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Poll: Do you write fiction in your spare time?
Thread poster: Staff Staff
Local time: 14:33
Apr 18, 2007

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you write fiction in your spare time?".

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Ma. Fernanda Blesa  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:33
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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just "no" Apr 18, 2007

I mean, I wouldn't like to but it has crossed my mind... so I had to go for "other" on this one


Lubain Masum  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:33
Member (2006)
English to Bengali
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Other: As my choice is not there Apr 18, 2007

I used to write short stories and some novels in Bengali when I was a student in college and university, and a good number of them have been published in national newspapers and magazines. But as I entered the professional life and began to earn a handsome amount of money (!), I began to lose all my creativity and thinking capability for new ideas and plots for stories and gradually I stopped writing fiction and focused fully on translation. Now I even do not have enough time to read storybooks or short stories published in daily newspapers on weekend. I feel regret that I became too commercial and sometimes feel that I have to take less projects to find out time for other creative works. But for unknown reasons, it does not happen!

Anyway, I think there should have been an option in the poll for people like me who used to write but now do not.


Matt Stott  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:33
Russian to English
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Inspiration cannot be bidden Apr 18, 2007

When I'm not flat out working, resting from having been flat out working, or cleaning up because I spent too long being flat out working and then resting from it, I do like to write. Indeed, it is one of the few things that I reliably find personally and thoroughly rewarding.

The only problem is that inspiration cannot be bidden, so that simply wanting to write is not enough to sit down and write something worthwhile. If I worked less, I could write more, but then I would be sacrificing some short-term goals to what I believe is my longer-term welfare.

Furthermore, I tell myself that I can sit down and continue with my novel(s) whenever I feel like it. Unfortunately I can't say the same for the work to deliver by tomorrow's deadline, so it looks like I'm going to be flat out today and tomorrow and then I have more cleaning up to do and so it goes on.


Ivana de Sousa Santos  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:33
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Other Apr 18, 2007

I used to, but now I don't have much spar time to do it or other hobby I have.icon_frown.gif


Local time: 22:33
Yes, always Apr 18, 2007

Since I was 5 years old, and with 4 fiction books published since then...

[Editado a las 2007-04-18 15:51]


Amy Duncan (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:33
Portuguese to English
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Not fiction... Apr 18, 2007

I write in my spare time, but not fiction. I used to be a journalist, and now I'm working on my autobiography. I also write poetry from time to time.

I really admire people who can make up stories, but it isn't one of my talents!



M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:33
English to Polish
Yes Apr 18, 2007

Actually I am a published writer and writing is something I started long time before translatingicon_smile.gif



Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:33
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German to English
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non-fiction Apr 18, 2007

I've published articles and a book on medieval research, and the next project is a series of translations of medieval texts with commentary.


Francesca Grandinetti
Local time: 23:33
German to Italian
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Other Apr 18, 2007


I used to write tales when I was a student (during my high school years)...I stopped, but I still have nice memories of that period.

Have a nice eveningicon_smile.gif



Stephanie Wloch  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:33
Member (2003)
Dutch to German
I used to Apr 18, 2007

What a surprising poll! Reminds me of how much fun and satisfaction it is to write short stories.
I used to do it. When I was a student I even joined a group of young writers in Düsseldorf. We did some perfomances as well. Some years ago a short story of mine was published in an anthology, which did not become famous.icon_frown.gif Later (already moved to the Netherlands) I joined some creative writing workshops in Germany where I have learned to distinguish platitudes and to kill my darlings.;-)
Lately I did not write anything, but I really want to restart this. I have some ideas for a thrilling short story with a translator as a main character.
Regards Steffiicon_smile.gif


Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:33
Italian to English
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Other Apr 18, 2007

Because a simple "no" wasn't on offer...

Actually I have written a couple of short stories over the years (literally 2, I think), strictly for personal enjoyment/despair, but the last time must have been getting on for 10 years ago. Still, I can hardly say it hasn't crossed my mind, can I!


Elena Carbonell  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:33
Member (2007)
English to Spanish
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Yes, sometimes Apr 18, 2007

I have written sketches for the Spanish television (paid and screened) and I am on my way to write a screenplay.

I have to say this is one of the most interesting polls I have ever seen. It's nice to see how the translation, writing and creating are connected.


John Cutler  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:33
Spanish to English
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Fiction no, but writing yes Apr 18, 2007

I just recently took up writing short, unremunerated travel guide articles for a Web page about Spain. Although it means more sitting in front of the computer, it’s like a whole other world. My translation work involves SOPs, Expert Reports and all sorts of other very NON-creative writing. Writing articles let’s me satisfy that urge to create that many translators have. I would heartily recommend any sort of creative writing (fiction or non-fiction) to those who are in the same situation as I am.


Parrot  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:33
Spanish to English
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I would LOVE to read prozie narratives.... Apr 18, 2007

STORIES!!! Fact or fiction, who cares? Like, what would you tell us over a campfire...?

(That said, some of the facts I wrote were stranger than fiction...)icon_biggrin.gif

(And that said, thanks to JCEC for sharing his parrot storiesicon_smile.gif)

[Edited at 2007-04-18 22:34]

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