The Journey

No one seems to give the right advice for actually getting writing done. Ironically books are horrible for this. Oh, they might tell ya how to use a period or a question mark, or what a verb is. They might even tell ya what conflict and resolution is, but they don't really explain the process the way it seemed I needed it explained to me in the beginning. Here is what has been working for me since I have been writing my adventure/ fantasy novel.I came up with the idea first. Then I wrote about it. I didn't write a first draft. I just wrote. I wrote to come up with more ideas based on the idea that I had. If a person could really astral project, what would happen? Maybe the protagonist would meet someone. What is that person's story? What would be some conflicts that would get in the way of them being together? Distance? Differences??After getting an idea of what my book was going to be about and what would happen in it, I answered some questions to get even more detailed. What do the characters look like? How did they grow up that influence who they are? I answered questions as I came up with them and as I found them on various websites. Once I was finished with answering questions, I wrote out my story shorthand. This was such an important step for me. Writing shorthand means you will omit a lot of details, and description and just write like this: this happened because that happened, so it caused this other thing event to take place. Example: The girl could astral project, so she met this boy at this one place, but then they got into a fight because they were different nationalities of people that were at war with each other so they quit seeing each other for a time...short hand would be more detailed than a summary, which is equally as important to write during this step. Then came the time to write the outline- chapter by chapter. I began to get a feel for how long the book was going to be. I was able to learn more and more about my story with every step, and it began to write itsself. I began to write. I knew and loved my story so much I literally laughed and cried as I wrote it. Your outline will not be perfect. There will be things your characters may reveal to you as you write that you will have to go back and change, but that's o.k. Really, it is o.k. Writing is one of the least expensive and freeing, and expressive forms of art that you can spend time creating. It is important that your writing remains yours- a creative and one-of-a-kind expression of who you are that no one in the world will be able to dictate to you- or mimic.
mtiff mtiff
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2 Responses Jan 5, 2013

Everyone's style for writing will be a bit different. Some do well to write out an extensive outline, to plan out their plots, themes, and the progression of the story, character details, everything; before they start writing.

I'm not one of those people. I created a single file that contained my worldbuilding information, and brief character descriptions. Then I started writing and I let my characters tell me the story. I had the vaguest idea of where it would wind up, and no idea what route would be taken to get there.

I wrote the book, and then a sequel... and it's good. So, don't let anyone tell you how to do this. Find the method that keeps you writing, and produces what you want, and use that, no matter how unconventional it is.

I agree with a lot of what you said. I found finally having an outline gave my story much needed structure, but I couldn't start out with one and that's what books tell ya to start off with after the brainstorming. I write then write some more, then something worthy for an outline begins to stand out in my writing, then I write it, and It helps a lot to put what I've already written into shape and for giving me an idea of what I need to add still.

I wrote this because this is my story and it might help people who can't get organized and who may need ideas on how to get structured :) That's great writing is so easy for you!

Writing can be easy, or difficult, and I am never sure why. Revisions, ditto. lol

Ya, the writing part is fun. I'm not sure if I really look forward to revision though lol.

Revision isn't bad, and you get a nice triumphant feeling when you solve a problem, and see how nice the results are. Watching the work turn from trash into treasure is definitely a nice reward. (The first draft of anything is ****, to quote Hemmingway).

True, true. I can't wait to see it all finally pieced together the way I want it.

Looks like great advise. Obviously you have been successful. Nice of you to share.

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Those books you read must have helped some. It seems that you have a fairly good start to me. Let us know how it goes.


I really did just have to figure out most of it myself (of course, remembering what I learned from school helped a lot), but I did continue looking for resources for guidance. I found this website to be most helpful. What I wrote here was just the natural process I found myself going through as I tried to write. For instance, I would just try to write my first draft and thought outlines were over rated lol. But as I continued to write, I realized the 'first draft' was really a free write that had generated enough ideas for me to begin writing a summary. I could finally sum up what my story was going to look like from beginning, to the middle and to the end. After that, I was actually excited about getting started on an outline. I wrote it to remember how I wanted all of the little details and scenes from each chapter ordered. I do wish novel writing was summarized the way I put it here in books, but unfortunatley, I learned just by doing. I refer to the site of the link I pasted for more details. I am so glad to have found that site and would recommend it to anyone who wants tips on how to write a novel.