How Writer’s Work Part 2

Last time when I did a post like this, I talked about how writers may add parts of themselves to characters, but how we are NOT our characters. This time I’m going to talk about how we need our space.

From what I’ve noticed, most writers are introverts or a mixture of introvert and extrovert. I have never met a extrovert writer.

From those of you who don’t know, here are the basic definitions:

Introvert- someone who gets energy from themselves, talks only when they really have something to say, thinks over things to a great extent, enjoys being alone, likes being with friends for a set amount of time

Extrovert- someone who gets energy from being with other people, talks all the time, doesn’t really have to absorb information, enjoys being around other people all the time, with no breaks

I’m a total introvert, except for the fact that I talk. A lot. If you know me, or have Skyped me before, you know that I talk none stop. For everything that you say, I’ll probably say three times as much. But I have to be alone as much as I’m with people, or I kind of, honestly, freak out. But even that is only true to some extent. I rarely tire of family (well my parents at least ;] ), and I do have a very few friends that I can easily spend a week with.

Most introverts are like that, so don’t be offended if they say no, or think of a very poor excuse, when you invite them over. Introverts will do this with anyone, even their closest friends. It doesn’t mean that we don’t like you or don’t want to be friends anymore. It means that we need some time alone.

So how does this apply to writers? I think introvertial writers can be worse in some ways, because writers value their characters equally as much as they do people. For you none-writers out there, that probably sounds insane. But think about it. We follow our characters through every single step of the story, and since we are writing it, we feel what they do. No, we do not think our characters are real [although writers will frequently joke about that], but we love our characters, which comes down to some simple things.

We need to write. We need to think. [For outliners] we need to outline. We need to edit. We need to think about what to do with our novels.

So don’t be offended if we say we need to write, so we can’t come over, go to lunch, or whatever.

We spend years on writing and perfecting our novels, so yes, we are going to want to work on that.

So before I leave, let me leave you with a list:

What to do when encountering an introvert writer:

1.) Say hi, but let them continue the conversation. If they really want to talk to you, they will keep it going.
2.) Be understanding if they say.
3.) If they say no, say, “Maybe some other time.” But don’t try to set another date. This will stress out your introvert/writer friend.
4.) Ask them how their book is going. And believe me, that’s the best way to word that question. Don’t try another way.
5.) Try something that won’t take all day. Lunch, a movie night, a ball game, walk in the park, and occasionally a sleepover.

And remember. That even though we are introverts, we love our friends!:)

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

–NatalieNoel

NOTE FROM NATALIENOEL: *waves* hi new followers! I’m really excited because once I get 6 more followers I get to do a book giveaway! What book would you like me to give away? Any suggestions?

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How Writers Work (for those who need to know)

I am a writer.

The characters I create
aren’t me.
They are part of me.
the adventurer
the romantic
the warrior
the princess
the hero
the villain
the freak
the friend
They are parts of me I hide.
The parts I wish to be.
The parts I have been.
and the parts I will be.
Every story is based on a truth.
Your truth.

