How Do You Do It?

Get your mind out of the gutter now! I am talking about writing here.

I want to know what your process is from idea to at least first draft of either a poem, short story or a novel. I have read of the outline process, getting to know your characters backstory before anything is even written and having notebooks filled with ideas and using those quips and notes as the backbone to your writing.

Is any of this true in the real world

I guess my real question is how do you get organized when you are sitting down to write? I know I have at least 2 writers that follow me so if you can, please help me out! My book is in this notebook, that notebook, my laptop, my desktop, my ipad or my iphone..Arrghh! I need to get organized and need help getting there.

Thanks all!


About Mike Reid

I am a Professional Amateur Hobbyist. Which basically means I like to do a lot of things and try to do them well. Such as, Creative Writing, Graphic Design, Photography and Music. I am an avid reader and read everything. I love making new internet friends! View all posts by Mike Reid

2 responses to “How Do You Do It?

  • tessakealey

    I’m sure this process will be different for every writer, but here’s what I do. I get an idea and write it down in a notebook. Whatever comes into my head gets written down. I have a word file on my laptop where I write things as they come to me, too. I’ve often had ideas that half second before I’m about to fall asleep. They are never there when I wake up!

    When I decide to start writing, I take all those ideas, half thoughts and whatevers and put them into an outline. My outline is mostly vague at first. I used to write from that alone, but I found it hard to finish without a more concrete outline. I write “Chapter 1. open with this scene. do this and that. how should I get to step two with them? Make sure to mention the ring because it will need to show up again later.” and so on. They aren’t fully formed ideas really until the writing starts.

    Often the outline changes as I write but sticking to a basic blueprint is helpful to me. My advice to you is take all that stuff you’re writing and stick it in one place. If they’re all one story or can be combined, then combine them into a word document. You’ll be able to manipulate things better in a document than on 15 pieces of paper.

    Good luck and hope that helped a little!

    • Mike Reid

      This is very helpful! Thank you Tessa for your insight. I really feel like I am getting someplace with my writing even if it is only organization skills at the moment. Thank you for taking the time to write back!

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