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I am new to this community. This is indeed my first post. I go to school full time and I work full time. I will be 30 in August. I have a seven-year-old son. I just remarried in February. He also has children. All of this is to say that I lead a very full life. I have a novel in me. Rather, I have an idea that I want to turn into a novel. I have several ideas waiting in the wings after I get this one finished. This is my first attempt at this adventure. I am so excited. If it never becomes anything more than a document file on my computer, I will be happy to have finished it. I want it to be more though. Here is where you come in. Have you been through this process before? What tips do you have? How did you get started? How did you organize? Did you go through the query process? I have a million more questions. What resources do you recommend? How did you research topics? My journal is friends only. I would love your comments here. If you want to hear more about my progress this summer, let me know. Comment on my journal/add me to your list. I will be happy to return the favor. Thank you so much.

Oh and I'm sorry if this is cross posted on your friends list alot.
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Date:July 4th, 2006 06:47 am (UTC)
Apologies on replying so late to this, but there was a while there where I got busy and wasn't reading my LJ much, and I apparently missed your post when it was made.

I'm currently writing a novel...have been for some years now, on and off, as life will allow. My "research" is hit-or-miss, I'm afraid, and on pretty much an as-needed basis. At some point in the revision process I will probably try to research more thoroughly, but I find that too much research gets in the way of writing. Maybe this means my novel will be ridiculous and unbelievable. So be it. Hopefully I'll have the wherewithal to fix it when the time comes. But right now, I think the most important thing is that I eventually /finish/ it. I've started several novels, gotten pretty far with a couple of them, but never finished. Right now, that's paramount...to just get the entire story arc down.

I need to research a lot of rather odd things...Germany, the Alps, Russian organized crime in Europe, Basque separatists, stuff about the IRA, and stuff about the music business and the recording history. Right now, I'm just writing on the strength of characterization and some common sense (and perhaps my knowledge of some common clichés) to see me through the entirety of the first draft.

Organize? Hahahahaha. I'm bad. Very bad. I don't organize, not really. I write whatever bits I feel like writing, and then I try to figure out where exactly they best fit and what else I need to write to fill in the blanks. I would rather write this way and write inspired scenes rather than forcing myself to write through to the places I want to go. My concept of the way certain plot points will occur changes, so I can't really chart my course anyway, and I certainly can't do it chronologically. I've already come up with things farther on in the story that have caused me to go back and revamp the foreshadowing in earlier parts to keep it consistent. It's not the most efficient way of operating, but the way I figure it, it's better than stymying the whole process.

I think it's really easy to get so caught up in the process and planning for writing that you end up with a whole all-dressed-up-and-no-place-to-go kind of scenario when you finally do get to the point of putting pen to paper, or fingertips to keyboard, as the case may be. I have to say one thing that brings to mind, and that is that I write a lot more prolifically now that I have mastered the art of actually coming up with stuff and being able to type it out while it's in process. For years I could only write the first draft with pen and paper, and then I would sit down and type it up from the handwritten manuscript.

But anyway, I don't know if this helps or not. By all means, if you are so inclined and haven't given up on this community due to the silence, feel free to post snippets or whatever you want comments on.
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