Hi writers, readers, bloggers…
I’m going to rewind to when I first got the idea for my unpublished and in-need-of-thorough-editing novel.
So, I tried to write a novel during my time at university- it’s a completely different idea. I can’t remember how much I wrote. All I know is that I couldn’t focus on uni and writing a book at the same time. My brain was not cut out for that. But, I did learn some positive things. One: I can’t write a first draft without planning or brainstorming. Two: I need to know where the story is going. Finally, three: an unfinished novel is never wasted because; I can return to it in the future.
Bearing all of this in mind, I waited until I graduated to start writing my novel. This novel was inspired by very short story-it’s probably more like flash fiction- which I wrote during my third year. For some reason, I wrote a few stories about weddings. It was probably something to do with 27 Dresses, which did inspired me. Books that I’d read in the past definitely gave me a boost of creativity.
I wanted to tell a story about a character that I knew well and that’s why I tried to plan as much as possible. I used to find it difficult to sustain a long plot, which sucks if you want to write an normal sized normal (roughly 80,000 words). To some extent I still do. But, this experience of completing my first draft has helped a lot in terms of plot. I’m learning more about myself as an aspiring writer. Hooray for planning!
What are your experiences of writing? Are you a planner or more of a sit-and-write person?