Beginning writers journey idea to publication.
Research, Research, Research
The process of writing a novel, for a beginner, is a kin to the 1849 California Gold Rush. Those providing the materials will get richer, than those seeking the gold. I have found information and inspiration in the purchasing of books, reviewing creative writing websites, and recently enrolling myself in a online novel writing course "How to write a great novel online course". I feel I'm so deep in the research piece, I will never start writing.
My advise: Create time lines, know when to say, enough is enough.
My journey started with purchasing book a book called "The Everything guide to writing your first novel". This book was helpful, but failed to inspire me. This lack of inspiration sent me down a road of spending and research hell, with a side of information overload. I purchased over 10 physical books, 30 audio books, three how to write a novel software packages, and two online how to write a novel courses.
After receiving my MBA in February, I realized I had the freedom to ORGANIZE. This was my focus point, I have always been organized in work and school, so why not my writing. The first step was the assembly of tools, like pens, note books, index cards, poster boards, and posted notes. The second step was to decide what type of novel I wanted to write, i.e. romance, action, fantasy, etc. The third step was to create a time line that was in line with my life.
My writing tools
I started a composition book on the "7 deadly sins", knowing that this is the center piece of my novel, I wanted a dedicated place to place my notes and ideas.
I have a separate book for my novel (working title "The Letter"), in which I have placed scene, characters, and plot ideas. This is the place where I play with names, personalities, as well as creating the world Talon, where my characters come from.
My final composition book is labeled Research, this list the book I have and future books I would like to purchase, notes from from You Tube videos, and ideas on various outline formulas. I have even written down literary agents and publishing companies.
The fun part of this is discovering the genre to write about. All the recommendations are to "write what you read. What happens if you are like me and you read romance 70% of the time, but also like fantasy, horror, mystery, comedy, thrillers, and action & adventure. Well I decided to make it a mixture of all the above, romance, with some spice.
My journey has only begun. I am scared and excited, with equal measure. I can't wait to start writing, while being afraid of writers block, but I'm ready to put pen to paper. To say start at the beginning will not work for me, so I will just outline my ideas and hope I see the pattern by the end of the book.
Best Advice: Write the flap copy, the part on the back of the book that makes people want to buy it. When you become unsure of your direction. Read this when your are unsure if your idea is on track with your vision.