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2021: Get Into The Quarantine Writing Process


For 2021, get into the quarantine writing process while you still have time at home. This year is the perfect opportunity! It’s a new year, but we’re still in quarantine. You can spend more time writing down your ideas, journaling about current events that have severely impacted your life, creating an autobiography, or maybe even penciling together an eloquent love letter in your diary. Either way — spend more time writing.

Writing shorthand helps a lot with processing our thoughts. It helps free up some mind space for other things. Writing is merely getting things off your chest when you want to keep it between you, a document, and the movement of your fingertips, creating words that express a magnitude of emotion.

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The Words

Words mean everything. When used recklessly, it’s as if they can cut right through us. Some would say words should be kind and handed out with love and care. I say, they should be honest or (for fiction writers) realistic. They should reflect what you believe and feel in the depths of your soul. It’s still challenging to be vulnerable on paper. Words are powerful and preparing them into a great novel, essay, short story, or poem is a task worth completing at least once in your life. You should start this 2021.

Outline

For the story of your life, even though you know it like the back of your hand, you’ll need an outline. To capture all the times you’ve forgotten, the feelings you had, and the details of the situation that, in hindsight, you may have stumbled right over in your mind.

Outlines help us get, whatever information we’re preparing, organized. We can then spill it on the page after it’s all together properly. Outlining any large piece is like paving a road on untouched land. Making bullet points is often the routine I go to tailor a compelling story on my laptop.

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The snowflake method is a visually creative outline layout. You map out an intricate web that touches on other ideas lurking in the back of our consciousness. Novelist Randy Ingermanson coined this method. Me? I use the playwright Freytag’s pyramid of the seven elements of the plot diagram to dish out my fictional pieces. First, there’s the exposition, then the inciting incident, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution and denouement, or in other words, the ending.

First Draft

The quarantine writing process requires that we create a first draft. The first run through of anything is usually strange and unusual territory for me. I don’t know about you, but sometimes stories write themselves at the beginning of the writing process. This phenomenon happens when you’re writing, but your imagination seeps from your brain’s crevasses and leaks out onto the document instead of what you thought you’d write. At this point, you’ve already sat down and decided to go through with it.

Writer’s block tends to happen, but don’t worry. You’re not stupid if you can’t get down the first draft very quickly. Creativity comes and goes like the wind. It’s like a breeze that isn’t always able to be caught — but there’s hope when you take the time to create the blueprint.

Yes, it’s messy. Just keep writing!

Revisions

These can be a horrifying nightmare. Don’t stress or feel like this process is in vain. It’s not. Revisions are a part of the writing process. They require us to clean up the draft and polish it. A support team is necessary so that you won’t have to look at the same work a thousand times. But we’ll get to that next. Revisions require breaks between working for the sake of fresh eyes on what you’ve written. Modifications create light at the end of the tunnel.

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Peer Review

There’s a need to make connections in the literary community. An array of online portals, such as webinars, workshops, and conferences are still available to authors during this pandemic. For the quarantine writing process try swamping work with another author. It’s the easiest, cost-effective way to have someone review your writing. It’s the oldest trick in the book. ‘You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.’ A good writer keeps an editor, agent, proofreader and all other community members in their back pocket.

Tools For The Process

Grammarly: Grammarly is suitable for general spelling and grammar checks. The system is very automated, meaning it doesn’t have the same capabilities as the sophisticated human eye. Oh, and Grammarly is also a coma nazi. Lol!

Auto Crit: Finally, an automated platform for fiction writers! That’s Auto Crit! I must say, for an automation system, this site does a fantastic job analyzing the author’s story. Once the author has purchased a plan and uploads their manuscript, Auto Crit produces an analytical report on the information submitted. It informs the author of their use of repetitive words, measures the pace of the storyline, provides an overall grade point average on the readability of the document, and points out several other factors documented in the manuscript.

Drafts 2 Digital: Thanks to Drafts 2 Digital, my e-books are for sale in various other digital markets. For example, my ebooks are selling on iBooks, Hoopla, Barnes and Nobles’ Nook, Kobo and several other retailers have access to selling my e-books. Go to the website, sign up, upload your document with its cover art and voila!

Amazon KDP: Self-publishing with Amazon couldn’t be easier. Kindle Digital Publishing is a website designed to simplify self-publishing books. I think this is an excellent tool to take advantage of if you have a story you’re dying to tell the world. The author has the choice of publishing in their country and throughout other parts of the world via Amazon. The platform publishes books in print as well.

Well, that’s it for me. Thanks again for reading K.B. Krissy A Write Life.

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