-off of Pinterest

I guess this is something that has kind of been on my mind for a while, and when I saw this quote I knew exactly how to tell it. My main characters aren’t me. I’m not suicidal, in a relationship, or abused. I’ve had family ask before, and I know that friends have wondered. I am NOT my characters or their story. But they ARE part of me.
Chrissi is the main one that people think I’m the most like, because she’s the oldest, and her three youngest siblings are based on my siblings. Chrissi is borderline suicidal and struggling with her relationship with Christ. I am the latter part of this, because I struggle. Having Chrissi struggle is ground that I understand, but I also understand the beauty of feeling like God is in the room with you, something that Chrissi experiences at the darkest moment of her life. I can understand that feeling of being scared to death, and then not being scared anymore, because God silently whispers, “You aren’t supposed to live in fear. Trust me.” As for the other similarities, they are and aren’t coincidental. The three siblings being based on my siblings is just like that because I KNOW how to write it. I know how they work. And I’ve seen so much humor with that, that I figure why not add it to the story?
Chrissi is the oldest in her family. Fun fact: at some point Chrissi had an older brother. But then Chrissi looked at me and said, “I don’t have an older brother.” So Cole turned into James, and James turned into an older brother figure.
Chrissi’s favorite verse is my favorite verse. Someone pointed that out to me. But ACTUALLY it’s Desiree’s favorite verse, and the verse just happened to fit there. And plus, it fit the scene perfectly. No other verse in the Bible would have worked there.
Have you heard of parents living out of their children? That’s kind of what authors do with their characters. They have their characters do things that they’ve always wanted to do. For instance, when I was younger, I always wanted to be a famous singer. My first serious main character was part of a drama group.
Why do you think girl main characters are so tough now of days? It’s the author’s secret. The author may only leave her house one a week to go to the grocery store, but her heroine is who she really wants to be. A romance novelist may—as surprising as it is—may have never been in a relationship. Authors hide themselves in their books. But half of the time, it isn’t what you think it is.
Have you ever talked to people who have taken your books a little too seriously? Have you ever done that about an author?
By the way, if you’ve ever done that to me, this post wasn’t against you. I’m not mad.(: I just wanted to explain it and prevent it from happening again.
Oh! And this is totally unrelated, but I am 11 followers away from my first giveaway. ;)

God Bless!
–Natalie Noel

We Continue With Paulina! :)

Make our next guest poster super comfortable and give her lots of nice comments.:) Enjoy!

Coauthoring vs. Solo Writing: Part 2
By Paulina Czarnecki

Paulina Czarnecki is a fifteen-year-old writer who lives in Michigan. She loves country music, plays piano, guitar, volleyball, and soccer, and loves her friends, the best of whom is Jesus. She blogs at http://www.paulinaczarnecki.wordpress.com.

On the Line is Paulina’s latest project. In it, teenage mercenary spy Blaze Houston recruits a young thief–Wolf Morrison–on the impossible assignment of ending the war that has torn their home, the Continent, apart. Read more about the characters and the story at http://www.paulinaczarnecki.wordpress.com/my-book/

As a solo writer, how do you formulate ideas for your books?
I used to write very detailed outlines, but because I felt burned out from finishing On the Line, I’m trying a combination of pantsing and plotting. One of the things I like about writing alone is being able to change my methods and habits however I want.

In your opinion, what are some advantages of being a solo author?

Well, for one, I like working on my own schedule. I’m very busy with activities outside of writing, and coauthoring sounds like a lot of extra work when scheduling is concerned. I also think it would be harder to agree on the plot, because every once in a while, an author gets an idea he or she does not want to let go of. As a solo writer, I like being able to rely on myself and do everything my way; having to think of another person as an author would be difficult for me.

From what you know about coauthoring, what do you think some advantages are?

When two or more people are working on one project, many ideas can get tossed around. When I work alone, there’s a certain way I envision my plot and I usually can’t find alternate storylines. If I was working with someone else, I could be more creative by working with more than one pool of ideas. Having another person to lean on when “life happens” to meet deadlines would also be nice.

Do you find yourself, as a solo writer, often bouncing ideas off people and asking opinions?

Yes, actually, I do. When I was first thinking about the plot for On the Line, I asked my friends lots of questions about what they thought should happen at certain points. I also recall making them do a lot of ninja research… (Shadow Walkers were originally ninjas. Cool, I know.) I didn’t use most of the stuff they came up with, but one of my close friends actually named my main character Blaze and it stuck.


Have you considered coauthoring before?

Yeah, with you! :) I also talked about it with a friend when we had similar ideas for a Narnia-esque story in third grade, but I don’t think that counts. And I did some ghostwriting for that same friend recently, if that falls under co-authoring.

Can you describe your writing process? Like after you get an idea, do you plot for a long time, then write, or do you just pick up your pen or computer and start writing right away?

I plot for a looong time. I turn an idea over and over in my head. If I’m working on something, I think about how I could incorporate that idea into my current work, which helps me from getting distracted and keeps me energized for that story. I also write sample scenes in my head, get to know my characters by taking personality quizzes in their names, and fill out plot charts.

