Originally Posted by OJazzy1
So I started writing a novel. I need something creative to do this winter, I have to stretch and push myself a bit... blogging comes all too easily, and honestly I don't know if I am very good at that either but it's time to expand.
I started and then it seems that I get stuck, I get petrified, start thinking it's silly to try and write a novel, who is going to read it anyway? I hate reading poorly written novels full of fluff so I am afraid to be the writer that writes it! But then again if I never try... see my dilemma?
Any words of wisdom? What do I do? Just keep writing? Do you have a novel end in mind when you start or does it come to you later? Do you develop your characters ahead of time or do they grow with your writing? Thoughts?
Yes, just keep writing! All these fears are normal, they come and go. I find that if I think about the final product too early, or if I imagine people reading it, it is an instant blocker.
For me, most of the fun in writing is to not exactly know what is going to happen. i sort of know, I see glimpses, but most of it evolves as i write. I absolutely LOVE this process. I read many interviews with writers who say just that, so I guess this is normal, and it is possible to produce novels this way.
My characters sort of grow with my writing. I get really bored developing them ahead of time. Again, I have some ideas, and I might even base a character on a person that I know, but I don't do lists etc, as some books suggest. I tried a couple of times, and this was an instant blocker for me.
So just write, write, write. Get this first draft out. Then there will be a revision. And another revision. Then you might think it is done, and a year later, there will be another revision
And then you will be done for real, and it will be just GREAT!!!! (for a bit, and then you will start worrying again