To 10 Tips For New Writers

Hey everyone, welcome back to Coffee n’ Notes, I hope you are all having a nice Tuesday and if you are new to my blog, hi ๐Ÿ˜€

I got a few questions about this over on Tumblr and in my email, asking me for some tips for new writers. So, I thought I’ll write a post with my top 10 tips for new writers.

I remember how scary it was to start writing and being so overwhelmed about it all, where to start and how. Now we all heard that in order to be a writer you need to read and you need to write every day. Nothing new here, but what can really help a writer that is just starting out with the writing process? Just remember I am in no way an expert on writing, lol, these are just a few things that Iโ€™ve learned along the way and that worked well for me.

So, let’s start ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Take a deep Breath Yes, starting a new story (or novel) can be intimidating, but just take a deep breath and relax. Remember that this is what you really want to do. Start by writing whatever pops into your mind and I mean, whatever. It can be a word, a paragraph, anything goes. Tomorrow or a few days later try again. When I was a kid I wrote a 3 paragraphs story (with drawings) of a monster that’s trying to kill a dragon and a little girl saved the dragon. We think we imagine and we dream. Whatever you write is perfect and good and no one has to look at it. You will get better over time, but you must start somewhere.
  2. Ask Questions, For now, let’s go with the story I wrote when I was a kid. You need to ask yourself once you wrote that word or line or even more, is what’s going to happen next? If you don’t know then ask this… How will the little girl be able to kill a monster? What if she could have a magical power? What if she needs someone to help her? Who would that someone be? What if she couldn’t save the dragon? Keep asking and answering slowly as many questions as you can.
  3. Be yourself Donโ€™t write for someone else. Write about the things you would love to read and that genuinely interest you. Readers will know the difference immediately.
  4. Outline as much as you can If you want to have some sort of order in your writings than an outline is the best way to go. There are many people that are writing an entire novel without an outline, but I learned that it makes things much easier and you don’t get much “writer’s block” this way. There are so many ways out there to outline and you should find the best way that works for you. But, to just start the outline with the example I gave, you need to find the keywords that will push your story forward. Like: An evil monster. A little girl hero. A beautiful dragon. Forest. Mountains. Magical powers. A helpful big brother. The girl saves the beautiful dragon. and so on… Until you have some sort of an overall picture of your story.
  5. Donโ€™t be hard on yourself Writing is hard at the beginning, so take your time, practice and try to enjoy the work of imaginary worlds. Always remember that you love this and want to do this. If you don’t love writing, it is best to move to something else ๐Ÿ˜‰ Remember that not everything you write will be amazing and perfect, but it’s your story so keep writing.
  6. Look around with your writer’s hat on I find that looking around me, even when I’m at home can help a lot with my writing. I can always see something that will spark an idea or that perfect name. Everything can be inspiring and if you look and search around you, I promise you will find many good things you can put in your novel. Like: A name. A dialog you heard and changed a bit. A scene in a movie that played out exactly like what you needed, so write it all down and it will help you later with your scenes or plots.
  7. Schedule your writingย Don’t say I will write tomorrow. Say I will write at 8am till 10am for example. Use your planner or calendar to set some writing time and let people around you know that this is the time where they can’t reach you.
  8. Set some writing goals This will keep you accountable for your writing but also help you see the things you need to work on. You can set word count goals, scene goals or any way you choose, but don’t set too many goals for a day/week or a month. Know what you can do and be realistic with your goals (trust me on that).
  9. Research the genre you writing Today you can find everything online, you just need to search for it. If you write Science Fiction, search for some pictures that resemble the type of things you want to put in your novel. If you need names or places, research them as well. If you need some science stuff, or weapons (anything), just google it and search. This part can be fun and addictive so don’t forget why are you doing this and don’t procrastinate on that too much ๐Ÿ˜‰
  10. Figure out your ending Try to write the ending of your story, even if at first it is just a word or a single line. This will guide your writing to the point you need in order to reach that ending. If you choose to change the ending along the way that’s okay, but still write some sort of ending.ย 

These are my top ten tips for new writers! I hope it wasn’t too long (sorry if it was too long) and I hope that it helped you in any way ๐Ÿ™‚

As always, thank you so much for reading โค

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My NaNoWriMo Prep

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Nano is only a few days away, OMG! ๐Ÿ˜€

I saw these kinds of posts everywhere and I thought: Why not share my Nano prep with you as well. Each Nano is very different from the next and it all depends if I have a plan or not (in most cases, I have a plan).

