Hey internet people! It’s me, Missy. As my very first post, I thought it would be a good idea to start off with my writing method. How I do things and how I get my creative juices flowing, that sort of a thing.
First off, I always get my best story idea’s when I’m surrounded by nature.Whether it be tree’s or the beach it doesn’t matter, though tree’s are usually my go to, considering I’m in Seattle and we are lacking in beaches a tiny bit. As a writer you need to be aware of your surroundings, so if I’m able to, I go out to the forest or the mountains and walk off the beaten trail. I run my hand along the bark of a tree, listen to the crunch of leaves under my feet. I let my imagination run.
Ask questions like, why would someone be in the woods? What are they doing there? Who are they with? Why are they with them? How do they feel about being with them? Why do they feel that way? The questions are endless and before you know it you will find yourself building a story.
You can do this in the city too, going about your everyday life. Become a psychologist. People watch. What are people talking about around you? Who is that person crossing the street? Where are they going? How do they feel about it? Why? You can’t ask the question ‘why’ enough, for a well rounded story.
Alright, lets say I have a story. Now what?
The next step I take is sketching out details of the world. Is it this world or is it make believe? Who is also in that world? Whose the main character? Why are we following that person as opposed to another? Once I figure out the main character I create a dossier. I fill out questions like name, height, appearance, age, profession, quirks, habits, skills, greatest flaw, best attribute, educational background. Don’t be afraid to go really in depth with this. You’re building a person from scratch and the more you know your character the more believable they will be to your readers.
A lot of people then lay out whats going to happen in the story. That method doesn’t work for me personally. I feel like if I sketch out the book then I’m trapped with those outcomes. The book can seem forced that way. What works for me is figuring out where I’m starting and the main problem, then I just start writing and see where my characters take me. I think it feels more organic that way and you allow the book to go wherever it wants to. Most of the time when a plot twist happens, I’m just as surprised as the reader and I think that makes it fun!
When I write I tend to hide in my bedroom, so that I can be alone. I have to allow myself to get lost in the story. I become totally unaware I’m in my bedroom and I find myself in my book’s universe. One of the most important elements for me personally while writing, is I have to find the perfect movie soundtrack that fits the mood of my story. It cannot have words, or it throws me off and changes the direction of my writing. I know a lot of writers that lyrics dont bother them though, so it just might be a personal quirk.
Remember this is just my personal method. This is what I have found works best for me. There are many many other ways of writing out there, you just gotta find out what works best for you!
Best of luck to you, and remember you only fail at writing if you stop.