It's question day! (Actually, this was supposed to be last week on Thursday, but I forgot, so we're just going to ignore my forgetfulness. :P ) Got a question? Post in the comments (of this website please) and I will answer. :)
P.S. Those of you do not feel the need to check the news in the ABOUT section, I recommend you do so this time. This is news that you're not going to want to continue reading my blog without looking at.
I don't know about you guys, but when it comes to me, there is a delicate balance between how much I develop my story idea, and how much (if at all) I write. A balance I have yet to discover. Either I find this balance, or I complete a book with sheer force of will. Either way, the end is the same.
Let me tell you what happens when I develop too much/too little.
a) I Know All!: I spend a long time thinking about it and figuring out what would make the best story. Mostly in the beginning. The rest is a really clear general idea. And then I write little to nothing in it, and eventually get bored and move on to "more interesting" ideas. For example, I have a story idea titled From the Wild Places (do you italicize when talking about a book that hasn't been published yet? Oh well). I spent a lot of time developing it, but I only wrote one sentence in it. Sigh.
b) Let's Wing It!: I develop as I write. I don't let myself think about it unless I'm writing. Surprisingly, I write a good lot in it, but I still get bored and can't (yet) stop myself from moving on. For example, I have an untitled and recent idea that I have written more than twenty pages in, but for the past few weeks, I have been unable to bring myself to write anymore in it. Again, sigh.
One of these days, I will get over that hurdle, but it is not this day. Until then, I will keep trying. Only way to reach my goal mentioned in the previous blog post, so check that out if you haven't already. ;)
Hey, do you guys have this same problem? Did you get over it? Tell me how in the comments! :D
No, I'm not talking about how I didn't write this yesterday like you were expecting me to (I really did have a headache, for those of you who looked at the news). I'm talking about my writing process which is truly pathetic, but I have been unsuccessful in breaking away from it. I blame you guys.
Just teasing! ;) I love you guys.
Anyway, back to my writing process. Let me show you how unproductive it is.
Day 1) WOO-HOO!!!!!: I suddenly remember this story idea I had and think it's the best thing ever/I have a really cool dream that I think would make a great story/the world inspired me and I have a good story idea in mind. What do I do? I begin thinking about it of course! I think, and I develop, an maybe if the idea is lucky, I start writing in it. Even if I don't, I am still pumped about this idea! It's on my mind all through the day, and I go to sleep with it in my thoughts.
Day 2) Woo-Hoo!!!: The story idea is still on my mind, and maybe I'll do a little project on it, like a drawing, or I'll write down what I developed (most likely), or once I did a family tree, or I'll fill out a character chart, etc. But I just don't care about it the way I did on the first day. Maybe I'll actually start writing it anyway (probably not :/ ). The idea is still on my mind the whole day, and I still go to bed thinking about it.
Day 3) Woo-hoo!: I think about it all day. I go to sleep thinking about it. I mostly keep thinking about it because I have nothing else to think about. I'm not doing any developing. I'm not writing anything down.
Day 4) woo-hoo: It's still in my mind, but I spend from the moment I wake to the moment I sleep trying to come up with another idea, bored with the one I have.
For shame, I know. I should try harder, I know. One of these days I will finish. I refuse to die without being published.
What's your process like? What do you think of mine? Comment!
Does anyone else think that writing collaboration is weird? I mean, I've been asked to collab with three different people on three different occasions and we worked on plot and characters and everything, but never actually started.
How do you start a collab story? How do you know who writes what? And how do you make it seamless so that the only way a reader knows it was written by more than one writer is that there's more than one author name on the cover? I don't get it. How do collabs work?
Let me know in the comments, because I want to understand.
Yes, I know this blog post is short and not in my usual format, but hey, it's bound to happen every once in awhile.
If you're a writer, it's unlikely that you're a terrorist. But your Google search history probably tells a different story. Gotta write a good story that people would actually want to read, and that takes research.
Research like . . .
1. Torture Methods: Maybe your villain is into that kind of thing and your character/character's loved one is captured by them. Of course you want to find the worst and most painful torture method.
2. Bomb Building for Dummies: It is essential for this part of the story that one character or another builds a bomb. Except you don't know how, and you can't fake it because no one would publish it, or no one would find it believable. What do you do? Well hello, Google, miss me?
