Anyone ever tried to write a novel

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    Aug 06, 2013 6:14 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    For a couple years now, I've had an idea for a novel. Though partly based on my life, and with a plethora of ideas to populate this novel, I have always found it a daunting task to start a novel, especially with a full-time job and the everyday-life activities (friends, family, sports, etc...)

    I read a lot, lots of genres, but specifically sci-fi and fantasy. The reading inspires me but gets me to think about the author and how much planning and work he/she put into the novel to be able to get it to a status where it is sellable and reaches a wide array of readers.

    So has any RJ'er already forayed into writing? Creative writing, short stories, novels, etc...

    Although the internet is full of tips, I always use this community to get advice. So, any good software to use to organize the plot, keep all the events in sync / coherent, develop characters, etc...?

    And if anyone tried to write a novel and likes to share his experience, that would be awesome as well.

    Thanks
  • Sakura

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    Aug 06, 2013 9:02 PM GMT
    Writing is my passion, but like you I have a real life job and responsibility. Hopefully one day I can put out some books I'm proud of and segueway into a career as a fantasy writer. Advice that I've received and like to follow is to allow your writing room to breathe. Making a character-driven story, versus a plot-driven one, is critical in that you'll have more moments when your story takes "a life of its own." Check out Limyaael's Rants for a ton of expert fantasy advice! Good luck, some day we'll be proud authors!
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    Aug 06, 2013 9:08 PM GMT
    Try? Hell, according to my post count, I already did. icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 06, 2013 9:22 PM GMT
    I did it over the span of a couple of years, writing whenever I had spare time, even as little as 5-10 minutes at a time. There was also a long period in between where I didn't work on my novel. Even a little bit of spare time can be used to do a lot of writing and development. Write down ideas on post-it's or even napkins, every little bit helps.

    Something to remember is that font, page size and spacing really stretch novels out. When start writing Word or Open Office, you use letter sized paper, so two pages typed can end up being something like four to six, maybe even more when you convert it to novel size paper. That makes filling up the pages seem a lot less daunting and you steadily train your mind not to thinking of writing as daunting.
  • _TheOne_

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    Aug 06, 2013 9:35 PM GMT
    I had the idea for a story floating around in my head for years. Since high school actually. And one day I decided I just wanted to create that story. Even if no one but me every read it. It was very interesting to think that I could write a fantasy story with the types of characters I like, the plot twists I like and even a conclusion that I would want. I could basically write the perfect story for me.

    To this day it's still a work in progress and has changed and morphed and become a much larger story than when I started out but I love watching the story evolve and develop on it's own. (I don't like to outline) And I plan to eventually self-publish just for the fun/experience of it.

    If you search around most of the tips will tell you that the best thing to do is to just dedicate a few hours each day to writing. And it will take time but you will finish. And of course then you start revising and end up with a 2nd draft and maybe even and 3rd and 4th haha. But I think it would be worth the time spent, to have created something.
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    Aug 06, 2013 9:40 PM GMT
    I've written the same novel twice in the last year or so. lol. And to be honest, it really wasn't hard to do at all. If I kept writing evey single day, the words would just come to me. I was still creating the plot in my head while I was writing the novel along with the characters and places I had wanted them to visit.

    Now that it's finished, I can work on my work novels and finish them up.
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    Aug 06, 2013 10:15 PM GMT
    Tried???
    I did.. icon_biggrin.gif

    A story about a black, gay, blind, autistic outcast on death row that had an affair with a prison guard who turned out to be a spy for the KGB..

    Title

    "The Vagina Is Blue"

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    Aug 06, 2013 10:27 PM GMT
    Hey it's my failure of a novel.. icon_confused.gif
    Trolipoli!
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    Aug 09, 2013 12:47 AM GMT
    Well to concur,

    My planned process will rely on a series of emotional "scenes", a number of major plot points, and a few major and minor characters I have in mind. And I will develop the whole novel around these three criteria

    Safe way to proceed? icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 09, 2013 12:59 AM GMT
    I constantly have some sort of novel idea on the back burner. One day I hope to take it off the back burner and put it on... one of the front burners? The chopping board? I am not sure how this metaphor works, or whether it's really a kitchen metaphor at all.

    I met Neil Gaiman the other day. His advice is to keep at it and not wait for inspiration, trusting that we all have a story to tell. Sounds sensible enough. I think it also helps to work within a community of writers.

    Good luck with your novel! I would love to proofread it.
  • nperson91

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    Aug 09, 2013 4:07 AM GMT
    I love to write and I always have wanted to write SOMETHING because a story that constantly plays in my head. Instead, I chose blogging. I find it much more fulfilling. Maybe a place for you to start and get followers?
  • Whipmagic

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    Aug 09, 2013 4:14 AM GMT
    Not a novel, but a short story. Really filthy BDSM, but well-written, if I dare say so. Mostly to deal with some of my fantasies that better should stay fantasies. Therapeutic in a way.
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    Aug 09, 2013 4:14 AM GMT
    I started writing a novel!
    In 2 months I wrote a little more than 20,000 words in length.
    But unfortunately, It has stopped there for the past 4 months...due to various circumstances, waiting to get out from distractions to continue writing again.
    If everything goes well, I'll resume by mid of next month.

