From idea to written story

My writing process

I’ve talked about ideas coming into my head on a regular basis. Now I thought I might describe my process of writing a bit more. Enjoy 🙂

So usually I start with doodling and jotting down ideas on paper as they come to me. It all looks messy and unorganised – sometimes it’s just names even. After I have played with the basic plot line a bit and established WHO is going WHERE with WHOM and WHY I start with Personal Files as I like to call them. Every Character that plays a bigger role and reappears throughout the story gets one of these sheets with not just their personal information but also kind of their life’s story. I try to make them as humanly as possible and for that I give them character trades – the good ones as well as the bad ones.

Sometimes, if family is involved, I draw out Family Trees or Draw Character Constellations – usually on a sheet of paper. For organisational purposes I scan everything I’ve jotted down and save it in a folder. (Let me know if you want to know more about my filing system in the comments.)

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Starting with a blank page often is very hard so I try a technique that is called Freeflow. I just start writing random things that come to my mind and got to do with the book and most of the time that develops into a plot line. I reedit quite a lot, daily at the moment but I save the edited version as a copy with the day tag. I just like to be able to look at older versions of the story.

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My plot is a different document than the actual book with which I usually start when I’ve got the outline of the first chapter in my mind. The second chapter for me personally is much harder than the first and the one that gets reedited more than a few times. Probably because I established a style in the first chapter and need to figure out how to transfer it.

In the picture above you can clearly see that the Name for my current project was established within the first two weeks (though the idea for the book was in my mind for over 3 months until I started with the actual book). And it only happened because I decided to go another way and focus my storyline on different things than I intended with my first draft.

When you’re writing you have to be able to make compromises as you go along. Not everything is going to work out as you planned it in the first place. It took me a while to accept it but the sooner you do, the better your writing will get.

From this point on (assuming you have already developed and edited a reasonable plot) it is basically just you and the computer writing down chapter after chapter, editing, reediting and deleting.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.



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