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2012-09-24 01:00 3003144 Anonymous (_litjunk.png 500x159 9kB)
Sup /lit/, I recently discovered some old files on an old dvd. Those files are things I've written years and years ago. They reminded me of how much I used to like writing, even though they are shit quality. >1900 word game review >1800 word essay on freedom While I recognize that they are shit, I feel like because of not writing for the past 4-5 years, my writing skills have gone to shit. The english course I'm taking in college cannot compare to the english courses I got in my own (non-english) country. Oh the irony. I've been told I'm a great story teller. I always wanted to write stories, I even started a few, but they were so much shit I had to leave them. However, I was always able to write essays, reviews, or articles on things that interested me and, as I believe, the style and grammar was pretty good. >tl;dr >How to get back into writing? >Any guides that would allow me learn how to create nice sentences and coherent, unified, paragraphs? >mfw someone remembers literathursday

1 hours later 3003339 Anonymous (1209352742785.jpg 192x254 8kB)
Bamping with old shit.

1 hours later 3003367 Anonymous
>How to get back into writing There isn't really much of a 'how-to' on that one, people either have the desire or they don't. Since you already have the desire, you already have 50% of what you need to start writing fiction. The other 50% is an idea. If you're stuck then watch a bunch of movies in the genre you're interested in writing. Movies are a great way to spark inspiration because they often contain lots of ideas compressed into a small space. Watch those movies and as soon as something takes your interest - a character, setting, plot point - steal it and write it down. You'd be amazed at what you can develop from a single seed of an idea and how unique it can end up being from the original concept. >Guides on sentences structure and shiz I don't know of any but it's not that difficult. It takes practice, especially if you're hardwired to write essays. Just remember that in an essay it is all about laying out the facts but in fiction writing it is about leaving a trail of breadcrumbs for the reader so that they can determine the facts themselves. Your writing should focus on showing the reader what is happening rather than telling them what was happening, e.g. >Tom pulled out a gun and shot Jenny. vs >Tom's hand trembled as his gun arm raised. Jenny might have screamed but he couldn't hear anything over the sound of his own blood thundering through his veins. And then suddenly, Jenny was gone. Just a body with a misshapen face lying on the ground in a growing pool of blood. And as always practice, practice, practice! You get better quickly and it shouldn't be long before you feel the need to scrap what you've written for bad writing and the more you write, the better you become at picking out what plot ideas will and won't work in the format which also improves how your works read.

1 hours later 3003378 Anonymous
What were Word Games like in the 1900s then? As good as Scrabble? Boggle?

1 hours later 3003405 Anonymous
>Tom pulled out a gun and shot Jenny. vs >Tom's hand trembled as his gun arm raised. Jenny might have screamed but he couldn't hear anything over the sound of his own blood thundering through his veins. And then suddenly, Jenny was gone. Just a body with a misshapen face lying on the ground in a growing pool of blood. Let's read everyone's take on this scene. You don't really know someone's dead until you see nothing else on the floor but dark red. If you asked me, I wouldn't have told I'd fired that gun. I stand there, just looking at the mess on the floor, until I feel my socks getting soaked. It does smell like gunpowder. Jenny is no more.

1 hours later 3003414 Anonymous
>>3003378 0/10 would not read again

1 hours later 3003419 Anonymous
>>3003405 Are you a native English speaker?

1 hours later 3003497 Anonymous
>>3003367 Thanks man, I just might get into it.

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