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Thread: Why does my writing keep repeating itself?

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    practical experience, FTW friendlyhobo's Avatar
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    My best advice is to read read read read read. Read a lot, read different styles and genres. And next is write write write write write. Purposefully challenge yourself, and if you do end up with repetitive themes, know it's not because you never tried anything else, but because that is what you love and what your good at.

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    practical experience, FTW Silver-Midnight's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanley View Post
    I'm writing -or at least trying to write- fictional stories and novellas, but the problem is my writing style repeating itself constantly. I can see the exactly same sentences in my writings, same thoughts, same protagonists, same issues. I do have very good imagination and can be very creative, but while writing something, it doesn't work that way. How do I break this repeating circle?
    I've been having that problem myself lately. I just realized how similar all of my openings are to my other works. Granted, I'm not published but I still see it.

    Right now, I'm trying to force myself to take a different path. A different opening, a different dialogue, scene or whatever. If I feel like I've done it before, then I scratch from my mental list and try something different.

    I'm also considering writing in a different POV to see how that changes things up.

    On top of that, I'm also reading writers I like but don't necessarily write in my genre.

    I don't know how well all of this is going to work but I'm going to hope for the best.

    Does anyone have any other tips that might be helpful?

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    It may help you to get a good handle on the wonderful worlds of slang and idiom. There are slang thesauruses out there too that come with all the health warnings of regular thesausruses, but you might find them useful for sparking new shapes to existing thoughts. There's a real poetry to a lot of slang - even the vulgar sort.

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