let's face it.
the process from plotting to editing in HARDDDDDD.
it's not editing a paper for school where you are done in an hour or less.
editing takes weeks, months, aghhhhhhhhh maybe years because you're on draft 172.
and plotting means coming up with something somewhat original, and creating characters, and lots of other things.
like it's hard ok?
warning: this is all my rant. it might make no sense. i'm doing this at 11pm haaaahahaha. not funny.
plotting is one of the first steps to starting your book.
there needs to be somewhat of a plan. not everyone is a plotter. but THERE NEEDS TO BE SOME GOAL. like to character wants the achieve world domination with waffles #wafflehearts #waffleiron, or he wants hybrid a cinnamon bun and waffle.
or something non-food related.
use pinterest*. make storyboards, character boards, and other things.
keep working at it and don't give up. it's hard work making people and places and new species of dragons.
it's draining. so do something fun that motivates you still.
for lethal flurries (a Russian art heist with a guy that has a partial memory wipe and car chases, needles, and lattes. the possibility of a war and a tonnnn of other things) i just had this guy who gets his some memories wiped. WOWWWWW. interesting book. not. my sarcasm makes me laugh becasue it's horrible. my charcters are better at sarcasm.
so while i was at the library i saw an art book on frauds and it all clicked together Russia came from the fact that my friend who was there with me can do a WONDERFUL Russian accent.
SO GO TO THE LIBRARY. BROWSE THE BOOKS. find things. do the things!!!
keep working at it. you won't make progress if you sit and cry.
and whenever you have an idea write it down. bring a notebook everywhere. you mind isn't strong enough to hold the 463 ideas you get a minute. ok maybe not thatttt many.
*pinterest can be a big time waster. just saying. i have experience in the art of wasting time on pinterest.
people will look at you like you're crazy when you figure something out and start flailing and acting like a maniac. see that guy in the green? well that was me in the library....... the other people were my friend* who thought i was going bonkers.
you are writing a book, of course you'll be crazy excited when you figure out that one piece.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO.
writing a book is not easy.
plotting 378 books is not easy ok i'm only plotting like 5 right now?!?!?
so celebrate when appropriate.
you deserve it. oh and ice cream, cake, and alllll deserts.
*btw bring a friend to the library. i dropped half my stack of books in line and she helped me carry them. freinds are great book holders.
writing is the part that is the love-hate relationship.
like all my blogging people.
the ones that listen to my crazy ideas about man-eating butterflies. the ones who plot world domination with me that includes glitter funerals and waffles.
you NEED people to help you.
camp nano is what has brought me closer to all my writing buddies. (and google hangouts with those crazy randomly popping up dino things)
but a community is essential. the people you are close with will read your first drafts without cringing because they are writers and they know how you feel.
i used to ahem, sometimes i still do do the edit as you write thing.
THAT IS AWFUL. IT'S SO SLOW.
just write and pour your heart out.
you can edit aka cry yourself to death later. just get alllll the words out. type until your fingers fall off. i actually don't recommend this.
but stopping to make things perfect is not okay. first draft means the formatting stinks, the grammar is something a grammar nazi would tear apart and the whole thing is cringe worthy.
JUST DEAL WITH IT TILL EDITING.
editing is do or die.
editing is something you have to do.
you can't write a 75k word novel then leave it sitting on the computer. IT HAS TO BE EDITED.
but we dread it.
we cry, scream, and maybe even throw papers.
get it all out.
throw things. act like a maniac.
you can organize with post-it's, notecards, and highlighters. it won't help your emotional state but hey nothing will. well maybe food. and using a red pen makes it worse for me. i used a red pen for my first few pages and it makes me want to scream because some pages are totally red penned. and i am more organized with things, but due to a messy desk everything scattered. but red pens scare me. now i'm using black/blue.
but no amount of head-desking and crying will help you.
yeah, you can run away and take some breaks.
if you push yourself too hard you might bawl your eyes out and eyes are really helpful when you're writing.
so take breaks but don't stay away forever. you have to push through. it's hard tearing up something you put you heart and soul into. it's hard deleting whole paragraphs and rewriting cherished scenes.
but do it for the story, for the future readers.
but take breaks. de-stress with music or something. don't kill yourself.
when you're done with at least the second draft or something you can send it out and have people read it.
and watch them die inside because you took out ahem killed a lot of loveable people in harsh ways.
when you have the final draft done it must feel amazing. i'm only on draft two for scarlet....... i cannot wait for the day i run screaming that i have done it.
maybe dance too.
so how do you guys feel about editing? plotting? this really was a bunch of rambles and gif's sorry. but is anyone editing, plotting, writing? i know a lot of this is common knowledge to most writers...... but i had fun being up till 11 with Jonathan telling me over hangouts to go to bed but whatever. and how's august been for everyone? i feel like it's been flyingggggggg.
h a n n a h