I’m still so new at writing that I often wonder if I’m doing this right. There is so much more to writing than just telling a story. Of course telling the story is the most important part. Without that, I wouldn’t really be doing any of this… so, what am I doing exactly? Well, I’m writing, promoting, and learning about the craft of writing.
The first part, like I said, is writing, telling the story. I’m getting better at that, but I still don’t have a novel published. I have two written, but both are in the editing stages and are not ready yet to be published. It takes a lot to get a story from the first inkling of a tale to a published novel.
First, you have to think about it for a long time and work it out in your head. Then, you have to start writing things down, and that isn’t even the story yet. You have to write out character sketches, outlines, research notes, and more… I suppose these things are not always necessary, but I don’t know how to write a novel without doing this. I keep a notebook on my stories and jot down ideas, plot lines, and other details constantly.
Then, I start getting serious about a chapter outline. The chapter outline keeps me going and keeps my plot on track. It is not permanent, however. I’ve learned that the best stories have characters that take on a life of their own, and when that happens they change the plot. So, I change my outline. But, the outline helps keep things from getting too far off the original track.
Once I have a pretty good start on a chapter outline, I’ll start detailing the chapters. I start with a loose outline and just start adding more and more details. This is the most flexible part. I don’t put any rules on it. Whatever I think or feel I write, keeping it free and easy. This is where the real creativity comes out, and this is what is turned into the novel.
After the novel is finished, what am I going to do with it? I’m really interested in self publishing and being and indie (or independent author), but I still don’t think I know enough about it. I’m learning. A lot of what I’m learning has been found on Twitter. I follow a lot of other indie-authors and resources for indies like the following:
They help. I also like following book bloggers that do book reviews and other bloggers that help indie-authors promote their work. Some are:
and many others… too many to mention them all. The point is there are so many people out there willing to help. It is a network of people helping people and returning that help. I’ve been very surprised to see so much support and such a robust community. So, I’m learning a lot! Thanks all!!
So, now I’m editing my novel and soon will be publishing, and in doing so, I’m sure I’ll learn even more!! And, somewhere along the lines, hopefully, I will figure out what I’m doing!!
2 responses to “What the heck am I doing?”
Keep persisting and you’ll get there. My novel and editing classes teacher said that determination is the most important quality a writer needs. And I agree. The rest (an eye for structural editing, for example) will come with experience but you’ll never get there without pushing yourself to see what you can achieve.
I’ve got a few links to writing websites on my blog and I’ve heard that Smashwords is fantastic for eBook/self-publishing. Amanda Hocking, the millionaire author, published her first book there and now she’s verryy rich and has a publishing deal (for multiple books!).
Thanks for the motivating words! I love Amanda Hocking! I think you are right and I’m certainly persistent! I’ll check out your blog!