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#1 Posted : Thursday, February 16, 2012 5:59:29 PM
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I've noticed that I have a tendency to write a lot of unhappy prose, full of tragedy. Does anyone have this problem too? I'd like to know how to write with more positivity and express all the beautiful things in life. I suppose I find it a bit easier to do so in poems, but stretching it out over prose/screenplays etc seems to be a bit of a stumbling block.

Any thoughts anyone?
#2 Posted : Friday, February 17, 2012 11:31:27 AM
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Perhaps if you focus yourself on things that appeal to you. What makes you happy and try to write on it. Writing is full of endless possibilities, of course some speacialise in certain areas, tragedy for you I guess. I find it hard to write because of the endless possibilities linked to the wonderful imagination. I tend to write short thoughts i get and try to develop them later one. I understand how its easy to fall into a genre you know well and can express well but try other ideas. I dont really know whether this was helpful, I havent really got the same problemo but I think all it takes is to look out of the box.
#3 Posted : Friday, February 17, 2012 6:29:50 PM
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Hello Josie. Thanks for your reply. Yeah, I think what you've said is quite helpful. The two main points I suppose are to identify things that make me happy and also to not be afraid to write in new ways. I think you're probably right. Maybe I'm not taking enough risks in my writing and trying out new ways.

Do you find your writing takes a certain style or direction yourself?

#4 Posted : Saturday, February 18, 2012 3:36:03 PM
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Yeah its exactly that. I think my writing is more observational now. I usually have a book in my bag and little thoughts come to me and I just let the pen write. Im always scared of losing a thought once I have it, which has happened many a time! But yeah, I think most people tend to have one style they feel most comfortable in. I still like to try using another authors style on a different subject or stuff like that to keep it open. I need to find more time to write!
#5 Posted : Saturday, February 18, 2012 8:35:16 PM
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Oh yeah, that's happened to me so many times too. Usually I'll be half asleep and a good idea comes or I'll be driving or something and I just think to myself "I'll write it down later. There's no way I'll forget this." And I always do. So yeah, that notebook is invaluable to me too!

It's interesting to observe how your writing is influenced by what you're reading at the time. I suppose that's a good reason to read the best books by the best authors as much as possible because I'm sure it must have a positive effect on our writing.

I think I probably over think my writing. I find it too hard to just let it flow. Do you ever find yourself editing yourself as you write until you grind to a standstill? I think it's important to allow yourself to write badly and not to let it bother you. It's better to write badly than not at all :)
#6 Posted : Thursday, February 23, 2012 6:39:47 AM
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I love reading, but find it influences my writing far too much. I end up taking the authors ideas! I like to read a variety of different genres and the classic must reads.
I just write to be honest, no technique. I edit after if I think its worth it.. I just try and get my thoughts all down on paper before I lose them. This is shown through my essays which always were unstructured soo its always best to proof read the next day when your mind is clear. DO you think the idea behind the text is more important than the way it is written or vice-versa? There's this french author called Francis Ponge who wrote "Le Pain" where he describes a piece of everyday bread, but his writing brings it to life, he looks at the object in a different way. He compares it with the world, its very well done. HE also does other boring everyday objects and changes the way we see them. You should take a look.
Anyway kind of going off subject! ;)
#7 Posted : Monday, March 12, 2012 8:01:17 PM
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Try writing your work normally then go through it and think how can I make it better I.E. more positive. If you find that your writing is negative try printing the first page out and try thinking in reverse. How would you solve the story in a more positive way.
Another idea is read what appeals to you subject/topic ( murder, mystery, romance) and then try and write similar genres. If you can't write it better write it differently.
Just a few thoughts.
#8 Posted : Monday, July 23, 2012 11:59:09 PM
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That's not a problem, it's a genre. Lots of writers have made a good living in noire. If you can write anything well, count your blessings...
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