When You Don't Know What to Write // tips for beginners

Monday, March 14, 2016

I spend half my life writing, hence the name of my blog, and I've lost inspiration more often than not. A million and one negative thoughts swim through my subconscious. What's the point of writing something no one will ever read? What if my writing is dry and incomplete? What do I do about all my plot-holes? What if I'm made fun of for my ideas? What if I'm not good enough? Or the alternative: My novel will sell three billion copies an be printed in every language. By the end of the day, I've either convinced myself that I'm too good for everyone or that I've fallen miserably short and will never catch up.

It's human nature: we're either over confident or under confident, and neither is good. You can go into a project thinking it'll be easy-peasy, that you'll never even have to think, and you're miserably disappointed. You can also shoot yourself down before you've even begun. In both scenarios you're left utterly helpless.
wise words, y'all.

There is one piece of advice that nearly every writing blog will tell you. In order to learn the basics of novel-writing and writing in general, there is one ever-true anthem that can never fail you:

Ugh, I know you think your life is boring -- mine is, too. I don't intend to write a novel about my own life. You'd be asleep by the third page and would probably end up more confused than you already were. My point is that you must know your characters, your setting, your purpose, and your plot better than you know yourself. You can't go into a novel with absolutely no idea who or what you're writing about. You have to have a plan. And, coming from me, that means something, because I hate plans. I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda gal. I've tried to write a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants novels, and they don't work. The result is always a completely under developed character with a completely under developed plot and a really boring story.

You don't have to write about your home town or your high school or your best friend. Writing what you know is dependent upon two things: research  and creativity. What time period do you want you story to take place in? What was the culture like? Type of government? What place?  Research it  Why is your character the way she is? What are her motives to reach the resolution? What are her strengths and weaknesses? What is her one fatal flaw? Is your novel story taking place in a self- created fantasy world? Create it.

Are you discouraged? Don't be! I've found a list of 440 books set in high school. Whether you're in elementary school, middle school, high school, or college, your voice should be heard. You have a right to write, so exercise is wisely. Whatever you choose to research and create, do it, and do it well. Don't scare yourself into giving up. You can  and you will do this. I believe in you.

Are you totally inspired to create something amazing? Comment below if you are and let me know what bestseller you're cooking up so I can add it to my TBR list

Creating is a beautiful thing, isn't it?        


  1. These are fantastic, thanks for sharing!!
    Also, i tagged you for the Text Tag, if your interested. :)

  2. HAHAHAH OH MY GOODNESS. I love this. These are great tips and one I'd like to add is -- find your own style. maybe some will plan, but others will write on a whim. don't limit yourself. change outlines, switch the plot up, introduce an unexpected character. But make sure you know where you're going. if you don't, you'll end up no better than when you started.

    WOO. i loved this post. it was so good. :)

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Cally! Thanks for your sweet comment :)


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