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smiley09.gif posted on 7-8-2009 at 02:17 PM
What part of your novel gives you the most trouble?


Okay, I think we all do this: come up with elements, plot points, scenes, characters -- anything -- that seem like or are a great idea, but when it comes to writing them you're never sure if you can do it. With me it's relationships -- I know that if x character behaves like this and y character acts like that, x character will probably be experiencing emotion z for y character, but I have trouble showing it. (And then I bounce up and down a lot when I think I've shown it.) This kind of thing is a double-edged sword: hard to write, but then a great feeling when you think you've done it well.

So, my thing I fight with is romance and relationships; what's yours?






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[*] posted on 7-8-2009 at 02:40 PM


I'm the same way with relationships, trying to develop it so that they (the characters) eventually end up together, but in a way that makes sense. They can't just suddenly be in love with each other, it has to grow. This takes me the most time and effort I think.
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[*] posted on 7-8-2009 at 03:02 PM


Your difficulty is the only thing I'm completely confident with. :P


For me it would be, well, also relationships. But it's showing believable family relationships I struggle with, rather than a romantic one.




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[*] posted on 7-8-2009 at 05:24 PM


My huge problem is this seduction scene I have to write, because I've known it would go in for ages an my MC refuses to let me off the hook. Yeah...

My novel is Fantasy, btw
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[*] posted on 7-8-2009 at 08:36 PM


I have trouble with thinking of reasons for things. It's like if I want someone to change jobs for the plot and I need to think of a believable reason as to why it takes me a while to think one up.

It's either that or my urge to expose secrets and overload the story with information too early, but I've gotten better at not doing that lately.

I used to have a lot of trouble writing fight scenes, but I practiced on it and now I'm good at it.
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[*] posted on 7-8-2009 at 09:13 PM


I'm really good on back story and fight scenes. Which usually creates stories chock full of both, and little else beyond.

But now I'm trying to do better. I still have big problems with description. But a new problem, unique to this novel, is trying to write gossip. It's set in a small town so gossip is the big way to keep conflict going, but I can hardly write it. I'm still getting words, but only by skirting around the issue.




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[*] posted on 7-8-2009 at 10:11 PM


The court scenes. I know very little about the appeals court, and although I did some research last month, I'm still not sure how to go about writing them. I'll be bending quite a few rules to fit my environment (a fictional land in another world... The courts obviously won't be exactly the same as they are here), but that only makes it harder for me. :-/

I've put them off for a while now, but I'll have to face them eventually.

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[*] posted on 7-9-2009 at 12:43 AM


Scenes leading up to events in the plot I've actually planned out. I find that I have a lot of trouble filling in time up to those events so it sometimes feels like my character is rambling.
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[*] posted on 7-9-2009 at 03:49 AM


After years of short story writing, I have trouble plotting. I never really learned how to do it. For last JulNoWriMo I decided to stick with a cozy mystery because the genre sets a fair number of rules and I thought that would make plotting easier. I laid out a plot which I thought was fairly detailed, but when I wrote it I had trouble making the story long enough (I got 50,000 words, exactly, after going back and adding a few extra scenes and even extra words to scenes). I just seem to think in bite-sized plots.
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[*] posted on 7-9-2009 at 04:13 AM


By far, my biggest problem is conveying information about the setting of the novel in the novel itself. I went a bit crazy with the world-building (because I love it) and the country has a complex political situation, a four-sided conflict, a history that I plotted out in detail for the hundred years leading up to the time of my novel, a culture distinctly different from ours replete with stereotypes and oft-repeated words, an educational system I have to explain somehow because my characters attend school... and so it goes.

I could easily explain all of this if someone asked me. My problem is explaining everything necessary in the novel itself. I'm not even trying to retell this country's history, or say anything extraneous to the plot, but I can't even find places to slip in information about stuff required for the plot. And it's frustrating!
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[*] posted on 7-9-2009 at 05:57 AM


Beyond a shadow of a doubt, my biggest problem is with fight scenes.

I get bogged down with them, trying to make them sound realistic and always being certain that I'm failing miserably. I'm good at character interaction, so I try to stick with that, but I know there will have to be at least one fight scene before this novel is done. And I'm dreading it.




