Yay only one more week! The start is nearly there 😀
So I promised I would write about how I write today, and guess what? I didn’t prepare a single thing. This is probably going to be just a messy post with me rambling about writing…
This month I started writing these scribbled scenes. So far I’ve written 12 scenes, shame on me! It was supposed to be almost twice as much! I planned on writing every day and I haven’t written anything since Friday. The fact that I’ve been ill is still a pretty bad excuse. I’ll try to write some more tonight, but I first need inspiration!
Some things I’ve learned from writing these scenes is
- I really enjoy writing these short scenes!
- They are getting longer, which is a good sign I think. My scenes are getting more elaborate and that’s great.
- I don’t have to fear people’s criticism (I’m probably more critical about my own work than you are anyway). The first scenes I upload were terrifying. I was truly scared, and to be honest, I don’t even know why anymore. It feels so personal, but really, it’s not.
- I think I’m actually quite okay at writing. I’m not as bad as I thought I was.
- My scenes change dramatically based on my mood and it’s funny looking back at them. I wrote this scene called Darkness, which was pretty dark, and I wrote it on the day I heard of the US elections. I wasn’t even consciously doing it, but I think that cloud was Trump and the people were the US citizen metaphorically speaking.
- The scene that’s in my head is different from the scene that’s on paper, but I don’t know whether it matters. For example, in my head, the shed from The Prettiest Girls was in the middle of a desert-like area in an Arabian country, however I never wrote a word of it in the scene.
- Show, don’t tell. This is the tip that’s given a lot but it’s so important for a good story. You need to show the reader what’s going on and not just state it.
- Inspiration comes in many ways. For me it often comes in the form of one sentence. One gripping sentence, and that’s what I base my scene on. Usually I have no idea how to continue and just start writing until something starts to make sense.
- Ideas are hard to keep. They drift off so easily. I’ve had probably millions of ideas, but there are only few that I actually remember. Therefore it is so important to write your ideas down, even if it’s only in a few words!
- Sometimes writing takes a lot of time, because I’m not really into it, but sometimes I write a lot in a short time and everything just fits together. You have to find the stories that feel good, in order to write good.
- I have no clue what type of stories I like to write more. I wrote some contemporary scenes (e.g. Happily Ever After), some more sci-fi scenes (e.g. Prepare for Take-Off), and some fantasy scenes (e.g. Lethal). To be honest, I liked writing them all, so I guess I’ll just do whatever I feel like.
I hope I’ve given you some insight in how I write and what I’ve learned from it. There’s probably more I want to talk to you about but I can’t think of anything right now.
I was looking through my saved websites in my browser and I came across a post that I saved, which is apparently from 2013, but it has really great tips from literary agents about writing a novel. In this project we will not be writing novels of course, but I thought it might be useful anyway. The link is here.
I hope you’re as excited as I am for this project, and if you want to participate but didn’t fill in the form yet, you can do that right here: Short Story Society | *Everything* you need to know.
Don’t forget about the twitter session on Friday! It’s at 7pm CET / 6pm UTC and the tag is #shortstorysociety ! This Friday it’ll be an introductory chat, in which we will get to know each other better 🙂