So, I tend to have some trouble finishing novels, but I believe it is because I tend to be too unorgainzed with my story, and I never draft/outline it properly. I'm beginning to discover the best way for me, personally, to outline my story. I need to get every idea down. Write in incomplete sentences, in miniature paragraphs, using no punctuation or dialogue, it doesn't matter how ugly it is, I simply need to put the entire plot onto paper from beginning to end. I find that I build the story better this way. I am about half way through my outline which is turning out to be several pages long. In the past two days I have written over 7,500 words (11 pages) and I am not yet done for the day. This way, when I finish the entire story in bits and pieces, I can go back and build it more. Then I can go back and build it even more. Retouch and retouch until it starts to resemble a novel. Adding details, dialogue, action that makes sense, flow to the story and actual sentences. And by writing it in a novel style I will, of course, be adding my length. I actually enjoy revising and editing much more than originally putting my ideas down. I have a problem, and that is writing a paragraph and spending three times the amount of time it took to write it, editing it. I don't want to move onto the next paragraph until I feel it is perfect. Bad idea. I get frustrated because I gain no length, so I give up. But this way I can get the entire main story down with only very little detail. Then I can go back and edit to my hearts content. If I keep up this pace (which I won't because I'm about to plunge into the weekend where I will be spending time with the boyfriend), I believe I can get the story down within two days. That would be wonderful and inspiring to me.
Any writers out there? What are you favorite ways and times to write? I love how every writer is different and not one way is right. I tend to be a night writer for example, that is when I gain my best inspiration. What's your story? (no pun intended)