How I Write Part Five: The Fluffies

So you have printed out your prior scenes? Checked them over at 2 am with a pot of coffee or three? 

You’re not done yet! 

Step One: Ties

Start making notes and writing in the transitions in order to get from scene A to scene B. Do this for the entirety. Make notes about physical descriptions as well. Keep them consistent. 

Step Two: My best friend Mr. Printer

Print up the new work! 

Step Three: Read and Notes 

Read through what you have and take notes the entire way. What you want to change? Expand? Fix? 

Step Four: Fluffies!

While fixing your manuscript with your notes from the previous step, start writing in the tedious descriptions. Careful not to add too much or else you will lose your reader. 

That’s it for today! Thanks for reading!

Ally

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How I Write Part Three: Getting Started

Internet Superstars!

You might be confused that I have “skipped” ahead to getting started and we’re only in part three… Hmmm? Confused? Check out part two (and part one) if you haven’t read them yet.

Here I am going to just summarize the steps I use to get started, see my post next week to see the full break down. Warning: My breakdown blogs get very long, so be prepared for a lot of reading.

So let’s get this party started!

Step One: Summary

Why are you writing this piece? Write down the basics of what you want to happen and go from there using the following steps. 

Step Two: The First Two Scenes 

You don’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been. Be sure to know this by writing the first two. 

The first couple scenes set up your character’s normalcy. Are they used to pterodactyls or advanced alien tech? Show us before you go too far deep into your plot. 

Step Three: Ending/Climax

Write up where you’re going. If you don’t know where or what your climax will be, then how can you foreshadow in previous chapters? 

Also, this keeps you motivated through the dull times that will inevitably be in your piece. Not everyone fights 24/7. 

Finally, Step Four: Important Scenes

Now to do the middle. Write all your important scenes, personality changes, plot twists, etc. Also think about your subplot. Write some of those scenes as well. 

I put my work in this order because I find it keeps me motivated to do more and helps maintain loose ends and stay on track. Especially when creating your own world. 

Sorry this was a day late! I screwed up my scheduling! I’m sorry! 

Ally

 

How I Write Part Two: Setup Breakdown

Internet peoples everywhere!

Here is part two of my series, “How I Write”. This blog I will describe in detail just how I set up my novels/stories/etc.

Before, I gave you the generalized four step process of my setup. If you missed this post, click here. On this post I’m going to get very detailed, so I apologize that this will be a long one.

Step One: Plot or Character

Depending on which idea comes first, this should be the first area to tackle. Especially if you are going through Young Adult Fiction. When I’m getting my novel set up, I usually have a character in mind. So we’ll start with how to set up your Main Character.

First off, you don’t know your character enough yet in order to write out a full detailed character template. This is where summarizing comes in handy. I practice having summaries for every main character and even some of the more important supporting characters, also. It all depends what you want to do, but I find this the easiest way and a way to get started even quicker.

 Step Two: Character or Plot

The last step I talked about doing the characters, this one is primarily the plot summary. Remember, you need conflict and tension. Write a three paragraph summary of the entire novel or story that you are planning. Be prepared to get a hand cramp on this one because when you have the summary done, add in conflict and lots of it. What is the worst thing that could happen to your Main Character(s)? Do it. How can you escalate the plot to make us as readers care about what is happening? Do it.

This, by the time you are done, will result in easily a five page summary of your story, but don’t fret you are not done yet.

Step Three: Setting

Personally, I find the setting the most difficult part of writing a story because I don’t like going into full detail. My job as a writer is to give the reader the guidelines, they finish the story. That’s just how I feel, though.

One way that I found to make it easier to write the setting before setting up the first draft, I write four paragraphs of places that will never get seen by the reader. (They always can come in handy later.) With this, you get the general idea of what you’re going for.

After, I use a setting template that resembles that of a character outline template. This shows you how much life you have in your setting. Treat your setting like you would a character. If you have a boring setting with nothing going on, you might as well have a white background.

Step Four: Research

Have you found the perfect character, plot, and setting yet? Probably not. If you want certain things to happen (plot) to certain people (character) in a certain place (setting), you have to know everything you can before hand.

Research means a lot of things. Google, Bing, Blogs, Books, Pictures, or hey! Even delving into your own brain works as research. Who can make your character better than you? Sometimes if you’re writing fantasy, you have to imagine how it will look, feel and what will happen. Google doesn’t answer everything.

Research your options. Look up pictures of settings you’re thinking about placing in your plot. What makes a college different than a high school? What makes an office job different than a server’s?  Know it all so you can write it more efficiently and correctly. Granted if you are writing fantasy there is a little extra leeway for you.

