I don't understand how so many people are capable of writing whole books. How can you get yourself to sit there every day for months and write? How do you manage to keep hammering at the same idea for so long without deciding to change things or deciding the whole thing is retarded and a waste of time?
Writing is only 50% of the effort. You have to work on an idea and map it out, gather as much theme and content as you can, figure iut what the hell the story is going to be about, formulate the plot, characters, transistions, themes, etc. and just leave it there for a bit and actually THINK about it, taking all your time and meditation... THEN start writing it. With all that meditation and mapping, you should enough material to make a full length novel. Don't think about whether or not your book will be shit. Write it. There's room for revision and peer review at a later time, and then you can work on a second draft. At this point, though, meditation for the next draft is just as important, so it's really a rinse and repeat process.
I don't understand why so many people on this board are obsessed with writing. I feel like the only person here who just wants to read and discuss literature.
I can't imagine that it's hard to write though if you actually have something to say. To them, it's not a chore, but a hobby. Paid writers are pretty much just living the dream because they are getting paid to do something that they do anyway for fun.
being well-read lends itself to confidence in writing. most people either don't understand that writing requires talent as well as practice, or they believe they have that talent. there are probably as many great writers as great musicians.
When I do care about a story, I think about it all the time, but I get caught up in thinking about very tiny, unimportant details and don't realize until I get to the page that I've forgotten the big picture entirely. I just had to trash a story because of it
Except for days where I'm struggling to work, which is maybe 20% of the time, I really enjoy the process. For me, it's an escape from life. I just get pulled into the world, and when things are flowing and I'm producing some good stuff, it's like a high. So basically I just keep chasing the high. It also helps that I feel guilty when I haven't been writing.