Writers are notoriously introverted. Although there is no equation for what makes a writer, this stereotype is largely true. Many authors are self-proclaimed introverts, and this is not a coincidence. The characteristics of introverts are amazingly suited for the demands of a writing. Today I want to show you some the reasons that introverts make great writers.
My last post was all about the things you need to consider when figuring out when to stop planning and start writing. For this post, I want to discuss some reasons that writers get stuck in the planning phase. There are plenty of writers who have amazing ideas for novels, and they plan it in great detail, but it never gets written. It is time to stop letting great novels die so young. There are a lot of reasons that writers may give up on what could’ve been a great story. I’m going to give you a few that I have found to be common.
After you finish your first draft, it’s time to polish and perfect your work. This part of the process takes just as much, if not more work than the actual writing, and consists of more than just a once-over. You need to scrutinize your work during both the revising and editing phases. Too often, I hear about young writers using these words interchangeably. The truth is, these are two separate and distinct phases of the writing process. Each accomplishes different things, and each deserves a serious amount of writerly attention.
I have a couple of posts planned that will look at the phases of the writing process. I want to look at how they interact with each other and dive deeper into what they really mean. Before asking the harder questions, I thought I’d do a quick post defining these phases. Having a common vocabulary will make it easier to discuss them further. Alright, I’m going to stop sounding like a professor now. Here is how I (and many other writers) divide the process up so that it is more easily digestible. There are five phases of the writing process between having an idea and the finished product in a reader’s hands. Breaking the writing process down into phases makes writing projects (especially large ones) more manageable. So, think about where you are on your current project and figure out what phase you’re in. Think about what you need to do to complete that phase and move on to the next.
Many writers have been given the advice of “keep your day job”. Additionally, writers often start writing at a young age, when school is still a priority. And aside from this, there are friends, family, and homes to tend to. In short, writers are rarely just writers. This means that as much as we want to make writing our first priority, there are times we just can’t. It’s not reasonable for us to blow off our academic or professional responsibilities. And in times when these things are at their most demanding, writing falls by the wayside. My latest experience with this occurred during this semester’s round of finals. One of the biggest challenges I’ve experienced as a writer is getting back into writing after taking a leave of absence. So today I want to take a look at some tactics I use to get back to writing after having to take some time off.
Hello, writer folk! This week I’ve been working on a short story written from a second person point of view. Although it’s been challenging, I’ve loved experimenting with second person and seeing exactly how influential narrative viewpoint is. Today I want to look at different points of view and discuss the effects they have on a story. Viewpoint is one of the first points of entry that a reader has to a piece of writing, so choosing the correct viewpoint for your story is essential. Here’s a brief rundown of the different narrative viewpoints and the impacts they have on the reader’s interaction with the story.
Camp NaNoWriMo begins tomorrow. For those of you who have never heard of Camp Nano, it is essentially a virtual writer’s retreat that happens over the course of the month. Writer’s from all over the world set word count goals and spend the month trying to reach them. This will be my first time participating in Camp NaNo, and I am so excited to see how it goes. Today, I want to talk about why I decided to try out Camp NaNoWriMo as well as what I’ve done to prepare. If you, like me, have never participated before, I hope that you consider giving it a try. I mean really, what do you have to lose?
Hello, writers! So, I’m going to dive deeper into the first step I take when planning a writing project, that is the thought dump. Thought dumping is a step that many writers skip over, and those who do participate in it, often do not give it the emphasis it deserves. I find this an essential starting point for any piece of creative writing. As I described last week, the thought dump essentially consists of making a running list of ideas for your project. Everything and anything you think of should be written down right at the beginning so that it isn’t forgotten.
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.
The planning phase of writing is one that I find essential. Some writers will disagree and say that it stifles the creative process to plan the plot of your piece ahead of time. However, I feel that the structure of your story will be tighter if you have a map, aka outline, to follow. Now, if you are one of those writers who finds that planning your work in advance just isn’t for you that is completely okay! I recognize that the writing process is unique to each writer. I still encourage you to continue reading, because today, I will be sharing my method, which can easily be adapted to help with a scene that is giving you trouble or with loose ends that you need to tie up. Basically, this method does not only work for the plotting and planning phases, but can also help you midway through your project, or even at the end.