>>7604831 Anon, haven't you realized that you're going to have to enter into an obsession with another, established writer, to the point where you are so agonizingly concious of your own flaws that you snap and start interpreting flaws into the other writer that you can then fix with your own works
I've tried to do the whole "just read without writing at all" thing and it just doesn't work for me. I always end up getting ideas out of nowhere that sound really good and then I try to write them and realize it's all philosophically derivative or psuedo-intellectual garbage that is laughable. So I just stop reading and writing in general for a while and sit around depressed then get back into studying things and reading and then get back into writing and the whole thing repeats
>>7604856 >getting ideas out of nowhere that sound really good and then I try to write them and realize it's all philosophically derivative or psuedo-intellectual garbage that is laughable kek this happens to me too, but it doesn't discourage me from reading... I just realize I'm not cut out to be a writer.. or maybe i just haven't had enough literary intake or writing practice to give my ideas a fair chance
>>7604831 I'm going to tell you something my lit professor once told me.
There's actually a term in competitive chess. It's called "on book".
Basically, the World Chess Federation has recorded hundreds of thousands of games of chess, over hundreds of years. Each recorded game is split into "Boards", which are literally just the exact configuration of the board in X turns. When you think of chess from a meta-game standpoint, this is basically what you think of, not the placement of the individual pieces, but the configuration of the board as a whole, and how that board can shift from one configuration to the next.
The thing about competitive chess though, is despite how many years and how many individual boards have been recorded throughout history, the number of which is well north of a million, It's not only possible but probable that a game played tomorrow will go "Off book", meaning the configuration of all pieces on the board won't resemble any configuration in recorded history. The game won't start that way. In fact, it will usually take five or six moves of on book play to get there, but it will get there.
And so it is with writing. When you start, chances are good you will start "on book". You will repeat yourself or others. You will sound trite and inconsequential. But keep writing. Eventually, you will say something original and interesting. If you keep at it, it's only a matter of time. And more importantly, keep reading, because it's impossible to know what is on and off book unless you study the book.
>>7604831 You practice writing that when the time comes that you need to say something, you have the ability to do it.
Right now I'm being blockaded in my field but I've written a couple shitty teen books just for kicks and dreams. I'm now writing something targeted at the people hindering me, and I'm hoping it will bridge the gap between the things we both understand so they'll stop being faggots about the way I talk. The book so far is actually pretty good and required me working out a lot of the specifics I never would have bothered with any other way.
Keep writing because you'll eventually wish you could do it well.
>>7604845 This doesn't work because writing is an actual skill. Your brain is taking the abstract information it recieves from your senses and creates meaning out of it, that meaning can then be translated into words (among other things) defined by the medium you're working in. That translation is an appreciable skill. You can be born with a talent for it, but you aren't born a master. You'd simply fuck up the same thing less times than your peers.
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