[quote]To overcome this, I just write down random scenes that really don’t have to make a whole lot of sense. However, what this does is, it gives you opportunities to come up with ideas based on what you’ve written. Just go from there.[/quote]
Excellent approach, I also tried it but I failed miserably. I am just overwhelmed by the prejudice that my story will go into 5,000 directions at least. The long writing process doesn’t help it much. I get even more tempted to alter the story or add another totally arbitrary scene, especially because I am so influenced by the movies I see during this time.
[quote]Remember, writing is a talent that takes a lot of practice, just like anything else. Not having anything to write about isn’t an excuse for not writing. Practice, practice, practice.[/quote]
True. I think I have to chain myself to a desk in order to make me practise every day.
Hell, I tried to start lightly with short stories, same problem as I described above. So I set myself the goal to start with ideas from existing material and tried to write my own version so I’d have to follow a certain outline. I managed to write a few pages, called it “A Day in Alice’s life” (it’s an homage to Lewis Carrol’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the looking Glass”).
Since this worked, I think I am going to continue with a Western parody a la “Blazzing Saddles”.
Maybe I will put the lame results of my Carrol imitation online lateron. I know, I lack “the attitude” necessary but with only a few pages of ripped-off ideas in the damn long time span of 1 month it’s hard to believe otherwise. Also, my native tongue is German, so bear with my English…