Writing: Reality Vs. Expectation

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Writing sounds like a good idea. Until it isn't.

We all know what writing should look like. The un-cool thing is that it's never actually that way. 

EXPECTATION
The writing will be perfect. Lovely. Your prose will flow like magic.


REALITY 
Your writing is a child's scribble on the preschool wall. 

EXPECTATION
You are in charge of your characters. 

REALITY 
Your characters are in charge of you. 

EXPECTATION
Editing will be a breeze. 

REALITY 
How do you words. 

EXPECTATION 
You are perfectly in control of all your plot bunnies. You can focus and do one at a time. 

REALITY 
There are too many plot bunnies. 

EXPECTATION
You can keep up a writing schedule, preferably an hour first thing in the morning. No biggie. 

REALITY 
You will end up writing madly in the middle of the night because you like to procrastinate. 
Castle is perfect for every writerly situation. 

What are your writing expectations and realities? 

36 comments

  1. This *nods* I totally expect to follow my schedule well, and then I just procrastinate a bunch and only finish about half of what I need to get done. And I always expect to have more mental energy than I do. :P I love your gifs. :)

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    1. *sighs* I like to pretend I'm a really dedicated writer. Most of the time I'm not. xD

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  2. This is amazing post and you nailed it perfectly! I'm certainly not sitting in the middle of the night alone in my room and I'm certainly not trying to write what I should throughout the day. Procrastination is like the worst enemy.

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    1. Oh, of course not.
      None of us procrastinate.
      >.>

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    1. I'm glad someone can laugh at the struggle.

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  4. Expectation: Come up with a story idea and characters. Proceed to write their story, with plenty of clever dialogue and excellent character development. Top it all off with an epic, satisfying ending and leave things open-ended for a possible sequel.
    Reality: Story problems. Characters wallow around mumbling because they don't know what they're supposed to be doing. Climax is like six-paragraphs-of-nonsense long. Ends with "he closed the door behind him" because it's the most clever ending you can come up with.
    This pretty much exactly happened to me. I have some rewrites/edits to do. xD

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    1. TRUTH. This is me, always, with everything I write.

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  5. So accurate, you just described my writing process.

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    1. It's the only way to write, as far as I'm concerned.

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  6. There are times when I write in a frenzy of inspired passion. Everything else is just typing one word at a time while screaming silently.

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    1. Or looking at pinterest for like half an hour while I think of the right word.

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  7. This is so true! Great post--you picked out some great gifs.

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    1. The GIFs are the only thing that saved me from groaning in pain as I thought about the struggles. xD

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  8. This is completely and totally accurate. And then there's other peoples' expectations: they see you writing and think you're doing great because you're typing at a nice speed, but actually, you're screaming inside and everything is incoherent and HELP.

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    1. People always get super impressed when I talk about writing, but what they don't realize is that those 5k words I just wrote are absolute and total trash.

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  9. BAHAHA! YESSS! Yes to everything in this post! As someone who is editing right now, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I'M DOING AND I'M WEARING OUT THE DELETE KEY ON MY LAPTOP!

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    1. *hands coffee* I'm there too and let's be honest, editing is the literal worst.

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  10. So true, so true. I've loved that gif of Castle ever since I saw that episode years ago and thought "story of my life." lol!

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    1. Castle is so strangely relatable at times.

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  11. This is one of the truest posts ever. I myself am going through the editing process right now, and that gif completely describes my life.

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  12. This is so true, gah. Castle does indeed provide interesting giffing opportunities, hmm ... *wanders off to binge-watch instead of editing*

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    1. I'm just gonna pretend I don't watch binge-watch Castle instead of writing pretty much every single day.

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  13. OMG so true! Especially the one about your characters controlling you. People that aren't writers look at me like I'm crazy when I say "but Avery wouldn't do that... That's not like her at all!" And they're like "uhh.. don't YOU control what your characters would and wouldn't do?" No!

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    1. Noooo. There is absolutely no control involved here. That's the fun of it, but also the...less fun of it.

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    1. *cannot send help because editing has killed me*

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  15. Too many plot bunnies is a true struggle! I relate to all.

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  16. That procrastinating one, though. :P That is my life. That is me. Me me me. That is all.

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    1. My life is 90% procrastination, I'm sure of it.

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  17. THIS IS SO RELATABLE. AND THESE GIFS ARE SO PERFECT. Particularly the plot bunny ones, omg, I'm dying here. XD Why do they get to be called plot "bunnies" when they're like vicious little dragon hatchlings that demand attention and steal your soul if you try to ignore them? THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO KNOW.
    This post is so fabulous. XDXD

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  18. These are all so very accurate. *nods*

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  19. Expectation: Writing dialogue that flows perfectly, has just the right amount of dialogue tags, and takes zero work.

    Reality: Every piece of dialogue makes you cringe, the dialogue tags are out of control, and all you want to do is shred your computer because you know you'll never be like Tolkien.

    ~Musicgirl121

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