The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why
- Mark Twain
Hi! I am Tanya a professional procrastinator who has fallen in love with words and poetries. I have nearly completed seventeen trips around the Sun and it’s been an embarrassingly hilarious trip so far (a few incidents have made it to this corner of the internet).
A self-diagnosed bibliophilic cinephile who is in love with art of any form. My obsession for art quenches my thirst to travel (even if it’s from my bed to the couch). My goals are to fill my bio with titles that don’t fit the 150 characters’ limit. Traveler, storyteller, and many more adjectives will define me one day. So far, I have checked blogger off the list. A girl with a never-ending bucket list, in love with all things C (coffee, chocolates, cosmic, cats, etc.) and dreams that touch the sky welcomes you to her home on the internet.
You can find me binge watching spoken word poetries on YouTube or with my nose buried deeply in the worlds of fiction. Want to say hi? Or fangirl about TV shows like Stranger Things, Game Of Thrones, F.R.I.E.N.D.S., How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory and dozens of other shows? Or discuss the plots of various novels? Or maybe you want someone to listen to you. Email me at – email@example.com
June 9, 2017
Things to Keep in Mind When You Start Writing
Let me guess, you’re here because you want to write a book. But you don’t know where to start or what to do and you’re freaking out. Your first book!
It does sound daunting. I know what you’re going through. I do. I am halfway through writing my first novel and I am co-writing a novella.
And I have picked up a few tricks of this trade which I would love to share with you.
- Start right, start wrong, but start – Always remember “A bad idea on paper is way better than a great idea on your mind.” To write a book, you must write the first word, the first sentence and the first chapter. Don’t stress too hard on writing the perfect first line. Things will come to you. It will seem easy to go deep into the research vortex but don’t do unproductive research. I am asking you to write something, anything. Keep writing.
- Plotter, Panster or a bit of both – It may sound a bit odd. But figure out which one you are. I am a panster. I can’t write a book if I know what is going to happen next. I get bored of my own idea. The only way I can write is by sitting in front of my laptop and winging it. You may be a total plotter, you will know the inside out of your story even before you begin writing, which makes writing extremely easy. This will be helpful if you’re beginning and are confused. It’s okay to be either or both. Many famous authors were plotter, pantters or both.
- Write now, edit later – There’s a reason it’s called the first draft. There is going to be a second. I know how difficult it is to not edit a chapter after you finished writing it. It’s compelling but unless you want to change the story line don’t go editing chapters before you finish it. After you finish it, put it aside. At least for a week. And then edit it. If you keep going back and correcting things. How do you expect to move forward?
- You must fall in love with your ideas – Don’t force the love. I am in love with my ideas and characters. I can’t help but smile when I think of them. You must be madly in love with your ideas, themes and characters. Because this will make you write. You will love it so much that you wouldn’t be able to stop writing about it. And this will be the perfect way to deceive writers block. We all get it. It’s so common. But this trick will help you battle it.
- There are no rules – Lastly, there is no rule to writing. That’s one of the major reasons why writing feels like home to me. You can build your own worlds, people, have witches battle robots and even make inanimate objects talk. It’s liberating. You can make anything and nothing at the same time.
Go little butterfly, write your first draft. You got do this. And I am not saying it’s going to be a joyride, it’s a rollercoaster. Maybe that’s why it’s worth the ride. Also, give yourself time to make mistakes. It’s only your first book. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Hopefully this post is of some help. Do let me know if you found this helpful.