While judging is progressing with our 40 contest entries, I'll just do a quick update on what's coming up for Christmas.
NOTE: THIS IS A WRITER'S KNITTING'S CIRCLE BLOG, THIS IS NOT A SECRET SANTA BLOG. DO NOT COMMENT ON THIS BLOG JUST TO TALK ABOUT THE SECRET SANTA, NOTHING WILL BE RECORDED UNTIL THE OFFICIAL SIGN-UP SHEET GOES UP
So, our secret santa is going ahead. How this will work, every author who signs up will write a story for another author, and put out a series of guidelines for a story they'd like in return (not from the same author). After posting is over, I will reveal who wrote for who. Timelines is as follows:
November 12 - November 19: Signups.
November 19 - November 30: Matchups
December 1 - December 25: Writing time!
December 25 - January 10: Posting.
You have one week to put your name down, and then I'll start arranging the information swap between authors. The writing period is only rough, of course you can start as soon as you get your prompt and finish as late as January 10, but we encourage you finish earlier rather than later if possible. This will be for prose, but I maybe do a poetry section if there is enough interest. There may be pinch hitter signups along the way for last minute extra author signups if anyone has to pull out (but don't pull out, really, there's someone writing for you and someone waiting to receive, please don't).
Oh, and I'll probably participate. Anyone keen to get me?
Contest results will be up soon, and details go up November 12. Once again, do not sign up now, no need to comment on this blog, no lists will be compiled unless signed up with the official signup form--which will go up next Monday.
And now, welcome to the ninth installment of Teenage-Writers's Stitch 'n Bitch: a place to share your inspirations, your woes, and the various other afflictions associated with being a writer.
This blog's question is more about process:
How do you go about writing a story?
Does it just come to you and you spew it out? Do you labour over it? Do you have to scribble notes for days before writing? Do you type? Handwrite?
Me, I used to handwrite, and make stuff up as I went along. Nowadays, well, sometimes I still do that, but more often I plan. If it's a simple plot, I just outline it in the document before I get on the story. And I always keep ideas I don't use, sometimes my documents have 2 pages of story and 7 pages of plot outlines I didn't end up going with.
For more complex stories (working on two mysteries at the moment), I used to use microsoft visio, now have upgraded to a mindmap. I have branches for characters, backstory, plot (the biggest one, usually with many subbranches and subbranches off those subbranches as I elaborate), and one for random stuff I think about I want to jot down so I don't forget. For mysteries, I usually have one bubble which just details what people think at the beginning, and what's true at the end. Things still change once I get writing, but planning helps heaps for technical bits of plot.
A lot of the time I start with a single bubble, a single concept. Then elaborate out, create a plot around it. Sometimes I just have one line I want to use, one scene. Or I only know the ending and need to work up to it. Getting it down, seeing my thought process is the way I work. Always typing now, for easier editing and erasing. Though if I'm every on holiday (done this about three times now) with bus time, I bring my trusty moleskin and scribble in that instead.
Wow, that was long.