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When I started intentionally writing a story to publish, I thought it would be so easy. Write the story - it was already in my head, so it should be easy to put in on paper, right?
Ha! How young and naive I was.
I did start writing, and I wrote every chance I got, but it wasn't until I intentionally organized my work, that I truly made steady progress. Today, I'd like to share something that helped me finish my novel.
In the photo below, are notecards, laid out on our living room floor, showing my novel from prologue to epilogue. The thing is, I knew how I wanted my story to begin, and I knew how I wanted it to end. The middle chunk, I had in pieces, but it didn't follow a coherent line (if you read One More Last Chance, you might still think that! Haha). Anyway, this helped me see the entirety of my story in a huge outline, giving me the view I needed to complete it.
From that point, I wrote what each notecard prompted, and that's how it came together. So, length-wise, each card represents a chapter. Under each chapter, each notecard represents a scene.
It took me about three hours, contemplating Sam and Stone's story as a whole progression, determining where the important transitions took place, where the sexy times fit in, and how they, and other characters developed through the book.
Through this process, I cut some things out, added some things, and changed the ending... twice.
Once I was satisfied with the flow, I just took a few cards with me to work, to school, etc. so that I could progress my story at anytime, without losing track of where I was.
I hope this has been useful! I know getting organized was the best thing I could have done to help myself finish what I started.
When I was young, I mean, really young, like teenager young, I loved to write. I wrote poems and song lyrics, short stories, long stories, lists and English papers and I loved doing it all. As we all know, however, life sometimes throws us curves that we aren't prepared for. Things happen to us or around us, or both, and we lose sight of that thing that we loved in favor of survival.
For me, when I felt like I was drowning, fighting just to keep my head above water for so many years, I lost sight of my love for words and stories. It wasn't until I started taking care of myself, mentally, emotionally, physically, that I found that love again. I started doing many things that brought me joy at one time or another in my life. Picking up a pen (or a keyboard) was one of those things.
So, here I am. Putting to paper the stories that run around in my head.
It's scary, being vulnerable, putting your work out there for others to love or hate. I didn't expect the process of publishing my own work to be so nerve-wracking! I've been learning a lot in this process and I thought, 'I can't be the only one who feels this way', so part of this process for me is this - writing about writing. Putting out there what I'm learning, what I'm feeling, what the process is like for me and what tools I'm using. Maybe through my questions and (hopefully) answers, others will find something useful for their own processes. Or maybe this will just be a very entertaining experiment. Either way, I'm off and running and I hope to make some people smile along the way.