What does your writing pocess look like?

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  1. Shaeor (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    @revfitz Ah! I've been looking for that function for a while now. I had no idea it was in such a convenient place. Thanks! I'm also very happy chosen shackles is up and running, sorry it took such a while :P.

    CHOSEN SHACKLES The screen is running static. Face your shadow.
    DIRGE The light is dying. Hold your breath and go gently.
  2. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    I outline by hand, pen and notebook, also character outline, and some small scenes here and there. Unfortunately, I dont always write in chronological order, which is what killed my first two serials. I had the second have of one written, but then got stuck on getting there. and on the other, I already had the sequel outlined, but got stuck on the first story because I hadnt thought far enough ahead.

    So I end up moving my bits and pieces over to computer, then filling in the gaps.

  3. Sharkerbob (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago


    Typewriter to phone to computer, eh? That's pretty neat! I guess it converts the file to a pdf or something?

    My meager offerings: http://sharkerbob.blogspot.com/
  4. unice5656 (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    @rev: Yeah, writing by hand is slow. Super slow. I find that it makes me more thoughtful when I write. In terms of output, I think it's taken me four years to write what everyone else does in one year, but that really can't be blamed on my writing speed. If I spent 20 minutes a day writing, I'd be at double or triple what I am now.

    In terms of writing cleanly, I usually have one to two spelling errors per chapter that are then caught by me when I'm not sleep drunk or by one of my lovely nitpicky readers. I've also had about three minor continuity errors picked up by people who binge read to the current chapter. *Free editing* I do find that flow, dialogue true the the characters' personality, and wittiness of the writing are significantly improved by the re-writing. Let me know if retyping works for you.

    The orange pen had a good run. I bought this gold one that I really want to use, hahaha.

  5. Dary (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    I lose track of what I've said where and to whom, so I've probably said what I'm about to say before, too!
    I approach writing the same way I do art: start with a rough sketch, then play around with composition, colours and lightning until everything looks vaguely right, then it's on to the painting proper, working from broad strokes down to details.

    I mean, say you're painting a portrait. If you approach it as some people do writing, you'd perfect each detail before moving on to the next - left eye, right eye, nose, lips, ears, each one picture perfect...until you take a step back and look at the portrait as a whole. See, you were so busy fussing over those small details that you forgot the big picture, and now you realise the portrait as a whole is a surreal mess, an eye where the mouth should be, three conflicting skin tones and a nose big enough to be a chin.

    That wouldn't have happened if you started big and worked down - if you sketched out the shape of the story before trying to perfect each sentence. More than once I've seen somebody try their hardest to write the Perfect First Draft, only to realise, when they've finished, that the whole thing needs a complete rewrite - and, after all the effort they put in, that's often enough to put them off writing for good!

    Presently, I'm in the middle of writing a 40-chapter block. I could, if I wanted, focus on one chapter at a time and release them weekly (thus avoiding the hiatus I've been on since last March). However, by drafting everything out and revising it, gradually narrowing the scope from overall story to episodes to chapters to scenes, I can make the whole thing a richer, more layered experience that's especially rewarding for those who read it through a second time.

  6. revfitz (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    No worries. I highly HIGHLY recommend considering offering something to your readers upon sign up ( http://forums.webfictionguide.com/topic/setting-up-a-newsletter ) and using something like Mail Chimp or ConverterKit. I am excited for the next chapter :D

    If you were to start a new serial today, would you go about the outlining differently, or does this sort of nonsequential exploration help?

    It might go directly to Word, not too sure though.

    Existential Terror and Breakfast--A serial with cereal.
    Updates Wednesdays at: revfitz.com
  7. Shaeor (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago


    Thanks. Could you post me an example of one of your newsletters - and how many do you send out? Does this replace a follow button, therefore one with every chapter? Or no? And as well, I'm very glad you're reading :)

    I have a short story I could offer as an incentive. Any other advice on engagement is much appreciated.

    CHOSEN SHACKLES The screen is running static. Face your shadow.
    DIRGE The light is dying. Hold your breath and go gently.
  8. revfitz (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    Of course! So if you go here: http://revfitz.com/tour-malcolms-kitchen/ you will see a CTA at the bottom of my chapter with a field to subscribe to my Nihilist's Horoscope. This is code that I paste at the bottom of each post that was generated in MailChimp. You could easily paste this code into your splash page to replace the follow button. I have had to manually place them.

