Welcome to the Young Authors’ Corner! Here we want to invite you, our loyal readers and participants, to experience the joys of writing with us. In the Young Authors’ Corner you can expect to see highlights from the past and present Writer’s-In-Residence, writing prompts, posts to improve your writing and your creative process, interviews with writers, and inspiration for when your writing seems to be at a standstill.
Today, we want to focus on the invention of a new piece. Here are a few strategies that can help when getting started with a new short story, poem, or novel:
- Make an outline.
Write a brief outline to be used to plan the beginning, middle, climax, and ending of your work. Another helpful tool when doing this is to make plot diagram, filling in the information of your own story as you move along. Here is an example of a plot diagram:
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2. Make a character sketch.
Consider all parts of your character(s), even if you don’t end up incorporating them. Where do they work? What do they look like? What are some of their quirky habits? It is good to have a very detailed idea of your character before you start to write their dialogue and actions, each character should be unique.
- Make a time in your day to write.
Make time to work on your projects each week. You don’t have to dedicate hours, just fifteen minutes a day. If you don’t like limiting yourself to time constraints, try writing a certain word count per day. Writing is a skill, the more you do it, the better you become!
- Write in a way that makes sense to you.
You don’t have to begin at the beginning or in a linear fashion at all. Write what you are thinking about at that moment, and then build off of it. You could write a spectacular ending, and then write the novel backwards, or you could start with the climax and fill in the rising action and character development as you go. Writing is for you, there is no right or wrong way to do it.
- Carry a journal with you.
If you carry a small notebook with you at all time, you can write down things that you want to someday write about. You may not have the time at that moment, but it is something you can refer back to if your creative juices aren’t flowing on a particular day.