There are many different styles of writing, I have my own style as does everyone else. Trying to figure out your own style is the first rung to start climbing that ladder.
Everyone will tell you the ideal way to write and what to do to make it flow properly, but unless you are a qualified instructor, then I’m going to take any advice with a pinch of salt, that is not to say that your way doesn’t work for you but it may not work for me.
I have heard that most writers will meticulously plan every single aspect of their story, creating outlines, charts, flow diagrams and a whole host of other planning techniques. And if that works then great.
But for me, it is an entirely different approach that I take.
The reason I am writing this post today is to try and get back to the basics of how I write, I’ve mentioned in a few posts recently that I have had a bit of writers block and also that with everything that has happened to me over the last two years I’m not entirely sure who I am anymore and because of that I am worried that I have lost the ability to write that I had before.
So I thought, ironically, that writing about how I write might help to kick start something in my head, get the defibrillator to the hamster, oil the gears or even give myself a kick up the arse.
So without being hypocritical, I am not suggesting that my way is the be all and end all of how writing should be done it’s just what (used to) works for me.
So when I write I literally have no freaking clue what the story is about, I will have the basic idea and go from there.
For example the story on my blog, The Hotel, I wrote that only one piece of information, the height of the two characters. One 6ft6 the other 5ft4 or something like that.
From that one fact, I wrote a story, which going by the stats of views on my blog, has been my most popular story that is all I knew at the outset. I had no other information to go on, I just sat down at the keyboard and let my fingers do the walking.
The novel I have written was done the same way, it is set in the aftermath of an alien invasion and the idea to write it formed in my mind from being asked one simple question from a close friend,
That question was “What would you do if aliens invaded and took over?” that was the it my response was simple “I’d come looking for you.”
And in that the idea was born, from that one statement came the idea for a full novel, currently sitting at 76,354 words, after two years of work is almost finished I need to try and add another 5000 words but hey ho.
The writing process for me is simply sitting at a keyboard and seeing what happens.
I have no clue how a story is going to end until it has ended.
I made a rule for myself when I started, that if I ever write myself into an awkward situation I could not simply go back and change whatever it was that has happened that has got the characters stuck. I am not allowed to go back and simply wave a wand and get out of it. They have to figure a way out of it.
This may sound weird, but I don’t feel like I am actually making up the story as I write it’s almost as if I am transcribing the story from the characters themselves as they live it or retell the story to me, that would explain why I have a bad habit of flipping between the past and present tense when I’m writing.
So that’s how I write a story, or anything really
Even this post. When I started writing, I didn’t know where it was going to go. But I guess it came out here
Anyway, what about others? What’s your style?