it takes steps to move forward.
Speaking of steps, it is time for mine. You know what comes next. Dig out your copy, fill your cuppa with something refreshing,
First insight: this is the first glimmers of an idea. This is the big picture, holes and all. This is where you see what is missing or where problems could pop up.
• What do you do during this stage? Ask open-ended questions, free write, brainstorm,
What you have to understand is first sight is the discovery stage of your future story. Many writers can experience guilt during this stage because it feels like you aren’t accomplishing anything. You seem to be wandering through random youtube videos, reading articles on weird sites, or just asking yourself “what if” questions.
This is part of the process. You may feel like you are doing nothing, but you are building an idea and to do so you need fuel. You are looking for the lightning strike.
On page 72 there is an interest inventory. This is helpful for when you are having difficulty figuring out what you want to write about. Here are a few:
• Write about a passion you have
• Situations that outrage you
• Things you’ve always wondered about
• Things or people that caught your attention
*** One of the books I wrote, and will hopefully come out later this year, is based on a topic I found fascinating as a teen. I always wondered what they were and how it all worked- I wrote about Sin eaters. Find that topic that perks up your ears when you hear someone mention it. I had a professor tell me once that the best papers he read were the ones that the author was truly interested and invested in. Be interested and invested in your story. If you wouldn’t read it, why would I?
Saturation: This is my favorite stage. Research. Research. RESEARCH!!!
Once you have compiled a ton of information you are then required to weed through it
Once you have sorted your finds, it helps to write out a list of questions and list where you found your answer. Then- figure out if it will work in your timeline. It couldn’t hurt to create a rough outline of the story’s flow. Knowing where the tale is going based on the information collected will make this a bit easier. Remember: you can change your fictional plot at any point. This is a world of your creation or destruction.
If you are enjoying our little journey through this awesome-sauce book, maybe you would like to check out Rosanne Bane’s blog below. I am doing my best, but of course, she will do it better.
Until next time…
Polish your sparkle and just keep twirling.
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