Writing I wanna get into novelling (Read 228 times)

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Not really sure where to start though. I've been writing little tidbits of story ideas/tiny two-three sentence "story fragments" that amuse me as they come into my head on my iphone but I haven't really gotten a good idea of What To Do with regards to an actual comprehensive story or plot or anything at all in that realm. Any people with experience in writing care to pass out some pointers? Please don't mention nanowriomo
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I always wanted to do this as well. But there are various things in the way. That is, when I get home from work my inclination to work more even on interesting stuff tends to die. I revert to vidjama gams and consuming other media.
 
I'm definitely not a writer unfortunately, but from what I gather, most of the pros will just tell you to begin writing everyday. At least a page's worth or 1000 words about basically anything and eventually you will be able to write full blown novels and such.

As for the actual methodologies of writing a novel all I could say is that it depends on what you would want from it and that there isn't a specific way to go about it.
 
Also, I had never heard of Nanowriomo till this topic. looks kid of like a ludum dare only for novels. Interesting.
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The best advice in starting any activity is: fail early. Do the stupidest, corniest, most-cliched, novel ever and you're already ahead of 90% wannabewriters who never wrote anything.
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a lot of this depends on the way you write and work best, but i've always thought preparation is one of the best things you can do when trying to write something like this. i've tried writing a novel a bunch of times and the main reason i usually stopped was because i hadn't prepared particularly well and got stumped and disinterested after a while. going into it with a reasonably complex idea of where you want the story to go and what you want to do with it will avoid a lot of these problems and help you keep a better pace. that said, i think you definitely don't want to over-prepare, as the story still should be loose enough for it to surprise you, but it's really helpful always generally having some idea of where you're going next in the story so there's never a point where you're just wholly stumped on something.
 
i could really make a long post on this topic but this is the biggest issue i've encountered.
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one of my very best friends is a writer and his thing is mostly short stories. i guess it'd be better to start with that, get used to developing characters & compelling narratives from the fragments and make little stories out of them. A novel is kinda a huge thing and like most stuff, the more you write the better you get, so don't just go diving in the deep end
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Yeah, I find writing short stories tends to be a more successful avenue as well. The few novels I've attempted have all died on the vine.
 
Though oddly enough sometimes when I write a short story it'll end up being a 'long' short story but still not quite novella sized.