This year, as I wrote in the post a week ago: Writing Update & Plans, I am planning to write the second book in my “The Earth Legacy” Series. I outlined the book (well… most of it anyway, lol) and now waiting for Nano to start ๐Ÿ™‚

So… How do I prepare for Nano? Here are my top 6 steps:

Find that spark:

I have a spark of an idea and I think of it. I start asking questions about the plot and the characters. Then the real work begins! I start writing notes, tons of notes… On my notebook, my phone, on my laptop and even a lot of little-colored post-its all over my desk.

Outline:

I love to outline my novel as much as I can. I just use keywords or short sentences about each major scene. You really want to have some sort of plan as it’s going to be a very fast writing and you do not have time for writer’s block ๐Ÿ˜€

Open your Planner:

Start thinking of all your other duties and hobbies like family, friends, gaming ((crying)) and house chores and think of how to fit some of them in with Nano month. The best thing that helps me is to write in my planner the entire month of all my Nano word count goals put the hours I need to write those words under each day. You will have to put aside a few things, like friends, gaming ((still crying about that), trips to town to do some shopping and just stay committed to your writing.

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To blog or Not to blog:

If you are a fellow blogger like me and you do choose to blog while doing Nano, write a few postsย  in advance or at least write some notes of each future posts, so when it comes to write your posts, you will not have a writer’s block and it will not keep you away from your writing for too long ๐Ÿ˜‰

Stock up:

Stock up on some chocolates, candy, yummy tea and coffee. You will barely sleep, as you are going to write in each free second you have. You have 50,000 words to write or if you are like me you have double that amount, lol (yep! crazy). Writing so fast and so much will drain you fast. Coffee or tea will become your friends and chocolate and candy will become your best friends ๐Ÿ˜€


Sanity?

Say goodbye to your sanity! I am not joking. You will dream of words, characters will jump into your daily life, Bunnies will try to put holes in your plot, lol, but most importantly, writing this many words in 1 month is beyond crazy… You must love it to go for it ๐Ÿ˜€

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If you are like me, you’re just crazy enough to give it a go and enjoy the craziness ๐Ÿ˜€

Are you doing Nano this year? How do you prepare for it? Don’t be shy and share some your best tips (I know you have them) ๐Ÿ˜€

As always, thank you so much for reading โค

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Writing Update & Plans

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It’s been a while since I posted any sort of writing update, so I thought why not today :D. I really thought it was time to share with you where I am with my writing/editing. Btw, I love this picture so much that I have it as my phone lock-screen wallpaper โค

Immortal Earth is the first book in The Earth Legacy Series.

This series is in the genre of Sci-Fi, YA, and Dystopian. Here sadly I don’t have any new news, lol, as I still haven’t started the editing. But after a lot of planning, I came up with a schedule that hopefully will work enough to juggle between the hectic life we live and my writing/editing, which brings me to my next update…

NaNoWriMo

Yes! I am going to do NaNoWriMo this year and this time I am not letting life get in my way. No matter what I am going to finish Nano. This NaNoWriMo I will write the second book in The Earth Legacy Series: New Earth (Working Title) and my goal is 100K, but if I get to 80K, I will still be very happy ๐Ÿ˜€ I know I have big goals, but I strongly feel that I can do it, life will just have to go around for Nano month, lol, right?

Feel free to add me as a buddy (Just let me know who you are so I will add you as well). I am jasmin66 (Click on the Nano picture to see my profile) โค

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After NaNoWriMo I am going to take a break on December from editing, just to clear my thoughts on the series and get some perspective, before I will start with the editing.

