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    Hello From a Wannabe

    Hallo,

    I'm not going to introduce myself by saying that I am writing such and such genre or novel, because I'm not! However, I have had an itch for going on 2 years now and it's getting to the point where I simply need to just start. I spend most of my days fantasizing about imaginary worlds and building them up so that they feel more real in my mind. I, like many others, am paralyzed by a fear of not being able to accurately portray the images in my own mind.

    I will say that I am primarily interested in writing epic fantasies and a lot of philosophical pieces. Maybe dabble in some horror. All I know is I am very interested in filling out every single detail that I need to in order to make my stories feel as real as possible.

    With that being said, this post serves as the beginning of my pursuit to shake myself out of that paralysis and get writing!

    I look forward to spending time with all of you.

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    Welcome, ShayD I too do a lot of thinking about writing away from the desk. Keep a little notebook with you so you can jot down the good ideas and better recall them later. Good luck

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    Thanks! I definitely do that. I have made a total mess of the memo application on my phone and I have literal stacks of notebooks so I can leave one everywhere I go. It's a bit of an obsession at this point... but I feel like I never run out of ideas now that I've embraced that even the silliest idea can be turned into something highly amusing.

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    It's all good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShayDRaven View Post
    I spend most of my days fantasizing about imaginary worlds and building them up so that they feel more real in my mind. I, like many others, am paralyzed by a fear of not being able to accurately portray the images in my own mind.

    ...All I know is I am very interested in filling out every single detail that I need to in order to make my stories feel as real as possible.
    You might not realise it, but you're already writing—or at least, going through one of its stages. There are lots of plotters around here who, like you, try to build up their worlds before committing an actual storyline to paper. Others (like me) are pantsers, and we often discover our worlds just by writing out our first drafts. There's no right or wrong way to do it, but you're already on the path. You've just gotta let your muse off her leash so she can do her stuff once your worldbuilding is complete. Trust your muse. I find mine works best when I give her small quantities of alcohol. Dunno why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Urban Spaceman View Post
    You might not realise it, but you're already writing—or at least, going through one of its stages.
    Thank you very much for saying this. I guess I never looked at it that way and I always wondered what the heck a pantser was. I'm already getting some learning done here, it seems!

    I'm not much of a drinker so much anymore, but I do have... other means of stimulating my mind. I do remember writing some really decent essays for college while a bit tipsy though. Good tip! :P

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