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This week, Clair Brett asked, Give us a glimpse into your “process” are you a pantser/plotting/hybrid, night owl writer/early morning, etc.
I do have a process, though I don’t really think about it. I know some people say to write in the morning before you do anything else, but I find I do better if I clear the rest of the minutia from my mind. So, I do all my tasks in the morning then I write. Sometimes that means I write late morning and afternoon and sometimes it means I don’t get to write until later in the day. Once the mechanism is cleared, I am free to be creative.
- The spark of an idea, which will need to marinate for weeks, days or maybe just a moment… No tellin’
- Maybe a first scene or the “meet cute” comes to me, and I make a note.
- Now is a good time to get to know these character, so I write a chapter or two off the cuff or “panster” style.
- Stop the forward movement… Where is the story going?
- I know who the main character are now, so I plot out the entire book in some kind of rough synopsis. Basically, I pitch the full book to myself.
- It’s now possible to tell how long the books will be based on the number of secondary and tertiary characters and the number of scenes in my plot. So, I schedule writing time and figure out how long it will take to write. Probably between two and three months. If I have a deadline, I make it fit that date.
- I write down in my planner what I need to do every day to make it happen. #plannersforthewin #plannergeek
- Then, I write…research…write…research…(repeat)
That’s my process. What do you think? Could you reach a goal this way? What do you do to get you through a joyful, but difficult process?
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