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permanentlyperplexed



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Ok, so I'm not really a writer, but I write short stories just for the fun of it sometimes. Do you ever have trouble, once you have an idea for a great story/novel/whatever, with putting down the words for the beginning or the ending of it? Sometimes I will have a really good idea for the beginning of a story, but if I get to the end it sort of falters and doesn't seem as strong, or if I have a really good idea for an ending I can't for the life of me think of a beginning. I was just wondering if that ever happens to you, and if it does is it more common to have trouble writing the beginning or the ending?
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*sigh* all the time...



but that's where research helps. It can spawn a lot of ideas.
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You could try just writing what you've got and seeing where that takes you. Maybe your idea is the middle, or maybe it's the penultimate paragraph, but the joy is in the journey. You can always revise later!
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I find the ending really easy. Too, much TV in my youth I expcet. What bogs me down is plot. I have a setting, a time era, and terrific characters. But I fall blank on excitement.

Maybe, I am being to demanding. But I can not do a story board for my book. It develops as my characters, and my interest develop.

My fear is being b o re ing. Anyone else have those fears.


Blessing to all that desire to write.
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Really, it's that pesky middle bit that gives me fits-
that & general laziness... Rolling Eyes

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permanentlyperplexed wrote:
Ok, so I'm not really a writer, but I write short stories just for the fun of it sometimes. Do you ever have trouble, once you have an idea for a great story/novel/whatever, with putting down the words for the beginning or the ending of it? Sometimes I will have a really good idea for the beginning of a story, but if I get to the end it sort of falters and doesn't seem as strong, or if I have a really good idea for an ending I can't for the life of me think of a beginning. I was just wondering if that ever happens to you, and if it does is it more common to have trouble writing the beginning or the ending?


Something happens to my concepts between my brain and fingertips. I guess the chubby little bastards aren't as passsionate as the rest of me.

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I think Carl Reiner just published a book of a bunch of beginnings of novels he started be never finished.
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Unfortunately I have notebooks full of beginnings and endings. It's like diet writing - 0 fat, 0 calories and less filling.
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I suppose that, if I were ever to write fiction, it would not have beginnings, middles, or endings, but just infrastructure. That is, the things in the story would connect in some way -- unless they get broken. Confused
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^i have notebooks full of beginnings and endings too, Y, (mostly beginnings though). I've always wondered where the middles were.
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permanentlyperplexed wrote:

^i have notebooks full of beginnings and endings too, Y, (mostly beginnings though). I've always wondered where the middles were.


So, we're all writing donuts?
Suddenly, I'm hungry... Wink

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zendao42 wrote:
permanentlyperplexed wrote:

^i have notebooks full of beginnings and endings too, Y, (mostly beginnings though). I've always wondered where the middles were.


So, we're all writing donuts?
Suddenly, I'm hungry... Wink


Dunken's is around the corner and up the road about two miles Laughing
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permanentlyperplexed wrote:
zendao42 wrote:
permanentlyperplexed wrote:

^i have notebooks full of beginnings and endings too, Y, (mostly beginnings though). I've always wondered where the middles were.


So, we're all writing donuts?
Suddenly, I'm hungry... Wink


Dunken's is around the corner and up the road about two miles Laughing


Seriously, I have a recipe for homemade donuts that I need to put in the cookbook-
hey, there's another way to procrastinate writing stories... Wink

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Endings. I am quite some way into my work and the ending is impending and it's tending to be sending me round the bend. It's looming presence makes it difficult to focus on the challenges at hand. I'm considering using the AG's trick of a timeline with post-its so I can work out what is left to be done.
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zendao42 wrote:
[...] Seriously, I have a recipe for homemade donuts that I need to put in the cookbook-
hey, there's another way to procrastinate writing stories... Wink

    Once upon a time there was a girl named zen.

    She liked to create stories by kneading dough into different shapes to spell out the words.

    She tried all the shapes of the alphabet to make her stories.

    One day she started writing the story that begins this way: "The brown fox jumped over the lazy dog."

    When she got to the letter "O" she said, "Oh, I give up. This is making me go nuts."

    And from that day forward, because she became a nut, zen would make only the letter "O" out of her dough.

    And that is the story of the DOUGH-NUT.
Wink
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