    A quick note before you read my newsletter below, this is the "text-only" version.

    I sent this one out on January 3rd:


    Welcome to 2018, the year we finally kill the Demi-Moon! Wait, er, sorry, wrong timeline.

    I am still in shock that some of you have been reading my little experiment for almost year now. I have a couple of things to talk about, but first...

    Look, Pisces, it’s the thing that you never thought you would ever see: closure. It was hard fought, and you had to push yourself further than you ever had before to get it, but it is there. Closure. Not all things end well enough to get it. Bitterness and endless thoughts on “what could have been” remain dominant when something ends, but you? You got that mythical ending, the one which lets you walk away with all of its threads tied at the end. I am truly happy for you.

    HA HA! Right, like that’s a thing you’d see in this horoscope. No. There will be no closure. There will be no threads tied, there will only be frayed ends. There will always be wondering, and there will never be an ending that is satisfactory. You will hold that puzzle box handed down to you, never knowing what secrets it hides, because tonight the old man dies, and the cipher with him.

    You’ll wonder if he did this on purpose. If he gave you this puzzle box before he died knowing that you could never solve it without his help. You’ll wonder if there is anything inside of it all. If maybe it is just a Sisyphean task to drive you mad. You’ll wonder if he knew that you would be too prideful to admit that you needed help, and then went and died laughing all of the ways.

    Here’s a secret: I know what’s in the box. I know how to open it. But what was the word of the day? Closure. HA HA HA HA!



    This week's Existential Terror and Breakfast is up and ready to read! (http://revfitz.com/existential-terror-breakfast-41/) I am still trying to figure out what additional content per week would look like (and what, besides money would make it worth it to me because of my already packed life), more on that when I have figured it out. In the meantime, I will try and give you guys a short "behind the scenes" each week because I still love you.

    A quick behind the scenes:
    Last week's entry, where Garry "Windex'd" windshields with blue Gatorade is something I actually did years ago when I was 19 years old (because 19 year-olds suck), without the heroin addiction, of course.

    Have a moment? Some of my readers come to me via The Top Web Fiction, give me a vote (http://topwebfiction.com/vote.php?for=existential-terror-and-breakfast) and spread the terror! :D

    -Michael Fitzgerald


    I send one of these out once a week on the same day that I update my serial. This works well for me, but you could do less or more. Just be consistant. A short story would work very well as an incentive. I would suggest setting up a "Welcome Message" that goes out automatically upon signup (you should see this option in the MailChimp "campaign" section) that immediately delivers your short story either in the body of the email, with an attachment, or with a link to download it. I personally would not include it in the body because its precieved value increases if it is a seperate file.

    I set my newsletters up in advance with a campaign to go out at a shceduled time (I also do this with my posts). When you write a newsletter have a specific goal in mind. Do you want your readers to start leaving comments? Replying to the email with input? Do you want votes? Have a clear goal in mind for each email (try to only have one) and push that in your CTA.

    Hope this helps!

    Existential Terror and Breakfast--A serial with cereal.
    Updates Wednesdays at: revfitz.com
  9. ModernCultivator (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    My writing process just has me writing various outcomes in a notebook, drawing in different colors to show different ways the story could go.

    When I feel that what I wrote on the notepad was compelling. I somehow mesh it all together and then start writing on a google docs page. I first write the outline and the interactions between characters. Afterward, I edit my story so I try to 'Show' and not tell, which is pretty hard for me. Being a beginner in writing, I hope to improve this process.

  10. Shaeor (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    @revfitz It helps a lot, thank you. I plan to give this a shot soon.

    CHOSEN SHACKLES The screen is running static. Face your shadow.
    DIRGE The light is dying. Hold your breath and go gently.
  11. revfitz (Member)

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Your process is pretty well defined for a beginner! I am taking notes :

    Let me know when you have something going!

    Existential Terror and Breakfast--A serial with cereal.
    Updates Wednesdays at: revfitz.com


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