Am I Doing it Wrong?


I know that every person has a different way of writing.  Everyone has their own method of getting to the end of a novel.  I often wonder there is really a right and wrong way to write.

I have seen so many people talking about their outline or writing notes about their book.  Some people have every chapter outlined before they even start writing the book, though, I guess having the outline counts for writing.  Then, you have people that start in the middle of the book and write around that.  Or even know what the end is going to be and work their way from there.

Me…I’m different and I don’t think I have heard of anyone writing the way I do.  That could be because I don’t research it too much, I feel like putting too much thought into it I will lose my own style.

I start with chapter one and I go from there, chapter by chapter, until I have reached an end I am satisfied with.  Then of course, I will go back and make notes and change things.  My novel is my outline.

I have tried writing an outline or even have a better plan as to where the novel is going, but I just change the story two words in and all my notes a suddenly pointless.

So, what is your writing style?  How do you get from point A to point B?  Do you have an outline or take lots of notes?  Or do you do like me and just power through the novel until you find a comfortable end and then go back to make changes?  I’m just curious how many different ways the world of writers handle their novels.

NaNoWriMo update: I am currently 6334 words into my WIP.  I’m kind of excited about it.


8 thoughts on “Am I Doing it Wrong?

  1. skahillthomas says:

    I’ve never attempted a novel so take my words with the grains of salt they deserve, that being said I’ve read plenty of books on the ways to write a novel, ways to write short stories, and ways to write poetry. What I’ve found is that everyone has their own way of starting, finishing, and addressing their novels but the only thing that truly matters is simply to write. It’s my suspicion that books on writing books have the intention of helping writers but more often than not confound and delay the beginning writer’s style. The piece advice that has stuck with me more than any other is that a writer will create thousands if not millions of words before they strike upon the few thousand that will mean something for their career.

    • Heather M. says:

      Fantastic advice. I have kept away from most books on writing novels. The only one I have ever read was “On Writing” by Stephen King. He gives amazing advice and not once did he say any one way of writing was wrong or right, he just commented on his own approach to writing. His only advice was to just write everyday.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • Heather M. says:

      I agree. I think it’s the one thing that makes writing one of the most enjoyable careers, there are no set rules to how things work, you just do what works for you.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. WasimSpeaks says:

    Okay now that I’ve read most of your posts or all I’m not sure and too lazy to confirm any fact, I want to thank you for all the tips and guidance they provide. They’re all a wonderful read and address problems of beginners.

    • Heather M. says:

      Thank you! I am excited that what I have to say is helping at least one person. That’s one thing the writing community has over other careers, we are out to help one another, rather than hinder progress in hopes of having one less person to compete with.

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