Writing under pressure

@Porcospino (16428)
Denmark
April 14, 2012 5:50pm CST
Some time ago I took a writing course, and the course consisted of many small exercises. We had half an hour to write about a certain topic and afterwards we read our stories aloud in the group. I found it challenging to write a story in a half an hour, because I usually need more time to find the right ideas. I found it hard to find inspiration while I was sitting in the classroom, and it is usually easier for me to get ideas when I am doing something else for instanse walking outside, listening to music or drinking coffee. Are you good at writing under pressure? Have you taken any writing courses? Did you write in the classroom like we did or did you write at home? What do you prefer and why?
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
15 Apr 12
Wow, I wonder if I took my writing classes online if I would have to do that? I never been asked to write a story in 30 minutes, so I don't know how well I'd do, but I know I'd probably freak out trying to come up with something..
@Porcospino (16428)
• Denmark
15 Apr 12
I think that is hard to write a story in such a short time. I didn't want to waste the time and I wanted to get started as fast as possible, but it is not easy for me to find inspiration when I know that I HAVE to write and have to write fast. I did write something when we had those exercises, but I wasn't really satisfied with the things that I wrote, because I didn't have the time that I needed to write a good story.
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• United States
15 Apr 12
I understand completely. I think perhaps the instructor was doing this to see how well you write not only under pressure, but how quickly you can come up with something. Did you get a response back about your story?
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@Porcospino (16428)
• Denmark
15 Apr 12
No, I didn't really get much response. We read our stories aloud and then we moved on to the next exercise. I was a little disappointed when I finished that course, because I didn't learn a much as I hoped. But I got one thing out of it, I met other people who were interested in writing and we kept in touch after the course.
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@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
15 Apr 12
How I wished to improved my writing skills, I'm really looking some schools here that offer even a basic writing course for I can have a little knowledge. I really want to write but when I got there it seems nothing is in my mind to tell. It is almost blank and I don't know where to start. I wish also to have a blog but I don't know how to start too.
@Porcospino (16428)
• Denmark
15 Apr 12
I know the feeling that you write about, and sometimes I experience it, too. I want to write but I just stare at the paper or stare at the screen and I can't seem to get started, because I don't know what to write. When that happens I usually try to get out of the house and do something else for a while. Sometimes it is easier for me to find inspiration if I go for a walk, because that gives me the chance to see other things than my own living room. I also like to write in a coffeeshop sometimes, because I like the background noice and the people around me.
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@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
16 Apr 12
That's a good idea.I never done that before maybe I will try someday, now with my tab that I can bring anywhere.
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@jricky1 (6809)
• China
16 Apr 12
I have to say that i'm good at writing since i was a child and i can always write in the limited time and without any hesitation. I know know why but it's true.Since now i'm adult and go to work,i feel really hard to be like that.I feel more east writing at home and without any time limitation.
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@Porcospino (16428)
• Denmark
24 Apr 12
I have experienced the same thing. I was very good at writing when I was a child and a teenager, but today it is hard for me to find the same kind of creativity that I experienced at that time. I want to get back to that feeling and I want to be able to write that way again, but today I am busy with work and voluntary work and I am not able to spend as much time on writing as I did in the past. Somehow it has become more difficult for me to be a good writer. I hope that I can get past that feeling and become a good writer again, maybe I just need to spend more time on writing
@Bluedoll (17089)
• Canada
15 Apr 12
It really depends on payout? By this I mean what does the writer get for doing it. If the marking system is important to the aspiring writer then I can see it being stressful. Failure can be expensive if you have to take the course again, not to mention the time. However, if this is not important then I would assume for me it would be like talking fast. They would get something in the half an hour but it would be of lower quality. As long as that is not a problem then stress would be manageable. It really depends on the expectations I guess.
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@Porcospino (16428)
• Denmark
16 Apr 12
That is a good point. I also think that the expectations and the background of the course are important. If we know that it is really important to do well the situation is more stressful. I didn't get grades when I took that course. I still found it hard to work under pressure, because I HAD to be creative and I HAD to write fast. I wasn't able to find ideas and inspiration the way that I usually do, and I found it hard to work that way, but if I had known that I would get a grade it would have been even more stressful and I would have felt a stronger pressure to do well.
@fannitia (2170)
• Bulgaria
15 Apr 12
Writing in a classroom in a half an hour deadline - this seems quite stressful. I've never taken a similar course but I write stories in my work and sometimes under a serious pressure. I work in TV newsroom and I make stories for the news programs. Sometimes when there is an urgent event I need to write very quickly and then edit the video. And the newsroom is not a quiet place at all. But at the other hand I don't have to invent and find a special inspiration. I have a specific information and I just have to sort out the things and make a clear story. Anyway, when I don't have urgent materials I prefer to write at home.
