Is there anyone out there who has a passion for reading and creative writing?
Topic: Is there anyone out there who has a passion for reading and creative writing?
June 16, 2019 / By Cristal Question:
The downside is that you have terrible short attention span, but you don't want to give up on what you love, its just your attention span is really low and you just can't go on anymore with concentrating. Also you procrastinate half the time and you have to go through forcing yourself to stay on track and even that is hard. So tell me how do you manage to overcome it and keep on moving? You want to get started on reading your book(you'll read it) but there is only so far you can go. The same pertains to writing, where you do everything else instead of actually starting the story. Its not writers block far as creative writing, its just you can't focus and get easily distracted.
What do you do if you're in this terrible situation?
Best Answers: Is there anyone out there who has a passion for reading and creative writing?
Bette | 6 days ago
My passion for creative writing has not caused a short attention span. One does not automatically equal the other. A lot of super creative people have the ability to execute big projects.
If you lose interest in stories quickly, I'd recommend writing short stories.
If it's a serious problem that keeps you from concentrating on anything, you might want to get tested for ADHD.
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Originally Answered: Do you have the creative talent and passion to co-author a book? Would you like to?
As it happens I've co-written three novels with a non-writer and sold them to Baen Books. That was wonderful fun because we're both professionals in our respective fields and liked and respected each other.
The thing was we BOTH got PAID for all that work.
I doubt you'll have much luck finding a writer willing to take on co-writing a (yet to be determined) novel with a stranger for spec.
You need to have a deal on the table with real money at the end in order to attract real talent.
The problem is, the real talent will be earning more money writing their own books.
The average advance for a first novel is about 1200.00. You'd have to split that--but there's no guarantee you'll even sell the work.
Not trying to discourage--that's just how the industry works. You need to know that.
You're not the first who's come up with this idea, either. Few ever succeed with it, perhaps just enough to give others hope--like maybe this time winning the big lottery jackpot.
The more common thing is teaming a less experienced writer up with a far more famous one. The bigger name does the outline and tweaks the final draft, the less famous writer does all the writing. Both make money.
But you're not famous, right? Then figure out Plan B.
I strongly suggest that you hit the 808 section of the library, read all the books on writing, and get cracking on things for yourself.
You may also try this question at this writers' board:
They have a thread there for people wanting to hook up with writing partners. You might find someone compatible.
But finding the right collaborator is like finding the right spouse. Sometimes it just doesn't work out.
Have everything in writing. If the team up doesn't work you'll have to divide the work fairly between you.
I've never had that problem. If I want to do something, I concentrate on it. But I have had times where I wasn't able to write anything decent. In fact, I'm in the midst of quite a long writing break since I've been struggling to move forward, and some time off I felt would be beneficial.
Take yourself away from all distractions. Take away the internet/your phone/anything that could distract you and just write. Set a goal to write an amount of words per day and stick to it if you're struggling with actually getting things done.
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It might help if you try not to think about how the finished book will turn out.
Try instead to take it one step at a time and accept that it's genuinely going to take a really long time but try and focus on making each paragraph perfect.
If your short attention span is really debilitating in daily activities then, as the other answerer suggested, you can be checked for ADHD.
But remember Michael Phelps is arguably the worlds best swimmer who has ever lived, getting 8 Gold Medals in the Beijing Olympics. He has ADHD so try not to let your short attention span get in your way.
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I think I understand what you mean. I am in love with writing. I'm currently writing a book, but if you ask me in a month or so I'll say the same thing, but there's a high chance that I've swapped books and decided to write a new book. I've got all these bothersome word files on my computer of books I began, but gave up on. One has something close to a hundred pages, but at some point I just couldn't do it anymore. I've been recently inspired to write a futuristic book. I have a friend I text and she's the best friend in the universe I swear. I text her pieces of my story and she gives me constructive criticism or simply applauds me. I find that it's writing parts I can't wait to write and then getting this lovely note about how good the piece is from her and that drives me to write the story to that point.
Also, writing quickly helps a ton. First draft. Don't think about proper punctuation, grammar, spacing. Just write it as it goes into your head. Then, once you've finished a chapter or two, go back, reread, and edit. Helps a ton. Then you just continue and repeat.
I know listening to music helps me a lot. Proper music for the piece I'm writing. Sad, slow music for sad parts. Fast, upbeat music for fight parts or getaways
Sometimes I try to imagine my book like a movie as I'm writing.
Emma ran through the thick forest, the moss squishing between her bare toes. She wanted to look back. She wanted to look back and see no one chasing her, but she feared losing her footing. The branches whipped her face as she ran, the crisp morning wind mercilessly beating against her exposed skin.
As I wrote that I imagined a girl running through the forest in torn clothes and it made it easier to write.
When a piece is particularly hard to write, I like to pretend I'm my main protagonist and I close my eyes and try to imagine I'm that person. For the example above, I would pretend to be Emma, running from a dangerous enemy on a cold fall morning in torn clothes and gasping for breath.
I don't know if that helps at all. I hope it does. I love getting to know fellow writers. Especially those who share my lack of attention span. c:
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I don't have a problem with concentration.
There is a point at which you might want to consider the possibility that what you love is not actually reading and writing, but simply the idea of being someone who reads and writes a lot. Most people don't have any problem 'forcing' themselves to do something they're truly passionate about.
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Originally Answered: I Think I've Lost My Passion For Writing?
Wow, you sound so much like me that it's scary. I started writing stories when I was seven years old. I remember being in elementary school and sharing my stories for show and tell, and all of the kids always enjoyed them. From an early age, my teachers suggested a career in journalism or creative fiction writing. I wrote my first "novel" in 6th grade and continued to write religiously throughout high school. It's sad, but writing took precedent over even my social life. Go out with friends, or stay home and write that next chapter? Yeah, writing always won. My dream was to major in English, teach at the secondary level, and work on my writing--eventually becoming published--along the way. But when I started college and got my first job, all of that changed. I was so busy all of the time, and every time I pulled out a spiral and pen or opened a Word document to write, it just seemed extremely exhausting. I went from working on a story for at least one hour everyday to working on my stories for *maybe* an hour a week--if even that. I also used to journal everyday, but then it decreased to just three or so entries a month.. It's not like I didn't have the time to write--I totally did. But writing just felt exhausting, and I wondered if I would ever regain passion for it.
Slowly but surely, I started to regain my love for it again by making myself write--no matter how I felt or what mood I was in. I made an agreement with myself to complete at least 1,000 words in a story every week and journal every other day--no matter what. After a few weeks of this pattern, I remember how stress relieving writing is. It's a very effective escape mechanism. My advice to you is to just keep at it. Every writer goes through these periods, and ironically, writing seems to be the only way to cure them lol. Good luck.