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    Starting to write

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by shakespear57, Jan 2, 2013.

    I've been building up my plot, writing it down and letting it take me where i didn't originally plan for it to, and it's so far working well. But it's not a novel yet, not even close. In all honesty it's nothing more than a rough plan. I do this for most of my stories, come up with ideas and write them down, create a whole working plot for a novel, but when i get to actually writing it, it's very hard. How do i start to put my plans and storylines into action? And where is the best place to start them?

    Help needed !

    Thanks in advance xx
     
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    Don't overwhelm yourself with the big picture. Write chapters at a time and go back and rework things as you need to.
     
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    Just write! I always keep in mind that my first draft is for my eyes only, so I am not embarrassed by what I put down. I can clean it up and edit it later. It sounds like your plan up to this point is working for you, keep going!
     
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    I just start writing, and try to keep track of the different unsolved plot threads and characters in a spread sheet. It's possibly not the best way of doing it, but it works well for me. For example, I will make a spreadsheet, and have the layout like this:


    Summary: A zookeeper, his robotic monkey, and a painter with daddy issues goes looking for a golden watch, while preventing the end of the world.

    Chapter____Plot Thread______________________________________________Solved?Y/N

    1_________Mike accidentally lose his fathers golden watch________________No
    1_________Mike e-mail his girlfriend about the green men in the attic________Yes, Chapter 5
    2_________Andrew is fired from his job at the zoo, and lets all the bulls out
    __________,starting a chain even that will bring about the next apocalypse___No, planned for ending


    Dont know if it makes much sense, but I just keep writing as best as I can, and if I make a new plot thread, I will add it to the list, and mark it as unsolved. Then occasionally I will browse through the list again to see if I have solved any plot points, of if I have missed any. As I said, this might not work for everyone, but it works pretty well for me.


    Edit: The most important idea is that you sit down and do the writing. I have the feeling a lot of writers spend obscene amounts of time on finding a good way of organizing their work, while neglecting to actually write, which is the only way of getting stuff done.
     
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    That is the exact same thing I am going through! Making the actual content and filling up the empty space in between plot points is something that I find super difficult. So far I have only managed to make up the plot and then i occasionally just like you, write down ideas as i make them up and then I also write a great deal of dialogue.
     
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    I've pretty much just started writing my first serious story a few weeks ago myself. I stopped worrying about getting everything down before starting, and just went for it with a rough idea in my head. As I come to each chapter I just write whatever comes into my head in short segments, then come back to it over and over again revising it.

    Basically, have a plan but don't worry too much about it.
     

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