Monday, September 21, 2009

writing styles and conquering the block

As I mentioned before I'm writing a book. While this is true, I'm quickly realizing what a daunting task I have taken on. The first few days of writing churned out around 4-6 pages per day. I've gone back and tweaked them a bit, and am pleased with them so far.
Today, I'm struggling over a few things.
1. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. I have all these ideas for scenes/chapters and I don't know where to start. Last week I simply wrote whatever scene stuck out in my head and wouldn't let me be. Now though, I can't seem to focus on one to elaborate.
2. I have mostly been writing in 1st person, my main character's. Though I'd really like to tell parts of the story in at least one other character's perspective, maybe two. I like books that do that. I'm not sure I can pull it off. I guess all I can do is try and see.
3. I have ideas for flashbacks, but I'm not sure if they're distracting to the reader or if it might annoy the reader.
4. I just don't know if it's really good. I think it is, and so far, the people who've read it say it's good. But they're my friends and family. I hope they're being honest, but that little demon called Doubt is rearing its ugly head.


Cara said...

humm. At least you've had a good start. 10-12 pgs in word translates to much more in a book. Flashbacks sound like they might be confusing - they usually are - but, if you can get away with it, go for it!
Can't wait to read it.

Aven said...

actually it's 4-6 pages, if you figure the average of 250 words/page in a novel.

Cara said...

Oh ok. Still a good start tho. :)

Aven said...

after today's writing, I think I have a little over 9 (WordDoc) pages written.

Leslie said...

Don't doubt yourself. Doubt could be the source of your writer's block. Just go with it. You can always make changes later. :)