I will be the first to admit that editing is the area of the writing process where I could use the most improvement, I’m either too critical in which case I can turn ten pages of my own work into a few scared pieces of punctuation or I’m too forgiving because I like a particular scene or turn of phrase in which case the mediocre can make it through an edit. So because I’ve never been good at self editing I decided to research ways to get better, little tips that could make it easier and now I’ve decided to pass the fruits of that labour on to you.
Personally I think the title is a bit of a misnomer because it implies that if you can’t find the motivation then you shouldn’t write and this attitude is perhaps the most insidious thing about being a writer. There is this idea that because writing is a creative endeavor that you should and can only work when you feel inspired or motivated to work and this can be incredibly damaging, especially if you want to make the jump from hobby writing, to writing professionally.
That being said there are things you can do to keep your motivation levels up so that when you do write you’ll find it easier.
So those are just a few ideas for remaining motivated and hopefully if you follow some or all of the suggestions above then you can finish that important Work in Progress.
I was always kind of against this when I was younger, my thought process was that in planning out my novel I was firstly wasting time that I could be writing and secondly robbing the story of creativity by insisting on planning it rather than letting it form naturally. Now I’ll admit there may be some merit to those notions but by and large I can say honestly that creating an outline for your novel can really help you as a writer.
The first and most important thing to remember, that I clearly didn’t know back then is that the outline is flexible, it only sign posts scenes and events that you want to happen in an order that makes sense, but to extend the metaphor you are more than free to ignore the signposts and wander down the road less travelled.
The true benefit of using an outline as I’ve touched on above is that it can provide structure which is important if you’re attempting to write professionally, it’s basically combining your creative energy with a more focused and disciplined practice to create something that’s both engaging as a story (that’s the creative part) and doesn’t start to unravel towards the middle (that’s the structure and planned part).
In a very real way the outline should be the bones of your novel, it should contain a few things that I will outline below…Haha get it? Sorry I’ll be good.
So there we have it, a little bit about Outlines, why they are useful and what you can include in them. I hope this helps you and thank you for visiting Undiscovered Publishing.
I think most, if not all people will have suffered from the creative drought known as Writer’s Block at some point in their life. While this is bad in the short term, it does mean that there is a whole host of remedies for Writer’s Block, tried and tested by you hardworking creative types. So here we some tips for getting over writer’s block:
So those are some tips for conquering writer’s block and hopefully they will be of some help to you. Thank you for reading and keep your eyes peeled for more soon.
I’m going to start this post by saying that these tropes have been a part of literature for as long as man has been writing, there are no original ideas, only new ways of utilising old ones so don’t fret too much if you’re novel has a little too much of ‘a hero’s journey’ or ‘a love triangle’ or the only way to end it is with a ‘Deus ex machina’. At the end of the day if that’s how it turns out then that is how it turns out. We aren’t here to discourage your ideas, we just want you to use what’s already out their to make your own unique story.
So now that I’ve said that here are 5 tropes you can probably avoid:
Anyway I hope you enjoyed this list, and that you go ahead and ignore it and write, because you want to, because you have, just write whatever comes out and it’s full of tropes so be it.
Narration is broken down into three classifications, First Person, Second Person and Third Person and to explain more clearly,
First Person Narration: where the events of the story are told from the point of view of a character in the story, usually referencing events they are or have experienced. This type of narration is useful for helping the reader to connect more to the character, it also makes the story more real because it’s being told by a first hand source, the same way historic accounts from people there at the time are of great benefit to academic accounts because it’s not just speculation or conjecture but real life and often intimate accounts of events.
Second Person Narration: This type of narration brings the reader into the story, it’s not a me, it’s a you, and no I’m not just quoting Mario, basically in a second person narration the author utilises the ‘You’ Pronoun. This type of narration is useful because it not only connects the reader to the character but literally injects them into the story, it helps to evoke a powerful reaction in the reader by making it more personal, but it can be difficult to manage so be wary of taking on this narrative style.
Third Person Narration: is a fairly popular choice for narration, and comes in either an omniscient or limited variety which I will explain in more detail. Both varieties the author uses third person pronouns such as “he”, “he” or “they” but for omniscience as the word suggests, the narrator knows everything, they are aware of everything happening and are relaying that viewpoint to the reader. Whereas when it’s limited, the narration is limited to a single set of thoughts, feelings and impressions on the events taking place. Both can work, and both allow a level of flexibility in approaching the story that the other two classifications of narration don’t.
So I’ve told you the three types of narration and what they can bring to the story, now to finish off the title, which you pick? It’s a bit of a cop out but to be honest whichever one you feel fits your story, or fits your writing style, I mentioned not everyone likes second person for example but that shouldn’t stop you if you like or work well with that narration type, just pick what works and just write…write…write!
So I think you’ll agree with me that one of the most important things when building a story is the setting, sure you need characters and you need plot, but for those to be believable and have context, you need to have setting.
You need to be careful though, you want the setting of your story to feel organic. Be too heavy handed and you risk firstly, just expositing to your reader rather than letting the words form ideas in their mind, and secondly, you’ll end up with something that seems forced, like a bad accent.
So what is setting exactly? It’s the time and place where the story is set, the time is usually fairly static, although events in a story can take place over an extended period of time. The place is usually more fluid: numerous locations that build up a rich backdrop of the world your story takes place in.
The backdrop to the story is equally relevant but not always important. If your story takes place in New York, in the 1940s, then that should be clear through the setting, the dialogue and the characters. However, if the period isn’t relevant and instead you want to create something timeless or just analogous to the present then the backdrop isn’t as important.
So let’s answer the question, how do you introduce setting into a story? Well firstly decide on the setting. Using the example from above, if you set your story in the past, in America, then you need to write in a way that is organic and realistic to that time in history, unless of course your intention is a diverging or alternative world history. Assuming it’s not however, you want things to seem real. Characters in 1940’s America are going to have a specific world view, access to specific technology and be aware of or unaware of certain events.
Once you’ve decided on the setting, you need to execute that organically in the way suggested above. However it is your story and if you want little green men, or mobile phones in Tsarist Russia or puritans in the 23rd century then that’s your choice. Follow that dream and make it happen but make sure that in whatever your write, fiction or not, the setting reflects the plot and helps to bring everything together in a cohesive fashion.