On January I will print my first book and start coloring it with the good old red pen ๐Ÿ˜€ I want to finish the editing part by March.

New Series: Guild Magic (working title)

I think most of you know that while I was in London โค I started a new series Called (for now) Guild Magic which is more Sci/Fi, YA, Fantasy. I wrote this story so fast.. On every second I had, I wrote. If it was on my phone, on the tablet or on my laptop, lol, I just wrote! This was amazing and I truly fell in love with the characters โค

Now I am only four chapters away from finishing the novel and I hope to finish it before Nano, but if I don’t… I think I will go back to it in December and finish the manuscript.

Just writing…

Somewhere between these two stories, I wrote another full novel, but I don’t think I will ever go back to it even though it was tons of fun writing it ๐Ÿ˜€

How is your writing going? How are your projects going? Can’t wait to read all about them ๐Ÿ™‚

Before I will make this post too long, I will finish here ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you are all having a wonderful day and if you are having a hard day, remember that tomorrow is a new day โค

As always, thank you so much for reading โค

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Writing In Chaos

Happy Thursday everyone, hope you are all having a nice day ๐Ÿ™‚ Mine was nice. I was at home all day and was able to start my packing (I can’t wait for the last-minute, lol). Started with all the makeup, perfumes and other girly things we “must” have with us at all times, lol ๐Ÿ˜€ This packing really put me in ‘London Mood’, making me even excited and nervous, lol.

Okay, let’s continue with this post ๐Ÿ˜‰

Btw, before I start… If you missed my first post on Writing In Chaos, just go over here.

This week on Writing In Chaos, I want to talk about something that also been asked of me (of other writers and bloggers)…

“Where do you get your ideas from”

I’ve been asked this question so many time, by so many people (friends, family, fellow bloggers, and readers, so I thought it was time to get it down in writing and make a post of it ๐Ÿ™‚

Ideas are everywhere (in every person you see, in a dream, an object, a sense and so on). Ideas are something that just pops into my mind and won’t leave me be until I put it in writing.

Now I know that this answer is not the answer that most people wanted to read, but it’s the truth! I am not saying this to hide some awesome trick ๐Ÿ˜‰

I can tell that something sometimes makes a little spark (a light-ball moment) in me, it can be anything that I see, hear, smell, touch or feel. In most cases, I just start to make up characters, events, worlds…

My mind is always searching, looking for these little sparks of ideas and always making up stuff (little ideas). I guess that mind just learned to see these little sparks.

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How? You might be asking yourself.

Well… I write. I write since I was less than 5 and I never stopped.

I have a notebook full of ideas, some are good and some are less good, lol, but I learned that having an idea is just not enough and even then, not the hard part of writing a novel or a blog post.

For me, ideas, are like water… always flowing and (so far and hopefully) never-ending. The part that writers/bloggers need to put more emphasis on, is the writing part. Having an idea is not enough, not even if it’s the greatest idea ever, what you must do is write it down, develop it, making it to something special for you and keep on writing.

I guess to close this post I will give you a small advice…

Carry a notebook (and a pen) with you everywhere and start writing! Write about that boy/girl drinking coffee… Daydream about their world or imaginary world, try to hear his/her voice in your mind and imagine their personality.

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Ask yourself this:

Who is this person?

Where this person will live?

When all this happens?

What if something happened to him? or to someone he loves?

How he is going react? or how will he succeed in doing something?

Why this even happened to this person?

Try to see more and more details about that person and soon enough an idea will pop to your head, full of details. Keep asking more and more questions and don’t forget to… Write it down! Write it all down!

Learn to imagine things and ask question

Make things up and play with them

Write them down and keep writing

That is all for now and don’t be shy to share your thoughts and where do your ideas come from?

