Step one: Write your story

Hello all five people that read my blog.
You guys are all uber awesome.  🙂

So, I don’t really know if you know this, but I am writing a book.  Actually I am writing two books.
It’s no big deal really. Anyone who knows me knows I have always been an avid reader.  Makes sense that I would eventually dip my toes into the writing pool.  I just never knew how deep said pool really was.

Writing is the easy part.

Okay, I am totally lying there.

Writing is not so easy. Depends on the kind of writer you are.  I am what people call a ‘panster’ writer.  As opposed to a planning writer, I just sit down at the computer and write.  No planning, just writing as it comes. I usually write in order. It’s intuative almost.

I can only get so far before I have to take a step back and put on my planning hat though.  Which is why I have a room with loads of post-its filled with storylines and character profiles and subplots. I am getting there folks.

So I am about 23,000 words in and I am aiming to finish by my birthday.  I feel pressured to be done quicker because it seems all the others in my writing group are faster and have everything together.  But my word of the year is consistent.  I just need to get the story out.  I just need to write.  It’s difficult to ‘just write’.  I want to research and make sure everything is correct.  I am not writing paranormal or fantasy.  I am writing a thriller.

I never would have thought that would be my genre because I love paranormal.  But My story said “nope uh uh, you are not writing anything else but this.”  So I have to make sure the police procedure is correct and the homocidal maniacs’ tendancies are consistent with being, well, homicidal.  And the victims, geez, I have to make sure they are correctly victimized.  Crap, I even have to make sure the timeline is consistent. Sounds easier than it is folks.  It is easy to go off on a tangent and forget to steer the story back to on track.

You see what I mean about not ‘just writing’.  It takes way more than that to make it good enough to publish.
Which is what I plan on doing.

As I write, you can embark on this journey with me.  I will go through my steps on this blog as I go.  Won’t that be fun.  I know you are all very excited about it.

As you have read, this is step one.  Write the story.  So I am.  But I have come to a bit of a block.  You see, there is only so much you can just write.  I have written my story, now I have to make sure the timeline is consistent which is proving harder than I though.

My story is set in high school.  They say write what you know and since I went to three different high schools I think I can say that I know high school.  Plus I am still a child at heart.  So anyway, seniors in high school; The class schedule alone is giving me trouble.  I have to make sure the interactions are happening in the right classes.  I didn’t think much of it at the time, but now I find I am having to go back and re-read to make sure.  So confusing.

So I think I will start using scrivener again.  I had it for a while and it was great.  But I felt it was too much for what I needed.  Now, I know exactly where I will put all my little character profiles and timeline legends.

I can’t wait.  Also, I need to actually type it all up.  I have been handwriting everything but I need to get it all on the computer soon.

That is my goal this week.  To get everything that I have handwritten on the computer.  I will check in next week and let you know how that went.

For now I will leave you with this.

“I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.”
― A.A. Milne

He is best known for his books Winnie-the-Pooh.

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