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Old 07-26-2017, 11:51 PM View Post #1 (Link) help me: longevity in writing
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i write when i have a free second, to keep the words flowing-as most writers do. but i find it difficult to stick with and commit to characters, and the situations they're in. i've always been someone who gets carried away at the start and gives up i guess, which is obviously detrimental to writing.
i just find i'm always writing short scenes and them abandoning them, so that i now have hundreds scrawled on notes pages or on pieces of paper. although this is undoubtedly helpful to developing a writing style, i feel like i'll never be able to spend years with the same characters. i just like creating snippets of life: descriptions or conversations, and then never really know where to go from there. when i try to carry them on they just seem to wilt under lack of purpose.

has anyone experienced this, or can anyone help? i love writing as much as ever, i just can't get stories to move on their own.
  
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Old 08-22-2017, 12:05 AM View Post #2 (Link)
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Hey so the most important thing is that you love writing! There's nothing wrong with you for getting "carried " away. I'm certain one day you'll find the "right" characters you feel like sticking with, but there's no "wrong" or "right" way to write a novel. When I was younger this used to happen all the time, I have soooo many abandoned ideas/novel outlines, it's completely normal part of the writing process
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Old 08-25-2017, 03:48 PM View Post #3 (Link)
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Definitely the point is that you're enjoying yourself with writing. Who cares if it's a series of unconnected short stories or a 60,000 word novel?
I started out the same as you with a bunch of unconnected scenes. Some scenes I quite liked and pushed myself to get the word count up so that I could call it a short story. Other times I had two different characters that I realised could become one (people have more than just one conflict in their lives); this helped me to flesh out characters into what I hope are more lifelike ones. Once they feel more like whole people I found it easier to stick with them.
But that's just my experience - yours will probably be utterly different.
I guess what I'm trying to say is just keep writing and eventually you'll find a scene/character that will just unfold and give you more places to go.

The other option is to force yourself to do something like NaNoWriMo, but I'd work up to that. I did it too early when I wasn't very confident at writing and put myself off writing for a few years

Hope this helps,
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