Writing

How I Brainstorm Plots for my Stories??

Hello fellow friends!

Welcome to another writing post! I’ve been into these quite a lot lately, I apologise to those who come to my blog for book reviews more than writing-related posts, I do have my review for The Raven King in preparation, so that is something to look forward to 🙂

Moving on, plotting for stories, I don’t know about any others, but for me, it is one of the key hardships in the whole journey of writing a story. Developing characters is something I personally enjoy very much, but the entire plotting process can be fun… but also stressful.

There’s the worry – is the plot too obvious? Is it not interesting enough? Is it too slow? And then… is it too fast? There are a bajillion of worries concerning the plot that writers have to cope with on a daily basis (see here for more)!

Anyway, in this post I’m just going to be sharing how I come up with plot ideas for previous novel-in-progress’s.

What I did last summer (find out more about that here) was that I had this notebook where I would just make bullet-points on all the different things that could happen about a certain thing. Okay, that sounds confusing. Allow me to give you an example…

Cassandra’s kidnapping

–> she gets caught

–> she escapes by a boat

–> an assassin interrupts her

That, is an example, and it’s actually a proper part of my fantasy story that I was working on in the summer. Unfortunately (and if you’ve read this post you’ll know), I gave up on it (and if you read that same post you’ll also find out why).

Then I would debate all the different aspects to what could happen, with my sister. Now this is very helpful. Thinking out loud makes it easier for you to see things and connect things than thinking in your head, where it can be a bit of a jumble. You can also debate in a notebook, which can also help clear your head (and if you’re wondering what I ended up choosing… it was the assassin).

One thing I would recommend doing is being more organised with your notebook. In what way? That I do not know, otherwise I would have done it myself, but my own notebook, as a result of mounds of furious brainstorming, was a sad mess… with scribblings and crossing outs and neon colours over neon colours, all trying to talk over each other. It was very perplexing, at times.

Anyway, that’s all for this post! I hope that you found this helpful in some way, and do let me know in the comments what types of posts you would like to see on this blog other than book reviews 🙂

How do you plot for your stories?

Speak soon!

Writing

My Personal Experience with Writing!

Hey guys!

I’ve had this blog for around 3 months now, and the only indication you get that I write for pleasure are a couple of references on my posts, the single poem I published and of course, the sub-header.

This post is going to be a sort of introduction to my personal experience with writing.

What got me into writing?

I feel like I have always loved storytelling, and my love of writing is definitely a huge part of that. When I was nine, we started writing a lot more stories at school, and that was when I started scribbling adventures down in my notebook. They weren’t anything spectacular (to be honest, at times I was more into the curves of my handwriting!), just little scenes from stories developing at the ends of my imagination. But it was still something.

When I was twelve years old I started this English course, and there was a lot of story writing involved. I had always loved reading (find more about that here), but hated writing, only associating it with tasks at school and aching hands.

It was this course that my love of writing really bloomed. I love creating my own worlds and characters, and doing anything I want with them. I love the feeling of having a whole world at your fingertips just as you begin to touch the keyboard. I love and loathe the loneliness of a blank document, and relish the tingling urge to fill it with wonderful places, people and plots.

What inspires me to write?

I would get inspired (and still am!) from the books I read, and hence the fifty unfinished stories that are held in various notebooks in my drawers and folders on my desktop. Nowadays it’s all I can do to force myself not to write something similar to the amazing book I had just read.

I can now understand the writers of all the fan-fiction out there. I tried writing fan-fiction before, but I ended up stressing too much about if whether that was what the characters would really do and how I didn’t want to spoil them for myself, so I stopped.

~ My Current Journey with Writing ~

When I was thirteen I opened up a blank blue notebook I had bought, felt like writing about a murder story, and just began – just like that!  This eventually turned into my first big project, and the pages went to fifty, and then a hundred, and then a hundred and fifty, my excitement growing with the turn of each page, because it was the first time I had even gone past twenty pages like this.

And thus, I learned the lesson of quality over quantity. Of course, I had already heard of that phrase. My mother kept reminding me of this as I kept sharing the progress of my story, but if you know me well, you know I tend to learn things the hard way. 

My interest in it dropped, and then I came back to the story a year later, and found it too childish for my current tastes. At first I re-wrote it and tried to expand on the story, but I simply could not. So I stopped.

I read and read and read. I began unfinished story after unfinished story, never really finding anything I felt enthusiastic enough about to continue past the twenty page milestone. Then when I was looking through my unfinished stories, I came across these diary entries about a princess, and I really liked what I had written so far, so began writing some more.

I began brainstorming more and more about the story, the setting, the characters in my notebook, and writing more and more. I became more inspired with the beginning of each page and chapter. By the previous summer holidays, I was setting an alarm for 8am, and would get up and type away at my laptop. I reached 200 pages.

I was stumbling across huge plot holes, and eventually realised, writing YA fantasy really wasn’t for me. At least, not yet. It was extremely difficult to admit, and even more painful to give up, but I knew I wasn’t experienced enough as a person or a writer to be able to accomplish such a feat. I would keep reading and scheming, and maybe I’d come back to it, maybe I wouldn’t.

And now, I have reached my third major project in my writing journey. I gave up my YA fantasy manuscript in September, and since then, I flourished in my poetry, while all the while at the back of my mind, I was plotting for my next project. In October, I began writing bios for my character, and a brief outline for my plot.

In January, now, I have a good idea of where I want to take the story and what my characters are going to be. I have a vague plan of the ending. I have written about thirty pages in total, and I’m still going!

One thing that is essential with writing, and that is perseverance. I’m telling you, writing a book is no easy thing! All authors, you should be incredibly proud of yourselves. Even if people didn’t like your book, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you created a world and characters and plot that you loved, and managed to get to the ending in one piece 🙂 


What has your experience with writing been? What did you think of mine?

Do you want more writing posts like this? Be sure to let me know!

Speak to you all soon!