Yep, y'all have an extra post this week. Since I have a little more time on my hands, I was thinking about trying to do extra posts, but we'll see if I'm able. This week, I wanted to talk about the process of writing a novel.
I've been writing my WIP (work in progress) since I was fifteen. But, my process was to write it, hate it, and scrap it. This cycle kept going on and on because I wanted it to be perfect. I'm a perfectionist. While that's not a bad thing, my book is never going to be perfect. I know this in my head. But yet I still aim for perfection.
Anyway, I've recently found a process that works for me. The funny thing is, not every book you write will have the same process. For my WIP, which is a contemporary dystopian trilogy, I have to write the first draft, then outline, then edit. That's how I work. I can't outline without a skeleton of what my manuscript will be. It's too hard and I don't exactly know what I want until I write it.
But, I know as we mature as writers and authors, we change. That may mean one day, I don't need an outline. Or it may mean I outline first. My mind is constantly writing and creating new stories. This is great because I'm never short of ideas. But, it's not so great when I need to focus on my WIP.
Also, I write many different genres. That means I may have to change my process to fit what I'm writing at the time. I write dystopian, medieval, fantasy, mystery, some nonfiction because of my blog, and a mixture of other genres. With fantasy, it might be easier to build the world before you throw in characters and other elements.
Writing contemporary, I already have present day to work with. Writing dystopian, I take influence from dictators and over-controlling government. Smash that together and you've got an angst filled, adventurous world.
Not everyone will be able to have the same system. I finally found mine by listening to what other writers did and just picking and choosing what worked for me. So maybe this will help those of you who love to write, be it for your dream of being an author or maybe you just write for yourself.
All that being said, tell me in the comments below what works for you. Have you found your system or are you still on the hunt for one?
Quick note: I updated my Writing Adventures page with a book cover and snippet. The book cover is one I made myself and is subject to change. Anyway, go check it out if you want. Thanks, y'all for your support.
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