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Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:54 pm
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Jessa says...

I have been working on a novel for a few months now and I keep hitting a wall. Well, actually I keep stopping because I am overwhelmed with questions inside my head. The main question that keeps arising is: Do other writers actually have the majority of their story planned out before they begin to write it, or do they just write on the fly?

Please help me by letting me know what your style for formulating a novel is...or just give me some general advice! Thanks everyone.
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Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:58 pm
Skydreamer says...

I'm no experienced writer. But I do know, that some of my favorite works, that I have written were written on the fly. So a tip that I have, is to simply write more than one story at a time. I make sure that I write about many other things as well as my main project, so that for that story ideas don't run dry. Sometimes, I even work on projects that are quite short, just to write on something else. I hope you try it out!

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Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:47 pm
Rosendorn says...

Most writers I know write on the fly. It's just another style of writing. :) If that's why you're hitting the wall, know there isn't anything inherently wrong in any way to write.
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Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:56 pm
AquaMarine says...

Personally, what I usually do is write on the fly for a whole and then stop, evaluate and come up with a plan before my story goes horribly wrong!

In the end, I think it's all about finding a way that works for you. For some people, they can't write until they have a plan. For others, the ideas only start coming whilst they're writing! One famous example I could give you is JK Rowling - she plans everything! But, again, other writers don't. If the way that you're writing isn't working for you at the moment then just think about how you can change your method. :)
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