My Book Isn’t Working and That’s Okay

I am not going to ever let anyone see the first draft of the novella that I am currently writing. One possibility is that I will never do anything with it, and it will therefore need to stay in there forever, or else I will drastically polish and change this book, and make it better. Either way, the only way someone is going to see it is by subterfuge and trickery. And that is okay. It’s all part of the process.

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Why I Need to Outline, Mostly

There are all kinds of different ways to write a book. In fact, there are as many ways as there are authors. Within that, there are certain systems that different writers can copy and imitate to make their lives easier, so they don’t have to make their own way from scratch. Within that, I think the two most common systems are the plotter versus the pantser, which I’ve also heard called architect versus gardener. And I am very much operating more effectively as a writer when I’m being a plotter.

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So Now I Have a New Culture

I have this world that I’ve been building. It’s fun, and has a lot of my favorite kinds of complexities in it. There are three sentient species existing (and coexisting, for the most part) in the same space. One of those species has two distinct cultures in the area, one more nomadic, and the other living in the deep chasms and underground caverns of the area. According to the prompt that I am filling for World Anvil’s Summer Camp, there is now a third culture vying for my attention.

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Writing Books On My Shelf

Writing is a skill that should be in constant development. And since most of us don’t have the time or money to constantly go to classes for it, a good alternative is to build a healthy bookshelf of books on the writing craft. In a lot of ways, the books are even better than a class since you can continually refer back to them and take them with you wherever you go. Here’s a few of mine that I really like having around.

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Short Term Rewards

I have discovered that a box of cheese crackers from Trader Joe’s does a lot to motivate me. So do small glass animals, funny YouTube videos, and also having an excuse to get lunch from Chick-Fil-A. And also large Lego sets. Those are effective.

The trick is applying them at appropriate moments. Me being me, I have a system for this. A rather elaborate system that is somewhat ridiculous but whatever. As long as it gets me to do my work.

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