Hi guys! Welcome to volume two of Ramblings of an Unpublished Writer! I had such a great response on my last one, which I honestly didn’t expect because let’s face it, it literally is just a load of rambling! But you guys seemed to like it and I’ve had a lot of lovely support regarding my writing since posting it. I aim to please, so here’s another one.
Posting my last “Ramblings” post made me feel extremely liberated. I never realised quite how many other bloggers out there, even some I know, are working on their own novels! Some of which are even in the editing process. You lot kept that one quiet, didn’t you! But it’s given me a lot more confidence to crack on with my own. I’m currently at just over 30k and here are some things I’ve learnt and some things that are helping me at this point:
1) Getting feedback
I’ve taken the plunge and sent my work to 1 or 2 author friends who I trust to have a read and to get some valuable feedback. This has helped me massively and they’ve made some very good points which I’m planning to take on board when I get to the editing stage. Knowing that someone is enjoying what you’re writing, even at only the first draft, is extremely encouraging!
2) Taking on board the negative
Thankfully, I’ve not received many negative comments from the people I’ve sent my work to regarding the story, plot-line and writing style and I’m extremely happy about that. I have however, received a few comments about tense issues, grammar issues and format issues. At the beginning, it’s so easy to take every bad thing to heart but I’m definitely striving from working on them.
3) Character profiles
I know my characters quite well now but there is always so much more to learn and even my main gal still continues to surprise me. Usually with her ditziness but whatever. I’m in the process of making some character profiles for them, so I can go into more depth about their lives and past. Even if my readers won’t know some of it, I want to know my characters inside out.
Like in most stories, the characters have a past which has led them to where they are in the present. My main character obviously does and it’s time to tell everyone about it so I’m making a timeline of dates and ages and years so I can easily pinpoint where certain things happened and where something went wrong.
I know that all authors have to read and it’s one of the most useful tools. Obviously I always read, being a book blogger, that’s evident but lately, I’ve been really into read, more so than usual and am flying through more books than usual. I’m enjoying embracing myself with literature to try and broaden my mind as much as possible for my own writing.
And here are some things that I’m worried about at the moment:
1) Never finishing it
I’m so thrilled with the amount I’ve written so far, especially as I’ve never wrote this much for anything before in my life but it’s getting to the point where it feels like I will never ever finish it! I know I will, if I keep working but it’s just a niggling feeling!
2) Not knowing where my story is going to go from here
I’ve been on such a roll so far with such a clear path of what’s going to happen. I know what’s going to happen in the end but now I’m worried about how my characters are going to get there.
3) Taking too long
I know I don’t need to rush my first draft and I’m not trying to rush it at all but I am so impatient and I’m worried I’ll still be writing this first draft when I’m 40!
I’m still enjoying writing and having a lot of fun with my story and my characters and that’s my main objective right now: to finish my first draft and have fun doing so. I think, the second I wasn’t enjoying it anymore, I’d stop and evaluate why that was. Being more open about my writing; getting feedback, mentioning it on Twitter and Facebook and writing these posts are definitely helping and pushing me even more to reach my goals.