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When the well runs dry


Empathy

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This blog is all about my experiences with my writing as I already have an online blog for everything else.

 

So it's been a few weeks since my last chapter post and other than notices about re-edited chapters a few weeks back there hasn't been any news from me story wise. I actually started to feel as though I was over saturating the site with my story all at once and maybe people were getting tired of my posts. So I let up a bit. And while I took it easy a bit on this site I was posting all the chapters to Nifty. Initially the feedback was pouring in I got over 20 e-mails in 3 weeks. To say I was surprised and happy is a major understatement. Since then the feedback has all but dried up. And I've noticed that I haven't really been in a writing mood not as i was when the feedback was coming in. I've always thought feedback was a major source of motivation for an author but what does one do when that source dries up?

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I think I know how a lot (if not most) of the writers here are going to answer you, so I'll go ahead and start. The main motivation for a writer has to come from within. For me, it's like the writing can't *not* be done.

 

It can be nice to get positive feedback from readers, so that you know someone's out there reading what you've written. But at some point, you've got to trust that voice inside of yourself that is insisting on expressing itself, without having to know who is going to read it, or when, or how they are going to find your writing, or what they are going to think about it. Trust the process, in other words -- your process and the process of what's inside of you, wanting to come out.

 

If you're wanting to know where to start, what to write, the question I like to ask is: where's the energy? which character wants to speak? What story wants to be told?

 

 

Kitty

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I think I know how a lot (if not most) of the writers here are going to answer you, so I'll go ahead and start. The main motivation for a writer has to come from within. For me, it's like the writing can't *not* be done.

 

It can be nice to get positive feedback from readers, so that you know someone's out there reading what you've written. But at some point, you've got to trust that voice inside of yourself that is insisting on expressing itself, without having to know who is going to read it, or when, or how they are going to find your writing, or what they are going to think about it. Trust the process, in other words -- your process and the process of what's inside of you, wanting to come out.

 

If you're wanting to know where to start, what to write, the question I like to ask is: where's the energy? which character wants to speak? What story wants to be told?

Kitty

 

 

I agree, as I've said in other posts, it's all about getting the story out of your head. I'm just rambling on as I'm suffering from a bit of writers block.

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Feedback is nice, without a shadow of a doubt, but like anything if you get hooked on it, and expect it ... and it dries up ... the come down is rough.

 

It doesn't mean that what you are writing is bad, it just means 'the audience' are busy elsewhere. Bummer, but a fact of life.

 

Write because you want to, for yourself and not the audience, then the pulitzer will be a nice suprise. ;)

 

Camy B)

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Any author can write for themselves without posting their stories for all to see. True, authors post for all sorts of reasons. Some want advice to better their work. Some want to test the waters and see if they

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Any author can write for themselves without posting their stories for all to see. True, authors post for all sorts of reasons. Some want advice to better their work. Some want to test the waters and see if they

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