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@Porcospino (16428)
• Denmark
15 Apr 12
I can imagine that you have to work very fast sometimes when something urgent happens. I have never tried to write news stories, I only write fiction. I think that it was quite stressful to write a story in a half an hour, I like to have to more time when I write and I usually keep on working on my stories if I am not satisfied. When I had that exercise I just had to write without making many adjustments, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to finish the story on time.
@thesids (22367)
• Bhubaneswar, India
15 Apr 12
Hi Porcospino Being a teacher for the past so many years, I do feel that anything creative done under pressure is definitely not going to bring out the best in anyone. Creativity is something quite unique and everyone has it in some sphere or the other - some realize it and some dont - that is a different subject altogether. But then, when it comes to the real life, there are always time crunches, writers block, and so many other factors which decide and dictate. Those who can deliver within these constraints tend to become successful in the short run, but if one is eying a long term success, s/he must stick to what eases and comforts or even enhances the creativity. I am currently pursuing a writers course from Writers Bureau of UK. It has been about 6 months that I have enrolled but until now, I havent been able to submit any of their assignments as I have been occupied with some other assignments from my clients. Realizing that now I will have some more of spare time, I am readying myself to start with the course and even made some adjustments in my daily work schedules to fit and find time for this course. I joined this course not to learn to write but only to make myself more aware of the Art of Writing. I have so many things I can write on... but then, I also need to learn how to write effectively and make money using those writings
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@Porcospino (16428)
• Denmark
15 Apr 12
I hope that your writers course will be useful for you, and I think it is a good idea to make some adjustments in your daily schedule to order to find time for the writing assignments I agree with you when you say that creative things done under pressure don't bring out the best in people. I found it very challenging to work that way and many of the other students felt the same way. It is much easier for me to write in my home when I don't feel under pressure. I don't get ideas because I HAVE to get ideas, I tend to get ideas when I am doing something else, and I always keep a notebook in my bag in case I get some ideas while I am away from my home.
• Philippines
15 Apr 12
I also experience this ,in the school i can't think about what to write and it takes time for me to think and how to write it down. And even in home , i also do easy but i am also sometimes not confident on what i am writing but it is comfortable to do in Home.
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@Porcospino (16428)
• Denmark
15 Apr 12
I understand what you mean. I also find it is difficult to write fast, because I need time to think about the things that I want to write. It was a big challenge for me to write a story in 30 minutes. I just had to start and write without thinking too much about the details, otherwise I wouldn't have been able to finish my story in time. I find it easier to write in my own home. When I am at home I can listen to music while I am writing, and and I can take breaks when I feel like it etc. It is just more comfortable to write in my own home and if I take a writing course again I hope that I will be able to write in my own home.
@tkonlinevn (5784)
• Vietnam
19 May 12
It's hard if I must write under pressure. I think that I can't write anything :( I only write what appear in my mind when I'm comfortable and free.
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22 Apr 12
A short story is known as serendipity's fluke. As you rightly said you get an idea for a short story at odd moments. But, in a class you attended your instructor can't wait for serendipity to occur to you. Under the given circumstances, you have to produce a short story in half an hour. Here, the instructor is more interested in your craft of writing and honing your writing skills. It may not be a masterpiece or gem of a story. It must have a beginning, a conflict, build up and resolution at the end. Your instructor is teaching you the craft or mechanics of writing a short story. When you learn these correctly, you can produce a gem of a story when your muse visits you and provided the spark of an idea. Remember, there is content and form for a short story. The teacher is only there to help you with the form. To be a good short story writer, you need to be a good story teller like OJ Henry. No one can teach you this. Either you have it, or you don't. Some produce fantastic stories all because of their talent.
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• Philippines
16 Apr 12
I usually write under pressure and sometimes, I force myself to write. My usual problem is the ideas because I tend to think or classify some topics as trivial. Technically, I didn't attend any writing class but I was immensely immersed in writing in the last legs of my education. People who saw and read my piece say that it was good and I would like to continue to sharpen my skills and develop my craft. My writing started and developed in the classroom. I seem to have a knack for it and I unconsciously made it grow until this present day. I think I prefer in the classroom since it has a sense of competitiveness, whether the piece is creative or technical (I'm good at technical but my creative is okay). But now, I write at home, but the internet helped me grow ideas and write about topics I have never even heard about ...until a minute before. Also, at home, I have the time to contemplate my piece while doing something ...like chores. Anyway, I hope you can be successful in your writing!
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