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I have sosososo many story lines running in my head and the way I DD is very language oriented as well as visual and sensory. I could be a best selling author by now. If I wrote them all down.

In my head it all sounds perfect. Beautiful and could easily be written down and then turned into a famous novel. But as soon as I start to write it down it sounds stupid, poorly written, and I get this tremendous frustration. I get so angry that I can't write it down perfectly. I forget almost all of it when I try to write it down. Does this happen to anyone else?? 

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Yes. I think I'm getting better at it though. I think of the story, its amazing. I write it, it becomes a lame sounding summary. So then I DD again and focus on the words, and sometimes it clicks. And I learned that I'm not going to get it all at once. It would take too long. I have to give the story room to change as I write.

That's what I've been trying to do but it doesn't work. I lose all the details when I try to write it down. It's like my daydreams are shy and don't want a connection to real life haha. 

Melissa said:

Yes. I think I'm getting better at it though. I think of the story, its amazing. I write it, it becomes a lame sounding summary. So then I DD again and focus on the words, and sometimes it clicks. And I learned that I'm not going to get it all at once. It would take too long. I have to give the story room to change as I write.

I know the power of drafts haha. I know it won't be perfect the first time around. I write a lot anyway and I'm pretty good at it if I do say so myself, but I can't pin down my day dreams on paper. No matter how hard I try or how much editing and drafts I do it comes out messy and idiotic. The frustration and anger don't help much either. Haha. 

Alex said:

Yes, it. Taking me about 4 years to writeup screenplay because I kept day dreaming. Don't worry how it reads on the first draft. Just write down your storey, get it down, and then when you go back to rewrite, you can change things around. I have rewritten my story about 20 times and it's much better than the first draft. Actually I cringe when I go back to the first one because it was awful. But the practice of writing really helps.

I've kind of tried that before and it didn't really work. The DD didn't develop enough because I was focusing on writing it down. So then I tried shifting my focus to the DD and then I just ended up not writing anything down! hahah. But I think I'm gonna try some more. Practice will probably help. 

That's actually a brilliant idea. I talk to myself too while I'm pacing. I am definitely going to try that. I need to get a hand hold recorder though. But I'll let you know it goes. (: Thanks



Alex said:

how about, umm, talking your day dreams out loud and recording them, recording your conversations to yourself... and then going back and writing it down. 

It's kinda weird - i've tried this - but i hate the sound of my voice, but I know a lot of writers use this method to keep notes and keep track of ideas... 

With my DD I talk to myself, a lot,  so if i'm going to be talking to myself anyway... i might as well record myself and see what could be useful in a story. 

Necro alert here ;-). Sounds normal to me, like this happens to EVERYBODY else. Perfectionism, being critical and analytical, blocks you here. First just write even if you do feel it's bad writing and don't think too much, just feel. You can use your brain to refine and improve later. To get into a flow it can help to focus on something emotional that really touches or bothers you and found it's way into one of your fantasy chapters.

Seems that in your mind there is a very critical censor, maybe it's really the voice of mum/dad/teachers or whoever told you you weren't good enough...as was stated here it's OK to make mistakes, write those messy idiotic stories, practice. Being forgetful about good ideas...well I personally feel if an idea is really good I'll feel it's potential and it will stick with me, but when it comes to writing there are of course these random lines that are good and can become eventually useful.

ME TOO!!! It's like I have too much information and the idea of getting it all down is too overwhelming.

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