Today I want to talk a little bit about the topic how do you write. I get this questioned as a lot, so let’s begin.
How do you write? – The answer to this question is: There is no such thing as “how do you write” because everyone can write. There is no how do you write. Everyone, and I mean everyone has a story to tell, and what they should rather ask is “How do you find time to write” or “How do you write as a kid”… I can answer both of those questions.
“How do you find time to write?” – As an adult, it can be very hard to find time to write, but if you think about it is way easier to find time than you think. For example:
- Wake up an hour earlier.
- Stay up an hour later.
Those two are the simplest ones. As a kid, like for me, it is easier, because I have more free time, but then again, here in Germany we only have school until 1:00 PM.
“How do you write as a kid?” – Easy: you read a lot, you write a lot. If you don’t like reading, then I wouldn’t think of writing a book, because it will–sorry if I am saying this–most likely not be good. Why? Because if you don’t read, you won’t know the art of telling stories. And if you read a lot, then you’ll know what makes a good book, words you can use…
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today I want to talk a little bit about writing the first draft. So, let’s begin!
- Write the first chapter. This can be very hard because you want the first sentence, the first paragraph to capture the readers attention and sometimes if the first page is just boring text about the characters, they will put it down, but if you, for example, write a lot of exciting things at school, it will be a little bit more interesting. And as well, a great first sentence is actually when someone says something.
- Write the rest. This is usually easy, but if you get stuck, then just skip the scene or chapter and move on and when you are done with the book, you can go back to it and write it.
- Let it sit. This is very important. You should not begin with the second draft, because you will feel overwhelmed, so take at least a one week break before you get back to it. It is important to get back to it with a fresh mind. PS: If you are in NaNoWriMo and finish early like I did, and you didn’t meet your word count goal, then go over the manuscript and add stuff or delete. This is your second draft!
So that is it for today! Please let me know in the comment section if you have any questions!
A lot have been commenting on Instagram and on my blog that they want to know more about my outlining process, so I want t0 tell you a bit about it. First, I’ll tell you everything I need to outline:
- Optional: A computer or paper/notebook…
- An idea
So, now let’s begin!
- I come up with an idea. This can be very hard to find something new, but eventually, an idea will strike when you don’t think it will, so always, I repeat, always bring a notebook to bring with you!
- Write a short synopsis on a flashcard. This is just an overview of the story.
- Come up with characters. After I come up with characters, I write their full name on a flashcard and on the back write their description.
- Make a chapter outline. For this, you can either use a computer or a notebook. This is where you write a short synopsis what happens in each chapter. This is really helpful.
- Last I highlight important information like names, descriptions, an important scene…
So that was it for today! If you have any questions, please let me know and I’ll answer them either in a blog post or reply.
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Today I’m going to talk about my stages of writing and more… So without further due let’s get started!
- Come up with an idea. – For me, this is the hardest stage out of all writing until the book is available to buy. I have such trouble coming up with idea’s… 😦
- (Outline). – I usually don’t outline, because I feel more free, but for Mystery Canyon, I did outline, because I didn’t want to get stuck in NaNoWriMo… When I outline, I always do a chapter outline, so I write down what happens in each chapter… And for new writers, I definitely recommend this!
- Write the first draft. – This is usually for the most people the hardest part. You often get stuck or don’t know what to write about. But if you get writers block, the worst thing you can do is give up. What I would do in that situation is a) switch to writing per hand. This helps a lot because it feels less official so you can brainstorm a little bit better and b) maybe leave the part out and skip to the next scene or part. And when you are done you can come back to it.
- Write the second draft. – This is a very painful part. You go through your own book for the first time and often you’ll see that you added unnecessary information, so you’ll have to delete that and maybe add some new stuff.
- Structure edits. – A professional reviews your manuscript. This is the most painful part because you’ll rip the story apart and write it again.
- Copy edits. – You give your manuscript to someone who’s very good with grammar.
- Publishing! – This is the most exciting part. You get to share your hard work with the world!
So that was it for the stages, but here are a few last notes:
- You should never give up. I don’t need to explain; just don’t give up.
- I don’t usually write many notes down. If it is a great idea, maybe I’ll write it down, but not usually…
That was it for today! Thanks for checking by,