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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The Process

Well since I did my WWE rant below, I figured I should probably do another post on something more than three of my good buddies would want to read :o)

Bloghopping the last couple weeks showed some of the writers talking about their processes and its even one of the topics of choice on one of the q&a lists I'm on right now. So I'll do a bit of a blog moment on mine.

I'm not sure I have the same process I used to. I used to be able to dive headfirst into the story, vague ideas of what needed to happen, the overall jist of the story I guess. I knew my opening, the ending and a couple scenes in between. They'd come to me at all times of the day or night (still do. its why i sleep with a binder by the bed - note to self, buy more looseleaf paper) and they usually came fast and furious. The first draft of one of my manuscripts I wrote in six weeks. And its well over 100K. (and needs to be revised/rewritten to match to my current voice) Ah the joys.

Or maybe I'm just overthinking it too much. Rereading the paragraph above, I realized I had maybe a rough synopsis in my head all the time, I just didn't know it, I let it be there unconsciously guiding me along. Hmmmm....weird. Maybe its the fact that I know so much about writing now that I can't shake it out and just let myself write. Wow. Small epiphany there lol

The 1 am ramblings of a writer...
posted by Lis at 1:12 AM

5 Comments:

It's always intresting to hear how other people work. For me I have to have a good image in my mind of the H and h and I have the opening scene absolutely crystal in mind but then I have to work out my conflicts.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005 10:06:00 AM  

Lis, let your process happen. Luckily, I think, I wasn't part of any writers' groups or on the internet when I started writing so I didn't know anything about anyone else's process. I developed my own. I think everyone has their own way and you need to trust your instincts, your heart, your process. Let it have its way.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005 4:12:00 PM  

Tag - you're it in the meme game.

Thursday, June 09, 2005 12:23:00 PM  

Hi Nell,

Yeah its neat to see everyone's processes, some are so different. I can't ever imagine doing a snowflake to plot out my book or a collage though they seem pretty popular. Too much being a pantster myself I guess :0)

Saturday, June 11, 2005 12:41:00 AM  

Hi Suzanne,

Gotta try that a little more. I think your right on with that before the internet we all sorta just instinctively trusted the way we wrote and just accepted it. Who really knew how anyone else got the words down on paper?
But with all this info online now, I guess there's that little cloud of doubt asking am I doing this right?
Trying to get back to the way I used to work. Only sharing it with a few trusted friends who read all my early work and they'll call me on something when they can tell I'm trying someone elses techniques.

Saturday, June 11, 2005 12:44:00 AM  

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