Writing Scene’s

This month and maybe longer, I am writing scene to include in my story. After finishing my outline (which I still am tweaking from time-to-time), I will be creating scenes that I want to be a part of my story. The fun part of the writing process is taking an idea and turning it into something interesting (at least to me).

As I have mentioned previously, I am more of a pen (pencil) to paper kind of writer. It gives me a better sense of how things sound. I think this is primarily due to the fact that I tend to read what I write aloud to myself. If it doesn’t sound like it makes sense, then I re-work it or scrap it. Once I finish I read it out loud and repeat. I try not to do a lot of re-writing or deletion at this stage as I am more interested in just getting the ideas out of my head and onto paper.

So how about you, do you edit as you go or just write then edit later?

Until next time,

SB

Story Ideas

Some time ago I was think about how established authors come up with ideas for the novels they write and I ran across a couple of interviews that was conducted by Steve Berry (one of my favorite authors http://www.steveberry.org/index.htm). I found a couple of commonalities; author Daniel Levin http://daniellevin.com/ said, “the level of espionage in Rome and Greece has always fascinated me. I was a classics student and was surprised to discover loads of intrigue around every corner. So I thought, what if some of that came with modern consequences?”

Steve Berry asked author Chris Kuzneski http://www.chriskuzneski.com/ about the writing process and does he let history dictate plot or vice verse. He said, “Actually, I think it’s a combination of the two. First and foremost, I find an interesting subject—whether that’s a controversial figure or a legendary artifact—and use its actual history as the backbone for my novel. Then I create a scenario where the historical subject matter has a clear, modern-day significance.”

Interesting takes on how published authors come up ideas and how they use them in their writing.

Until next time.

SB

Story Ideas

Yesterday I was struggling to come up with a new story idea to write about. So I did what I usually do when I want to find out something, I “Goggled” it. I was rewarded for my small effort by clicking on a site called http://www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com/writing-ideas.html. The first page was how to use http://www.imdb.com/ top 250 movie synopsis to come up with countless ideas. I would encourage you to try this out the next time you seem to struggle for a story idea.

I used the idea presented as a way to come up with a neat story idea that is of interest to me and one I think I will enjoy researching and writing about. Give it a go and let me know how it went for you.

Until next time.

SB