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4 Lessons I've Learned From Writing A Book

It’s only been a few months that I’ve actively embarked on the journey of writing a book. In that time it’s been difficult, but rewarding when I find my flow and am able to recognize the kind of writing that actually inspires me and the kind that makes me feel like I am just forcing the entire process. With all these ups and downs I have learned a few vital lessons that I wanted to share on my blog for anyone else who might be working on their first book and is struggling with the process. While it can be incredibly fun, it can also be incredibly exhausting—the goal is to find a balance and to create something that you are proud of and want to share with the world.

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My Writing Journey #10: When You Mess Up

It's been a few weeks since I've posted an update about my novel and what a rollercoaster ride these past few weeks have been. As mentioned in another post I had to switch up the way I looked at my novel from simply a target word count to focusing on getting all the plot points out instead and worrying about the word count in my editing stage. Since then I've learned that even focusing on plot points isn't easy and can lead to a lot of confusion with the overall story if not planned out even slightly.

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My Writing Journey #9: Getting Back On Track

I hit a bit of a standstill the past few weeks with my novel, and now it's time to get back into the swing of things. I lost a lot of motivation with the word target I set myself and found that it was hindering my ability to be creative while also worrying about such a technical aspect that shouldn't matter in the first draft. This initial version should just be all about getting my ideas out and creating characters that are interesting and tangible. So, for the next little while I'm just going to be focusing on simply writing. 

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My Writing Journey #8: The Worst Mistake I Made With My Novel (So Far)

The last few weeks have been kind of slow with regards to my novel and I wasn't quite sure why initially. I was on a roll when first starting it, hitting my target word goal for the first two weeks, and then I stopped feeling the motivation to stick to it weekly. Was I getting bored of my novel? Maybe the plot wasn't as poignant and worth-while to tell as I first thought. I wouldn't be the first writer who has completely discarded a novel after the first few chapters. But deep down, I knew there was still a story there for me to tell, I just couldn't bring myself to tell it. 

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My Writing Journey #8: Commitment To The Process

My goal to finish the first draft of my novel by the end of the summer is 5000 words a week, and while I managed to reach that goal last week, this week I've been finding it incredibly difficult. At first I thought it was just a lack of motivation; that my priorities weren't in order and I needed to give myself an extra push to get going. But as I thought about it more and discussed it with my therapist in this week's session, I realized that the motivation to write this novel is there. It's been there since the beginning and it's been the main thing that's helped me hold onto the idea for so long.

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My Favourite Places To Write

These past few weeks have been full of writing - mostly for work, but also for my own personal portfolio. I, luckily, have a pretty good writing space at home, but I've found that with time I've grown a bit tired of being shoved into the same corner of my bedroom for the majority of the day. As tiring as it was, the last 2 weeks were full of searching for new places to plop myself down in and write so that I felt motivated in my environment rather than lethargic and bored. I thought in today's blog post I would write about a few of my favourite places to write, not specific to Toronto, but a more general list of locations that any city would have. 

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My Writing Journey #7: Feeling Insecure

Starting my novel has been easier than I expected, but the insecurity of my plot and my characters has finally hit me. Even though the story has been bouncing around in my head for years and the characters have taken a while to form, I still feel like I'm unprepared to tell this story. Will it make sense? Will it be compelling enough to make a reader turn to the next page? I guess no one really knows that about their own work, but thoughts like these make it harder to think clearly when expanding on the plot or tweaking it. 

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My Writing Journey #6: Fear Of Failure

After a little bit of a break I've finally gotten back into writing my novel, having drafted around 3000 words so far. Something I realized during this break was that the longer I was on it, the more I felt like putting off actually starting the first draft of the novel. I attributed that to laziness at first and wanting to spend more time frolicking in the sunlight, but now I've realized it's something a bit more sinister. It was my unnerving fear of failure that kept me cowering and putting off a big project that I was, in all other aspects, ready to begin. 

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My Writing Journey #4: Stepping Away

For the past 2 weeks I've been focusing heavily on getting my novel planned and ready to be started. However, I've realized that the planning can go on forever and I'll have to start actually writing at some point. I've been itching to dive right into starting the first few chapters and seeing where my characters take me, but I decided instead to step away from my outline for a week and let it simmer in my mind before I move onto the next phase.

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My Writing Journey #3: Inspiration

Getting the initial idea for my current novel was quick and ferocious - I was instantly flooded with the image of two characters and then a story world built itself around them. I knew what their lives were like and the issues they were experiencing within it, and soon certain, distinct personality traits began to form. However, the problem was that I only saw these characters live out their stories for about 5 chapter's worth of a novel. After that, things went dark and I didn't really know where the plot was going, who else would be involved, what their main obstacles would be, and how they would overcome them. 

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My Writing Journey #2: Organization

The hardest part for me in this journey to writing my novel has been getting organized - or just finding the motivation to get organized. It's easy to daydream about your story and your characters, but it's an entirely different thing to actually sit down and plan out what will happen to them and how they will show the reader what they're made of.

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My Writing Journey # 1

I've always thought that preparing a novel and drafting an outline was the easiest part of the entire process, but I'm quickly realizing that's not the case. In order to write an intricate story that I'm proud of I know that I need a pre-planned structure, however, I just can't seem to get the ideas out of my head going past Act 1. It's like the characters have only told me their stories for that period of time and I'm waiting for them to get back to me with the rest. And the last thing I want to do is force out a plot that's pointless and that I just end up tossing out. 

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How I Wrote My First Novel

A few moths ago I decided to self-publish the YA novel I had written in late high school and finished during early university. Ever since doing that I've felt freer to pursue my personal essays, flash fiction, and eventually my next novel. For today's post I thought I would discuss how I wrote my first novel, seeing as I never really had any advice going into it and would have liked a bit of guidance. In our current social climate, what with social media dictating what we do and our value from the response our content garners, I think we feel pressured to always be producing a masterpiece. In reality, most of what you create won't be. And no one who ever did create a masterpiece went into it aiming for that. It's important to just create what feels true and genuine and worry about everything else once it's all done.

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I Published My First Book! NANOWRIMO 2017

November went by imperceptibly quickly and I'm still having trouble registering everything that happened. However, the most memorable thing to happen was something I'd hoped for, but never really thought of doing until this year - publishing a book! I was incredibly inspired by NANOWRIMO this year and figured that this was the best opportunity to work on a novel and actually do something with the one I'd written years ago in my post high school, mid university haze.

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