Not everyone has the time to sequester themselves for months to write a novel. For me, I prefer to write in short spurts.
It’s wise to map out where your story is going, beginning, middle and end. And writing an outline isn’t a bad idea. A study of your main characters will give you an idea of their personalities, and how they would react to different situations.
Oddly, having this map offers creative freedom. Like following a path, you can still deviate to check out a lake or waterfall. Because you have an outline in place, you can easily find your way back to the trail.
Once I have the preliminary stuff done, I begin the chapters. Often writers will write their first draft straight through, and return to start the editing. I prefer to treat each chapter like a short story by re-writing and editing before moving to the next. That way, each writing session feels fulfilling.
Happy with the chapter, I feel encouraged to return, even weeks later, to continue the story. This is what works for me. However, after the book is complete, I still go back and edit a lot.
Think about what writing approaches work for you. Borrow from the suggestions of other writers to find what resonates, and establish your own method. Once you have a comfortable routine, you’ll find it easier to get the job done.
January 2018 S M T W T F S « Jun 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Tagsaction active voice art blogging books direct ferry festival flicker groups Hemingway hitchhiker imagery Internet laughter memories mentor pacing painting pottery process publishing raven readers revival rhythm scenes self publishing September sharing short stories storytelling support The Solstice Conspiracy time travel tip tips uplifting verbs wriring writing