I’ve changed my mind about this a few times over the years. Is is better to work in order or work randomly. I started off randomly. I’d write the chapters I was most excited about but I wouldn’t write too many like that. I preferred to fill in the blanks before progressing with the story too much.
Then, I started working in order. I thought it would help me make the emotions more authentic if I wrote it in the same order that the characters experienced it. I’ve gone back and forth a few times, but right now I’m stuck. I’m writing something in order and I can’t seem to get past the third chapter…wow, that sounds pathetic to my own ears. Anyway, its got me thinking that maybe writing out of order is actually the best option. After all, if you write, it shouldn’t be a great feat to capture emotion in the first place.
Let’s admit it: there are parts of our stories that we don’t really have a particular interest in…but you need them. You need them to explain events, characters, etc. Often times, these sections are near the start and maybe that’s what makes us lose interest in a project. I think that’s what happening to me right now: I love the story. I love the scenes I’ve imagined but haven’t yet written. Its just that there’s this part that I need to get through but because this is still only the beginning of the story and I’m not so invested into it, I’m having trouble doing it.
I’m going to try writing out of order again.
I want your opinions - let me know. Hit up my ask and tell me what you prefer!
All right, guys, you’ve reduced me to begging…please, please, please tell me what you think about the idea of starting a liveblog!! Pretty, pretty please with a cherry on top?
I’ve been considering doing liveblogs and I wanted to know what you think of the idea, considering this blog is for you all. Doing so will mean more frequent posts as I will regularly be updating as I read the book, but rest assured, the regular posts will not stop.
Send me your opinions through my ask box! (If you like the idea, feel free to give me names of books you would want me to ‘cover’)
Fact about myself: I get more attached to characters than I do to people.
Fact two: I didn’t use ‘real people’ because, to us, they are real. Sort of.
Anyway, the point of this post isn’t to bore you with random facts, so here we go: fact one was actually a little surprising for me when I realised it. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong it, especially since they’re like our children (or, brain-children, at least).
What I’ve been thinking about is the fact that sometimes, we make really, really slow progress on our work. There has to be a reason behind it - which brings us back to attachment.
I think a lot of the time, these characters become such an integral part of our thoughts, if not lives, that we’re sad to see them go. I’m sure a lot of people have experienced this with a favourite book or series. (I’m not trying to irritate you, but here’s another little fact: I stopped half way through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and haven’t picked it up since. I just can’t bring myself to see it all end!).
Now this makes me think that if this attachment can be so strong for something we’ve only read, then our characters become almost impossible to relinquish. When we read, the characters were developed for us. When we write, we develop them, right from their name to their aspirations, flaws and secrets. To us, they go beyond the page.
I often find that I work faster on projects that began in a very impromptu way. I have several projects going once and sometimes, an idea will come to me just as I’m falling asleep. I promptly begin work on these the next morning. Now, when I say ‘work’, I mean writing. These projects are the type that I don’t plan. All I do is come up with a name and start writing.
What I’m trying to get at here is that I make faster progress on these projects because I have no time to develop a bond. I will, later on, but initially at least, I write a lot and I write fast.
I need to clarify that developing an attachment to your characters is not a bad thing. Not only is it inevitable, but its something I personally cherish. But sometimes, we do need to get over the fear of losing them once we’ve written their story. Being scared to see them go and hence not writing is like staying locked up in a room because you’re scared of death.
Moral of the story: cherish what you have, live, write and enjoy every moment. These things will end at some point (unless you just want to create characters that will forever remain in you head. I strongly recommend against this.) and many others will come. Basically, it comes down to this: live in the moment, whether its in regards to your life or writing.
Sorry, its completely slipped my mind! I know I’m eight days too late, but Happy New Year! I hope its a brilliant one for all of us!
Please bear in mind that I did not write this and excuse the language.
Personally, I’m a little on the fence with this one. I don’t believe there’s a secret to writing successful novels, because often, readers don’t realise the depth of their preferences in a novel until they’ve read it…but I wanted your opinions - so tell me what you think (through submissions only, please) and we’ll see where this goes.
Sorry for the consecutive ’Ally Carter posts’ but here’s another one I’d like you all to read. Its a charming, absolutely wonderful little recount of an author’s journey of self discovery and finding her way in the writing industry (for lack of a better word).
My favourite quotes:
“First and foremost, it is going to be okay. And, by the way, ‘it’ will totally vary.”
“There’s a saying in this business: ‘nothing sells backlist like front list’. So get to writing some more frontlist.”
“…right now a whole new class of baby authors are being born and a lot of them are going to be your friends someday…some people might say that making friends with these people is going to be good for your career. It isn’t. Making friends with these people is good for your life.”
“…and the biggest piece of advice I can give you is this: take a sheet of paper and write down five things that would make you really, really happy in your career…Keep that list. Remember that list. Because in this business the finish line is constantly moving…In short, appreciate things as they’re happening, remember that once upon a time that thing was a dream of yours and that it’s still a dream for someone. So be grateful every day.”