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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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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Outlining a Very Loose Concept

My writing group is starting up a new anthology, and the theme is supernatural creatures. One short story idea for me would use the characters from my current WIP, a fun way to expand that world and my understanding of the characters. Bonus points because I had the outline halfway written by the time I finished my notes. My other idea was this: “the minotaur myth, but funny.”

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Prompt #5: Narrator

Quick explanation: A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

Let me know what you think of it!

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Prompt #3: Talk It Out

Quick explanation (in case you missed the last one): A few Christmases back I was given a “Writer Emergency Pack” deck of cards. This included a set of prompts. So I’m going to go through and follow them, to the best of my ability. Some of these will end up being parts of my works in progress, others will be standalone stories, depending entirely on my mood.

Let me know what you think of it!

This is Prompt #3

If your hero and the antagonist had an honest discussion, what would they say to each other? Continue reading “Prompt #3: Talk It Out”