1. Not sure why you said all of that. He didn’t say he has phenomenal scripts. He said he doesn’t know more than he did 15 years ago and his concepts are outdated.

  2. It does seem that you haven’t grown. If you have, your concepts would have grown with it.

  3. There are writers whose sentences are smooth like butter. I want to become one of those people. I don’t care about getting published, but I want to figure out how to write such sentences.

  4. This is why I'm joining an ad agency as a copywriter after 4 years freelancing now. I've been told my writing is buttery. I don't think it's buttery enough. So I'll keeping training that writing muscle.

  5. Did you fix all the plot holes and change everything you want to change? Do that first before fixing sentences.

  6. If you want to get better in English and want a career in writing, write it in English. You didn’t get to C1-C2 by not practicing, so you know that only by practice that you can get better. Same with writing. The more you write, the better you will get.

  7. If your ideas are too ambitious, try to break them into novellas. Apparently that’s the trend now, so you will be in good company.

  8. Hmmm ok this is great advice! I’m super new to this if you can’t tell. How can I find someone on the internet to share it with?

  9. It will take a lot of time and effort. It took me a year to find two groups that are a good fit more me. Go here and see if you could find some:

  10. You can’t do it because you want fancy, beautiful prose, vivid imageries, amazing setting. You can do it if you settle for a bedtime story. Start with that first. Get a few stories down, and then slowly build up your prose.

  11. Finish the book. Type it up, give it to people for feedback. Edit/revise/polish, whatever, all the while try to trim it down.

  12. I know it sounded like it, but I definitely don't think I wrote a clean book xD I just know that I'm too close to it to see where to cut down, so maybe my wording wasn't perfect there. I've also been worried about giving it out for feedback, just as I don't have any friends that are super into reading/writing, so I'm nervous about what kind of feedback I'd receive from them, since they're not big readers and there aren't any good writing groups in my area. But I'll try putting it aside for now, writing something else, and see if I can shake anything loose. Thank you for your feedback!

  13. You’re on the internet. Find writer groups on the internet. If you want a career, then make time to establish connection with other writers. Don’t give it to friends. And when you give it out, give a couple of pages at first. Oh, and remember to only give it out once you feel there’s nothing left to improve story-wise. I hate it when I give people feedback, and they say “oh, yeah, once I edit, that part will be gone.” Why didn’t you edit first before you give it to me? Respect people’s time. Don’t give people your junk that you already know that it’s not good.

  14. Many people prefer telling because it’s shorter but this is not true because 75% of time, you can delete all the telling and it wouldn’t affect the story.

  15. Thank you for the well thought out answer! I am trying to expand their world but I find myself bored (or maybe scared) when I add too many subplots. I feel like my stories need one thing to tell and I get there pretty quickly. Maybe I am having a hard time creating a main plot which all subplots lead to. Have you ever had similiar problems? I am interested in your thoughts.

  16. The trick is to link all the subplots together to solve or make the main plot stronger.

  17. Thank you so much! I got to ask are you planning your stories ahead? Do you know what subplots or even mainplot will be before even you start writing? I am scared if I plan ahead, I will lose the "edge" or "touch" that I have.

  18. How about just planning stories for fun? For practice? You should do this daily, so you won’t write every story you plan.

  19. When was the last time you finished reading a book and what was it? I’m very sure you have at least finished reading one book. Figure out why you were able to read that book while finding reading boring. That’s the type of books you want to write.

  20. I would challenge this theory. It’s true that plenty of people fail their entire life no matter how hard they try, but that’s because they don’t learn and change. In the old days, information/education was hard to come by, and everyone was lucky enough to have a mentor or could afford school, and many didn’t even look to change.

  21. I answered too soon. We found the real problem right here. The best way to do this is to save your original copy. So your version is still there, and adjust the other version as agents and editors suggest.

  22. If it takes you 3 sentences to explain something, then force yourself to explain everything in 2 sentences. I did that, and I definitely got better because of it.

  23. We may not be the same, but when I was depressed, I forced myself to write horror. The adrenaline was great. It was a huge push for me to be out of depression.

  24. Then write another story. A simpler story. There’s no reason to quit writing altogether. A writer writes many stories, short and long, not just one.

  25. I find that scenes that have clear intention behind them, not only I enjoy writing them, but I write them fast. On-the-nose scenes are hard for me because I don’t know where to go/what to do with them.

  26. Everything requires practice. Ideas don’t just sprout out of nowhere. You have to practice coming up with them, and very much anything can be turned into a story. All you to do is pay attention and practice.

  27. Keep writing. The more you write, the more control you will gain over your writing. Make sure you learn to write better at the same time.

  28. Try to write your novel on the phone. Maybe the phone doesn’t make you feel like work.

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