As always, thank you so much for reading โค

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Writing In Chaos

Good evening everyone, hope your day (and week) is going great ๐Ÿ™‚ Today I was at home all day and just tried to catch up on a few blog posts (I missed so many, sorry guys). It was so fun to read your posts and enjoy this time just for that โค

After a few people DM me on twitter and emailed me the same question “How do you find time to write? I am starting this temporary feature of Writing In Chaos. Once a week I will share my most loved tip of how to write while your life is not as relaxed and organized, as you wished it to be ๐Ÿ˜‰

So let’s start ๐Ÿ˜€

Find Claim The Time

Life… Life can be so hard, chaotic and stressful. Writing while all of this is going on around you is even harder mentally, emotionally and even just to “find” the right time to write. I can tell you from my own experience that “finding the right time” is hard and almost impossible to find.

I learned that there is no ‘right time’ for writing.

Now I will say this and this is the honest truth for me… I can’t edit while I’m stressed out. I can always blame my illness that can’t handle stress at all, but I am not doing that. When I’m stressed I just can’t sit down and edit (it’s that simple). Editing takes way too much from me, unlike writing.

So before I will run with my thoughts too much, making this posts even longer, lol, I will go back to my post title ๐Ÿ˜€

So… How do you write while living a chaotic and stressful life?

The short answer, you can’t! (But wait…)

The right answer here is… Relax! ๐Ÿ˜€

Learn to relax for just a little while and then write.

You need to find 1 minutes, or 5 minutes (the place doesn’t matter right now, it can be even in the bathroom, lol) but you must bring yourself to breathe and relax.

With all that is going on in my life right now and this blazing heat, I can’t edit a single word but I can find those little moments and write. I call it freestyle writing. In this type of writing, you take 1 minutes or more and start writing on whatever comes to mind (I mean… whatever).

It can be about your day, an object in front of you, a word that jumped into your mind, a place you dream to go or a person. Anything goes, just write. Learn to enjoy those little moments that are only yours and even be creative at these moments. it’s not about your family, work, friends or shopping, only you with yourself.

I guarantee you will feel free once you do it and if you love writing or creating, you will find these little moments more and more throughout the day. But for now, try and do this even if it’s only once a day for 1 minute, 5 minutes but no more than 10 minutes.

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When I first started, I felt too stressed and way too overwhelmed with everything and sadly I gave up almost everything just to able to do what I needed to do. But giving up the writing (even for a few months) was too hard emotionally and I couldn’t find the time (I was very annoyed by this).

So I started this freestyle writing just for 1 minute here (in the car while I was stuck in traffic in hell heat), 1 minute there (while I was in the shower, lol) and slowly it grew to 5 minutes here and there. After a while, it was even more. Now… Now I have a full story completed (no editing yet, lol) and I wrote it while life was more hectic and chaotic than ever.

126,420 words in 2 stressful month ๐Ÿ˜€ For me… This is beyond awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰

So don’t guilt yourself to write and just take that 1 minute (here and there) to only write, imagine, or even record… some of your thoughts, some imaginary world or character, some type of little plot, or a blog post ideas.

The important thing here that you claim this time for your craft, knowing that this is just yours to be creative and write (or draw, play or blog…anything goes). You will be amazed what you can accomplish with only 1 minute and even more with 5 minutes ๐Ÿ˜‰

Don’t try to find the time but claim the time ๐Ÿ˜€

That is all for this little tip, hope you are all having a wonderful day and maybe even a creative one ๐Ÿ˜€
As always, thank you so much for reading โค

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{P.s. Sorry for the long post}

Behind The Writer + An Update

So it’s Wednesday, I hope you are all having a good day and your week is nice and relaxedย so far ๐Ÿ™‚

I will start with the update first, as I have a few things I want to share with you ๐Ÿ˜‰ Most of you might know that my mom is going to a retirement home and we found the perfect place for her (that she mostly chose) and I know that she loves it. At first, she was going to enter today, but after we did some paperwork and talked to some people she will enter on the 1st of July ๐Ÿ™‚

Both my mom and I were very stressed out about all the things we needed to accomplish by today, so I was very stressed to say the least, lol. But now that she will be entering only in two weeks, there is time to do the things more slowly (yey us).

As for JuNoWriMo, I have done nothing! (well… almost nothing). So I will take that as a small failure, but after all that is going on, I am not stressing about that. I guess there is time (or no time, lol) for everything.

