iamrahaf asked: So I'm writing this story about a chick who finds out about a government secret. She finds everyone around her frozen and realized what's going on, the problem is I don't know how to write the scene. I'm afraid it would lack passion, shockness, the realizing without it being too over the top. I'm also planning it to be a prologue kind of so I really want to be eye catching help?
Give up on perfecting it in the first go.
Seriously, that’s the biggest problem I see in these asks. People have plans and are terrified of actually carrying them through because they think they will ruin them. Give up. Write the damn story. It won’t be perfect the first time, you won’t get it perfect. But you’ll have a start, and you need something to work with. It won’t be eye-catching from the beginning, but it will be something.
Write it, tweak it, and then get back to me. But you have to write it first.
xxskeletalthoughts asked: How do you know if your idea for a book is a bad idea or not before you start writing? I don't want to get 20,000 words in and realize there's a major loophole in my plot or it's just overall a terrible book.
- Constantly work on the plot. While writing, you’re going to come across ideas and realizations that will make it better. Don’t let those go by for the sake of finishing; if you have to go back and edit them in, do it. It’ll help you out immensely.
- Get feedback. You don’t have to show anybody your rough drafts, but it will help a lot to find that group of friends to ask about plot ideas or just brainstorm with. Sometimes it can be tricky to find the right group - not all of your friends will really know what kind of things you like to right - but it can help a lot.
- Take breaks. When you feel like shit about your story, don’t force it. Take some downtime. Do some other things to help you relax. The ideas will come and help you fix it.
- Ask questions. To avoid plotholes, ask questions (how did this happen? Is that explained in the book?) To avoid terribleness, ask yourself questions about what in your book excites you. Focus on that! If you really like it, chances are other people will too.