Writing tip 10. How I write.

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.

  1. Beginning
  2. Planting seeds(next chapter/blog)
  3. Preparation
  4. Training
  5. Pace
  6. Content
  7. Middle
  8. Detours
  9. Obstacles
  10. Problems
  11. Resolutions
  12. Tragedy
  13. Loose ends
  14. Ending

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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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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