Bookshelf | Reports | Community | KDP Select

Home » Amazon KDP Support » Voice of the Author / Publisher » Voice of the Author / Publisher

Thread: Hardest Part of Writing?


Reply to this Thread Reply to this Thread Search Forum Search Forum Back to Thread List Back to Thread List

Permlink Replies: 27 - Pages: 2 [ Previous | 1 2 ] - Last Post: Jun 14, 2012 5:07 PM Last Post By: zenithcollector
headofwords

Posts: 966
Registered: 01/16/12
Re: Hardest Part of Writing?
Posted: Jun 13, 2012 11:57 PM   in response to: jezstrider in response to: jezstrider
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
The "no turning back" moment.

I'm quite happy to can something I lose interest in, and have ditched books over 100,000 words before. Okay, I'm not happy about it, but sometimes you just get to a point when you realise what you're writing sucks and it would be better to start something else.

In almost every book I get to this point where I come up against this wall, and I have to decide whether or not I can get across. If I get across, the book gets done. If not, it gets canned. That wall is the hardest part for me for sure. Everything else is easy.
frewston_books

Posts: 812
Registered: 02/24/11
Re: Hardest Part of Writing?
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 12:36 AM   in response to: jezstrider in response to: jezstrider
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
For my non-fiction books, the endless research! And then making sense of that research. I'm stuck on one part of my latest books (part 7 out of 7 in a Series), where the available information, on- and off-line, is sparse, and what there is is often contradictory or just does not make sense.

Trying to make that into something that is (a) reasonably complete and (b) a story that people will want to read, is causing me to get really bogged down.

Maybe I should concentrate on another section and come back to this. Otherwise my progress will remain at zero forever.
jrcsalter

Posts: 279
Registered: 07/25/11
Re: Hardest Part of Writing?
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 1:16 AM   in response to: jezstrider in response to: jezstrider
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
Getting motivated. I have struggled with this problem for years, but have finally solved it. I'm on a roll, having finished the prologue of my next book before my current one has even been published.

After that, yes I would agree with the first line, and the last.
loricgram

Posts: 540
Registered: 05/18/11
Re: Hardest Part of Writing?
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 5:05 AM   in response to: jrcsalter in response to: jrcsalter
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
I think the hardest part was learning to be "ok" with whatever other people said about my work.

I still struggle sometimes, but I've improved. The other parts may be difficult but I feel like I can be taught, trained, try hard, etc.. but learning to deal with real public feedback and not freak out is something that has to come from within it seems.

It really sucks to go from ecstatic because someone tells you they love your work to being told you're the worst human being on earth for daring to put such horrible garbage on sale. It can literally happen within minutes.

You have to learn to cope and it's hard.
marylisabob

Posts: 408
Registered: 01/18/12
Re: Hardest Part of Writing?
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:37 AM   in response to: loricgram in response to: loricgram
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
I think the hardest part was learning to be "ok" with
whatever other people said about my work.

Yeah, that's a good one. I said "self-doubt," and having reviews that you don't agree with feeds into it.

sargeking

Posts: 4,610
Registered: 01/13/10
Re: Hardest Part of Writing?
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:41 AM   in response to: jezstrider in response to: jezstrider
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
No work begun is ever truly finished. After a couple of drafts I upload and don't stress about minor mistakes. If there is a hard part, it's simply starting. I get distracted easily, such as in these forums.
marylisabob

Posts: 408
Registered: 01/18/12
Re: Hardest Part of Writing?
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:52 AM   in response to: sargeking in response to: sargeking
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
No work begun is ever truly finished.

Yes, that is definitely one of the hardest parts - deciding that you are finished and letting go. We could edit forever.
lilialbe

Posts: 30
Registered: 03/16/11
Re: Hardest Part of Writing?
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:59 AM   in response to: jezstrider in response to: jezstrider
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
The ending. It's hard to find an exit strategy that makes me and my readers happy. I think I'm getting a little better but it's a struggle.
jezstrider

Posts: 19
Registered: 06/10/12
Re: Hardest Part of Writing?
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 11:59 AM   in response to: sargeking in response to: sargeking
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
No work begun is ever truly finished. After a couple
of drafts I upload and don't stress about minor
mistakes. If there is a hard part, it's simply
starting. I get distracted easily, such as in these
forums.

So very true. When I was getting my print version ready, I kept finding minor things that bothered me. It's like the more I read it, the more harsh I became. I guess that's not necessarily a bad thing, but eventually you do have to stop and say "I'm done."
therrimouse

Posts: 1,542
Registered: 08/11/08
Re: Hardest Part of Writing?
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 12:38 PM   in response to: jezstrider in response to: jezstrider
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
The choice between keeping a segment you really loved writing and then discarding it because it does not help the plot to flow. As for letting go of a project, I consider it fodder for a new one, or I put it aside to look at later. I never trash anything I think will be useful. I've been working on a project for three years, and I always think it will never be published because I keep tinkering. It's not "War and Peace" but it feels that way. And I can't give up on it because it is the sequel to the previous book and the completist in me says to keep going until it is well and truly finished.

Also, I multitask; working on two or three books at the same time. I have been able to partition my time between working on one or another without losing the flow, so far... it's that internal mechanism of setting a deadline which interferes. Also, findiing a few moments of peace to concentrate on the project itself.
therrimouse

Posts: 1,542
Registered: 08/11/08
Re: Hardest Part of Writing?
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 12:43 PM   in response to: frewston_books in response to: frewston_books
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
[i]For my non-fiction books, the endless research! And then making sense of that research. I'm stuck on one part of my latest books (part 7 out of 7 in a Series), where the available information, on- and off-line, is sparse, and what there is is often contradictory or just does not make sense[/i].

My issue is with finding contradictory data which is so badly written that I have to rewrite the whole thing from scratch, which takes time, and editing out that which is not at all relevent. I have tried to see it as another writing excercise which will improve on my style, if nothing else.
jeanetteraleigh

Posts: 2,295
Registered: 05/30/11
Re: Hardest Part of Writing?
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 2:01 PM   in response to: sargeking in response to: sargeking
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
True on every point. Although I usually have an easy time starting a new book...
zenithcollector

Posts: 107
Registered: 04/10/12
Re: Hardest Part of Writing?
Posted: Jun 14, 2012 5:07 PM   in response to: jezstrider in response to: jezstrider
Click to report abuse...   Click to reply to this thread Reply
To me it’s the psychology of reading that is under editing the first draft. That process that you should transform yourself into a reader again so you can see the gaps in the flowing of your book. Psychology because sometimes I tend to be detailed in my descriptions that I don’t let the reader’s brilliant mind to work as they read; e.g. I often describe their feelings, but that should be palpable in their dialogue.

After a dialogue, writers should just put ‘he said’ and the action of the character in that novel time line et cetera.
Legend
Helpful Answer
Correct Answer

Point your RSS reader here for a feed of the latest messages in all forums