Hey, everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend =)
Unfortunately, I’ve been sick these past two days, but I’m slowly getting better. Thanks to everyone who commented on my last blog post! It was neat to see how everyone handles another writer’s success. Also, I want to thank those who encourage me to keep on writing :3 It’s kind of you to care about me and comment on my blog.
Today, I want to talk about a method I use for my writing.
If you read my stories, or if you used to read my stories (yes, I know they are no longer available), then you may notice I’m a slow writer. The truth is, yes, I am a slow writer. However, there is a reason I take forever to write a chapter. This method may seem strange to some, but it’s something I feel makes my stories better.
Ok, I’m sure you’re wondering what the method is? Well, I visualize everything as if it were a TV show, anime, or movie. I play out the chapter in my head like a visual medium. Honestly, as writers, we know if a movie or TV show is bad. If I visualize the chapter and see that some scenes or dialogue doesn’t make sense, I scrap it. Because of this process, it takes me a while to get everything down in words. When I visualize the chapter, I do everything – and I mean everything: dialogue, description, and setting.
In other words, if I can’t imagine it, then I don’t write it. To explain further, I’ll use an example. You know when you are watching a movie, and certain scenes don’t seem right? It’s like, why would the character say that? Or what’s the point of the characters doing that quest? It’s the same type of idea. If it doesn’t flow well like a movie (or in my case, more an anime), then the idea isn’t working. When I was writing the end of Clash of Tides, I actually had this problem. Elena’s story became so delicate, I needed to make sure I wrote it realistically. The same applies to my newest story, Battle of the Five Kings, which is a dark, high fantasy story.
However, sometimes (and it’s rare), I don’t need to imagine what I’m writing first. Recently, I wrote this 100-word prompt, and it’s gotten excellent reviews on Writing.com so far.
She couldn’t resist him any longer. His touch was divine, his form was perfection, and his voice was like slink caressing her skin.
He leaned in closer, brushing his lips against her caramel flesh and ebony locks. With slow movements, he journeyed with kisses from her neck to her ear. He whispered, “Lana, may I have you?” His deep voice echoed in her skull, and her defenses were invaded.
His wings fluttered, flickering with delight and then quickly encased her, bringing her body to his.
He was her angel, but she was his sin.
“Yes, Uriel, I’m yours,” she moaned.
~ 100 Words
When I wrote the above, I was free writing, so I didn’t imangine it first. The good thing, though, is we have various bad examples of visual storytelling. Mainly, bad movies.
Overall, I do enjoy sitting for a good thirty minutes and just daydreaming about my world. However, I have to make sure I don’t fall into the trap of Maladaptive Daydreaming. You can learn more here: Maladaptive Daydreaming – What is it?
I hope you found this post helpful!
What methods do you use to plan out your chapters?
(Sorry for any grammar or spelling mistakes. I’m still high off cough medicine)