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Diary of Your Novel

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Diary of Your Novel

Postby Alice Clay » Sat May 06, 2017 6:36 pm

I was reading an old WD about tips from authors. I would paste it here if I knew how, but anyway this guy recommended keeping a diary of your novel while you're writing it. Just a couple paragraphs of each chapter and the characters in it. Not to replace notes we all write, but to keep track of where you are. So I did that, and I can't tell you the difference it has made. Now instead of reading ten pages back to figure out where I am and getting lost in unwanted editing (although I try to end each writing session with a scribble to get me started the next time), I go to my diary and in 3 or 4 pages know exactly where I am. Wow. Works for me.

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Re: Diary of Your Novel

Postby Rosedarling » Sun May 14, 2017 6:33 pm

Interesting idea. I've tried to keep an outline of sorts, which I update as I write but your idea is worth a try. Thanks for sharing.

My biggest problem is remembering where I wrote a segment.
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Re: Diary of Your Novel

Postby Piccoro » Mon May 15, 2017 10:45 am

Wow great tip.

I am one of those who writes more than jsut one story at the same time. I hate to be stuck on the same story/piece for weeks or months. Having several ones and working on each of them keeps me motivated however this also poses a hueg problem, remembering what i was focusing on any of these pieces.

I'm gonna write a short summary of what I did what I need to do next now after I get tired of working with one like u said it'll save me tons of times and I can't trust my brain...there's just too much going on to remember everything :shock:

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Re: Diary of Your Novel

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Re: Diary of Your Novel

Postby Dreaming Imrryr » Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:13 pm

That is a nice way to get back in the story.


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