I’ve proposed many different kinds of writing plans, and will propose many more. If you have no idea what you want to write, writing plans are a good lead. They give you something to work on for writing practice until you know what you want to do.
On the other hand, the writing plans that will work best for you are ones you create yourself. As you write, you will develop your own methods. Some will slow you down and others will speed you along. You need to use what gets the job done. Along the way, it doesn’t hurt to learn what else is available.
What writing plans have I proposed so far?
Eight Article Writing Methods gives a short overview of many methods of writing articles.
Fourteen Ways to Create Multiple Articles on a Topic is another plan for article writing.
Prolific Pulp Fiction the Ryoki Inoue Way is about using pulp fiction writing methods to write more. It’s great for first drafts. You can move from pulp to quality in the second draft.
Prolific Writing Using Caidin Methods makes a guess at the writing methods of another prolific writer.
Prolific Revision – An Alternate Caidin Method is another article about Caidin’s writing method and a new trick I started using.
Write Systematically and Become More Productive is about creating a system for your writing.
Cultivating the Writing Habit is about the importance of making writing a regular habit.
The Journey of 1000 Pages Starts with One Paragraph explains how to get a big writing job done by breaking it into small steps.
What Makes a Novel Into a Page-Turner? presents a collection of ideas to make your chapters zip along and keep the tension high as readers hurry from chapter to chapter.
Stages of the Writing Process is my most important article about manuscript writing. It details the writing plan used by writers for decades. Unless you’re a seat-of-your-pants writer, this gives an overview of what you should be doing for a book length manuscript.
I had ignored some of the steps in “Stages of the Writing Process” in the belief I would get my novels written faster. Practice proved me wrong. Without a synopsis, my first novel was too short. Without an outline, my second got lost along the way. It pays to follow every stage of the plan.
I know I’ve written more than these few articles with tips about writing methods, but those seem to be the most important ones. I’m sure I will be writing more of that kind as I continue writing novels. And I will be writing those novels using my preferred methods. Reading and writing about methods used by others influences how I write and how fast I write. I’m sure it’s the same for you.
Keep refining your own personal writing method and you can only get better and faster as you put it into practice.
Article by Ivan Izo.