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Does writing give a high?
Inspiration hit this afternoon and I just spent the past 6 hours typing out an 8-page (single-spaced, small font because I couldn't be bothered to change it) outline/general-overview of notes for the first part of a book and now I feel...




For those more versed than I at writing (which is probably everyone), where should I go now? The story that will come from my notes will fill what I think may end up being 1/4 of my book. Do I flesh those notes out more or do I continue onward until I have the whole book written out in a generalized manner?


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re: Does writing give a high?
Without giving away too much, what type of book is it? Nonfiction, alternate history, spy thriller, romance novel, murder mystery? That would help us give you guidance.


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Look up on YouTube a Brandon Sanderson lecture from 2016 when he taught a class at BYU. Even if you’re not looking into writing fantasy, there’s still some good stuff about writing in general. I just started watching it and it’s great information!

As far as where to go next, it depends on what type of writer you are! Figuring that out is the biggest thing. The first lecture from that series on YouTube addresses that!


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Without giving away too much, what type of book is it? Nonfiction, alternate history, spy thriller, romance novel, murder mystery? That would help us give you guidance.


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Look up on YouTube a Brandon Sanderson lecture from 2016 when he taught a class at BYU. Even if you’re not looking into writing fantasy, there’s still some good stuff about writing in general. I just started watching it and it’s great information!

As far as where to go next, it depends on what type of writer you are! Figuring that out is the biggest thing. The first lecture from that series on YouTube addresses that!



Urban fantasy, an idea for a world I've had for a loooooooong time (magic re-appearing in our world after thousands of years of absence) but never could find the right intro for it. Some ideas I liked but they ended up feeling shoe-horned or just went nowhere.

Speaking of Sanderson, today and tonight I've felt a bit like Taravangian on a really good day (without the a-holery).


Thanks for the input, folks!
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re: Does writing give a high?
I used to write all the time up until about high school and then focused more on sports and friends. I’ve recently gotten back into reading and all those creative thoughts and yearnings are starting to rush back! In my 20’s and know I have a ton of time left to write, so I really am hoping to get back into it.

They say everyone has a book in them, and writing for me has always been therapeutic, so I definitely see where the high comes from lol. Good luck on your story! Keep us updated!


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re: Does writing give a high?
Somewhat

Just write.

Like Sean Connery says in finding forrester: “The best feeling is finishing the first draft. Write your first draft with your heart, rewrite with your head.”


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re: Does writing give a high?
Depends on your writing style: pantser vs planner. Bradbury was a pantser. Most people are planners. Many drafts of several novels have given me the knowledge that I'm a general planner but allow myself to let go of the plan and write if inspiration takes hold and I wander off in a different direction. Problem is that then the whole fricking plan has to change. Detailed planners will say the outline is the actual creation bit and the writing is really just mechanical. There is no one answer, but my general advice is to have at least a solid idea of the ending and a decent idea of the basic steps you're going to take to get there. And it can be as simple as:

X is [insert character traits, often an orphan] with the ability to do [insert special trait].

X gets thrust into a situation that causes him to go down his path of destiny. [Insert the situation, e.g. death of a friend, someone finds out about X's power and tries to take him out, etc.]. X can never return to being who he was now. His trajectory is inevitable.

X has to overcome [insert main obstacle]. This can be another character (i.e. a villain) or a situation. Typically better to have a solid villain working against X.

To overcome the main obstacle, X must first do [insert intervening obstacles]. X has to find the wizard who can teach X about his powers, but Villain has his henchmen looking for X. After finding wizard, X must find the enchanted item/sword/etc., but Villain's net is closing around X. Then X has to etc etc.

X confronts Villain, but Villain escapes. Or Villain dies. Or whatever.

X wins or loses. X's destiny is fulfilled or is incomplete and he must keep going.

Blah blah blah.

Basic, basic plot points. But know the ending and the basics of getting there so you can write with intention.


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I always liked Vonnegut’s story structure guide


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re: Does writing give a high?
Yes it does give a high. It's the tenth round of revising where the buzz wears off some lol.
Keep writing that first draft til it's done IMO. You'll go back and flesh more things out every time you look at it.


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re: Does writing give a high?
Just give your characters a problem...then fix the problem...for an entire book. That basically sums up the guidance I received in upper level writing classes in the LSU English/Creative Writing department way back when I was completing my degree. Good luck!

I want to get high on writing very soon, too. It has been too long for me.


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re: Does writing give a high?
Great thread and timely. Been getting the itch myself. Have a general idea for my story but nothing on paper yet. Just in my head. I've had so many great ideas just vanish in my head because I forgot to jot down notes.


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re: Does writing give a high?
Same! Seems like most of my ideas come at times when jotting down a note or even making a quick audio note aren’t possible. Specifically in the shower lol. Seems to be the best time for me to think. Phone is waterproof so maybe I just need to keep it handy lol.


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re: Does writing give a high?
I've got about 6 or so little notebook of ideas / notes, some of them contradictory or changing prior ideas sitting in a drawer - probably equates to about two completely full legal pads thus far. But a lot of it is just noting interesting story structure as I'm reading / watching TV, interesting character models and how I may want to work some of that into my story.


I've also been taking notes on specific characters / character types, setting / world map, history, notes of types of characters and just an overall way the universe was.I have been upping my reading a lot and sometimes inspiration strikes and I am able to get a good grasp and knock out like 10 pages of notes right in a row as it comes to me, instead of sitting there thinking trying to flesh it out. That has happened 5 or 6 times and really helped get the overall path of the story, how the world(s) look in my head but when that happens my heart starts racing and i start getting ahead of myself and can definitely see it as some sort of "high".


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Thanks for this

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Look up on YouTube a Brandon Sanderson lecture from 2016 when he taught a class at BYU. Even if you’re not looking into writing fantasy, there’s still some good stuff about writing in general. I just started watching it and it’s great information!

As far as where to go next, it depends on what type of writer you are! Figuring that out is the biggest thing. The first lecture from that series on YouTube addresses that!



Just started and its great
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re: Does writing give a high?
“Why the Chicken Crossed the Road....and more”


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Writing is fun and when you get into it its consuming. It takes time, dedication, and patience. It's not for every one though try writing a blog and test your self kinda feel the water.


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I've written or co-written more than a half dozen screenplays. I absolutely hate the process, but I can't stop. It's an obsession and a necessary evil.

The best expression I've seen used was "I hate writing, but I love having written."


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