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    New here, with a weird question about the process

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by JosephMarch, Apr 10, 2014.

    Hi all, brand - new here, I'm NOT a writer. I was an English Major in college, so have of course done my share of dabbling with poetry and short stories.

    The past week or so, I have this idea that has blossomed. I have worked out the ENTIRE thing in my head, chapter by chapter. EVERY character. Every free moment I've had where I have my brain to myself, in the shower, waiting for the bus, etc., I've been writing it in my mind.
    Now I have to go back and do it on paper.

    So, how weird is this?
     
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    Not weird. I've got a whole cineplex of book scenes rolling in my head. The hard part is translating the images into words.
     
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    These are what a writer does. The important thing is that what you want to write :)
     
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    As stated above, those moments standing at the bus stop or in a queue waiting to pay for your groceries are times to be cherished when you, as a writer can secretly formulate your plot for your meisterwerk.
    Not weird at all, enjoy it and good luck. ;)
     
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    I do it all the time. I'm finding it much harder to put it on paper though. I tell the whole story to myself in my head, and then kind of get bored actually re-writing it in some sort of concrete form. It's almost like "been there, done that." I'm now trying to write down stories as they come to me instead of pre-writing the whole thing in my head and then putting it down on paper later.

    Anyway, good luck!
     
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    This is VERY weird.
     
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    it depends on the moment, if i have nothing to write with, ill let myself daydream and talk to one of the characters in my current project, see what they think of everything that has happened... though sometimes they will butt rudely in while im writing to let me know things
     
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    Writing in your head is easy. Putting it into words is hard. Not weird at all.
     
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    Welcome to the forum, @JosephMarch. As an English major, you already should have a reservoir of knowledge of different writing styles and approaches. Use that.

    There are really two parts of the problem of getting your story on paper. You've already apparently gotten one part resolved - you have a good understanding of the story you want to tell. The second part is the one that a lot of folks here struggle with - how to present that story to the reader. So before, during and after you set that story down, check back to your favorite authors and see how they presented their stories, what really engaged you as a reader and then look and see how you engage your readers by comparison.

    One other thing - don't be surprised if, when you are actually writing, your characters begin to change (and the story with them) in subtle ways. As we write, new ideas occur to us, our characters evolve and we often find ourselves going in unexpected directions. That's a good thing, but it can be troublesome if you've locked yourself into a particular plan. In my current project, I had decided on a particular chapter structure. I was about halfway through the first draft when I began to get the nagging feeling that I was going to have to change it, but I pressed on. By the time I was 3/4 of the way through, I knew it for sure. I kept the planned structure in place for the first draft (but ignored some aspects of it and will address it once I begin the review and editing process.

    Good luck.
     
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    Outsider is right, in my opinion. The time you spend thinking your way through a story is never wasted. And it's SUCH a rush to watch your story—the one that exists only in your head—come to life when you do start writing it. Omigosh.
     
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    you need to ask a moderator to merge your 3 duplicate threads into one...
     
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    so sorry for the multiple threads...as I explained it was my first (and second, apparently) post ever and I didn't realize it posted twice. I tried to delete one when I realized but I guess that isn't an option?
    And I only see TWO duplicate threads. Are there three?
     
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    I do this all the time because my writing almost always starts around one scene or character and builds from there. I recently started carrying a small notebook around with me so I could write down ideas since a lot of them seemed to slip from my mind (damn you concussion).
     
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    what i meant was there are 3 altogether... sorry i confused you with 'duplicate'...
     

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