Friday, 27 February 2015

How to Easily Write Fiction

It's been a long time since I last posted! I've been very busy and very lazy, and I've also been working on re-releasing my novel which was taken off the market because I didn't feel very confident with it.
Anyway, something people ask me is "how on Earth do you spout out so much fiction so fast"? And, well, it just comes to me. I'm a creative person and I can just let the words flow if the time is right, or it could take me an hour to write a line. It depends on my mood. Anyway, I though I'd do a post on how to write fiction, and because it is not NaNoWriMo, I won't need to emphasise how typing speed is the penultimate factor for any writer. This post explores how to start writing, how to actually get the words out, how to beat writer's block and also much more, including breaking your plot and destroying your plan!
Writing fiction is an art form. People who compose take time. People who choreograph take time. People who paint take time. Writing is no different, and that's why my title is misleading. You can't write easily - for some people writing is a natural and instinctive talent. For others, not so much. But this post aims to help people write well, and to write more efficiently with better talent.
I'm not saying that writing will always be a linear process. Because it never has been and never will. In fact, writing can make you go crazier faster than a cliff hanger on Game of Thrones. Why? Because you have a story to tell and if you can't get those words down, you'll always know you could have done more.

The first real step to writing fiction is to have a game plan. I like to just start off with a main character, and a quick summary of what I want to write about. Other folk enjoy planning for weeks and researching locations or mythology. Writing is about finding your muse and being able to run with it. What works for me, may not work for you. What works for everyone else, might single you out because you have a different tactic. And different is good. Sit down tomorrow morning with a cup of tea or coffee, and think for a few moments - what do I need to write? If you want to write, chances are, you have an idea. Nobody wakes up and tells themselves they are going to be a writer if they have never even thought of an idea.
But of course, writer's block happens to everyone. In that case, go online and search for writing prompts. It could help you build up a great fictional universe in the future and you may also find prompts to be your muse. Hey, whatever works! If that doesn't work, some people swear by images. Search inspiring images on Google and you will surely find something that brings out your inner creativity.

Dribble the words or vomit them down, it's up to you. Usually, my motto is "vomit words down", and then leave them there. But I know for a fact that a lot of people disagree with me. Because writing is an art form, it takes time. Thus, you should always take care with what you're writing. Think, imagine, grab a thesaurus and wonder. Could your main character look better with pearls? Would pathetic fallacy be too much? What about a transferred epiteph? The easiest way to approach writing is to put one foot in front of the other. At first, it could feel like pulling teeth. And nobody said it was an easy path. But, it's there. Anything is possible and you can make anything and everything happen in your writing because you are the God of your own world. The characters are your playthings and logic doesn't exist. If you want things to gloat at an upside down world because your main character is a magic crab, go ahead. It might not make sense, it might not be pretty, but at least you're writing.
Something I like to remember when I'm writing is that I'm not the only person in the world. Other people are like me. My book will appeal to at least a handful of other people. If you plan on sharing your book, just remember that there is no such thing as a bad book - there are only opinions. Sure your skill might be exceptional or even slightly poor, but the truth is, other people will always have something to say, and other people will always like it.
I think that if you want to easily write fiction, you've chosen a bad path. But following the tip of finding your muse will help everyone largely. If you are set in your ways and you want to write a long novel about something, then you need to be determined. There needs to be a fire in your soul and a burning passion to let the words out. After all, the pen is mighter than the sword, and fiction has been known to change the world.

If you hit a dead end, I like to advise people to simply get on with it. I've always used the method of churning out words even when I don't feel like it, because writing has always just come to me - after a few minutes I hit a good pace and I refuse to stop until I know what happens (largely in part because I don't plan and make things up as they go along). But some people might find it hard to break out of a rut. If this happens to you whilst you're writing your fiction, don't stop, just go slower. Stand up, do some stretches and grab a drink and maybe even a snack whilst you're at it. Then sit back down and re read the last few lines that you wrote.
Put one word next to the other, even if it doesn't make much sense or isn't your best writing. If you keep writing, you don't have writer's block. After a while, it will fade and you will be able to write like the best of 'em again. Just keep going! And if all else fails, go for a nap. I don't dream often, but when I am at my boyfriends I do, and I know that dreams can bring you all sorts of weird ideas. If you wake up and can't write for love nor money, then write your dream into your story. This could wreck havoc on your novel, might change the genre etc, but that's okay. Remember that it is your book. If you are writing for a niche market then maybe avoid this and write your dream in another document, but if you just want to write, then go ahead and add it in. See what happens when you change your entire world. Explore your character's expressions and how they feel.
One of my cheat methods for writer's block that is SUPER EASY TO USE is to go play The Sims. My game of choice is The Sims 2 with a lot of mods, because I can create my characters and make their houses. That way, if I ever need to reference, I can spend a few hours making houses. You can take pictures too - it saves you having to actually draw! I feel that if you need inspiration to beat writer's block, then you need to play a game or something. If you aren't a gamer than you might not think I'm being helpful, but The Sims is a ultimate tool for writers, even if it is, technically, just a game.

Keeping to your plan and plot is also not always a good thing. I like to throw weird things into the mix in order to see what happens. As I mentioned above, I don't have a plan for the most part, and all of my first drafts are sort-of impromptu. But, I do plan after my first draft, so as my second draft is a whole lot more structured. It's like writing several first drafts, each one consistently getting better than it's predecessor.

2 comments:

  1. I think this sounds like great advice! I've never bought the sims (because I don't know if you have to have the first version installed to add any others, and there are so many different games...it's confusing), but I do play FreePlay on my phone, and that helps. I think your books sounds great and I'd love to read it if you're still doing the giveaway thing :)

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  2. Heya Koitleen! Thanks for the comment, yeah Sims is confusing but it can be helpful for me at least. Yes, I'm still doing the giveaway, I'll send you a copy at the end of April using your e-mail address, thanks!

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