Kytaari's Self-Discovery Journal
I set unrealistic expectations
by, 04-14-2012 at 11:27 PM (207 Views)
I was more confident in my ability to tell stories in the past, but now I'm starting to see a lot of gaps in quality. Some of it's not that good, and my stories aren't as developed and original as I once thought they were. The setting is probably the most developed in original out of the whole story, but not much else. Characters? Plot? Not all that original. It's beginning to dawn on me. I've spent so much time developing the fantastical elements of my setting that I never paid sufficient attention to the more realistic details, and the details that make for great writing in the first place.
Maybe I'm not meant to be a great writer after all, just an entertaining one. That's kind of disappointing though. Like I've said, only the setting is very developed and original. The characters and plot, not so much.
I thought my ideas were better than they really were this whole time. I think I may have to switch my medium to something that can focus more on my strengths and less on my weaknesses. Most traditional storytelling forms are about character and plot, but my strength seems to be setting. The only medium that kind of comes close to relating to setting is video games, but I'm not sure how to use that to my advantage. I've never designed a complete game before. It looks like I have some more thinking to do.