Some quick and dirty writing tips from me.
I don’t outline or even like to most of the time. Is it wrong? Possibly?
Disclaimer: This is from my own personal experience this may or may not work for you. Writing is not a one size fits all thing no matter what other writers tell you.
The problem I have with outlining is you put all this effort into writing this outline. Why not just take the extra step and finish it? Especially the detailed ones. I guess I’m not alone in this thought. Meg Cabot feels this way. If I overly outline a story I feel I already wrote it.
The only times I like to use an outline before I write is when I write instructional things or autobiographical events.
I’ll give an example of each.
How to tie your shoes
Get your shoes
Check to see if they have laces
Cola pants (title)
Drank some soda for breakfast and didn’t finish it
Packed it in my backpack
Got to school
Sold my book back
Met some strange man selling jerky
Found the soda soaked pants
Rushed to the bathroom to try and clean them
Run into the teacher in the bathroom
Figure all I can do is wear the pants
Finished the play and was revived nobody noticed
Changed into other pants after class and went home
I usually write story like this. I come up with a beginning and an end and nothing much in between. I know that is the “bad” way to write for some reason. Sure you can get writer’s block and write yourself into a corner or whatever.
My World fics are different. They are more like something I like to string together scene by scene. In the burger one the 2 main things I wrote 1st were the girls coming in everyday during homecoming week because them being dressed in different costumes is funny and reminded me of something that would be on the show. In the previous story Winnie made a fuss about getting her sleuth jacket so I thought I’d work it into the next story.
I never understood why a lot of writers say they hate writing. If you hate writing so much then why are you doing it? I mean if it is not your job. I know maybe you think if you write *that great thing* it’ll make you rich even if you hate writing and felt miserable through the whole process.
I guess I’m the weird one.
*whispers* I actually enjoy writing.
Since it is the new year a lot of writers make a bunch of writing resolutions. Like they are going to write 5000 words a day every day. So they can write 1,825,000 words a year. Which equals about 23 novels. For me I don’t really like to talk about those things since I heard that telling people your goals makes you not want to complete them. I want to finish up my Halloween World fic. And I’m hoping to post some 1998 themed blogs too. I hope they fare better than my 1997 ones.
Come back for a blog where I interview the characters from one of my stories. J/K that would be a very absurd blog topic.