“Keep Moving Forward”

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Writing can be very frustrating. I was at a point in my short horror story where the MC meets other important characters in the story, but the greetings didn’t feel right. The dialogue was weak and unrealistic for what had been transpiring with the MC.  I was getting frustrated and started opening up Facebook and checking my email and such.

Of course, this didn’t really fix anything and I was only holding myself back. I remembered two things after a few minutes of distracting myself.

1: Write now, Revise Later

2: Keep Moving Forward.

The first is what just about every well known writer has every said in an interview when asked, “What advice would you give to all the aspiring writers out there?”  It’s true. Right now I have a very weak spot of dialogue in my story. However, I’m 600 words farther right now than I was a half hour ago when I didn’t want to write until I figured out what needed to be said at that point.  I know it can be revised later to be stronger, but if it still isn’t as perfect as I want it to be, then at least I have a completed story and not at the same spot as I was yesterday.

The other is from Disney’s “Meet the Robinsons” which is one of my favorite movies. The quote is simple and to the point. Keep moving forward. In my case, Keep writing and keep writing and keep writing. Sooner or later, it’ll be of better quality and easier to pour out. I won’t need to go back and revise AS MUCH.  It’s also a very positive outlook on life itself. Don’t focus on your mistakes, Don’t worry about things you can’t change, just keep moving forward.

I’m putting a lot of things on my plate as far as collaborating on a Sci-fi Novella with another writer, offering detailed critiques and edits to a different writer’s short stories and chapters, writing my own shorts, starting up my poetry again, and this blog.  It’s a lot on top of my working schedule.  It’s a challenge, but I’ll keep moving forward. I have things I WILL accomplish, not just “want” or a “might” accomplish one day.

What will you accomplish?

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Your Ideas for Writing.

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Most people say Ideas are easy to come up with. They are a “Dime a Dozen,” to quote a cliche.  However, sometimes you just get those REALLY good ones that make you get excited and say, “That’s the best idea…EVER!”  But what happens when you get them while you’re at work, or driving, or doing something where you can’t access your laptop or a pen and paper to write them down? Do you just try and remember them later?

My ideas for stories and novellas come to me at different times of the day. It’s never the same.  I could be in the gym working out letting my mind wonder as I’m resting between sets, driving to or from work with the radio on, or simply watching a show or movie and something about a scene really catches my attention and doesn’t let go.  

I love new ideas; they always seem so powerful. Unfortunately, most of the time when these ideas come about, it’s usually when I don’t have anything to write them down with. I’ve lost SO many really neat ideas that I’ve wanted to make into a short story because I told myself I’d remember later and write it down and I never did. 

So, to end this frustration, I start texting myself a brief plot of my idea. It only took a few minutes and no matter where I was (unless driving) I was able to grab my phone and text. There’s been a few times I’ve looked back and read the list of ideas and been like, “Wow, I totally forgot I came up with that.”  I’m very glad I thought of this, which most people have probably already done and I’m just slow. If you haven’t though, it’s a great way to keep ideas you don’t have time to write down.

Of course, with some people the problem isn’t coming up and keep ideas. It’s actually writing them! This is a topic I’ll blog about another time.

For those who DO have trouble thinking of ideas, sub-plots, ect, check this site for great tips!

If you have your own ways you’d like to mention then please leave a comment.

Good Luck and Stay Active!

-Dan