This week I want to give you a brief overview of what my novel’s planning phase looks like. As always, this is simply my take on the planning phase of novel writing. To clarify, when I say planning phase, I am referring to the work that I need to do prior to beginning the first draft of a novel. The novel I am currently working on is a middle-grade fantasy, so much of my planning is tailored to that genre. However, this process can be adapted for many types of writing. Overall, my planning phase consists of gathering all of the information that I need about my story in order to tell it. As I mentioned, the following is meant to be a high-level look at what goes into this first phase of the writing process.
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As I discussed last week, having a network of writers to help you through the writing process is essential. Why? Because writing, no matter what the form may be, is hard work. It tries you emotionally, mentally, and sometimes even physically in ways that only other writers will understand. Today, I want to give you some tips on connecting with writers online, because going out into the world isn’t always an option. Before we get started, I want to add a quick word of caution. ALWAYS be safe when initiating conversation with someone virtually. Use common sense, and never give out personal information. Alright, let’s get started. Here are five of the best ways to connect with other writers via the web.
Writing is hard work. You’re going to engage in a lot of antisocial behavior, ride some fictitious emotional roller coasters, and spiral down dark vortexes of self-doubt. The worst part is that not a single person in your life will understand, except… other writers! This is why connecting with writers is so incredibly important. As a writer, you are going to have days where you absolutely despise the writing process, and other times you are going to write something that is so brilliant you just HAVE to share it with someone who will, you know, care. That is where your writing friends come in. Here’s the challenge, though, how are you going to meet people when you are supposed to be locked away working on your project? Today, I want to talk about some of the ways you can meet writing friends in person. Not only will participating in these sorts of events and groups allow you to meet other writers, but they will also benefit your writing as a whole, so you don’t have to feel like you’re taking time from your writing to socialize (although doing that every once in a while is not a bad idea!). So let’s get into it. Here are five ways to connect with other authors.
Today I want to discuss the topic of reading journals. There are so many different ways and reasons to write a reading journal (that was relatively poetic and a bit of a mouthful). I want to give you my thoughts on this process and exactly why and how I think keeping a reading journal is helpful.