When did you start writing?

I’m not sure. I know that when I was really little and couldn’t sleep, I’d narrate stories in my head. Most of my early ones were from an animal’s point of view. :)

How many books have you written?

Lots, but only a few that I would consider real “books.” I wrote a winding story about a dog that was really a wolf that belonged to a girl in a composition notebook sometime around fourth grade, and a sequel with the same characters about said girl’s horse around that same time. I wrote a knockoff of a bunch of my favorite books (though I didn’t realize it as I was writing) in seventh grade, and started On the Line in eighth. I’ve recently finished polishing On the Line and am just shy of 10 000 words into the sequel for that. There were others in between that I didn’t finish.

Have you been published before?

I’ve had a short story in Starsongs Magazine called In the End about the end of eighth grade that was actually based on something my friends and I did. I’ve also done guest posts and interviews on other blogs, as well as on mine. Check out http://www.paulinaczarnecki.wordpress.com/about/portfolio for the complete list and links.

Where are you in your current book? Is it finished, are you querying, etc.

I’ve recently finished polishing and have sent it out to family and friends to read and give me feedback. I’m done with it, but I guess I’m waiting for the “right time” to start querying. I’m planning on starting with it at the beginning of summer, after exams and soccer are over and I’m a bit more free.

Do you think the publishing process would be easier solo or with a coauthor?

I think it would both be easier and harder in different parts. Coordinating schedules would be a nightmare for publicity stuff and marketing, but I think it would be a lot easier to spread the work out over two people. More could get done.

When you need encouragement where/who do you go to?

My friends, (you!), my parents, and always God. My dad always listens to what I’m saying, and my mom always knows exactly how to encourage me. My friends will listen even when they don’t exactly get it, and tell me lies about what a fabulous person I am. :) And Jesus is always there for me, so I can always get all my fears and hopes out for Him.

Do you have any tips or encouragement for all of the solo writers out there?

I would say… Learn to rely on yourself, because as a solo writer, that’s all you’ve got; learn your craft, because nobody’s going to be telling you what to do and how to do it along the way. But for the non-writing stuff, for encouragement and help and all that, don’t be afraid to talk to others. It can get overwhelming sometimes.
Also–make lists. To do lists, character lists, lists of helpful links, lists listslists. They help more than you could ever know keeping everything in line. :)

Thanks for having me on your blog, Nat! :)

And now we welcome Adriana Lister!

Tonight, I’m glad to have my friend and one of my two coauthors, Adriana Lister guest posting on my blog. Let’s make her feel welcome!

*This month, there will be very guest posts on the topic of Coauthoring Verses Solo Writing*

Coauthoring Verses Solo Writing: Part One By Adriana Lister

1.)From what you know about coauthoring vs. solo writing, which do you think would be easier?
I have done both and, from my personal experience, Solo Writing is easier.

2.)What has made solo writing more appealing to you than coauthoring?
Well, I was coauthoring with a friend but we both became busy, and couldn’t find time that worked with my schedule and hers, and we had a bit of a problem that whenever we got together to write she or I didn’t want to write. (Depending on the situation) Also since we held off the story for so long I also became disinterested and backed out.

3.)Have you considered coauthoring before?
I have considered giving it a try again, yes

4.)What are some good things about writing solo?
You can write what you want and place certain scene where you want and think it’s nessesary without someone not always agreeing with you.

5.)What are some bad things about writing solo?
Well sometimes it’s nice to have someone you’re writing the story with to set you straight (pretty much the opposite of what I said above) and also to have someone help you if you’re struggling with Writer’s Block… Or just a case of Lazyness

6.)Do you ever wish that you had somebody to plot with?
I’ve only ever had that happen a few times

7.)Are you a plotter or panster?
I am a plotter for sure. Big time. I have in depth character profiles, world’s/building (or whatever I need) planned out fully before I start. Then if something or someone jumps in later I plan it out on my spare time so it’ll work.

