If you have ever thought about writing fiction, it’s a great time to start.
Start right now.
Don’t wait any longer. You don’t need to be retired, you don’t need huge blocks of time, and you don’t need expensive training or courses. Even 10-20 minute periods are enough to learn and progress.
There is no need to worry about how old you are, if you have the right background, or if you are creative enough. None of this is anything to worry about. You are fine the way you are, and you have more ideas than you realize. And you will find many more along the way.
The great thing about writing as a creative interest is that it needs little by way of start materials. Just pen and paper and a willingness to learn. That’s all. It’s so simple, but it’s very hard at the same time.
It’s hard to know where to start writing, so we tend to put it off.
Often we make it more difficult than it needs to be. We pile on complicated emotions and requirements before we can make a move. This is classic over-thinking and there is a way out.
When I started writing stories, I really had no idea where to start or what I was doing. I started really small with a single scene. I didn’t even have any idea where I would go with the scene. It started with two people and a problem. That was all. It’s enough to start a story that will grow.
And it was fun, which is what really mattered. I learned so much in just a short time.
And I keep learning. That’s the other great thing about writing. There is always more to learn, for the expert, for the beginner. Writing is an art with unlimited possibility.
Workbooks to help you get going
So, if you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to even start, which most of us feel like at some time or another, no matter how far along we are. Our series of workbooks is designed for you.
Character Notes Writer’s workbook
The Character Notes has been a hit as an app.
It’s been expanded to have more character traits and now includes a writing workshop. It’s a great place to get a start with your characters. This workbook will help you create memorable characters that stand out. You know how important characters are to a story, so make sure you have a wide range of ideas to play with.
Setting Notes Writer’s workbook
The Setting Notes workbook will help you figure out scenes that create mood and emotions.
The workbook guides you through many setting characteristics. Often it’s the details in the setting that create emotion, and this workbook helps you to pick them out and describe them. Be imaginative and personal with your setting.
Also included is a writing workshop, so you can try a variety of setting ideas.
Plot Notes Writer’s workbook
Plot is sometimes hard to figure out for beginner.
Most stories start out with some sort of hook for the reader, something that draws them in. The Plot Notes workbook helps you design an opening for your story, then create the outline of the plot and order it.
This is a huge help if you have a hard time getting organized, like me. It focuses you on the important points of your plot and keeps you from getting lost in tangents. It’s a lot of fun to play with.
Story Notes Writer’s workbook
The final workbook in the fiction series will help you get started with writing stories. It’s a whole writing workshop. It’s packed with several different types of story prompts.
I like to call them story snippets. It takes off pressure to create a whole story or novel. Start with one small idea. Play with it and develop it. You can always grow it into a whole series of novels if you want.
The main point is just to get you writing without thinking too much.
It’s there that we usually lose focus. I’m a major over-thinker. Usually it means I’m stuck in inaction. Whenever I go there, I just remind myself to start with something. It’s easy to take the next step from there. The Story Notes workbook will help you have a place to take a step from.
These workbooks are designed to help writers at all levels.
They are fun and playful entries into writing. You don’t have to take writing or yourself too seriously.
Enjoy your writing.
Treat it as a chance to have fun and express yourself. Your characters become almost real as you work with them. It’s a joy to play with them.
If you have any questions about these workbooks, feel free to send them.
If you have always wanted to write fiction, don’t wait any longer. The tools to help you start are easily available. Have fun with it and enjoy learning and creating!