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Writing My Novel

I have been writing a book for the last two years. The idea started as a few pages for a children’s book and then grew bigger due to an assignment in my writing class at Portland State University. We had to turn in a 15 page story by the end of the term, as well as turn in other weekly writing assignments. I had so many other assignments in other classes to juggle, so rather than coming up with a whole new story, I decided to see if I could stretch this idea into something more.

I’m so glad I did. This story has grown and grown and has become something I never imagined I’d write. Its a work of fiction and other than that, it’s hard for me to describe. When I try to explain the idea always sounds dumb and then discourages me from writing.

But any story could be like that. Try to explain Star Wars to someone who knows nothing about it…um, there are people called Jedi’s, who wear brown cloaks and fight the dark side with swords made of green light, there are teddy bears that live in a forest, a large hairy ape man with a gun, a big slug that chains up a woman in a gold bikini… See? Anything can sound dumb to someone not reading it. But once a person is reading your book, the suspension of disbelief kicks in and suddenly, it’s not so dumb.

Anyways, I bought a new book to help me plot. The Complete Novel Plotting Workbook by Weston Elliott. So far, it is just what I needed. There are encouraging writing quotes, blank pages to hash out ideas, character pages and empty timelines to fill in. It’s really keeping me organized and helping me visualize my book. Sometimes just writing with a pencil and take a break from the computer really helps stimulate my creativity and keeps me going. I’m already half way there!

book 1

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3 thoughts on “Writing My Novel

  1. Good luck! I’m at about 25,000 words in, which I guess is about half-way through the minimum word count of a novel.

    I do find that writing on paper is what’s better for my creativity. Do you have regular schedule?

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      1. I have two works in progress at the moment. I write at least 1000 words for the first during the day (if I’m feeling inspired I’ll let myself keep going- no harm right?), and before I go to sleep I work for a couple of hours on my other project, but there’s no set goal for that one. After I’ve done a couple of hours on that, I’ll normally start drawing a character or setting from the story.

        I’ve been neglecting my midnight writing, though. Plus it won’t always been that way when I go back to school.

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