It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.
My mind wanders and jumps from place to place. I make notes and hang more and more meat on my framework. One thing to keep in mind is… My experience is with scripts and I feel this helped me to write my books only because of the strict beginning, middle and end structure of a movie.
What I like about writing the books is… I get to elongate those three acts into a book. Now when I sit down to write it all comes rushing to me in those three parts but I can pace myself. It is not a sprint, it is a marathon with shorts burst of sprints throughout.
- Planting seeds(next chapter/blog)
- Loose ends
I do these things on the fly so to speak. It’s all in my head and brewing all the time. I dwell on these things and make notes constantly. I have my phone by my side and when an idea comes I jot it down. Even if I wake up in the middle of the night I will make notes. These notes add to the story and make it more interesting as I go along. Sometimes I may go back to the last chapter and rethink what I wrote
One other thing to note and I am not sure if they teach this or if others do it is to re-read the previous chapter before you attack the next one. What I find, besides lots and lots of spelling mistakes, run-on sentences and general sfsfdfsdfff gibberish… Oh, lots and lots of gibberish. Is that the quick glance at the last chapter or the last two before you begin to write sets you up, and puts you in the mood.
I find this important because if you just left a birthday party and jump into a horror novel or script you would not be in the right mood. So a quick read and we are ready to kill, love or commit suicide. Now off to one of my favourite topics. Farming… Well…yah… farming so to speak.
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