‘“Only bad writers truly think that their work is really good.”
– Annie Enright
It happened…”Gangnam Style” is #1 on the iTunes charts. The storm has arrived, readers.
So, I think the only proper way to start this off is by disclaiming every subsequent word.
I realize that listening to me about writing advice is as ironic as drawing trees on paper. Nonetheless, I need somewhere to set down all my opinions, and here seems the safest place. So consider yourself in the pit of my thoughts.
A place many people yearn to visit, I’m sure.
One key word here, though, is opinions. I certainly don’t mean for this to be any sort of instruction manual or guide…even ‘advice’ is a bit of a strong word. No, this is my take on virtually every aspect of writing. I’m not saying it’s right. In fact, the only reason I chose to talk about it is because there really isn’t a right way to write. Self-expression is always subjective.
So, now that I’ve warned you, I think I’m free to talk as much as I’d like.
This is the first of many, many articles I intend to post which will fall under the “On Writing” category. I plan to comment on each aspect of writing a novel, from the initial plotting and characterization to the last sentence on the page. If you’re here because you’re wondering what I think about anything novel related, I’ve got you covered.
And if you’re here because you’re hoping to hear news about regular, non-writing related posts, I can tell you I’ll have plenty of those as well.
SO. For now, let’s talk book writing.
When you start writing a novel, it’s probably not because you actually WANT to just type up a book. I don’t think you’re sitting there going, I want to write a book…what should it be about? Let me think of a topic which I can so beautifully embellish and will have the masses kicking down the doors of bookstores everywhere.
[As a side note, if you are saying that, I would correct you by pointing out the sad but accurate fact that book stores are fading away to be replaced by Kindles. But I’ll talk about that later.]
I digress. My point is that for me—and possibly you—I didn’t just decide to write a book. Instead, I had a story in my head, and a book seemed the best place to put it.
I started writing my first manuscript when I was thirteen, but the plot had been revolving around in my head since fifth grade. At first I was sure I could make them movie screenplays—shut up; I was ten—partially because of how clearly I could see everything. But then I decided in eighth grade that not only could they be books, but that I should start making those books. And so my mindless rambling began (and still is going, I might add).
Alright, fine, so I guess I am giving advice today: if you have a plot going in your head that you truly think is unique, or just want to play around with, go ahead and write it down. Even if it goes nowhere, then it just falls into the same abyss you would send it anyway by ignoring it. And in some cases, it can develop. Then, oh mon dieu…you have a story.
Okay, so it isn’t quite that simple. But there’s your start and end. Everything else in between should be easy, right?
Looks like I have a lot to talk about.