It’s been a while since I last posted here. I have been working on a new project and trying to get a feel for the story.
I typically plot out my books in advance. I don’t feel comfortable moving forward until I have a big picture of what the main events will be and how the story will end.
I also have a hard time plotting out the main events and determining the story arc until I have written enough of the story to feel comfortable in the world and can really visualize it in my head.
That makes for a bit of an awkward situation, huh? Can’t write without an outline and can’t outline without having written part of the story. Well, what I typically have to do is come up with as much brain dump as I can. I spew everything into a single file with all the ideas I have thrown in there. Then I try to outline the first three chapter in pretty good detail – and then write those chapters. Once I have done that I can then actually move forward with where I want the story to go.
I have done the brain dump and have written the first two chapters. Once I get the next chapter written, I will be ready to outline the rest of the book at a high level and then start writing. Once I have reached that point I can focus more on writing and less on world building and creation which is the slower and more difficult part for me.
At that point I may be looking for some readers who are interested in giving me feedback on a chapter by chapter basis as I write. I’ll post more about that when the time comes.
When I am writing, I don’t like to have a lot of noise distractions. I can tune out anything non-verbal, but people talking or singing totally interferes with the language portions of my brain, which means I have a hard time writing.
I like listening to music when I write, but it has to not have lyrics. I have done classical, new age, and a variety of other options.
But for the Bonds that Break I listened almost exclusively to an artist named Lindsey Stirling. She is an ultra-talented violinist who performs high-tempo songs with a dub-step beat. It really is the perfect writing music for me. Uptempo enough that I don’t fall asleep, and no words (there are a few exceptions) to distract the language portion of my brain. Plus it drowns out other noises around me. A win-win all around.
If you haven’t heard her, you should take a look. She has a ton of videos on YouTube. This one is the first that I saw from her. It currently has 95 Million views…
And this one my inner nerd really loves.
I had the chance to take my daughter to her concert here in Portland the other day and we had a blast. It was definitely a great show!