write one. I'm also afraid of putting in too much detail. It's an odd mix. I guess. When I get stuck in to my writing I can go for quite some time too.

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  2. I usually write about what's going on in my life, what's happened in my past and then funny things that the kids have done then add a dash of odd observations...then I just ramble, ramble, ramble. Today, I can't write much - busy day today - it's graduation day for one of the kids!

    Be well, Mark!

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    1. Well I don't really have kids so I can't talk about that one. Unless I find some stories to share about my nieces. Not much happens in my life either. I do have a lot of free time though. Finding time to write isn't too hard, writing itself is :)

      You be well too!

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  3. Write long talks between characters, then once done you can go back and add things happening and things going on. Think of characters talking as the skeliton of the story! Fill it in with flesh later!
    I do something similar when I create. I let the characters play in my head and talks back and forth and when ever they say something interserting I write it down, later as the story takes structsure I plot out things and add the bits of conversations to the story.
    Like if you have 3 charactes: A B and C. You have A and B have a cool conversation that explains your world, B and C having a weird debate and an argument between A and C.
    Put the cool conversation explaining your world with A and B first then have something happen that causes B to go off and meet C, then they have a conversation, then they deal with things that arise and have a weird debate about it, then effects happen and A comes over and gets into an arcument with C.

    You are very creative, you just don't know it Mark cause you're use to your own stuff so much.

    And your blog is your successful dairy! One you've been keeping for a year!

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    1. That is a pretty good idea, and I'll take it under consideration. Cheers. It'll feel odd to go back and add things but it wouldn't be the first time I've changed something as I went along.

      I'm not too bad at writing dialogue, and creating characters and coming up with backgrounds and futures for them, but I think I'm not too good with the actual story telling element itself.

      It has been a long time, but if I was writing just about what happened in my day, I'd have stopped a long time ago. Or I'd just have no readers.

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  4. I don't know about you but it seems like my creativity flows the most when I'm doing something. That probably has something to do with the fact that I pretty much blog about my day, but if you got out and did something exciting, say climbing a mountain, maybe it'd give you some creative insight for a short story. It would at least help you right more authentically from a mountain climbers point of view, if you get what I'm saying.

    Sometimes to write about about a character, you need to have been that character first.

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    1. Well inspiration can come from anything at any time. It's good to get out and about and see what happens. At the very least, do things. I wrote a story based on a song. Or started to write one anyway. When I write characters I do draw from myself and people I know, it makes the process a lot easier.

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  5. Thanks for the lovely comment, have a good weekend! xxx

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  6. What you can do with the live podcast... Don't worry if it's done at a time when everyone can listen. Do it live but also make a recording of it. Then people can either here it live, or if they miss it...tune in later and listen. They can still interact if they are not hearing it live, by leaving comments. You might be thinking "what is the point of doing it live then?"..but most sites I've seen, that do some sort of live stream do it that way. They'll say "Our weekly live streaming schedule is (thus and so)..", but then they will have a recording or video of the show for people that didn't see the live stream. Though it seems like a lot of work, I don't know if you want to go through all that.

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    1. If I was going to do a live podcast then that is what I'd do anyway :) I'm not too sure how to do it though myself either. But I would definitely record it. I think if I use Ustream or something they give me the option of downloading the recording. The problem is talking for a long time on my own like that.

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  7. I noticed during your 'To Be Honest' post that you were awesome at conveying dialogue. Though, it was an inner conflict, it was still very well done. I know I'm not focusing on the topic of that post, but I was very impressed with the writing.

    Reiterating what Bersecules said, write the dialogue out, and then add the action. Maybe have one character desiring something an opposing character has. Write a dialogue of the character attempting to persuade the other character to fork over the object of desire.

    Since you're great at writing dialogue, I feel like that would be an interesting premise for a creative assignment. Then again, there are millions of possibilities.

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    1. I'm not too bad with conveying conversation. I can think of what someone would say, but the problem is how they say it. I'm not good with conveying emotion, or body language for that matter. I should read some conversation heavy books really.

      That would be a good writing exercise, and I might learn a thing or two, so cheers for the suggestion.

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  8. >when your mail keeps interrupting you
    SORRY DUDE ):

    You're a good writer, you just don't act like one yet. Which is possibly a good thing, so no worries. ;D

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    1. I mean actual mail. It's easy enough to ignore emails, but when a Fluttershy you ordered weeks ago comes to your door you can't really ignore it.

      How can one be a good writer but not act like it? O_o

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  9. heh i actually thought this was one of your shorter posts

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  10. I've been away Mark because things with the Hubby have to so bad that talking to people has just been too much for me to bear. He has another surgery on Wednesday of next week. I don't know when I'll post again, but I will one day. I just wanted to let you know where I've been.

    You are a good writer of fiction Mark. That is your strong suit and you do it well enough to consider doing it full-time.

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    1. I understand why you've been gone. It's always nice to see you back Anne :) I hope the hubby is doing okay. Take all the time you need.

      I've considered writing full time but for now I will have to focus on attainable goals. I currently lack the temperament needed for long term projects, such as writing a whole book.

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  11. It's really hard for me to come up with creative ideas too - but, anyway, your posts are really good and you have a nice writing style. So whatever you've done - you've somehow hit upon the right recipe and it sounds like everyone enjoys it :)

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    1. I think they call that natural talent, and it would be very nice if I possessed some.

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  12. I find it hard to write too. Try listening in to snippets of other peoples conversations when you're out and about; good for inspiration (:

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    1. Hehe it would feel a lot like intruding but I could do it.

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  13. When i was younger i was terrible at writing, especially creative writing. Was always told to read more ect but in all honesty i couldnt be bothered lol.

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  14. Use your dreams... I used to keep a dream diary so I could write what I dreamt about to get some stories. This helps for fantasy.

    Or you could try satire on the political situation on your country, the royal family, etc. It'll def be fun.

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    1. I can never really remember my dreams at all. They're weird and outlandish sometimes though.

      Satire it might be fun to try.

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  15. I'm bad at creative writing, probably because I have a difficult time articulating my thoughts.

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  16. Do the live podcast. Everyone has a little time to listen in the evening. The best bits are the mistakes, and the times where people run out of things to say, so they blurt out something embarrassing. It will happen, but you'll learn from that.

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    1. Well I've mentioned before that all of my podcasts are effectively live. Not a trace of editing. There isn't even an intro or an outro. But I do plan on doing something live when my internet is in better shape. I've had some real problems lately, and it's getting hard to upload prerecorded podcasts, much less livestream one.

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