Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Sarah on the easiest part of writing

Hello everyone! I hope you're having an excellent Wednesday! =) Today I'm going to be continuing with this week's discussion on "The easiest part of writing." This topic is rather difficult because there are areas where I feel I've come a long ways and am decent in, but I still don't necessarily consider them easy. Ideas would probably be the least difficult for me. I feel comfortable with dialogue and plot as well.

As someone once said "writing is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration." I agree with that, for the most part. I find that I have so many ideas for novels and novellas, yet finishing the novel I'm currently working on is so much more challenging. Why? It involves that large dose of perspiration. Some days I have to force myself to sit down and write, yet I can lean back and daydream for a moment and get the greatest idea for a new story. =)

I enjoy writing dialogue because that allows the characters the opportunity to show their personalities through the words they say, or don't say. I've heard many people say that they're not good with dialogue, but for me, I just listen to the voices in my head. =) I try to keep with how people really talk, except spice it up a little. Plot works in the same way. I don't really have to struggle with plot too much. I'm still learning what works for me in my pre-novel plotting, but the actual concept and how a piece unfolds is smooth. I don't like to know too much because it takes away the suspense.

Anyways! What about you? What is the easiest part of writing for all of you? Is there something in your writing that feels like second nature? Let me know! I'd love to hear what y'all have to say.

6 deadly screams:

vagabondsaint said...

I agree. . .ideas are very very easy. . .that perspiration part is hard!

I have trouble with plotting sometimes, too; not the overall plot, but working out what I want to have happen in each scene, how that scene will progress the story, et cetera. It's not easy, what with my idiosyncratic thought processes and all *s*

Great write. . .looking forward to seeing what other people say!

Vagabond Saint - 7.16.08

Sierra Wolfe said...

Great post today, Sarah. Yeah, I didn't even think of ideas, LOL. How bad is that?

Gracen Miller said...

Hi, Sarah! Great blog today! Like you and Sierra, dialogue is my easiest part and the most fun to write. Getting the details out, like facial expression, body language, what they're doing precisely at that moment, I struggle with that because to me, it's all useless filler. But, I also know it is needed for the reader to actually see and feel like they are a part of the scene.

Ah...the joys and frustration of writing. ;-)

Pheebles said...

for me, the hardest part of writing is establishing how much time has passed. Often, my first drafts will have absolutely no mention of time elapsed. I then have to go back on subsequent drafts and add that information in. Dialogue is easy, and scene setting is mostly fine, but the little nitty griity things can really bog me down.

Great post!

Meg

Molly Daniels said...

The problem I'm having lately, is I'm hearing the conversation in my head and writing it down. But my critique partner doesn't agree with some of the sentance structure! Not everyone speaks in grammaticaly correct sentances:)

Does anyone else have this problem?

Jenna Bayley-Burke said...

Ideas are my favorite part too...could be that they usually deserve a good daydreaming session and I do so love to dream...