Writing And Planning My Novel

by | May 20, 2012 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’ve had a few days off from the whole book process but it’s definitely time to start it up again. Most writers will say that free writing a first chapter is the way you should go about it. Well, I tried that. I’m more of a planner than a free thinker so I went back to my notes and decided to delve further into the actual plan before carrying on. I discovered that the reason behind my writers block is the fact that my plan wasn’t detailed enough.

I had profiles of my characters and I knew how the whole entire story should be plotted but I didn’t actually break down the chapters into events. I didn’t know what was happening in particular parts of the story, my first error. So, back to the drawing board I went through my notes. I had also made another minor mistake with the dates of the character’s actions and that had to be sorted out straight away. I now know that starting to write a book has a lot more planning involved that I ever thought. I’m going to spend time planning it to the extent I need too. I need to know my characters inside out and I need to know every action they make and everything they say in the chapters.

When I am happy with this I will carry on redrafting the first chapter. I’m new to this so I guess I will run into problems along the way. I was too eager to start the actual book, when I didn’t have a good plan as a foundation. Thought I would keep people updated with the challenge of writing my first book. I’m going to be making blogs often like this one. Sometimes it will be a random thought of the day, nothing to do with my book at all and sometimes I will go into much further detail with what is happening. Wish me luck, I’m going to need it.

Written by Emma-Jane Barlow

 Emma-Jane Barlow is a 30 year-old author, poet, writer and autism advocate from the UK. She has been writing poetry since the age of seven and finds comfort in writing about her life experiences. She has two published books and is currently working on a third.

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