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10 December 2005 @ 04:41 pm
The times and tribulations of reaching for your dream..  
A pretty ticket..... Look what finally came in the mail.. tickets to Nagayan's Xmas party event on the 17th! They look like postcards, they're really pretty and red. I always enjoy his fanclub events, so this should be good!! I got two of the tickets, and Aloni should have the other two, so we're all set for fun next Saturday night! ^^ It feels like forever since I've been to an event, but it hasn't really been all that long, or is it that I've done a lot of other fun things with my friends instead recently, so it feels like a lot of time in between events??

I'm trying to catch up on belated emails, but it's a long and winding road to follow, so those that are still waiting... I promise I'll get to you!!

It seems I'm inherently unable to write stories, and this is hanging me up seriously on my manga. Don't get me wrong-- I love writing. Words intrigue me, and maybe this is why I write on my journal so often. I also love to make up plot lines and characters and situations. But writing it all down in a story format makes me want to turn my attention to something else. I desperately want to draw it, I LOVE drawing... but it's the writing out every little thing and the beginning draft of the dialogue that I don't feel that I care to do. I really, really need to get past this. Does anyone have any tips on getting yourself to want to write when you don't really want to write? Is there even anyone who knows what I mean? O.o

Here's to teaching myself more discipline. ファイト、火ちゃん、ファイト!!!!! いつまでも挑み続けて行こう!
 
 
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Yuntokkitsu on December 10th, 2005 08:45 am (UTC)
I dunno, maybe do outline first? I have that kind of problem when writing multi-chapter fics; I have the idea all spiffy in my head but then lose interest after, like... the first chapter. So someone suggested doing an outline, and because I'd invested so much time and interest into it, I kind of have to keep going? and write it? If that makes sense. ;;;

Good luck! :3
tsubon on December 10th, 2005 09:58 am (UTC)
Well...usually, when I can't write but need to...I read other stories/mangas/fanfic, maybe just to get an idea. Or reread my favorite books, ones that have inspired me before.

Sometimes, I also outline things...like what I want to happen, the ideas I want to get across with this particular part, and how it gets to that point. Then I fill in with fluff and that's usually a scene there...

I dunno if that helps...I write stories and such, but I dunno if that would help with drafting manga. ^_^;
Chiakichiaki777 on December 10th, 2005 10:06 am (UTC)
story writing can be pretty hard. It is.

Cool hope you have fun at the party ^_^
Lin: Emmylin on December 10th, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
as a writer who's more of a character writer than a story writer I know what you mean :p I can spend ages with my characters, just mucking about and having fun and getting to know them better, yet sitting down and working on the actual Story is so hard ;_; so what I do is make basic plot outlines briefly stating the plot points , and force myself to sit at least an hour a day to go from plot point to plot point. After I've got that written out I go back and flesh out some more where necessary. And then I reward myself by shamelessly having fun with my characters again XD
Fiammattafusakugyoku on December 10th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)
In the long term, it's said that keeping a diary of your manga ideas, and meditation (>< but I don't believe in meditation ><) are supposed to help you get a tangible grip on your story, etc.

In the short term, I've heard of some people who do sort of playacting as their characters.

I think the best method (especially for a drawing-over-writing person) is this: If you've already thumbnailed or figured out your panel layouts, go ahead and draw, and just jot down a sense of the emotion or message that the character is trying to portray in his or her dialogue. Once you've drawn it all through, you can look over it and really get into the characters and FEEL what they're trying to say, and dialogue will come easier.

That's what I do. But I'm an amateur who bows down to your socks. ^^
The Mousenekonezumi on December 10th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
Well, I think the process of writing is different for everyone, and different methods will work for you depending on how you think. ^_^ Dialogue for me is the easiest bit, because it plays out in my head like a movie. If you've got your characters and your plot/situations, you're definitely at an advantage - sometimes all you need to do is sit for a while and think about how it all plays out in the "movie" in your mind. ^_~ That should make the dialogue come much easier than just sitting down and trying to force it out. And then, the great thing about dialogue is that the incidental details will create themselves - your characters will be interacting according to their personalities, and things will just come up. ^_^ You're inevitably gonna hit some snags, trying to reconcile the characters with where you want the story to go, so when that happens, take a step back and try to work it out like a knot, if you know what I mean.

Anyway, I'm sure you'll get past your block. ^_^ Ganbatte!
Mewgokumew2 on December 10th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
X.D Thanks for the pimping! *chus*
ひかり~ちゃんhikarichang on December 11th, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
::stares at the pretty red ticket:: o___o it looks pretty...
have fun on saturday night ^o^~~
o__O ohhh never feel like writing x__x ::feels like that a lot:: dunno any tips but I know you will get past that stage ^O^ and be able to writeee lotsss!!! wahahahaha..so ganbatte hinoaisyaaan!!~~fightofighto >D
DAC, the curious little catboy_dac_ on December 11th, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)
Maybe you should first make your plot line/outline & characters, then make the situations, fit those in order according to the plot line/outline, and then finally flesh it out.

Have fun on the 17th!
Kei: *chu*aoi_tenshi on December 11th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC)
*HUGS* I know what you mean about about trying to get yourself into the right mood to write and get those creative juices flowing >.< *snugs* I hope you can find your flow! I'll be encouraging you all the way and I hope that you have a lot of fun at Nagayan's Christmas party =D
Strawberry: ~ Nya? ~strawberry777 on December 12th, 2005 12:24 am (UTC)
o*.*o Really pretty! I envy you, a lot! ^_^o

Yes, I know what you mean. ^_~ But don´t worry, as an artist, it´s okay to just doing, what you are right now feel more comfortable with. If you just now prefer to draw, then it´s also a good practise to express everything through your drawings and maybe try yourself on a Doujinshi? If you love to write, the passion will come back to you soon! And every talent needs a little creative-break too, doesn´t it? Just don´t worry and follow your feelings. ^_~v

Bye the way, Hi-chan, is there a way I could write you an email? I would like to ask you something very important. Please?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 12th, 2005 05:18 am (UTC)
I'm sorry.... right now I don't have the time to do any favors. ^^;;; If it's something from animate like goods, you can probably order them online, ne?

You can write me an email though at hinoai[at]hotmail[dot]com though.
Strawberrystrawberry777 on December 12th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you for your answer! I sent you an email, Hi-chan.