    I love to write, I always.
    Though I have grammar issues, I thought of writing first and then handover the material to an expert to correct the sentences or punctuations, etc.
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    Aug 09, 2013 4:16 AM GMT
    QSHLTABABUFONTONFAGQAKHJK saidi wrote half page story about a hooker turning into a sea monster robot and then i realised im not a writer..


    The you realized you were the hooker!.. #Fixed icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 09, 2013 9:36 AM GMT
    Akhuan saidI constantly have some sort of novel idea on the back burner. One day I hope to take it off the back burner and put it on... one of the front burners? The chopping board? I am not sure how this metaphor works, or whether it's really a kitchen metaphor at all.

    I met Neil Gaiman the other day. His advice is to keep at it and not wait for inspiration, trusting that we all have a story to tell. Sounds sensible enough. I think it also helps to work within a community of writers.

    Good luck with your novel! I would love to proofread it.


    Oh I love Neil Gaiman. American Gods is one of the best novels I read, and HBO is turning it into a series soon.

    And thanks for the offer bud, much appreciated icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 09, 2013 9:38 AM GMT
    nperson91 saidI love to write and I always have wanted to write SOMETHING because a story that constantly plays in my head. Instead, I chose blogging. I find it much more fulfilling. Maybe a place for you to start and get followers?


    I tried blogging a couple times, but I was disencouraged from continuing it. I feel writing something serial fits me much more icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 09, 2013 10:24 AM GMT
    I actually wrote about 3 screenplays, no not novels! but they're great stories/ideas. I am proud of these 3 scripts, I'm using it as a portfolio to present to agents/producers to shop around ! But yeah being in Los Angeles, there are like tons of movie scripts being shop around! I did my research of looking up the statistic spec sale of screenplays, very dismal! But yeah, I like the business of screenwriting and creating movie characters/magic.

    I use celtext to write some of my friends use magic pro? and I usually outline every scene/action and build the tension from there.




  • secondstartot...

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    Aug 09, 2013 10:30 AM GMT
    oh I would love to write a novel....I just dont have the patience
    I absolutely adore Anne Rice - she made a video giving advice to writers i think its brilliant

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    Aug 09, 2013 10:46 AM GMT
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    Thanks for posting the video, yeah I like her advices too. I think, in the end, it's about putting your work out there, not being afraid of rejection and just keep moving forward. JK Rowling's Harry Potter was rejected like what 20 times? Lol! Keep on writing and dreaming.
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 09, 2013 11:33 AM GMT
    I`ve written a number of short stories over the years, in all genres and styles, but none were published. Some were for my own pleasure, others probably could have been sent off to a publisher, etc.

    I`ve had a number of ideas for a novel, including an ambitious 'life of individual as society' one, a fantasy I`m writing now involving a king who wants too much for himself; and others, more realisitic, about a British rock band who are given the opportunity of success in the US, but then suffer a tragedy and how they rebuild their lives and band.

    My one piece of advice is try to get into the discipline of writing something every day. I`ve found it really helps the creative process, stimulates your imagination so you have plenty to work with, and stops you being too conveniently distracted.

    Best wishes!
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    Aug 09, 2013 12:14 PM GMT
    We need a male Danielle Steele to write gay romance novels and turn them into movies to demonstrate strong willed gay male role models.
  • gymbob2015

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    Aug 11, 2013 2:11 AM GMT
    I wrote a novel series, 14 books with 2 spin offs. I'm just trying to find a publisher I can trust. Self publishing is a daunting task. Some day Twin Memoirs will be published and a mini series done. That's what it takes to write, a wild imagination.
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    Aug 11, 2013 2:31 AM GMT
    Whipmagic saidNot a novel, but a short story. Really filthy BDSM, but well-written, if I dare say so. Mostly to deal with some of my fantasies that better should stay fantasies. Therapeutic in a way.


    They made a movie of it. It's called "Hostel."
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    Aug 11, 2013 8:19 AM GMT
    I completed my first (fiction) novel in mid-July and it took me about 8 months to complete it (although I adapted it from a screenplay that took me almost a year to complete)...I have a full time job and I am a very social person as well, and although it was difficult, at times I had to sacrifice if I wanted to write (which frees my entire being and makes me forget about my worries), go out with friends, or even go to bed because I had to be awake in five hours for work...

    Eventually, my job and life did not keep me from doing what I love/born to do...and the only thing in this world that I know is completely mine.

    I do a lot of character bio/background/research on plain pen and paper. I have several of these notebooks that I just takes note in...too much to always have a computer near you to type something up.

    However, I do the actually writing in MS Word. When writing screenplays, I use Final Draft.
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    Aug 11, 2013 8:21 AM GMT
    Also, you always need to have a story in your mind...and an ending before you start planning around any characters or scenes. You need an ending to work towards. Without a captivating ending, you have no story to tell.