Getting Interrupted: Writing During Quarantine While Everyone’s Home

“The great enemy of writing isn’t your own lack of talent … it’s being interrupted by other people.” — Joyce Carol Oates. Well, ain’t that the truth!?

Besides life (you know, getting in the way) what have you been up to? I’m getting ready to release a new children’s book AND I’m also writing my novel again!

I’m chopping the project down to small chunks, writing one incident at a time. This way, although I may be interrupted (all day every day) I don’t have to worry about chronological order. I only have to concentrate on one scene at a time. Who’s in it? What do they want? What’s the body language? What’s the dialogue? More specifics can be added later but this is your starting point for the scenes within your chapters. #justwrite #keepwriting #michellespray www.Facebook.com

My Story, Your Story #youcandoittoo #michellespray

After #writing my first book on my scoliosis journey @ Growing Up with Scoliosis by Michelle Spray, I tried to put it to bed and never speak of it again … but it followed me. I’m proud that it has helped countless families nationwide over the past two decades. Since then, I became primary caregiver to my grandmother who battled #alzheimers for nearly a decade. I lost myself in her journey and wrote about that too @ Lost Memories Found Hope.

Shortly after that, I gave birth to two special needs children and my life for the next decade consisted of new syndromy words, hospitals, surgeries, specialists, divorce, and job loss.

Recently, I’ve started to open up about their journey’s in the form of (my new creative and emotional outlet) my children’s books @ BookShelf123. Like my scoliosis, I tried putting their diagnoses aside, but I realized that writing about these helps me as well as families going through the same things. My heart fills up when families write to tell me how much I have helped them!

I hope you’ll follow me on my journey and I hope it helps you to know that #youcandoit #youcandoittoo #michellespray #WRITE your story! #writeyourstory #WritingCommunity On Facebook!

Writing The End! Or IS It?!

#writing part 6: The end is only about the last quarter of the book. Problems are resolved. It might be sad or heart-wrenching. It might be happy. Check your genre for specific rules. But here at the end, the choices have been made. The character faces the “thing”, the truth, the problem. Once you’ve done this, then all you have to do is figure out how to say “THE END”. How do you want the reader to feel when finishing the very last word?

Again, you’re brainstorming, you are only thinking of your core ideas. As in the previous post, this is a basic starter-format to follow just to get you to put some words on that page!

Once you’ve finished these steps, go back, edit, fix plot holes, add subplots, other characters. But for now #Justwrite #youcandoit #youcandoittoo #michellespray www.michellespray.com On social media @spraybooksetc

Write The Middle

Congrats you made it to the middle chunk of the book! Part 5. Here, the main characters take action to resolve the problem. The what if’s, the choices … Here you can add your subplots or other characters to move the story forward. Is it funny? Is there a conflict? Readers can feel the end coming. And just when they think it’s over or they know how it will end… Something Happens. What is it?!

Again, you’re brainstorming, you are only thinking of your core ideas. As in the previous post, this is a basic starter-format to follow just to get you to put some words on that page! Don’t edit. #Justwrite #youcandoit #youcandoittoo Stay tuned for more! #michellespray
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React to the Problem

React to the problem (Part 4) and figure out what to do. Again, you’re brainstorming, you are only thinking of your core ideas. Sub plots and twists come later.. but you can be thinking now about how to weave them in. As in the previous post, this is a basic starter-format to follow just to get you to put some words on that page! Don’t edit. #Justwrite #youcandoit #youcandoittoo Stay tuned for more! #michellespray on Facebook

Write about that Moment when Everything Changed

Write about that moment when everything changed (Part 3). Again, you’re brainstorming, you are only thinking of your core ideas. Sub plots and twists come later.. but you can be thinking now about how to weave these in.
As in the previous post, this is a basic starter-format to follow just to get you to put some words on that page! Don’t edit. #Justwrite #youcandoit #youcandoittoo Stay tuned for more! #michellespray

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Write about A Typical Day … until it’s NOT!

A Typical Day … until it’s NOT! Part 2.

Once you have the basic idea for your opening, you can start on the basic ideas for the next part of your story.

This is when you introduce important characters and describe their typical life which goes on until the moment something (or someone) comes in to change all of that.

In this first stage of writing (brainstorming) you are only thinking of your core ideas. Sub plots and twists come later.. but you can be thinking now about how to weave these in.

As in the previous post about writing the opening scene, this is a basic starter-format to follow just to get you to put some words on that page! Don’t edit. #Justwrite #youcandoit #youcandoittoo Stay tuned for more! #michellespray @SprayBooksEtc

Write the Opening to Your Book

Today’s writing discussion: The Opening. Part 1.

I’m writing a new book and this time I’m outlining. The pantser in me be damned… (Google panster vs plotter.) Anyway, I’ve been doing a lot of research on outlining so you might as well come along with me for my journey and we can learn together!

The first thing I want to talk about is the opening. Often it is what gives the writer the most grief. You need a strong opening. You need something that catches the reader; a hook. You need something that hasn’t been done before … yeah right!

You get caught up in grammar, punctuation, dialogue, and before you know it —you give up. No! None of that is important yet. You will edit 1,000 times over, later. (And then when your editor *gets hold of it* you’ll edit again … but that’s for another day!)

TODAY I’m urging you to keep going. Write the opening you’ve envisioned. You know it’s there. But the most important thing is to start.

The last thing you need to think about is the daunting task of maintaining word counts. When you stop stressing about it, you’ll realize that many books don’t have a very long first chapter. It could be a page. It could be a paragraph. It just has to make the reader want to read more. Who are your main characters? What do they want?

It’s easy to want to unload a lot of explanation about the character’s past and reasons for doing something, making it super long, but the reader isn’t invested yet, so it doesn’t matter (right now). But keep it, save it for later in the book.

Tips to make this first step less daunting?

1. Save your chapters on separate documents (personal preference if you wish) so it makes it easier to cut/paste and move sections/topics around and into the chapter that makes better sense.

2. Bring your margins in so your 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet looks like a 6 x 9 book. The margins on the sides will be used when you eventually hit print and your editor can get out the red pen!

3. Grab a large mug of coffee or tea and a box of tissues, a pen, and notebook. Plug in the laptop so you won’t have to get up.

4. Open a word doc and turn the WIFI off. You’ll thank me later.

5. #Justwrite #youcandoit #youcandoittoo Stay tuned for more! #michellespray www.michellespray.com www.facebook.com/SprayBooksEtc
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