Showing posts with label goals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label goals. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

5 Things To Do To Organize Your Writing

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Keeping my ideas organized has nothing to do with the fact that I'm a writer by the way, by profession, this is something that everyone should do.

I find that being organized adds a lot of value and impact in the long run, and there are a number of ways I keep mine in check:

1- I have a big board in my room that is full of markings and future plans. No matter how silly you think the idea is, always write it down. Chances are, in the future you'll come to a point eventually when you are stuck and need ideas (where this will be perfect. You can mash up a couple of ideas that fit and flesh your story out more).

2- I have a mini-fridge (worst investment I have ever made by the way) that I use for this as well, I use magnets to hang one-page outlines on it. Create a challenge for yourself, create as many one page outlines as you can, or you can write your goals or ideas for future scenes in your novel/story. Hanging them will give you the urge to finish them just so you can feel the rush of taking one out. Food, and beverages won't hurt too.

3- I have the "Book of Secrets" which is a notebook that I always keep close to me, and write all ideas, tips, and observations regarding anything I encounter in it. Someone once said "if you write it, you don't have to remember it" which is the perfect excuse to do this (for the lazy ones). You'll always encounter challenges, or be taught lessons whether its from YouTube videos (yes Jenna Moreci, we're looking at you) or random lists on the internet. Even quotes on Twitter too (#amWriting #writerTips).

4- I keep a separate document for large projects that is basically a 'cheat sheet'. For Dragon Tooth, I have "Dragon Tooth: World Information" which lists all the guilds and characters in the story. Having a one place go to like this will definitely keep you in track or how the story is going. This will help tremendously when you take those long breaks (which we all know you take).

5- Outline, outline, and outline! Outline your entire story, novel, book or script. Anything that needs writing, needs outlining. It makes you focused and determined to finish because you know how it ends basically. One will never understand the importance of this step unless they start writing a novel of around 70K words and they lost track of the events that took place previously and have to re-re-re-read the entire thing again just to ensure there are not plot holes.

These are my top five methods of how to organize my writing. Always remember: it's better to write it, than to remember it.

This is all for now, if you have any questions, remember you can drop me a line anytime and I would be more than happy to assist you.

Write on,
InfranGilis

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year Resolutions For Writers

happy new year!


On this special occasion, I thought really hard whether I should post something or not, but eventually opted to give in and do this. How many new years will we live after all (probably about 30 or 40 more)? 

Well, I really tried not to do this and I'll tell you why later, but then I thought you guys defenitely deserve another post for this occasion. Now, I'll tell you a few things about how I actually percieve new years and all.

Most writers have a lot of fun making goals or life changes that they... eventually stop doing or persuing after a couple of weeks. Chances are, we all are like that. The idea of a fresh start somehow makes us ready a plan of what we want to achieve. 

Most writers list down some goals that involve writing a number of words per day, or even commit to writing one book per year (or even 12 -one book per month-) and I'm here to tell you why this is a bad idea. 

To be honest, I wasn't encourages about new year simply because: it's just another day... No matter how strongly we want to believe that it'll be the start of good things for us. So, my advice for you guys is this:

1- Don't put unrealistic targets that you cannot achieve! For example, writing a minimum of 5000 words a day is a very credible achievement. But I doubt you can sustain that for a whole month let alone a year. So start it somewhere within the range of hundreds (this actually increases the quality of writing as a result too). 

2- Plan out how many books, stories you want to write. I'll tell you mine: finish up Dragon Tooth, and write a minimum of 3 short stories. See? 3 is an easy number. That way I won't feel utterly useless when I can't meet the target. 

3- Read, read, and read. If you are writing fiction, read fiction. I remember the famous imp of Game of Thrones saying “A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge”.

That is all! I think 2015 was a year filled with bitterness as well as happiness. So my message for you guys is to build on the successes that you have had, and to keep pushing yourself to be awesome.

Write On,
InfranGilis.