Writer’s process. I’ve read about some doozies when I was seriously thinking about this writing malarkey. How writers, write. Besides the obvious of just sitting down and doing it. How do they get the words in their head down on to paper?
Maya Angelou rented a hotel room and paid by the month. Susan Sontag writes with a pad and pen because she prefers the slowness of writing by hand. Stephen King writes 10 pages a day. Vladimir Nabokov wrote standing up, and all on index cards.
I’m not the type of writer that sits down and goes, right, story ideas come to me, and I’m sure this isn’t what happens to most writers. Other than those that write to make actual money. I get my ideas from the world around me, and usually while I’m not sitting and waiting for an idea. They pop up at inconvenient times and I jot down the idea. It could be for a current manuscript, a blog post or a new idea or character all together.
I also don’t write in order from start to finish. I know that this might seem odd to some of you, but I get flashes of a chapter, or entire scene and write that down. The chapter plays in my head like a movie, I can see every detail, every facial expression, smell the things my character does, feel it, see it, live it. Sometimes it plays faster than I can type and all I can say is thank goodness for spell check, because after one of those episodes, I have red and blue squiggly lines everywhere.
Usually at that stage I’m writing in a note book. I like my first draft to go down on paper. It takes a lot more time, because I have to slow down my hand so I can read my scribble, and it adds an extra step of having to type it into my laptop. But it’s how I work, I’m more inspired by a virgin notepad and a pen then the keys on my laptop. I don’t know, it just seems too utilitarian to be creative on. Maybe I need a colourful one?
Once I have my big events or even the small nuanced scenes that come to me, I fill in the blanks, working from start to finish and linking the scene together. I never thought this was strange until a friend of mine looked at me like I had 45 heads, and was breathing fire. Hey, it works for me and that’s what counts.
Added benefit is that when I’m transcribing it into my laptop, I sometimes look at what I’ve written and wonder – What the hell was I thinking? – and then I can change the chapter or text or even a character. It’s rewriting parts of the book as I’m typing it up. I like that part, so I think I’ll keep the extra month or so it takes for me to do that.
For those of you out there that write anything, in any medium, how do you see it taking shape? Is it a movie, like me or something else?
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