Sunday, 10 July 2011

July 10, 2011

Today I am left with a question that is left unanswered every time I try to begin my amazingly awesome novel. So, I will dedicate this blog and my next series of question(s) to anyone who might happen to read this.

How do you do it? I mean, once you do find the inspiration to put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, how do you begin? Do you just start writing and see where it takes you? Do you figure out your plot or general concept and then write and expand on it, or do you sort out what you want your characters personalities to be like and go from there?

Finding Forrester was a great story. Jamal Wallace, the inner city kid befriends writer William Forrester. Part of the story that fascinated me the most was where Jamal was in Williams apartment receiving a lesson. When Jamal couldn't think of what to write, William yelled at him not to think, just write.  I have tried this method once or twice, but maybe I just haven't been disciplined enough to follow through with it. A lot of it is just me writing stuff like "blah blah blah I can't think of anything blah blah blah blah", despite that this method is fascinating to me.

I've also had people tell me that they sometimes jump all over the place when writing. They may start their story somewhere in the middle, and then go to the beginning and then go to the end and piece it all together. Another friend has said that she ALWAYS writes in chapters, and often posts what she writes forums so that she can get other peoples opinions on her stuff.

I have never written in chapters ever. Every time I write, I just write until I feel like I'm finished or until I have an ending.

I'm really excited to write my award winning novel. Or, maybe it won't be award winning, maybe not a single soul will want to read it, maybe I'll be too scared or nervous to even show anyone. But tell me, how do YOU do it?

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

July 5, 2011

I am a permanently single woman. Or at least some days I've convinced myself of this. Usually on days when I'm feeling particularly lonely. Today isn't necessarily one of those days, but it's the only "excuse" if you will, that I can use for the basis of inspiration for my blog today.

Sometimes on those days though, when I am feeling particularly lonely, I dive into the cheesy romance novels that almost always have the same happy endings. Danielle Steele is my favourite, but there are many other authors who have written similar books.

I always wonder, how they came up with the inspiration to write so much, and do it so well. Surely Danielle Steele can't be writing her fiction based purely off of real life experiences.

My favourite types are the Cinderella stories. The ones with the prince charming who sweeps her off her feet straight into her happy ending. Those tend to get predictable though. You know what's going to happen before the story is half over. That doesn't make the story less good, just...predictable.

This would probably explain my permanent single status. I have stars in my eyes and I want something that's not likely ever going to happen. It's okay to dream though.

Until next time. I am still on my quest for what was once my oh so vivid imagination...

Friday, 1 July 2011

July 1, 2011

Days of Our Lives. That show has probably been around since before I was even thought of. It is one of my favourite daytime shows, despite it's ridiculously unbelievable story lines. I can't turn away either. Every time I feel like the plot gets to be too much,  there is some crazy turn of events, and I can't stop watching.

That's probably what those writers are paid to do though. How do they even do that? I think, they probably have to be at least my age, maybe older, maybe younger. I wonder how many writers shows like that go through. Especially with shows that run for that long.

I don't want to write something nearly that outrageous. I don't even want to write a script,  really. I suppose though many great novels are like scripts to a point. So many books are made into movies these days.

That would be awesome. Have my amazingly awesome novel taken and made into a movie. Although then I would really have to think about what I want to get out of writing.

And then i went right back to square one. Figuring out how to get inspired to write the next best selling novel...