A writing technique that works to take the weight off

For all those writers out there that struggle with certain organizational issues while writing aΒ novel, I thought I would share a technique that takes a weight off your mind. It really works well for me. Have a great weekend, my friends. Get some reading done, and smile. Click the pic to see my method of madness.

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19 responses to “A writing technique that works to take the weight off

  1. Great tip. Thank you. I start with an outline of an idea and then I keep adding to the outline, and I do this in certain parts. I can end up with an outline that is 30-40 pages. It also allows me the chance to get an idea about breaks in the chapters too. I am enjoying your blog.

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    • I’m glad you like this. I too have used a similar strategy. Now, though, I take that outline and break it into parts per chapter. Then the story tells me new things as I go. It’s a constant journey of discovery. I’m enjoying your blog also, you have quite a talent, I can see it in the “She knew he lied” story so far. It’s great. I’m always looking forward to reading more.

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      • That story is just written in 20 minute bursts. Almost no revisions and I am just writing with out any plot or direction details. I have had a few followers ask me to throw in a certain element and I do. If you have been reading my blog, then you know I killed Jason, but he is about to come back and I will have a whole lot of fun with him writing from the grave. He will have a drink with Hemmingway, a conversation with Jack London, be hosted by Mark Twain and sample some of Dante’s food. I just hope people find it entertaining.

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        • That’s a fun way to write, I do it often. I call that shotgun prose. … And wow, yeah, that does sound entertaining. And I’m partial to Hemmingway πŸ™‚ Gotta read that πŸ™‚

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          • I had not heard shotgun prose, I read where someone called it “flash writing” either way its a lot of fun.

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    • Yeah, I find that to be the case, at least for me. We all have our own little organizational tricks. When I figured out this one, everything changed; first drafts weren’t so daunting anymore. Of course there is much more to this method, like journaling the big picture, but this does work like a shorthand snapshot of the journal, so I don’t have to rip myself out of focus to flip through pages of notes. I’m glad you like this, Vic. Thanks. πŸ™‚

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          • I do not mind at all, Erik (I was certain we had established that already πŸ™‚ ). As to the list, yes: it is very helpful. Although I was already keeping track of the first four points on your list, the last two are a great addition. I’m especially pleased that you mentioned the red herring (may have to add a couple just to keep the reader on their toes).

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          • I just never asked, how rude of me πŸ™‚ Ah, yes, the little red herring. Gotta keep them guessing, and surprise them at the opportune moments. I’m glad you agree.

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