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My Writing Process

So, today, I am going to be talking about my writing process. We are going to be covering these topics:

1. My Writing Desk

2. The Software I Use

3. How I Outline

4. My Writing Mindset

Those are the four things I am going to be covering today! First off:

1. My Writing Desk

Here’s a picture of my writing desk:

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Why am I showing you a picture of it? I have no clue. It really had nothing to do with how I write, but I just fell that it’s important that you guys have a good mental picture for future reference. So, take a look at it…concentrate…annnddddd…THERE! Got it? Good. Also, the Xbox can distract me at times from my writing, which is as of right now, my Xbox is in the living room downstairs, so I can focus on Eden.

2. The Software I Use

The main software that I use for writing, is Apple’s Writing Processor, Pages. They have an app for iPad, which is what I use. It’s nice, because it automatically saves every two seconds (okay, not really, but it saves it a lot), and it automatically uploads everything to to iCloud, so I never have to worry about losing anything. On a side note, am I the only one who thinks of that ad campaign that Microsoft Windows ran, where everybody was like, “To the cloud!”, everytime I hear somebody mention “The Cloud”? No? Well then, let’s continue.

The second software that I use, is Microsoft Word. I use that rarely now, since I got my iPad 2, but I still use it sometimes. The main thing that I use it for is to convert the .doc file to “Filtered HTML”, which I then use “Mobipocket” to convert it to .mobi format, which is the format that the Kindle uses.

Here’s a picture of Pages:

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It’s seriously the greatest.

3. How I Outline

I actually read THIS blog post, and it changed how I wrote forever. I was never really big on outlining. I just never had the patience for it. I mean, why write what’s going to happen, when I could write it for real? Well, it wasn’t until I was writing the first draft of The Arrival that I realized just how important outlining is.

I was about 10,000 words into The Arrival, when I hit a wall. I had no clue what to do next. The chunk of the plot that I was writing shouldn’t have started to take place until 35,000-40,000 words in. I was rushing it way too much. So, I stopped writing it. It was a steaming mess, and everything was happening way too fast.

Then, I read the aforementioned blog post. I thought to myself, What the heck! I might as well do it. And do it I did. It took me a couple of days, but I finally had an outline for The Arrival. The outline was (well, is) about four pages long. It made everything so much easier. I was able to sit down, and write. I didn’t have to worry about what I was going to write next, because I had that all figured out. My job was to expand the outline into a novel. Right now, I am 25,000 words into The Arrival. The same scene I am currently writing took place 8,000 words into the original draft of it. Now, I’m not saying that I am doing what is called “bloating” (bloating is where you add words just to make your word count larger). I added some scenes in the outline, that weren’t in the first draft. And most importantly, I’m not rushing it.

Also, just because you’re outlining, doesn’t mean you can’t add a plot twist, or change it up. When you go on a road trip, you usually have everything mapped out. You know exactly were you’re going to go, and what you’re going to do. However, almost a hundred percent of the time, something happens, and you have to take a detour, or the directions were wrong, and you have to take a different path. But still, you always end up at the same place, regardless of the different roads you took. Outlining a novel is the same way. You have everything planned out, and you know exactly where you are going to start, and where your end destination is at. But sometimes, something just doesn’t click, or you have an idea, and you wanna try this, instead of that. So, you take a “detour”. You still end up at the same place, but you just took a different way of getting there than you originally planned. For The Arrival, I just came to a point, and I added a completely new plot-line. Did I originally plan on it? No. Is it making the book more exciting, and giving it much more depth, and mysteriousness? You betcha.

Okay. Before I go any longer than I already have on this topic, I am moving on. But seriously. Just try outlining. What have you got to lose?

4. My Writing Mindset

Ahhh, the last/most-difficult-one-to-get-from-my-mind-to-cyber-page one. Sorry if things get a little confusing. It’s just hard for me to get from my mind to page.

When I’m writing, I forget everything else. All that I focus on is getting my words on page. I used to worry about the word count, but my obsession with that started getting out of hand, so I turned the word count meter off (another great feature in Pages).

I also let whatever comes to my mind get written down. Usually, my characters are snarky, and sarcastic, because that’s just me. When I go through edits, I try to take as much as that out as possible, unless that’s the characters personality.

I try not to edit-as-I-go. Actually, I never even read anything that I’ve written, until it’s time to actually edit. I just let go, and let my fingers do the work. Usually, I don’t even think about what I write. As I said, my fingers do the work. I just start writing, and then try to figure out how in the world I wrote so much, and wrote for so long, and didn’t even realize it. It’s an amazing experience, and it’s one of the many reasons why I love writing so much.

Alright! That’s all of them! I hope you guys learned something from this post. My brain is pretty much drained right now, and I don’t think I am going to be able to write anything else without exploding.

Logan
@jaloru95
facebook.com/loganruth

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