Things You’ve Noticed In Your Writing

  • schennsational;

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    jeordie.:
    I'll end a chapter or a story with a one-liner quite a bit.
    Also, beginning sentences with 'and.'
    ^ This. I repeat descriptions a lot, too. I hate it so much but I can't figure out how to stop it, really. Or maybe I'm just stubborn. Most of my characters are also brunettes with green eyes... pretty sure this is because I wish that's what I had. Also, my girls run their hands through their hair a lot. I don't know where that came from.

    I feel as though I've declined in my writing ability. Is that even possible? I'm sure it is, but I don't know why... something I've just noticed. Things don't really seem as well written as they used to, I guess.
    March 16th, 2010 at 07:05am
  • Beautiful -Disaster-

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    I tend to use the same adjectives in one sentence.

    I tend to protray myself in the main characters of my stories as well..something thats a bit eerie but kinda cool :D
    March 16th, 2010 at 08:21am
  • folie a dru.

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    I love writing about the subject of innocence lost. Perhaps not even overtly, but it's more implied. However, if you pick a lot of my stories apart, you find a thread of lost innocence within it somewhere.
    March 16th, 2010 at 04:06pm
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    I use commas, a lot. I also start most of my sentences with and. I try not to do it, but I always end up doing it. Hm, I don't use the main character's name until another character says it.

    Also, I'm not sure if this goes with the whole topic of the thread, but I always delete my stories whenever I write the main character as female. I'm not sure why, but my chaptered stories are from a male's point of view. Oh, this is frowned upon a lot, but whenever I write female leads, I tend to make them a lot like myself.

    I also tend to repeat a lot, example; He left them. He left them all. He left his family. I'm not sure if it's annoying, but I do kind of like it. XD

    I'm sure there's more, too.
    March 17th, 2010 at 10:28pm
  • aubs

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    Hm, I have a really bad habit of deleting stories after the first few chapters because I don't like them. And I always say that I am going to re-write them and post them again but I never do... I need to get out of it.

    And with one shots, the main character does not have a name. I just feel that the main character (most of the time a girl) doesn't need a name.

    I also have a tendency to make long paragraphs with a butt load of description. I don't know why though...
    March 18th, 2010 at 09:40pm
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    In my stories involving teens, at least on of the "main" characters have siblings and two-parent families. Usually the mother is in charge, even if the father is the "bread winner."
    March 22nd, 2010 at 05:17pm
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    chantal sutherland.:
    I use commas, a lot. I also start most of my sentences with and.
    I do the same. tehe

    When I write some emotional scene, I tend to use run-on sentences, but I kind of like it. Shifty

    And what I really don't like (I always edit it when I notice it) is when I start the paragraph with a character doing something, then the next paragraph with the other character doing something, the next with the first again etc. If that makes sense? Facepalm
    March 22nd, 2010 at 05:30pm
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    We were talking about this in lecture a few weeks back.

    I think my main traits in my writing are probably that I always start everything with a description of the setting, the main character will always have an OTT best friend or worst enemy, and the main character is almost always a drama queen of sorts.
    March 22nd, 2010 at 08:13pm
  • folie a dru.

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    When I change canon for my character's families, they are generally one-parent families or dysfunctional. (Not always both, though.)

    And I like the character to get along with at least one member of his/her family very, very well.
    March 22nd, 2010 at 08:22pm
  • Tom Fletcher.

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    I tend to open and/or close with one liners quite alot.
    I also abuse semi-colons and hyphens. XD
    And no matter what I begin to write, it always ends up as some kind of angsty or hurt/comfort fic. I just can't seem to write anything else.
    March 22nd, 2010 at 08:43pm
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    Mine would probably be the use of dialogue as the main length of my story. Or the use of too much description. Sometimes I just can't get a good balance, or I have a habit of explaining things too much because I assume the reader doesn't know what I'm talking about, it's unnecessary.

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    In my story I had a delivery man deliver the main girl some flowers just before she went to go clubbing. But then I added a paragraph that said she wasn't going to go straight to the club she was going to stop by her sisters house to do something.

    It didn't relate to the story in any way other than to give a reason why she was leaving so early, because people usually stop delivering before night time. And people usually go out to clubs at late hours. But I had to write it because I assume someone would call me out on it rather than take it as is.
    March 22nd, 2010 at 08:47pm
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    It always ends on a single line, and the opening paragraph is usually a summary of the whole thing.
    March 23rd, 2010 at 10:23am
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    I tend to make my characters repeat themselves. Facepalm
    March 23rd, 2010 at 01:44pm
  • Edged

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    I tend to do the worst thing a writer can do in a story. My main characters are usually similar to each other in one way or another, personality wise. I can't seem to shake the loner who doesn't believe in love, or the bad boy with the heart of gold.
    March 23rd, 2010 at 03:30pm
  • pulmonary archery.

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    I write really long descriptive sentences and go into detail as much as possible on what my character is doing. I hate leaving things out. I also start far too many sentences with 'I' when I'm writing first person (I've been paying more attention and trying to break that recently.) When my characters speak it's usually in two parts and they do something in between - "Wait here," she mumbled, picking up her book. "I'll be right back." etcetcetc. My characters are also constantly nodding. I don't think people really nod that much.
    Shifty

    Also I used a word image map thing once (when it shows you what words you use most?) and 'eyes' is always in a huge font. XD So yeah. I say eyes a lot.

    Content wise, someone, somewhere, is always guilty of adultery.
    March 23rd, 2010 at 04:30pm
  • legacy .

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    Apparently, I don't enjoy happy endings.

    Almost everyone one shot I've written and now in my most recent fics, I've brought some sort of dismal or tragic event into my characters lives. I guess I just can't bare to see them with a smile on their faces.

    Shifty
    March 23rd, 2010 at 05:27pm
  • Siriano;

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    I kill my pairings. Facepalm Almost all of my pairings (canon or fanfiction, original) end up with one of them dying.

    And realism. I tend to avoid romantisism like the plague.
    March 23rd, 2010 at 06:29pm
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    Apparently, I don't enjoy happy endings.

    Almost everyone one shot I've written and now in my most recent fics, I've brought some sort of dismal or tragic event into my characters lives. I guess I just can't bare to see them with a smile on their faces.

    Shifty
    Same. :/

    In my AP class, my teacher read us a couple of fairytales (and this is a college class), but they weren't 'American', so they didn't have happy endings. Then we all got into this discussion about how we 'Americanize' things by slapping happy endings on them. Like Disney. And how when everyone was so sad that Bambi's mother died, etc. [/slightly off topic]

    Point being, if a happy ending is 'American', I'm not very patriotic at all. Shifty
    March 23rd, 2010 at 08:43pm
  • folie a dru.

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    This was pointed out to me via Formspring.

    "I've noticed that in a lot of your Rydens, when they fuck, they leave their socks on."

    Which is true. I tend to leave their socks on. (Rambling on it here if you want to read.)
    March 24th, 2010 at 02:47am
  • astroz0mbie

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    I've noticed that I can't get away from anything dark. I don't seem to find any creative satisfaction out of "happy" fiction. I don't know. Every insightful, life changing book I ever read was full of sorrow and death, although they did have a happy ending in essence.

    I've also noticed that after reading The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy, I've inherited some of his traits and techniques, or at least tried to emulate them.
    March 24th, 2010 at 03:59am