I need some encouragement

Can someone please help me? I’m stuck on my story. I mean like, I know what I’m doing. This is more like writers block but every story I start I restart. I am trying so hard not to restart this story but it’s hard. Can someone just help me not to restart? I don’t want to, but the more I work on it, the more self-critical I am. Ughhh…

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Umm, what are you talking about? :blush: Can you please tell it more clearly?

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Okay no problem!
I am writing an Episode story.
I have written many episode stories before, but I abandoned them and didn’t publish them because I thought they were really bad.
I recently started a new one that I had a lot of confidence in, but I am now feeling very critical of it and in need of some encouragement.
hope that’s more clear :heart:

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If you plan your story out meticulously, you won’t be as stumped in regards to writers block. I’ve faced that same problem though with restarting what fixed it for me was planning my story and visualizing it to perfection before coding. Now there’s nothing I would change about my story! If you plan it well, you might get rid of that self criticism.

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Lol :lol: that happens to me too :eyes: like so often :sweat_smile: Usually I am not so good at giving advice but I can give you some motivation :laughing: Just think why you started and think that when it will get published, so many people will read it and love it :yum: and if people loves it and reads it then it will get featured or it will find itself a deserving spot in a shelf :grin: I often think like this and this helps me so much :innocent: Hope this helps you too :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Thank you so much! I genuinely think this will help me a lot! I have tried planning but it gets a little confusing. I am willing to try again (because it will be worth it if I can overcome my self-criticism) so do you have any advice on how to plan and what you do? Thank you :heart:

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Thank you for the motivation!!! Very sweet :heart:

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Finding a motivation as to what keeps you going on that path. In other words why did you word it this whay, what motivates you do make a character look that way, etc. rather than “this sucks I sould restart” or "I feel there an error and I will focus on finding it by deleting everything I spent hours on.
As far as pulling from motivation, find what keeps you going for me that the want to share my story and finding inspiration from things around me. It;s also making outfits. characters with personalities, etc.

For some people coding motivates them to stay on track and some people its writting, it really depends on what makes you most happy.

I would recomend finding what motivates youwrite it the first way you did and then only edit things that really need to be changed like punctuation, spot directing, zooms, weird wording, etc. And then also fiinding you style of planning if you don;t have one already, for some ppl a simple jist of the dialouge and animations works better for others it’s a strict/ set wirding and fully planned out dialogue, characters and animations. This thread has some ways of in which people code (so maybe you can get an idea of your style): Do/did you write your story out on paper or while publishing? and theres this one Questions About Story Planning

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Okay I will check the threads out and also thanks for the insight on what helps you with lack of motivation. I’m so glad that there are people who can help! Thank you so much! :heart:

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Can you please tell what is writer’s block? I really don’t understand this thing.

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We are all our worst critics. I know I am my own worst critic. When I write my book, I’m always finding small things that I’ve done in the past that just seems stupid to me but they don’t seem stupid to those around me. At least not to those that proofread my books. Just go with it and keep writing your story.

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I use a google doc and make a long numbered list of every event in the story. Under each number sometimes in parenthesis I’ll add some notes for the scene like (use ____ overlay) or add in a dialogue idea. This way I can cross things off a checklist and I’ll always know exactly what’s next.

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Writer’s block is basically when someone is writing and they run out of drive, determination, and/ or ideas. Which causes them to not be able to write for an unknown period of time ranging from hours to weeks to even decades at most.

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Oh thank you so much.

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Moved to Episode Fan Community since Community is for discussion of specific stories. Make sure to check out our Forum Tutorial for more info about creating topics, and feel free to PM me if you’ve got questions. :smiley:

Thank you so much. I tried testing my story and I felt a little less critical of it. We just have to get over the fact that we are the only ones who think it’s bad :heart::heart:

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Thank you! I will try his method.

For sure, most of us are our own worst critics and it’s never as bad as we think it is. I’m glad you went for it and sought out a true reaction. We all have to just go for it sometimes.

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If your biggest issue is your own critique, I suggest that you find 2-3 people to read through/beta test your episodes as you finish each of them. That way, you can get helpful advice on how to improve certain things, they can comment on stuff you may have missed, directing errors etc, and you can take it on board as you continue, knowing that you have some assistance on making your story the best that you can.

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Ok thank you!