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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fiction Writing

Do you have a book inside of you? You are not alone, if you do! Many freelance writers never even consider writing a work of fiction, while others dream of seeing their novel on the shelf at their favorite bookstore. I definitely belong to the second group.

I have written many short stories over the years, the first one when I was in the fourth grade. My teacher raved about it, and encouraged me to write more. After that, I was hooked! I can remember a story my mother wrote when I was a child, it was about toys that came to life when no people were around. This was way before the days of the Toy Story movies and every time I see Woody or Buzz, I think about that story. I write stories for my kids all the time, although many of them are made up on the spot to help them stay calm while waiting and never actually make it to paper.

Of course, I am writing a book too. How could I not? The darn story entered my mind one day and stayed in there developing until I finally applied fingers to keyboard and let it out. But it is now stalled, not even half way finished, because there are only so many hours in a day and so many of them are full! But it's all still right here in my head, developing...simmering, I guess. I know what is going to happen, I know what comes next and what comes at the end. One day, I will find the time to get it all out of my head and hopefully someone out there will think it is good enough to publish.

What about you? Do you have a book inside you begging to get out? How do you find time to write it while also making a living and taking care of the other responsibilities in your life?

10 comments:

  1. You should take the time to record those children's stories, even if it is just to a quick word document. My brother's used to tell me fractured fairytales and they would make up alternate endings to other books and I loved these as a kid. I tried so hard to remember them because I was too young to write them down. Sadly, I was unable to preserve most of them and they do not recall them.

    Even if you never publish the stories they would be a wonderful gift for your kids. They will have them to share as a family legacy.

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  2. You really are right! I think I will begin writing them all down in a notebook at the very least. I am so careful to preserve memories through pictures, words are just as important and since I often base the stories on things that are going on in their lives at the time, it will be a great way to bring back old memories!

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  3. I used to write a lot in high school and the few years that followed. Fiction, poetry, I loved the creativity. Somehow that got lost along the way. I do hope to find again..

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  4. I have been thinking about wanting to dot his so bad, but have not had the nerve to put the effort into it. I need to!

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  5. Angie, sit down and let the words flow! That's the best way to get started again. Of course, I am great at giving the advice but not following it. : )

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  6. Mandy, You never know what you can do until you try. I say give it a shot!

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  7. I have a couple of ideas. Two of them actually started. Once of them I started about 15 years ago. I know what to do. I know how to do it. I just don't have the attention span to sit down and get it written. It is even worse now, with my last semester of school. I keep saying, maybe one of these days!

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  8. Oh wow, I used to write fiction all the time but quit when I got a job online. I miss it but never find the time to do it anymore. I have several short stories in a notebook and had some on my computer until it crashed one day and I lost them! Another reason why I quit is because I am too hard on myself and do not think I am good enough. I used to enter competitions and didn't even place. Also, my mom told me one day that one of my short story ideas was stupid and that crushed me and made me think, "why bother? I am not any good!" Maybe one day I will get back into it. Only a few people have ever read my stories and said they were good but they were family so I don't know if they were really any good or not.

    I know I need to just do it and quit feeling sorry for myself! I need to sit down and make a schedule to where I can make the time to write fiction again. Maybe I can get someone to read my stuff that doesn't know me and tell me if it really is good. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  9. I have 2 ideas but I have no idea how to get them started though I keep saying that I'm going to. *sigh*

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  10. Finding enough time to write fiction is the biggest thing stopping me too, Chrystal. I have the ability, and I definitely want to finish the story, but that takes time...and that, I never have enough of!

    Clarissa, never let anyone tell you that your writing isn't good enough. Write for yourself, the heck with everyone else!

    Daisy, just write! You are an incredibly creative person so just do it and see where it goes. Then write a cookbook with your awesome food photo's when you are through with your fiction! :)

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