8.)Who/ what do you go to when you need inspiration?
My music, work on a drawing of one of my MC’s or an episode of Dr.Who to get my mind off writing and then when I come back I am inspired (I don’t know why or how but it works)

9.)As a solo writer, do you often find yourself bouncing ideas off of friends?
Yes, I always ask my friends opinions if I’m stuck

10.)Where do you find your inspiration to write your books?
The Final Fantasy Video Games, Pinterest, My friends or (like in one of the novels I will be starting in a few weeks) to wonder what it would be like to be Blind or Unable to walk, Also I just hav these characters in my head and I want to give them some time to shine and to share them with the world

11.)Do you have any advice for solo writers who might be reading this?Keep writing! I love it and I am so glad I discovered it. There may be some days where you are just lacking in inspiration or suffering from Writer’s block and that’s okay! Keep writing. Also don’t be afraid to give coauthoring a try.

Run

No, no, don’t let the title scare you. It’s the title of my book for Campnanowrimo in April. So you don’t need to be scared, I do. Well I’m really, really excited. And today I wanted to introduce to you to my main characters.

First there is Chrissandra “Chrissi” Crawford. She’s seventeen-years-old and the oldest of five children. She’s very small because of a disease she had when she was younger. Chrissi is a very strong Christian, but she made the mistake of falling into a world of drama and no real friendships. The story finds her tired of it all and ready to go home from her boarding school in England. She misses her family and is tired of how the school and her “friends” are bringing her down.

There’s Deaenna “DeeDee” Crawford, who is Chrissi’s younger sister. Deaenna is fourteen and just trying to get through high school. She has no long-term goals, except for maybe becoming exactly like Chrissi. Especially spirtitually. Chrissi is so far along in her walk with God and Deaenna is spiritually carnal. It’s frustrating.

Ross Tyler is the one person who might be able to help Chrissi get over her breakup with Ben, the man that she dated for two years. But his presence puts unspoken danger in Chrissi’s life. She knows it by the signs that show up at her house, that Ross’s presence is making her a target for something. But she can’t escape, and risk losing his friendship.

McKennah Cripe’s life is awful. When doing a tearfilled apology and confession to her new friend Chrissi she never imagined that the Crawford family would welcome her into their home with open arms. She loves them right away. Chrissi is the best friend she’s ever had. Deaenna and her fight like crazy but she’s just a kid. The little kids are adorable and tons of fun. But the family’s religion drives her nuts. Really, who could believe in a God? She makes fun of them at first, but slowly begins to realize that they might have something behind all of this.

I am very, very excited about this book! I have fallen in love with these characters! It’s going to be a fun one to write.

The Crawford family is big on usual names, which is something I thought I should mention. Here are the name’s of the kids. (The three youngest are dedicated to my siblings and Deaenna will be dedicated to somebody but I haven’t decided who yet.)

Chrissandra “Chrissi” Crawford- age 18
Deaenna (DEE-enna) “DeeDee” Crawford- age 14
Eli Austin Crawford- age nine (dedicated to my brother Zach)
Azure “ZuZu” Anne Crawford- age seven (dedicated to Bethany Anne, my sister)
Joab Michael Crawford- age three (dedicated to Joshee Michael)

Update on My Blog

So most of the blog has been updated actually! Here’s some things to watch for:

*well, new theme and title obviously
*My writing page
*the updated about me page (but who really cares?)
*the Critiquing page (unless you’re in my writing group, then none of that on there pertains to you! :D)
*the prayer page
*the this blog…page

I got nominated for the Liebster Award! And I’ll work on that when I have a chance. I’ll tell you if I’m going to nominate you.

Would anybody be interested in a writing contest? I need at least ten people who want to participate. Comment if you’re interested! And if you want, tell your own followers that I may be hosting a contest. There will be a prize this time around!

~Natalie Noel~

Help?

Okay, guys so I’m totally ready to start posting regurly again. (: So what do you want?

Are there any topics you want to me to start talking about?

I’m thinking about doing a writing contest again. Anybody interested?

If you like my blog, tell your friends about it! If you don’t like it, tell me why and I’ll try to fix it.

Off to go think of more ideas than this short one.

~Natalie Noel