DISCLAIMER: I’m no professional writer. In fact, I’m a struggling writer but I thought of sharing a few things for you guys getting started on writing or prepping for National Novel Writing Month!
This is PART ONE of TWO posts about writing from books to techniques and to other advices. PART I will consist of: prep/tools you need – whether you’re planning to join NaNoWriMo or not, these are a few essential things to writers. PART II will consist of an in-depth look of the five books (seen above) – generally speaking, these are my five favourite writer’s guide books I own!
I wish you all the luck in the world with your future endeavours. Remember, if you know you want it, never stop trying to achieve it because at the end of the day knowing you tried is better than never trying at all.
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Tools you need:
1. Commitment – In other words, your novel or literature piece won’t write itself so get going.
2. Notebooks – (of course, pens as well) An essential tool to keep track of your story, maybe write brainstorm ideas, etc. Because for me, I tend to focus better writing down my thoughts/ideas instead of typing them. It’s also a good storage of all your writing references because you might lose files in your laptop/desktop/gadget
3. Books – Reference books to guide you through your creative writing process (I’ve got five to recommend you! See below)
4. Headphones (optional) – It is essential, for me at least, to block outside noise and get ‘in the zone’ and this is only made possible by listening to your favourite songs or songs that can get you “in the mood” of the scene you’re writing. As for songs I listen to, I’m very eclectic on my choices – but rarely, if not none at all, on screamo/hard rock songs. It’s all up to you!
PEP TALK/Friendly-Reminder, a quote from WONDERBOOK
(Quote edit: by me, Michelle Mags. But the background belongs to the Wonderbook artist)
Need more to motivate you? Check out Pinterest and search “Writing” – there will be plenty of motivational quotes and writing advices!
Here are a few techniques I use while mastering the craft of writing… or even getting myself started to write:
1. Successful Authors
-My personal favourite technique is watching interviews of successful authors such as Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin and much more. Being able to hear their insight is wonderful and always very inspiring! Also, you don’t necessarily have to watch interviews, maybe even read articles about them or that they wrote with their insight on writing and a few advices they give. It’s truly a “learning from the best” method.
-I love Pinterest so much. It’s really your virtual visual cork board! It’s great for inspiration and organizing visual notes — also it’s just a really awesome website, especially when you follow the right boards according to your preference.
-I learned about prompts about two years ago and it has helped me immensely, especially on days where I sit in front of my laptop screen and sob until words finally come out – no seriously, I really struggle most days (and sometimes it makes me doubt if I can even do this but NEVER EVER GIVE UP YOUR DREAM!) P.S. Prompts can be found anywhere. Google it, or maybe even Tumblr it.
4.. The WHAT IF list
-A brainstorming method that can totally gear up your creative writer. To me, this method works wonders.
-I used to despise the poetry section during my English class (thanks to the assignments – aka writing your own poem), yet I gradually realized how important it is to understand poetry, to feel the rhythm of its words and to see the depth of its complexity. Poems can help you enhance your skill on describing a scene, poems are also incredibly thought-provoking and can get you going if you’re on a rough start or stuck in writing.
6. Step Away From It
–It’s essential for you to try your best to get writing, to not depend on inspirations, however, it’s also important to learn how to stop and step away from a really frustrating WIP. Trust me, that one hour of trying to write an entire paragraph could be spent for further research for your novel, or maybe read another book.
7. Your Favourite Novel + The Worse Book You’ve Read
–I’m sure many of you have heard this and I’m certain not many of you have tried it — like you, I wasn’t a fan of this idea, I wasn’t really interested in dissecting my favourite novel, however, it truly helps to see the plus and minuses of your favourite book and at the same time seeing why the “worse book” didn’t cut out for you.
8. Try not to focus on one genre
-This applies to both reading and writing. If you’re someone into fantasy young adult, try reading some science fiction or contemporary, maybe even expand your horizons more by reading adult fantasy or horror. Completely up to you but it is nice to have more options and a more cultivated mind.
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I hope you find this post useful! This is PART ONE of TWO posts.
Up next: BOOKS ON WRITING!
Stay tuned 🙂
Also, later on I’ll be writing a few posts:
1. BECOMING A BOOK BLOGGER – in which I share you the plus and minuses of this hobby for any of you interested on having your own.
2. WRITING: ADVICES AND TECHNIQUES Links – In this post i’ll be sharing with you a list of my favourite reference sites on writing.
If you have any questions or want more advice/techniques, please do leave a comment below.
Good luck and happy reading!