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There You Want to Watch A Book: Pt. 0 - done, set, don't go yet
So you want to make a script? Is that what I heard right? This is a new article, all about the mechanism of typesetting to create the great American (or English, or Brasilian, or whatever) novel, composed by a young woman who knows. I' m there, in the trench with you, and if you've never even starting a novel, or if you've been starting and struggling after a whole weeks, just have faith in me.
You still want to finish a script? When an image can say a thousand words, it can also help to do so. There' s no right response, but you have to know yourself well enough to say: "I need an overview" or "I don't mind, I just want to research! "If your response is a punchy outlier, let it all go, get off your computer and begin sketching.
You plan every single section, every single sequence and know the end before you do it. Seldom do I know the end of a ledger when I begin it. So I like to see where a storyline leads me and, more important, where my character goes. Do you know your character (at least the most important ones)!
They all have great personalities, and no big ones come out of nowhere, full-bodied and willing to go. It takes a character a while to evolve, to grow old like a good one. While I like the name, essential imagery (big/short, colour of eyes and hair) and some of the most important strong points and shortcomings of my character (I will identify others along the way).
I didn't know I should make that book for my first few and I' ve changed things over and over again in the meantime and I' m trusting me: There's nothing more awkward than pointing out to an editors that your protagonist has got bluish points in one sequence, dark points in another, and dark points in another.
Meet your personalities. Just take down some things. I know some fun little flaws and I' m writing them down to refer to later. Prematurely construct your own planet! When all great fiction has great character, then all great fantasy/sci-fi fiction has great big game. Tolkien, when he left to author the Hobbit, had a plot for Middle-earth.
Next, image New Crobuzon in China Mieville's Perdido Street Station - it's thick and full of detail. In her Blud range, the whole wide range of rabbits and carnivals suck a lot of life. If you read her tales, you're in her realm. Good things are NOT created over night, and you want your storyline to play in a good one.
Again, the skill at which you recording/planning depends on your own tastes, but before you begin to write, you need to know at least some theories. Are your character' s going to navigate in cliffy ground or walk through wildflower orchards and dance in a hot breeze? So how do personalities purse things?
When your realm doesn't interlock and one of your characters works for the local authority, while another one living next to you is spending his time in a country station in a distance of just a few years, it will never really touch reality. Type what you know....or do your research first! "I want you to say what you know. "Ain' right? But a good, well-researched basis can burn down any novel..... in a good way.
What if you want to do something you don't know and you don't want to invent it? Just think, you are creating a Lithuanian National Socialist scenery (I am talking here from my own experiences.... this is the place where this novel I have begun and which I am restarting). Sequence is moving. They' re all at a dining fiesta, and the talk is crunchy and Sorkin-esque.
So, you have to stop now, you have to google the sequence that flowed so well with the Sorkin-like Dialog. Theoretically, you could copy through the scenes and find the answers while you edit them. Or instead, while eagerly responding to the above mentioned quizzes and creating your character and worlds, you could do as much research as possible.
When you write historic literature, it's exponential. Last thing you want to do is accidentally screw up historic facts and numbers. In this round of novelists' letters I delved as far as possible into the cultural life of a small Judaic town ("shtetl") at the beginning of the Second World War.
All I didn't do was boil the meal, because my Aunt Ev was the best Jewess chef in the whole wide globe, and I was raised to taste the Ancients. But a good, well-researched basis can burn down any novel..... in a good way.
Pants, you probably have some too, but you're not sure where/how to spell them. PINTERTEST! We' all think of skills and #NailedIt memes in hearing the words, but for a writer with a penchant for sight, concern can be a deity. In my last novel, which plays on a strange planets, I designed a personal Poster card and stuffed it with images of environments that resembled the planets in my skull.
Filling it with human beings who came to live on my pages, faces that fit the character I had made. Briefly, I have my Pinterest card full of my history. During the entire duration of this novel I often used the Pinterest plank, using the graphic clues to steer a fiddly sequence or find a real face-print.
Helping me to have something to look at every time I got a little bogged down in it. When an image can say a thousand words, it can also help to do so. It'?s not always simple to make a good one. It' s not simple to create a script, but it can be very funny, very thrilling and so very worthwhile that I want to cry.
Although it's not always simple to write a novel, it can be much simpler to fix these few things prematurely and increase your chance of getting through to the end. I did these things (although I think the Pinterest boards of my new novel could use some loving..... I'll look into it later), and I'm ready to start again.
I' ll be back next months with a few more hints and things I've learnt, and I wish you all the best for your new work! Merry typing!