Columnist explains writing process

By Deanna Frances

Most of the time, if a 14-year-old girl told you she was writing a full-length novel you wouldn’t believe her.

You would probably think she is actually writing a short story that she considers a “novel.”

That is what a lot of people thought when I began writing my book, “Taking Chances.”

Writing has always been a pretty simple thing for me. It’s not always a smooth ride and there’s almost always a few bumps along the way, but I have some advice for anyone who wants to be a writer.

How to Deal with Stress

When it comes to writing, I do it for fun. I try not to stress out about writing too much, which makes it a lot more of a pleasurable experience for me. Sometimes writers can get something known as writer’s block, which can be difficult to overcome; however, it is possible to prevail if this does occur. Writer’s block is an absolutely terrible thing that stops you from writing. I actually get it quite often, and I am unable to write anything when it does happen. I can’t think of any ideas and I can’t get out the message I want to say. To overcome it I just try to wait it out or continue to try and think of ideas for new stories. If I’m stuck on one story, I’ll try to think of something else to get my mind off of it. Sometimes I think about other stories, and maybe a new story will arise from the writer’s block.

Anyone Can Be A Writer

I think anyone who has a good idea for a story can write it down. That’s the easy part; it’s getting all your message out that becomes difficult. When I try to think of ideas to write, I think about what kind of book I would like to read. That’s how my ideas come to me. If you have a great idea for a story, write it down because I bet someone else would love to read it.

How my Writing Process Works

When I think of a concept for a story, I sit down and write out all of the ideas I have. Sometimes, I’ll already know what I want the ending to be before I even start writing the beginning of the book. I think of every view I have in my mind and make sure I write it down so I can remember it for later. Then, I create an outline of what could fit in between the schemes I already have. Once I have most of my ideas down, I can begin writing and everything flows together. Other times, I just start writing naturally and the story writes itself. I’ll start with a simple idea, and then I’ll just sit down and write. Sometimes I find I am actually “reading” the story as I write it. It’s like I’m reading a new book, but actually I’m writing one.