From Start to Finish: The Ten Stages of Writing a Novel with Jen Braaksma
Stage One: The Spark and How to Fan the Flame of Your Idea
*Note, this is a 10-part series, and this is one episode.
If you talk to 100 writers, you’ll hear 100 different versions of the writing process. It’s all very well and great to know you have the flexibility to come up with your own way to write a novel, but isn’t that sometimes overwhelming?
Where do you actually start?
And how do you actually finish?
By thinking in stages, instead of steps.
Writing a novel isn’t like following a recipe—a cup of character here, a tablespoon of setting there, a pinch of atmosphere in the mix—but it can be broken into smaller chunks. Focus on only one stage at a time and you’ll keep control.
Join me over 10 episodes as I describe my 10 stages of writing:
1. The Spark and How to Fan the Flame of Your Idea
2. Gods of Our Universes: Character and Worldbuilding
3. Sketching the Skeleton: An Outline Process
4. Diving In: The Daunting Euphoria of the First Chapters
5. Muddled in the Messy Middle
6. Deep Breath: Regroup
7. First Draft Finishers!
8. Not Done Yet… Revisions, Revisions and Yes, More Revisions
9. Trial by (Beta Reader) Fire
10. Pitching Your Soul (Uh… I Mean Your Novel…)
For each stage you will benefit from:
·A discussion of my writing process as well as what I’ve learned from the writers I work with as a book coach.
·Focused writing exercises
·Encouragement and advice to make it through the stage
Whether you’re just starting your writing journey, deep in the trenches or nearing the other side, get the support you need!
Jen Braaksma is a writer, book coach and high school English teacher who has been through the writing wringer—and lived to tell the tale. Her first young adult fantasy novel will be published in 2022 (though it’s her fourth manuscript, so for all you not-yet-published writers out there, keep the faith!) She’s hard at work on a new adult fantasy novel, The Fairy Tale Fringe Festival. Be the first to hear all about it in Jen’s webinar episodes!
EPISODE 1: The Spark and How to Fan the Flame of Your Idea
It can come as a lightning bolt, or as a mist that slowly seeps into you. The most brilliant, wonderful, creative idea ever. It will make the perfect novel.
But ideas live in their perfect form only in your imagination. How do you translate what’s in your head onto paper? How do you transform this possibly muddled, maybe hazy vision into a sharp, workable concept?
Join me for the first stage of “From Start to Finish: 10 Stages of Writing a Novel”.
·Learn how to identify your inspiration through understanding why it’s taken a hold of you.
·Learn how to wrangle it through brainstorming.
·Learn how to hone it through research.
You will benefit from:
·A discussion of my sparks as well as what I’ve learned from the writers I work with as a book coach.
·Focused writing exercises
·Encouragement and advice to make it through this stage
This class is for
·Writers at the beginning of their novel
·Writers at any stage after the spark—a reminder of why you’re doing what you’re doing.
Jen Braaksma is a writer, teacher and book coach in Ottawa, Canada. She has the word “passion” tattooed on her wrist—literally!It’s her philosophy: to live her passion.No surprise, then, that she has a passion for writing and reading and teaching.When she wrote her own books (four Young Adult novels and counting!) she was filled with self-doubt. She struggled to balance her day job, her roles as wife and mother of two daughters and her writing life—until she worked with her own book coach. Jen’s coach taught her how to get the job done and believe in her own work. Come let her help you do the same!