I know exactly what you mean. I have the same thing when I'm writing a story, it just feels like it's missing something special. This quote by Ira Glass helps me though:
"Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through."
Every time I get frustrated with my writing, I think about this quote. It makes me realize that it's perfectly normal to feel this way about the stories I'm producing, it doesn't mean that I'm bad at writing. You're not the only one!
I would tell you to write the plot line first, but I never did that and I have 2 novels and a lot of stories written without ever doing that.
I think that a story needs go grow and change over time, and so do characters.
If you are really stuck, ask someone to read what you have and help you. My sister is my only reader and she helped me a lot when I was stuck for months on the same page. Of course, I can't use all of her ideas because she wants everybody to be happy and nice and that can' t happen.
I definitely agree. And sometimes the you'll want to explore the characters in the short story more, and end up writing more about them. A short story can help you develop an idea so that you can go more in depth with it.
&sisters, homeboy :P don't forget the ladies.
i write poetry&i've been blocked for a while. ever since i've had to start getting up early for bandcamp >.> getting up early in general. it's never a good plan
Writers Block for me :/
Oh and don't be sexist! "All brothers and SISTERS!" XD
If you would like to help me I can give you a link to my story. Just ask :)
40 thousand words in, and I need 80 thousand for a first novel. AUGH. WHAT THE GORRAM CRAP IS THIS? SERIOUSLY? YOU GONNA STALL OUT ON ME HALF-WAY THROUGH, BRAIN! WHO CARES ABOUT THE 10 REWRITES THAT LAY AHEAD. JUST GET THE FIRST DRAFT DONE. NOT THAT HARD TO DO. I HATE YOU, BRAIN.