My Newsletter that was meant to go out on the 20th this month will still go out, but by the end of the month like the 28th of June. If you haven’t signed up yet, go here and sign up so you won’t miss June Issue โค

Okay… Let’s get back to our Wednesday Behind The Writer ๐Ÿ˜‰

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For this week I wanted to share with you what motivates me to write, only this time with the small twist of writing with a short term memory loss ๐Ÿ˜€

You know how they say that when you write something, take a little space from it when you are done and come back later with a whole new fresh look on it. Well, writing with a memory loss is something like that, lol, but a bit more challenging ๐Ÿ˜€

So after a few trials and errors, I found the right things that help me feel motivated to write, even when I can’t remember what I am writing about, lol.

The day before:

You wrote a lot of pages and chapters (or just a few lines) and before you leave it, write a few things somewhere where you will see it the next day ๐Ÿ™‚

Write down the key points of what you wrote so far and what you think you want to write the next day and how your plot is going to go.

Write down to read what you wrote the day before (only). Do not read the entire thing, just what you wrote the day before. If you read the entire book (if you had been writing for a few days or month) every day, you will never be able to move on with your writing. So read only what you wrote the day before and write little notes (if you have any).

The next day:

Before you start writing do some free writing, just to let your mind get used to the word flow and the writing itself. do that just for a few minutes to let the creative juices flow.

Then read the day’s before work and write little notes (I always see things a bit differently, but so far it was for the better).

Read the key points of the story.

start your writing according to the key points. The story and the characters may change as you go, but after you read the entire book, you see how those changes came for the best and didn’t hurt the plot at all.

Before you go to sleep do the same as you did for the day before ๐Ÿ˜€

During this time, I tend to read a lot – much more than usual, lol, don’t know why but it helps me a lot with my writing and keeps me inspired.

Sorry for the long posts guys, but I hope it wasn’t overbearing and even though I have written about a very specific subject, I still think it can be implemented in other areas. I think what is extremely important when you have a memory loss is to stay organized or keep your thoughts organized.

So write everything down!

As always, thank you so much for reading โค

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Behind The Writer

It’s Wednesday and I hope that you are all having a nice day and your week is going as planed and even better ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okay let’s start, as I promised this to be short as can be ๐Ÿ˜€

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For this week’s of Behind The Writer I will still talk about the things that motivates me to write when there are a lot of stuff on my plate and things just going crazy, lol.

This little tip of you wanna call it that way is a bit out there and not so sweet and nice (I am sorry). Well… I am not super sorry, because we are all people and sometimes what motivates us can be not so nice things ๐Ÿ˜€

Even though this is not that of nice thing to do, I do want to share with you what helps me and this sometimes helps, especially when I am in a slump.

I take a book, read an article that in my own opinion is just not so good. I know…it’s a bit, you know… but it helps me to say to myself, “Hey… I can do this and I can do this better.” ๐Ÿ˜€

Now as I said, I know that this little tip is a bit out there, but I have read in a few places of authors that actually do this when they are in a slump and it helps them as well, just as much as it helps me (every time btw).

Have you heard of this little tip before? What are your thoughts on this? Can’t wait to read your thoughts on this.

Thank you so much for reading โค
Galit

Behind The Writer

It’s Wednesday and at Coffee n’ Notes it’s time for ‘Behind The Writer’ ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday and a great week.

Before I will start with the post, I just wanted to say that I am sorry I was away for a bit and haven’t answered your lovely comments and visited your wonderful blogs. Too much is going on right now (JunoWriMo, Other writing, Family, Home…).

so I am a bit overwhelmed, but I hope things will get easier – soon ๐Ÿ™‚

So… Back to the post, lol. Btw, If you missed my first two posts in this series, you can find them Here and Here.

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So what motivates me to continue writing, if I get stuck?

Well… I usually get a bit stuck in the middle of the story (I write very fast until then, so I think I get a bit burned out) and then I need to be more motivated to write. Mostly because I start to procrastinate a lot (a lot!) and I start doing everything on my lists, but writing ๐Ÿ˜‰

So what motivates me here are some little mind trick, lol, crazy I know (but hey, that works). I say to myself that if I write for a minute or two – on the clock, about a single word I choose or use this site, then… I am done!

