I realize that I haven’t posted anything in a while, and that’s because school is just taking over everything. You have no idea (or maybe you do) how much I feel deprived of reading book. Regular fiction books. Not textbooks. So, I don’t have a book review for you or even some creative writing (my head has only been filled with dental terminology and techniques but it’ll only be this way until later next year after I get my CDA license). Today, I thought I would share how I get into the writing mood (when not in school). I’ve had my share plenty of times of writer’s block or even trying to just figure out where I want my story to go, and maybe you’re in a similar boat. And exactly the process to my writing.
So, as for inspirations, as I said, these, for me, can help with writer’s block, plot of the story and even just starting a story.
- I get inspirations for anything and everything. Movies, books, comics, real life situations, people watching / eavesdropping, artwork (pinterest, google, instagram, etc), and even posts here on wordpress or other blogging platforms.. I’m very partial to fantasy, so The Lord of the Rings, A Great and Terrible Beauty, The Chronicles of Narnia, even Disney and fairytales grab my interest and inspire me. I used to bring a small notebook with me wherever I used to go, just in case something came to mind that I just had to jot down. Nowadays though, I just use my Notes app on my phone. Such a handy little thing.
- One other thing that helps, not so much with getting ideas, but just with practicing writing to develop a routine / habit is journaling. Whether journaling about everyday life, or creative writing journaling; anytime I have a creative writing idea that doesn’t go with any of the books I have outlined or on the go, I journal it. I just keep a notebook that has all the creative writing ideas I’ve had. And yes, some of them end up on here. I also started this blog as a means to get in the routine of writing (which helps when you’re not in school).
As for my writing process, or better yet, how I get started:
- I can’t write first hand on a computer. I have to write first with paper and pen, and later type it up on the computer. I think this has been instilled in me since at least middle school, where we always had to do a rough draft on paper and our final draft was typed up. I feel also that just staring at a blank screen with a blinking cursor, doesn’t help me. There feels too much pressure, if you get my drift. Whereas writing in a notebook, I feel I have more freedom, too scribble however I want, make sidenotes in the margins. Also, the atmosphere needs to be just right, including time of day. Some people write best first thing in the morning. But, not me. I’m definitely not an early bird. More like the night owl. I write best, sitting in my bed, with a low light lamp on (including white string lights around my room), set that cozy atmosphere. And late at night is usually when I get my best ideas (most of the time its actually like 2am when this happens, my mind doesn’t seem to stop when I’m on a roll). And no distractions for me. I can’t listen to music, because I usually end up singing along haha. Right now, (for once) I’m not actually writing in my room. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (it’s October, it must be done) is on TV, and I’ve been getting distracted watching it haha!! So, cudos to the people who can write with distractions all around them and not be bothered!
- I always start out with a basic idea of what or who I want my story to be about. From there, I write out character profiles for the main characters. Everything from ethnicity / including what type of creature(s), eye colour, height, age, etc and then develop the characters backstory (or personal history). And as I develop these characters, it usually gives me ideas for different scenes. Now, these scenes aren’t always in one chapter, they could be anywhere in the book. But, I do write these down and go back to them, when I know where I want them.
- And from here, I start the first chapter. I usually find I can write the first part of chapter 1 with ease, because it’s the beginning and I’m on a roll getting started. And I actually rarely have an idea where exactly I want the story to go from the very beginning. That doesn’t usually come to me until later while just simply writing what I do know what I want to happen.
- And if you’re not sure of you’re writing, ask a friend (clearly someone who already loves to read) if they would like to read what you have and to give you an honest opinion. I know it has helped me. It even inspires me to continue writing. I don’t know about you’re friends, but I have a few friends who love to read, therefore they have experience as a reader. If they honestly are interested in your work and want to know what is going to happen next, you’re clearly on the right track. As for personal critique, don’t be so hard on yourself! Don’t worry about grammar and punctuation on your first few drafts. Just get the story out of you how you want it. Let it just flow from you. This is something that I personally have to work on a lot. But, once you get writing and not caring about the little things, it’ll come a lot easier.
Now, I do want to point out that I have rewritten many, many things, many, many times, let alone foregone some projects that had been underway, but I wasn’t invested in them anymore. I don’t have the process of writing figured out, these are just some of the ways that help me progress with what I’m working on at the moment. I don’t have a book published yet, but I will get there. I just have to keep writing. And so do you. Don’t worry. Just keep writing, just keep writing, just keep writing, writing, writing. What do we do? We write, write, write.
*One thing I’m struggling with right now is how to transition from chapter to chapter. Anyone have any tips or suggestions on that, please let me know in the comments. Thanks a bunch*
On Pinterest, I’ve found a few inspirational quotes for me, so maybe they will be for you too:
“I think new writers are too worried that it has all be said before. Sure it has, but not by you.” – Asha Dornfest
“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.” – Joss Whedon
“Every first draft is perfect, because all a first draft has to do is exist.” Jane Smiley