3. Psychological Repercussions of This or That Traumatic Event: Your character has been through Purgatory and you want to make sure you've got their new mentality right. Not as big a deal as building a bomb or torture, but you know, still suspicious.
4. How Much for a Hitman?: You need to know because this is how your story is. Maybe your MC is a hitman, or is hiring one. In any case, it's good to know much an average hitman costs. Doesn't mean it look good on your Google search history though.
5. Weapons: If you don't know what you're doing with a gun, then your character won't either. How can your story be good if the character who's supposed to be an expert in the way of guns isn't? This also applies to swords, daggers, crossbows, and other types of weapons.
In short, this probably looks like the Google search history of a terrorist. I guess that makes writers the terrorists of fictional worlds. ;)
Got a thought? Share it, and comment! :)
It's getting kind of close to NaNoWrimo, so those who like to outline have begun, and those who don't are singing Hakuna Matata and doing what it is they do in October. And then there are those who still haven't decided if they're a plotter or a panster (for those of you who do not yet know these phrases, a plotter is a person who outlines, and a panster is a person who doesn't and flies by the seat of their pants). Like me :)
There are pros and cons to outlining (as there is to everything of course) and I'm gonna go over all the ones I can think of so you can decide to be a plotter and get cracking on that before it's too late. Of course, if you decide to be a panster, enjoy the rest of your October and come back Monday! ;)
1. Follow the Yellow Brick Road!: One thing's for sure, your budding novel is less likely to be a mess of random ideas, and there will not be as many major plot holes. With an outline, you've got a clear path to follow, and you don't have to worry about not knowing what to write for this or that part.
2. Got Some Meat on its Bones: Your idea will be fleshed out and developed (at least mostly), so it'll be easier for you to describe in detail everything in your story. The better you know your story, the more words you can put down, the closer you are to winning. :)
1. No Spontaneous Combustion, Aw: Sometimes outlines can be a little too rigid. Sometimes, you just can't add something spontaneously without completely moving away from your outline. And perhaps your story would be better with that spontaneous addition, but you just don't want to abandon your outline.
2. 🎵Today I Don't Want to Do Anything🎵: Outlines take work, and maybe you don't want to do that kind of work right now. Maybe you want a calm before the storm scenario where during October you relax, and deal with NaNoWrimo stress during NaNoWrimo. (Or maybe you're just too busy to outline. :P )
Hope you enjoyed this post and it helped you make your decision. And that those of who who already decided found it at least a little bit funny. Comment what you think! :)
Everyone says that the hardest part to writing is starting.
You can't help but stare at that blank page/screen, trying desperately to come up with the perfect first sentence. You think you've got it, you start typing it . . .
You delete it.
Over and over this happens. You know that it doesn't have to be perfect, you know it can be crappy, it's only the first draft after all, but you just can't bring yourself to write something bad. How can you? This idea is great, it deserves nothing but the best writing from you. But right then you just don't have the best writing in you. There are just too many ways to start.
So what are you to do? Well, you could . . .
1.) Bask in the Radiance of the Greats: You could Google inspirational writing quotes until the words fill you up so much that it's impossible for you not to start. So caught up in the advice of the great successful writers that you just have to be like them, and suddenly, you're on a roll.
2.) Stick to the Endless Cycle: You don't do anything but sit there, think, start typing, delete. Repeat. Over and over and over. Eventually, you know you'll find the perfect sentence.
3.) Walk Away: You didn't really feel like writing anyway . . .
Hey, guys, sorry for the short post. Hope you enjoyed anyway though. :)
Like always, comment your thoughts! Don't hesitate to tell me what I missed.
A good chunk of you already know who I am, considering I sent you here, but for those of you people who found my blog by accident, let me introduce myself. My name is Madison Anderson and I was born and spent little more than half my life in Oregon (US for those of you who don't know and don't want to look it up), so it's no wonder I like the rain. I'm obsessed with Disney (bought myself a Woody doll and I'm so happy :) ) and books. I'm now into drawing, and whenever I get around to it I plan on selling my work. You can visit my art page (someday it'll be website) at https://www.facebook.com/randomart17/?ref=bookmarks