In most cases that one word makes a spark and I start writing for a few more minutes about that word and then I have enough push and motivation and I continue on working on my story (usually for a few hours).

Now if that didn’t help I set my alarm for an hour later and until then I do what I need or want. When the alarm starts ringing, I start again ๐Ÿ˜€ Or do some free writing to get my mind clearer.

Day like these, when I have too much on my plate and writing is just a job, I do little tricks like these and it brings back the excitement and motivation for the writing and my story โค

Well, that is all for this Wednesday, I managed to keep this short-ish, yey.

As always, thank you so much for reading โค

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Behind The Writer

Hey everyone, I hope you are all having a wonderful day and week ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s Wednesday and here at Coffee n’ Notes it’s time for my new series of “Behind The Writer”. This will be a short post, almost like a mini-post as I like to call it. If you missed my first post or just don’t remember, you can find it here, where I wrote an introduction to this series.

This week I am going to talk about what motivates me to write on those slow or busy days, so let’s start!

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One of my motivation to write a story is when the story creeps into my dreams as sweet dreams and even as nightmares if I don’t put them in writing.

The story wedges itself into every aspect of my thoughts. The characters start screaming and talking, the plot racing in my mind.

Examples:

Watching the same movie, over and over again, lol (24/7 every day). The only way to make this cycle stop is to write it all down. Now I know it sounds crazy, but believe me that when you write the story down and your mind finally clears, it’s a wow moment!

Imagine that you could hear thoughts, everyone’s thoughts, none stop. I woke up one morning (and sometimes in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, lol) and I could hear everything. I could hear my character’s thoughts, conversations and even their hopes, dreams and their struggles until I couldn’t take it anymore.

The only way to stop this madness, of running thoughts of all sort of characters that happened to invade my brain, is to write it down. Now I know it sounds crazier than before, but that’s how my crazy mind works, lol.

This is a great motivation to write a story, a blog post (yep) or even a poem.

I write or I will go insane, lol.

Don’t forget to share your thoughts on what motivates you to do something?

As always, thank you so much for reading โค

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Can I Have Another Question?

I have done a small series of ‘What, Why and How I’m Writing‘ but here I want to talk about the art of asking questions while you write your novel.

When you start your writing, whether it’s a novel, an essay or anything that you’re feeling creative about. Now it’s just a start of an idea – we all know that ๐Ÿ˜‰ But what’s next?

After years of writing, I found that sometimes a story just falls apart. The main reason for that is that the author had stopped asking questions! It’s simple as that.

Now I know it sounds a bit silly, but it did take me a while to ask questions about everything major and minor that happens in my story.

Let’s say you have a perfect idea, wonderful characters and your words just keeps the reader on the edge of their sit. But somewhere in the middle, the plot holes begin to slow the reader down and in a worst-case scenario, the reader just doesn’t finish the book.

I learned from the people around me (My mom, my best friend, and hubby) to ask lots of question from the very beginning. as I start the outline or even before, as I take note of the idea.

Example:

A girl learns that she has a special gift.

Questions:

Who is this girl? What’s her name? How she looks? How old is this girl? Where she lives? What about her family?

How she learns about her gift? What is her gift? Is she the only one with this gift? What can she do with this gift? Can she hurt someone with her gift? How will she use her gift around others? What are the dangers about her gift? Can she turn it off? What will happen to her?

While writing all these questions I already thought of much more and a story started to form and more ideas came in my head. The more questions I can ask, for me, the better the story will be ๐Ÿ˜‰

There are great stories that the author just rolls with what happens and not questioning things while writing. But when you get stuck it’s nice to know where to go, that is why I love writing questions.

I admit that I do this in the outline mostly and to the major plot and main characters, but it still helps me see far beyond the initial idea and I get a deeper look into my characters thoughts and world.

Do you ask questions while writing? If you do, how you do that?

As always, thank you so much for reading โค

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