Check out today’s Quote of the Day here.

Want a template example or two? Here.

How do you write settings? Here.

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Publication in a nutshell…

Internet people,

I figured I’ll give a quick tip for publishing. More like a few and explain the process a little in the meantime. 

1. Four months is not four months. 

When I delivered my manuscipt to the publisher, he estimated the outdate to be in July. Trust me when I say, everything that can go wrong, will. 

2. Be patient and understanding. 

The publisher wants to make money to. So if you’re not their main priority, don’t be offended. You’re still on the list to be up. It takes time. 

3. Publishing is only half the battle. 

“I’ll get published and sell out of my books!” That was me back in March. But after publishing, traditional or otherwise, you have to learn to market. It will take loads of time and you will forget which way is up. I promise you that. 

In the process of actually publishing the book don’t expect there to be no changes. You think your rewrites prior to delivery were all you would have to do? Ha! Just you wait! After my delivery, I had to fluff paragraphs and delete paragraphs. It happens. It is still your work either way. Make sure you approve everything that they do. 

Make it significant, make it matter. 

Ally

How I write series, Part One: The Set Up 

Internet peoples everywhere! 

Here is my first part of the series I talked about on November 28th. 

Today is all about the First steps I take to set up my novels. 

Previously, I gave a quick overview of what I will be talking about for all of you wonderful followers I have obtained. 

In order to set up a good novel, be prepared for the work. Long haul work, because after you’ve finished and published, you still have a lot of work to do! 

I always set up my characters first after I get a premise for my plot line. Sometimes I even go through and have my characters first and fit a plot line to go around them. In Young Adult fiction, the main goal I have is to see character progression. 

None of it matters, however, without a good plot. I have a few previous posts about character description templates I use in order to learn more about them. But I usually will have a basis before I jot anything down. 

Sometimes a character just doesn’t want to cooperate. So when that happens I start to write scenes in order to make them tell me who they are. I cannot stress enough that a character is a person. Your person. Your best friend. If the reader can’t see the reality in your characters, they won’t make it through the book. 

Don’t fret! When I finish my series you will know all that I have done to make ‘Revenge’ happen. So far, even only being out a month, I have received great reviews!

The next part will be up with more specifics as I delve you deeper into my system. Its complicated, but works. I will be moving to a cute town home this weekend so expect it the Tuesday after next. 

Thank you all,

Ally

How I write ( in order )

Internet peoples, 

This is my opener for a series coming up. This is going to be a detailed experience about how I write. This post is just a summary and will help you get started to understand the method to my madness. 

  1. Set up

Step one: Plot or Character (whichever comes first)

Step two: Character or Plot (whatever you didn’t do in the previous step)

Step three: Setting

Step Four: Research 

2. Get Started

Step one: Summary 

Step two: Write the First two scenes

Step three: Ending and/or Climax

Step Four: Important Scenes

3. Type Up

Step one: finish all the important scenes

Step two: type what you have in order they appear in the book

Step three: print it 

Step Four: read and note take for fluff and transitions 

4. Fluffies

Step one: look at your notes and begin at the beginning tying in scenes

Step two: print it

Step three: more notes

Step Four: look at your notes and start adding in descriptions

5. Rewrite

Step one: print it

Step two: read and notes for the rewrite

Step three:  rewrite in entirety

Step Four: are you happy?

6. Rewrite #2

Step one: repeat 5 over and over until you’re happy

Step two: print it and set aside for a month

Step three: read printed copy and look for any errors in grammar or story line

Step Four: fill in your subplots 

7. Rewrite #____ 

Step one: repeat 5

8. Betas

Step one: print out a copy for yourself

Step two: email avid readers and ask them for their love and hate comments. Insist on both. 

Step three: read your print out and see if you’re willing to change to the betas requests 

Step Four: fix up

9. Send to your editor or find a publisher. 

10. Prepare to rewrite again 

11. Wait

12. Wait

13. Delievery 

14. Your fight still isn’t over. Market
That’s all I have for you until next week. I’ll be doing more character diagrams and other necessities and will post them. 

Sincerly,

Ally

More blogs and updates

Internet peeps (yeah, not cool enough to say that…),

Anyway, I’m doing a lot of research to revamp and revise possibly even updating some of my previous how to’s and tips. 

Right now, I’m working on the conflict and motivation series. Keep with me, should be out within the next week (I’m being very thorough). 

If there is anything you’ve heard, experienced or even noticed that complicates how you write, please send a contact me and I will be sure to address it. 

All of this researching while I’m prepping a lasagna for my mom’s birthday today. Everyone wish her a happy birthday! Haha. 

Anyway I just wanted you all to stay updated,

Ally

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