Today is more of a discussion than a tip. I’m always so fascinated by the different processes different writers use. But at the same time, my second least favorite author question is: how do you write?
Plotter? If yes, outlines, lists, synopsis or charts? If you said yes to the synopsis first, we can’t be friends. Or wait…maybe we should be bffs. Yes, let’s do that.
My point is, it’s not an easy question to answer. I just do it. Right? Or should I say, write? Pun intended.
Want to know a secret (that’s like a tip, right? See? It’s still writing tip Wednesday)?
Sometimes explaining your writing process is like bringing a stranger or new friend to a family get together and explaining who everyone is and how they ended up in your family. There is no way they’ll be able to grasp it all. Or that you can even verbalize it. It just is.
I was able to come up with something tangible to help spark this discussion.
Feelings…for me, it’s all about feelings. What am I feeling at each stage of the writing process?
Writing the 1st Draft: exhilarated, addicted, absorbed, selfish, guilty
(Stream of conscious thoughts: Three nights in a row of pizza isn’t that bad. I’ll get the house cleaned as soon as I finish this scene. I’ll get back to my life as soon as I finish this chapter. YOU HAVE TO STOP! NOW!)
Big Picture Rewrites: Loathing, self-doubt followed by bouts of mild exhilaration
(Stream of conscious thoughts: Wow, I suck at this. I’m an idiot. Why didn’t I think of that the first time? Okay, this is gonna work. I like this. This will totally make the book better.)
Line Edits/Copy Edits: Responsible, important, boredom, unfocused-ism, amusement, satisfaction
(Stream of conscious thoughts: I am a career woman editing my book. Look at me go. Oh wow, pole not poll. Duh. Twenty eye rolls in five chapters? Really? Maybe I should take a break to research alternative actions? Yes, good idea. Oh look! A new email…)
So what about you? At what stage do you feel that writer’s high? Which is the place where you feel like a “real author”? Which phase feels like work? Which phase do find yourself talking to others about the most?