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I think I know why people don't finish writing a book.

And on the flip side, figured out why people do finish writing. Or write a readable novel compared to an unreadable one.

I didn't see this mentioned anywhere online, so I wanted to see if any of you agree.

If you write a novel because you want to write a specific genre of book, like for example a science fiction novel. Then you will probably not have a good defined character, and the story will fail. Or if your writing a novel just to write one then you probably won't finish. I think if you write this way you'll have too many characters, and the reader won't love any of them.

I think the people that succeed are because they want to tell the story of a character or characters. And whatever genre that falls under is what you should write. At the end of the day it's all about having a connection with at least one of the characters.

to sum it up. If ya say "I wanna write a mystery novel" you won't finish, or if you do, it will be boring and filled with too much detail.

But if ya say "I wanna write a novel about billy the crime fighting dog" Then you will finish, and it will be enjoyable for the reader.




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Re: I think I know why people don't finish writing a book.

I can't agree, not even partially. A completed novel takes both character development and plot. Some writers come up with one first,
some the other.

IMO, most novels that aren't completed had a concept or situation but no detailed plan to move the character through it, both plot and character evolving as it progresses.

I'm a big advocate of first-time novelists planning in detail before they write.

SPEED
Don't mistake my silence for weakness. Nobody plans murders out loud.

Re: I think I know why people don't finish writing a book.

Yeah, I find though if ya have a good defined original character that everything else comes effortlessly. If you know the character as good as you know yourself, then ya can put yourself in their shoes. I think if people come up with the plot first then that will be the strong element of the story. If you have the characters first then they will be the strong element of the story. I just think if you have a character you love then you're more likely to finish. They become like your child.


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Re: I think I know why people don't finish writing a book.

I can't agree, not even partially. A completed novel takes both character development and plot. Some writers come up with one first,
some the other.

IMO, most novels that aren't completed had a concept or situation but no detailed plan to move the character through it, both plot and character evolving as it progresses.

I'm a big advocate of first-time novelists planning in detail before they write.

SPEED
Don't mistake my silence for weakness. Nobody plans murders out loud.

Re: I think I know why people don't finish writing a book.

i agree with the first two replies. i write from the heart and what interests me and hope the readers will like it. Many of my books have five star reviews so thankfully, i am doing something right.

Every writer does it his or her own way. There are no rules. What works for you may not work for the next person.

The easiest thing i have ever had to do was give my heart.

Re: I think I know why people don't finish writing a book.

You said you write what interests you, so is romance and sex always on your mind? That's what ya write about, right?



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Re: I think I know why people don't finish writing a book.

Personally, if you don't write for yourself with the creative intention to see how your initial story idea develops and changes, then I don't really see someone's writing career being anything but a constant struggle of willpower over words totaled and paged ( uphill)- writers primarily write because they have to, even knowing your work may still end up a failure.

If you become fixated with the notion of a 'Crime Fighting Dog' and you truly want to realize it's outcome, then those three words are enough to finish but even if you have an intricate plot all worked out like a swiss time piece and nothing spiritually invested in bringing it to life and change then why do you bother?

There are plenty of books in this world- we are not crying out for one more but you should.

Re: I think I know why people don't finish writing a book.

Yes I agree, but that's what a good character will do. You don't have to think much, the words come out just as if you were speaking. Especially writing dialog


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Re: I think I know why people don't finish writing a book.

Yes it's best when you write as if you were saying it yourself and it's fun.

All of my books with the exception of the series are totally different. No character is alike and no story is alike and i pride myself on that.

My books are about ordinary people with problems and vices just like the rest of us. Life isn't perfect and neither are they.

Perfection may be OK for a little while, but to me it gets boring real fast.

i may not be the best writer in the world, but i can honestly say if you read 12 of my books you will find that they are all different and you couldn't say "Oh that's a Susan Black book because that's how she writes."



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