Posts Tagged ‘writing’

After “one of those weeks” I have finally found the time tonight to sit down and write some more of my book.  The problem I am having is that I know what I want to say, but I don’t know how to go about saying it!

I’m having a bit of difficulty getting started with the first chapter; I’m not completely sure how I want to start the book so I have now decided to leave this for the time being and come back to it.

The second scene in Chapter 1 is where the protagonist, he is called Adam, is at work counselling a lady whose mother is terminally ill with cancer.  This is an important part since it helps to lead into a bit of back story, but mainly because it leads to the third scene/Chapter 2 where Adam speaks to the man which is the first stage in leading to the confrontation /situation in the Second Act.

"Counselling by Manchester Counselling Helpline" by Linda Templeman

Instead of just jumping straight in, I have decided to complete an exercise on emotions – firstly by taking the viewpoint of the lady whose mother is ill and then secondly by taking Adams viewpoint and how he conducts a counselling session.  In order to do this I will draw on the feelings I have had when someone close to me has been ill, how I have responding to people on finding out that someone close to them is ill, and by researching counselling sessions and other peoples feelings.

I feel that one I have completed this exercise it will give me a lot more information to write more specifically the detail that I need for this section of the book.


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Whilst browsing the internet I came across a post about Novel Writing Software.  Firstly, I have to admit, I hadn’t even considered writing in anything other than Word.  But then, the more I thought about it, the more I realised that it was probably a good idea to use a more specific programme since this would allow me to separate out my notes from my actually writing – and therefore only count the words of writing (and not of the notes which Word also includes).

I have found two pieces of software and downloaded them both.  I have already tried one and included all the scenes required for my first two chapters (along with writing for the first scene as well).  Now I will give the other a go and see which I find most useful before continuing with which ever one I feel is best.

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I decided to use my commute home from work wisely.  I have a loose plot for a book (loose because although I have a beginning and a middle, I haven’t quite decided on the ending just yet), and I managed to get Chapter 1 pretty much written – in my head – on the journey home.

"Let the Wild Rumpus Begin" by llymlrs

Unfortunately the time between the journey home and when I could actually set pen to paper (so to speak, as it actually was fingers to keyboard) was another few hours and therefore some of the story I had rehearsed in my head several times over, finally disappeared from my short-term memory.  Still I had the bare bones left and an outline for the following couple of chapters.

I have managed to commit 500 words to paper so far with another 100 or so outlining the story unfolding.  I’m very happy that I have managed to get this far – it might sound daft, but I was worried that this project wouldn’t even get off the ground.  I was quite concerned on how I would actually START the story.  Of course I realise that I might re-write the first chapter over, but the way I look at it is that I just wanted to “blurt” out everything that I was thinking and then I can refine it later – a bit like a brainstorming session really were no idea is a bad idea, just an idea!

It has helped me by getting started – yes that makes sense doesn’t it! What I really mean is that in getting started it has enabled me to work out what I need to do next.  I can probably finish the first 2 chapters with little research but as I head towards chapter 3 this is where I need to really get down to it and do some religious and scientific research.

I’m not a religious person but being brought up going to church every Sunday I have a sort of, ooh I don’t know how to classify this – it’s not an interest and it certainly isn’t a belief but it just fascinates me.   Hopefully my years of church-going will stand me in good stead and give me at least a head start in the research.  As for the science side, well, that’s all genetics related and so although I did biology at school what I need to know is certainly outside of any little knowledge of science that I may have.

Anyway, getting back, I now know what I need to find out having started so hopefully I can focus my research in the areas that I specifically need to further my writing.

So 500 words done, I suppose that means another 99,500 to go….

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To pursue my challenge, I have know that I need to write some short exercises/stories to build a base upon. I envisage that this will help me to write in different forms, about different emotions and get a more rounded base on which I can build on.
To help me to this end I have just ordered some books which have receieved good reviews which will provide me with the exercises that I need and hopefully get past the first stumbling block of getting some words down on paper without worrying what to write about.

What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers

Your Writing Coach: From Concept to Character, from Pitch to Publication - Everything You Need to Know About Writing Novels, Non-fiction, New Media, Scripts and Short Stories

The Five-minute Writer: Exercise and Inspiration in Creative Writing in Five Minutes a Day

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Over the last few days I have attempted, somewhat unsuccessfully I might add, to come up with ideas for a short (or even long) story.  In the past I have had “great” ideas for films and such like, yet now, when push comes to shove my mind has thrown up a blank.

Pen & Paper by r1c3y from Flickr

I’ve done a little searching on the beautiful resource, otherwise known as the internet, and come up with a couple of sites that I will peruse later when I have more time:

  1. 999Ideas – a selection of quick synopsises which can be used to help the “thinking” process and get hte ball rolling.
  2. Fiction Writing – this is more a site on how to obtain ideas instead of readily available ideas
  3. Seventh Sanctum – a Story Generator, the name speaks for itself
  4. Hold the Front Page – a set of headliners which are starters for articles
  5. Short Story Ideas – a whole site dedicted to helping relieve writers block

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What is it?

“Can you find it?”

“Find what?”


“What is it?”

“I don’t know”

….And so it continued….

“But what is it” I hear you wonder, well that’s the whole point.  I don’t know what it is, but I’ll know when I find it.

"White Books" from Vicki's Pics

The background here is that I know the outcome that I want to achieve, but I just haven’t worked out how to achieve it.  The outcome is that I want to become Published.  Now Published in this context is quite vague – I don’t know the finer details but currently I imagine that it will be in one of the following guises:

  • an article in a magazine
  • a short story in a magazine
  • a (self-)published book on the internet
  • a published book via a publisher

Now, I realise that the last option here is the most unlikely of the batch, but I have added it for completeness.

Actually I should qualify this slightly otherwise I could boast that I have already achieved my wish as, if you are reading this, you can already surmise that I am published, as this is published on the internet.  The actual outcome is to be published AND paid!

Back to “it” then.  I have set myself a time limit of a whole twelve months to write a series of articles and short stories (thereby including both fiction and non-fiction) which I will post on this site, along with my trials and tribulations, endeavouring to obtain feedback along the way in order to reach my the holy grail of getting a piece of work published.  As yet, who knows what the final piece of work will actually be, but I aim to learn a lot about creative and factual writing along the way.

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