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Writing a Book

Writing a book feels a lot like reading a book. I don’t know if everyone has the same process (and probably not), but I keep getting surprised by the way the story flows, the character progression, etc., just like I would if I were reading a book.

Writing a book is the perfect way to live in a world that you, yourself, are allowed to create. There are no rules in that world and you’re free to be whoever you want to be and control the narrative however it fits you best. Where in life are you able to do such a thing?

I don’t have many high expectations for how such book would turn out, and it’s going at the slowest pace possible, but just the fact that from time to time I can sit down and transfer my feelings into a whole new story no one else has read, is pretty exciting.

Have you tried writing a book before? What’s your process like?

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  1. Yup, have written several — self-published a YA novel and a romance novel, and am currently working on two women’s contemporary fiction novels I hope to traditionally publish. And of course there’s always 2 or 3 other half-finished ideas floating around my brain and laptop. Process has been different on every single one. The YA novel took me 14 years to write (because I started it when I was 14 lol) and the romance novel only took 9 months. So. Just depends.

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  2. Funny, about 5 days ago I decided I was going to fully commit myself to writing a children’s book. It’s certainly going to take a long time with alllllll that I have going on in my head at this time, but I’ll be excited the day it gets done

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  3. I adore the creative process of building a world up and up and up… and then I reach a point where I looked around like, “wait, there isn’t a wiki for this world that I can just look up things I don’t know the answer to?” That’s usually the point where I have to take a step back and rest my brain. Novelty takes its toll.

    The other part I struggle with is writing enough narrative to get a feel for the characters without dragging out too much non-action. I suppose, though, if your characters are vibrant enough, even the narrative cool-down points should be just as engaging.

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  4. I’ve written and finished two unpublished YA novels. I had the idea of my first novel for over two years before finally writing the manuscript and then I finished my second novel in a month which I’m still impressed with myself for doing.

    The process for both was very long and frustrating but worth it in the end. I ended up putting both manuscripts on this website called Swoonreads.com at a chance of getting it published with McMillan. So far, I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback and comments but I was deathly terrified of putting my “babies” out there.

    Now, I’m in the process of revising both novels. I don’t know what the next step is for me if Swoonreads doesn’t work out but I’m just enjoying the journey for now.

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  5. I haven’t tried it yet because I’m still exploring and trying to find out what I’m really concerned and mastered in (still an amateur). Publish a book is a good idea. I hope I can do that someday.

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  6. I published a memoir 5 years ago and it was a long painful process. I cried for the four years it took from first draft to publication. I really want to write fiction so I can make up characters and a crazy story line, but I keep finding my own life becoming the story, the bad guys in my life becoming the characters. It’s pretty crazy. No matter what-writing is awesome. Keep at it!

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