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I'm sure we all want to improve our writing -- our fiction. Certainly, my writing has improved from when I started. But I want to be more consciously working on that. I'd like to make my stories more emotionally complex, for one. So now I just have to figure out how to go about that.

As well, I'd like to make some of my stories more plotty, which is not my strong suit at this point. I suppose there, all I can do is read up on plotting and try to do it.

One thing I did try this year is to "pre-edit" less when I write. I have a tendency to agonize over every sentence and it's hard to get a rhythm going. I'm trying now not to worry if each sentence is perfect as soon as I write it and to take more time in revision. I'm not as good at this yet as I'd like, but I think it's helped me. contrelamontre challenges were certainly good for that.

Is there anything specific that you do or have done to improve your writing? Exercises? Books you've read? Change of style? Have you tried anything new recently or do you plan to?

I'm not a resolution-making person, but this seems a good thing to think about as we head into the new year.


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I went out and bought several books and read them, to figure out how to improve incidental things like story structure and plot.

Do you have any particular recommendations?

trying something new with every story so as not to get into a rut, including writing narratives that move backwards in time, back and forth in time, not in a linear fashion, writing from different character viewpoints, incorporating metaphors and so forth

That's really commendable. I've not made as much of an effort in that direction as I should. Metaphor, maybe, though. I've found that a story works better for me when I find something to base it on, whether that's a metaphor or an idea or an emotion.

taking a single flaw and working at improving it with each story (I'd work on writing without adjectives, then writing without crutch words, then pronoun confusion, etc)

Again, admirable. Now I think I want to be you when I grow up. :) Tell, though, what do you mean by "crutch words"?

Sometimes, especially when writing sex, I feel like I'm just re-using the same vocab over and over and if anyone read more than three of my stories in a row, they'd call me on it. It came home to me when I wrote "Blood Will Tell" and I had to write the torture scenes, because all of a sudden I was writing something that was actually very like a sex scene, but for which I had *no* vocab at all. It was very stretching for me.

The "pre-editing" is something that I've always struggled with, with serious stories. (Humour/parody is entirely different and really comes quite easily.) And I did the same thing with academic writing too. I think part of the problem is that the sound and rhythm of the sentences is quite important to me and so it's hard to just put down what I want to say.

Really, writing is hard and not very fun (which explains why it's easier to stagnate than improve). Sometimes I wonder why it's my hobby. But I do enjoy the act of creation.

Really, writing is hard and not very fun (which explains why it's easier to stagnate than improve). Sometimes I wonder why it's my hobby. But I do enjoy the act of creation.

Maybe I should start a "Why Writing Will Probably Kill Me" support group. My list of reasons why I *shouldn't* write is getting loooonger and loooonger. Which just makes me want to do it *all the time*. Perversity, thy name is woman.

But I really just wanted to commend you on your icon, which rocks twelve ways.

This was a really, really cool post of yours. I'm enjoying it treeemendously!

But I really just wanted to commend you on your icon, which rocks twelve ways.

Thank you! It was made for me by the lovely laurashapiro.

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