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 Post subject: Re: Your biggest fault as a writer?
PostPosted: 13 Aug 2014, 21:48 
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Vick wrote:
Too much detail in a small scene setting & using the same words over & over & over again to describe actions. My grammar & use of punctuation is generally rather shaky as well, thanks to being one of the 1980s "We can't teach kids grammar, punctuation & spelling, they might get upset when we correct them!" generation. :banghead:


I'm the same generation as you and my grammar is good but my punctuation is pretty appalling for somebody with a PhD - thankfully my Dad who has a 50s grammar school education was willing to proofread my thesis. Worth every penny I spent buying him red pens. I'm now the editor of a very minor maritime history journal so I have to agonise over other people's writing as well as mine.

As a drabble writer I would say my main fault is that everything I write is very short - I suspect it's the hangover from chopping huge chunks out of my academic writing. I do have a tendency to re-use words but i'm very aware of it so I normally catch it before the fic becomes public.


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PostPosted: 14 Aug 2014, 16:38 
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chattie wrote:
My problem is that I do a lot of writing in my head. I see pictures and even hear dialogue in my head which I then struggle to replicate in actual writing, which leaves me dissatisfied with what I've actually written such that I end up constantly rewriting some scenes rather than just moving on.

I do this too! Getting things actually written is probably my biggest problem. I edit too much while writing; I never seem to get the hang of the 'just do the first draft, actually get it all down, then and only then edit' method.

Then there's the ridiculous amounts of research I do... and while I strongly disagree with the "no adverbs, never use adverbs, adverbs are the path to hell (looking at you, Stephen King)" line of writing advice, I dare say I do use rather too many.

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 Post subject: Re: Your biggest fault as a writer?
PostPosted: 14 Aug 2014, 20:34 
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Luckily for me I don't know what an adverb is, which means I don't have that problem.


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My biggest fault is that I can't resist Jo-bashing, as you will know if you have read my drabbles in the Index-Drabble-orum.

I have not been able to write for some time now, my PB's seem to have disappeared. They're probably bronzing on the beach in Biarritz, or in the Bahamas.

The other reason is disclosed in The Rose Garden.

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My biggest fault is never finishing long things. Both my long drabble and the non-drabble thing are unfinished. Oops. Procrasintation is my middle name!

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Not finishing something I started. Sorting out the vital few from the trivial many- ie what's essential to the story, what's padding. I just finished posting a Biggles fanfic. First thing I have finished in 8 years. Now if I can only find the chalet one I was working on.......


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PostPosted: 23 Aug 2014, 13:15 
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I try to be a persistent explainer like Alison and Finn really, but on the
other hand sometimes think what I'm writing is'nt long/detailed enough. Things that should have been mentioned in earlier chapters sometimes get shoved in later, and chapters of well under 1000 words can feel a bit lightweight. :)
Apparently I use random line breaks, and probably could'nt imitate the style of EBD or whoever like some do.

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I wouldn't say it's my biggest fault, but I need somewhere to groan at myself and this seems an appropriate place.
In the drabble I'm currently working on, almost every time a new character is introduced I find myself describing her as 'pleasant-faced'. I'm fairly sure I caught this from EBD herself, but in this drabble it has become an unstoppable epidemic and it's driving me mad when I edit :banghead: :banghead:

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