I didn't get to sleep in this morning because I was woken up from a dream that could have been a potential scene in my novel. Now I forgot it because my sister came into my room asking where the remote is. Let me tell you, I am not a morning person, but I'm going to try to write today anyway.
My least favorite part of writing a novel, besides writers block, is writing beginnings. You always want to grab your readers/editor by the throat in the first sentence or paragraph. Doing that is easier said than done, unfortunately.
When I write beginnings, I use the "movie method." I imagine my first chapter being about the first 10 to fifteen minutes of a movie. Will my viewers (readers/editors) fall asleep within a few minutes of the story or will they continue with the story?
You could use the movie method for all of your novel, actually. Just imagine it as a movie or a play of some sort, and ask yourself if you were watching your novel on TV, would it be a cliche and boring storyline? Or will you be sucked in, wondering what the characters next move will be and where the story will take you?
This method works very well for me. My friends, who are also writers, like to use this too. They tell me that they envision what their characters and setting looks like in their head, as if it were a movie. I'm sure many writers, if not a few, do this too. I do and it's very effective and helpful for beginnings and even throughout the book.
I told you before in my first post that I was going to update you on my book every Friday, right? Well, I'm going to change that. I'm still going to update you on word count, how everything is going, etc. on Friday's, but I'm going to try to blog about writing advice, answering any questions you send me here on Blogger, book reviews etc. almost everyday. If not everyday, I'll do it every other day, but I'll try to do it everyday.
Don't you hate it when you get a ton of ideas for a novel RIGHT after you thought of the one that you were going to write. Yeah. My first idea is still an option, but I was inspired and thought of a plot for a possible book that I could write. Can you help me choose? Just click on the link below! :)
Today is the official start of the beginning and end of my life. Do you want to know why? Of course you do. Today was the day that I got the plot idea for the new book I am going to write. For this story-the second serious one that I WILL finish-I am going to give myself a year and a half deadline. I don't know if I'll finish by then, or even if I'll still be writing the book. Only Jesus Christ knows what will happen.
Back to the beginning and end of my life part. It is the beginning because I've considered writing a whole novel before, but the 15,000 words that I wrote in the month of June and 1/4 of July last year had to be deleted due to a virus. (I wish I had a zip drive or whatever those are called) But now that I have thought up a detailed plot and a constructive outline and characters, I'm ready to start again.
It is the end because writing a book takes a long time. My fellow writers will agree with me. It's not as easy as it looks. But I'm willing to do it.
I'm not going to post my plot on this blog for the fear of someone stealing it is constantly nagging at me. The only information I can tell you is the names of my two main characters: Miranda and Colin.
Every Friday I am going to post on my book's progress.