Writing Woes

You guys, writing is not for the faint of heart. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

I’ve spent the past week or so struggling with a book that just wasn’t working. It was an old idea I was trying to outline and brainstorm. It involved vampires and Moscow and was supposed to be awesome, in theory.

Unfortunately, in practice, it was not so great. Maybe it’s a bad idea, or just not the right idea for me right now, but it was totally not working. I saved my notes, but put them aside. Now I’m back to working on a second round of edits on the novel I was working on before. I think I’ll have to redo a lot of the first act of that book. Better to discover that now than later, I suppose. I am also the world’s slowest editor, so this is going to be very slow going. Maybe I’ll write some short stories in order to take short breaks during my editing…


3 thoughts on “Writing Woes

  1. Hey Natalie,

    I found you in a random blog post and decided to contact you as a fellow native English speaker who has learned Russian.

    I started learning Russian about 2 months ago and while I understand all the individual pieces of the puzzle that I’m learning, I feel like I’m not able to stick any of the pieces together to create a “cohesive whole”.

    I think my biggest issue is how to connect the “cases” with everything else.

    I’m wondering how did you manage to grasp and apply the cases?

    I can learn all the variants of each word just fine but if I don’t know in which “case” I am speaking / conversing (or proposing to converse in) then how the heck do I know which word variant I should use?

    If you have any tips I’d greatly appreciate it

    Thanks in advance

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    1. Hi Steven, thanks for your comment! I think all you can do at this point is practice, a lot. Cases are really, really weird for a native speaker of English, of course, as we just don’t have them (except for pronouns—maybe it would help you to think of pronouns like I, me, my, and mine and how that word changes depending on its function in a sentence?). I used a spaced repetition system called Anki to input example sentences back when I was learning Russian and then I just did tons of review. I also practiced speaking and writing a lot. More exposure to the language will help you realize when to use, for example, nominative case (Кошка видит собаку) vs accusative (Я вижу кошку).


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