Saturday, April 13, 2013
Writing a novel while living a busy life
Some tips & information on how to write that book you've been thinking about while working 40+ hours a week I remember when I was in the first grade and we had a project to not only write, but then bind our own book. Hardcover and everything! I think I wrote something about a 'super smurf' or something along those lines.... well,... not only was it my first taste of what was to become something I did for the rest of my life, but the topic would still be applicable today. I am writing this because I just finished my synopsis/outline for the second book of a fantasy series that I am going to try to get onto kindle within the month. Sometimes writing is like an addiction, you know, and I just can't seem to get enough.... Squeezing in every spare moment just to write a few sentences... That's why I have recently adopted the synopsis/outline method. Currently I work forty-five plus hours a week at a 'regular' job, so most of my writing happens while I'm on break. Besides snacks and coffee, there is not much time and I really want to get my books out there ASAP. So, to help all you aspiring writers out there who just don't have enough time to write, I will give you a bit of advice on how to get started with the content of your book. Tip # 1: Always have something to write on and something to write with. - nothings more frustrating that getting a plot point into your head and not being able to put it down anywhere before you forget all the little details that makes it so awesome in your mind. I like to keep those little three to four inch tall spiral notebooks in my back left pocket. In fact, it is part of my EDC when I wake up in the morning. Get dressed, grab a notebook and pen. Tip # 2: Start with the first line you have in your head. - chances are, you already have quite a few things for your story worked out, in your head. To get them to paper fast, just start at the beginning. If it pops into your head, write it down! Tip # 3: Don't edit. - there will be plenty of time for that later. In order to be efficient and get it all down while you've got the time, you have to do just that - write it all down. Again, don't edit yourself. Tip # 4: Outlines work.... sometimes - part of the problem with getting it all down unedited and fast is our balance and order side of our brain is always trying to sort it out and make sense of it. Even when I'm writing about something mundane like 'how to fold t-shirts', when I first put it to paper, I try to avoid the dogma of English and I ignore a whole lot of grammar rules. It's not putting it down in order or with reason that's important, it's putting it down in the first place! And now for the biggest time saving tip that I know for writing: generalizations - In the process of writing, I was taught that the summary always follows the content, or meat of the article. This is true, however, when I was sitting in a classroom, there always seemed to be plenty of time to write. Now-days, things are busy and hectic and I cannot squeeze enough hours out of the day to do everything I want to. So, I have developed a tactic that ha,s in sense, revolutionized the way I write. I simply take the summary, and do it first. Like a synopsis, but only, I am writing this down before the book is even written. Even more loose that a rough draft, the synopsis/outline still follows the general timeline of the story, but lacks lots of flair. No, I won't write all the dialog, and no, I won't be writing all the nuances that ,ake a story a good one, but when I do get my chance on the weekend, or at the end of the day, I have something solid to build up from as a groundwork for the novel I want to write. It is very easy to drop the things you like to do in order to work. There is something to be said about gainful employment. However, does it have to be dropped? If you could, wouldn't you want to figure out a way to have your cake and eat it too? As a writer, I am always trying to improve my craft. Sometimes, it's just about figuring out how to do it in the first place.