|Posted on January 28, 2015 at 5:40 PM|
This is the end of the third week of the semester. The third week!
This week, I was put in a writing group. In my group are two girls, whom I believe are seniors. I am so excited to get to work with them, especially since they are each working on their second novels! They have both written one before, and are (I believe) writing the sequal to their previous novels. So, I am lucky to get to work with writers who have more experience than I do.
So far, I have not written a single page. (Gasp!!!) I really thought that I would be finished with the first chapter by now, but I see the need for research. Researching will make my novel stronger, and more realistic.
So, I have been researching and researching and researching. Who my characters are, what their values are, their family traditions. I've looked at houses, furniture, occupations, clothes, cleaning supplies, and appearances for my characters. But the hardest part are their names. I have changed their names so many times!
I've also been playing around with either having a narrator, or telling the story from the main character's point of view. When the first chapter is due, I will have to turn in a first-person and a third-person version. But before my first chapter is due, my synopsis is due. It is difficult to write a synopsis before a novel, because I don't know what is going to happen yet. It is helpful, though, because I really have to think about what my characters will do and when, so I have a better grasp on my novel, but I know when I finish, my synopsis will have changed significantly.
What I am finding out is that there is so much more than just writing that goes into making a novel (or really any book). To be completely honest, it is really intimidating to think of everything I have to do, and the fact that I have no idea how do do any of it. I am so thankful that I am in a writing group. I think that being able to discuss with my group will help with the stress.
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