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My Writing Process

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the thought of starting a novel, fear not. Allow me to share with you the writing process that I meticulously crafted while penning my debut novel, and continuously honed throughout the creation of my second. With my proven method, you'll be equipped with the tools and guidance needed to kickstart your own literary journey. Let's turn your writing aspirations into a reality together.
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1. Find Your Theme

What is the overarching concept of your story? Is it a coming-of-age story where characters navigate the complexities of growing up and self-discovery, or is it a battle of dark vs. light where good and evil clash in an epic struggle? Themes like these can intertwine to create a rich tapestry of storytelling. Consider the basics as well - where and when does your story take place? Is it a futuristic dystopia or a historical romance set in the Victorian era? What genre are you focusing on - perhaps fantasy, mystery, or science fiction? In essence, define the type of story you want to write, and let your imagination soar as you bring it to life on the page.

2. Understand Your Main Characters

Who will your story be about? Who will drive the plot forward? Start by delving deep into the essence of your story and understanding the core characters that will breathe life into your narrative. Take the time to craft detailed character profiles for your select few (2-5) main characters, exploring their backgrounds, motivations, fears, and desires. By building a strong connection with your characters through these profiles, you will find yourself seamlessly weaving their journeys into the tapestry of your storytelling, creating a dynamic and engaging narrative that resonates with your readers.

3. Write The Elevator Pitch

Crafting an elevator pitch for your story is a crucial step in the writing process. In this concise paragraph, you will introduce the key characters, outline the journey they will embark on, and highlight why their story matters. This succinct summary will not only serve as a guide for your writing but also as a powerful tool to captivate readers and entice them to delve into the rich tapestry of your narrative.

4. Start At The End

Visualize the climactic moment where all the tension and conflict culminate in a riveting showdown. Imagine the emotions running high, the stakes at their peak, and the characters pushed to their limits. Dive deep into their psyche, exploring how they would react, what choices they would make, and how they would ultimately overcome the greatest challenge they face. Once you have a clear vision of this pivotal scene, the path to guiding your characters towards this powerful resolution becomes clearer and more defined.

5. Write The Story Outline, Act by Act

Consider creating a detailed roadmap for your characters, outlining the various destinations they will explore and the diverse individuals they will encounter along the way. Visualize the vast landscapes they will traverse, the mysterious cities they will uncover, and the hidden realms they will unveil. By charting their journey in this way, you can immerse yourself in the world you are creating and ensure that each location they visit adds depth and significance to the overarching narrative. Let the map guide you as you lead your characters on a thrilling adventure full of twists, turns, and unexpected encounters.

6. Break Down the Acts

Consider the pivotal events and character development that must unfold in each act to propel the story forward and lead the characters from their starting point to their ultimate destination. These acts will serve as the foundation for your chapters, guiding the plot's progression and your characters' growth as they navigate through the challenges and triumphs that shape their journey.

7. Design The Chapters

Develop the chapter by carefully crafting 3-5 major milestones that will drive the narrative forward and keep readers engaged. These pivotal moments should serve as the building blocks of your chapter, guiding the characters through twists and turns, challenges and triumphs, and ultimately leading them to the resolution of that particular segment of the story. Each milestone should add depth to the plot, reveal new insights about the characters, and leave readers eagerly anticipating what will happen next. By strategically placing these plot points throughout the chapter, you can create a dynamic and compelling story that keeps readers hooked from beginning to end.

8. Just Start Writing

Pick a goal. Whether it’s a page a day, a thousand words a day, or a chapter a week. Just start writing. Embrace the blank page with courage and determination, allowing your thoughts and ideas to flow freely. Even if you encounter writer’s block, push through and keep writing. Every word you put down is a step closer to bringing your story to life. It doesn't matter if the initial draft ends up being a jumble of thoughts or a masterpiece in the making. Let your creativity run wild on the page, knowing that you have the power to refine and polish your work later on. So, don't hesitate, just write!