I AM I AM I AM.
I AM VERY EXCITED.
Ehem. *tries to regain some semblance of composure*
I am totally going to plan a fun, interactive inspiration post thing to get all your lovely creative brains working on the stories that you’re planning and pumped for nano. Send alllllll da plot bunnies hopping
But today, I’m going to talk about capturing your story’s heart so you don’t lose hope and love for it. So I need to calm down. Get serious. Right. Ehem. Let’s give this a go.
|(look at me, being all artsy and taking my own photo)|
Right now, I am taking a break from editing (I took off all of August and will start back the second week in September). I have plenty to do while I’m not writing, but I have been planning The King’s Vow, the sequel to my WIP which I plan to write for NaNoWriMo (*screams quietly*).
I don’t know about you guys, but planning is one of my favorite parts. I bet you can guess why.
When you’re planning your book, there are already a few potential problems but nothing’s set in stone (or paper - heh. heh.) yet. The problems that you’re fairly certain will arise haven’t done so yet, and you have this blissful freedom of not worrying about it.
A big Thing that can help you after you start writing/have written that project that was so beautiful in your head, is by recalling what the butterfly looked like. What it made you feel. Before, you know. You brutally slaughtered it.
I haven’t had a nice, good list post in a while. So here’s a list for you.
1) Remember the essence of your story.
Capture the essence of your idea before you try to wrangle the whole thing. Capture those beautiful, intriguing words/phrases that make your story what it is.
This is similar to the idea I mentioned in my love your book again post a while back. You can make a list or you can even write a journal entry of what this story means to you and what you want it to become. Write that down before you lose it in the technicality and messiness of the writing/editing process. It’s never too late to find it again, but it’s a lot easier if you do it before you even start.
2) Remember the potential you saw in it.
What first sparked the idea? Write it down. What made you start writing it when you did? Write it down. What pieces brought together the heart of your main character? Write it down. Write it all down.
Another reason writing all this down is so important, is that when you’re deep in the thick of the second draft (*cough cough* I feel yah pain, by the way. *dies*) and your characters/plot/ideas/etc., are giving you issues, it is so helpful to look back and see what it was at the beginning. Even if you can’t keep any of it, you’ll be able to see just how far you and this story have come, and that is so rewarding.
3) Remember why you started writing it
These points are all fairly similar, I know. But I want to stress each of these.
The essence of your story. The beginnings of your plot, main characters, themes, etc.
What made you choose them? What made you go that way? There are soooo many ways you can take a story. So many paths you can follow. So many different butterflies to try to catch. What drew your eye to these particular ones?
If you can put it into words, write it down. And if you can’t be coherent, that’s okay. Write down what little you can. Trust me: when you’re struggling to remember why you are writing this story in the first place, looking back and seeing what your mindset was before the craziness of writing and edits happened will help you restore your perspective. You can look at it again almost as you did before, when it was still a floating, fluttering, beautiful little butterfly in the garden of your beautiful mind.
These are hard questions, I know. But they are so worth asking. When writing, we want our hearts to be in it. The right mindset is the key to putting your heart into your story again.
And don’t stress! If you’ve already written your story and are reading this thinking, IT’S TOO LATE FOR ME WAHHHHHHHH, then you shut your trap right now.
It is never too late.
It is never too late to capture the heart of your story. Just think back and do your best to remember.
Why? Why are you writing this? What story is demanding to be told?
Find it. Find it so you can remember to love your story, and remember why.
And then write.
Next week I have a very special surprise for you. The first ever guest post on Stan!!! (You'll never guess who it is.) I don't know her topic yet, but I'm sure it will be inspiring and enlightening and you will love it and her.
Meanwhile, pray for me that I don't DIE because I'm going to be competing in the Bible Bowl, a massive event that still scares me.
Are you doing nanowrimo this November? Do you know what you're going to write for it? Have you started planning it? What are some of your favorite things about the story your planning, or your WIP?