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Post by Katieeee » 16 Aug 2018, 00:11

I have been working on a book for a while now, I have the entire outline of the plot. I just have to write the rest of it now. Tips and other help are encouraged. :D

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Post by Moray_001 » 20 Aug 2018, 13:00

What genre is it?

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Post by ChaosofaMadHatter » 18 Jan 2019, 19:39

A schedule. For instance, dedicate five to ten minutes on Monday to just gush. Write it all, all at once. Don't think, just do a stream of consciousness writing. On Wednesday, take fifteen to twenty five minutes to craft a scene you've been mulling over, even if it doesn't fit perfectly right now, save it separately so it's already written. On Friday or Saturday, spend thirty minutes to an hour doing careful writing based on your outline. Trudge through, have your snacks and drinks set up ahead of time, turn off your phone, and just focus for that time period. Every other Sunday, sit down and revise what's happened since. Do your best not to revise outside of that Sunday time slot, or you can get stuck in perpetual revision mode. That's what helped me double down and finally get things done.

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Post by RS Nikhil9 » 21 Jan 2019, 14:28

Since you've got the plot outlined (which is a good start, btw) it's time now to think about scenes. Think of scenes as smaller stories within your larger plot. Each scene should have a start, middle and an end.

I personally prefer to take the story scene by scene. This makes the whole process of writing (which is huge!) and breaks it down into smaller portions.

And before you pen down you scene it would help if you can picture the scene inside your head. Do this a couple of times, refining all the while till you can clearly see every bit of the scene, the characters, their dialogue, the setting they're place in, the point of tension, the conflict that is driving the scene, etc...

Write down what you see... No editing!

Just write it out, you can always edit later. And you MUST edit only later. Your first draft--keep it yourself. Let it be raw and dirty and scattered... think of your first draft as a collecting sand in a bucket, you can build a castle out of it later on, but you gotta collect all the sand particles first without any judgement.

Hope that helps!

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Post by Louanne Piccolo » 22 Jan 2019, 15:20

Advice? Sit down and write it now. It's not going to write itself! Jump in with both feet and start. That's always the hardest bit.
It's likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read - Lemony Snicket

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