Things you’ll need: One computer A draft of your novel An outline Classical music Books Snacks (candy is preferred) Emotional endurance Social media avoidance Twitter — Directions: Start by turning on your computer and opening the draft of your manuscript. Stare at your novel for at least fifteen minutes before beginning. This step is… Read More Recipe for Edited Manuscript
The other day, I came across this quote from Veronica Roth that I thought pretty perfectly described my current mood. So I thought I’d share. It said: “And consider getting desperate. Desperate to write, desperate to get that story on the page, desperate to let the characters speak, and desperate to finish.” Now this quote came from a… Read More Feeling desperate (to write)
Why is plotting this story so hard? I asked myself this question for days. In the past month, I began writing a new story idea. Initially, I was off to a great start: 20k words in about a week. Woo hoo. But then it just came to a screeching stop. Because I realized I needed to come up with… Read More Why is plotting so hard?
I did it. I finished my novel manuscript (insert tears here). It was really, really difficult and really, really fun. And I finished it. So to give you an idea of how this process went, here are the stages of writing a novel – with the help of Shia LaBeouf gifs, of course. 1. First, you have… Read More The 23 stages of writing a novel, as demonstrated by Shia LaBeouf
This week I’ve been focusing on keeping the point of my story in mind. When I’m unsure of what to write, I’ve been asking myself, “Ok, what is it that my main character is supposed to learn?” If I can answer that, then I can use that as a guide for how my character should to act.… Read More What’s the point?