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[*] posted on 7-9-2009 at 04:28 PM


I'm not sure if this counts, but I find actually starting the bloody thing off the hardest. Once I get into the swing of things, it's so easy just to get lost in it, but the first thousand words are most certainly the hardest, finding my pace and my tone. Once I do that, I also manage to completely connect the plot, like now, I am so proud of my plot and the twists it has in it. (: In general, now I'm in 9000 words, it's going very well.
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[*] posted on 7-10-2009 at 10:31 AM


my biggest obstacle is the basketball scene (I wrote it yesterday. phew! glad I've passed it)
and since I'm using first person POV, I skipped the scene :embarrassed:
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[*] posted on 7-10-2009 at 12:01 PM


My biggest challenge is just putting down one word after the other and continuing the story instead of just dropping it half way through. Sounds odd, but that's pretty much all I truly struggle with.



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[*] posted on 7-10-2009 at 02:19 PM


believable plot progression.
snappy dialogue ( I can hear it in my head sometimes, but when I go to write....nothing).
Forgetting to "rules" of writing as dictated by writing scientific articles...loosening up, I guess.
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[*] posted on 7-10-2009 at 04:10 PM


It's hard for me to come up for motivations for my characters to do something, i.e. why is the bad guy being bad? Other than that, I'm just really impatient, so my description suffers big time until the rewrite. I concentrate to much on the plot. :P



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[*] posted on 7-12-2009 at 07:30 AM


Well, integrating my (previously nonexistent) plot into the little snippets I'm writing. I figured out about three days ago that one of my current novels actually had a plot, and I've just finished rejoicing. Now, after the euphoria wore off, I don't think I know exactly how I'm going to write it.



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[*] posted on 7-12-2009 at 11:51 AM


Minor characters. I find it easy to write the characters I know about and care about but there are people who are there for a plot purpose rather than as a character in thier own right and always end up like cardboard cut outs.
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[*] posted on 7-13-2009 at 02:35 PM


I think I struggle the most at actually getting to the point. My outline is this kinda big timeline and I find it really hard to move on to the next major scene. It doesn't seem too bad as my characters get a bit of a rest and just get time to, well, talk. But it really doesn't help when a thousand and one characters decided thats the time to barge in on my plot.






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[*] posted on 7-13-2009 at 03:19 PM


I think the most challenging task for me is writing point of view. I don't normally have a problem with POV, but for this novel i'm switching between first person and third person. It is quite difficult, as i just finished a chapter written in third person, and now i'm trying to get a feel for first person. ugh.



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[*] posted on 7-13-2009 at 10:42 PM


only real problems Im having with my novel is coming up with the next scene..and then the next one...and making sure I have all my important characters doing enough things and not getting left in the dust...Im writing this thing on the fly, with no outline and no idea where its going.....O.o



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[*] posted on 7-13-2009 at 11:05 PM


For me it's either getting the novel started... like opening paragraph, that and my characters have a lot of free will, so if I have a plan I really want to stick to, it's really hard for me to get it to happen, because if I do something the character /won't/ do, I can't keep writing.



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[*] posted on 7-13-2009 at 11:09 PM


The part of my novel giving me the most trouble is putting in characters' backstory. I'm almost 20k into the story, and I'm still not sure I introduced my two MC's pasts well enough. There's a big twist about their pasts that readers aren't supposed to know yet, so it's been hard trying to avoid talking about the twist while still revealing a little about each character's past. Very frustrating.



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[*] posted on 7-14-2009 at 07:44 AM


Right now it seems to be finishing chapters. I have the first two completed (and I already want to change one of those), and the next four are all half-written (or less).

Any tips for not jumping ahead before I've finished?
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[*] posted on 7-14-2009 at 10:19 PM


The last 1/8 of the novel is the hardest for me. I make a point of knowing how a story ends; it's actually writing it that gets me. And the stuff leading right before the ending gets me, too. I either want to rush into it by wrapping up conflicts too neatly or drag it out by adding more conflict when I should be wrapping them up.
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