On Writing: The Process – What’s It Like?
January 13, 2016 26 Comments
A few days ago I asked you to post your questions on writing on this post here. I love the questions I’ve been getting both in the comments and in my email box.
Tosha Michelle of Laliterati.com asked, “What’s your writing process like?”
I think every author would answer this differently as not one specific process is better or worse than the other.
My particular process looks a little something like this:
I want to write a book.
I want to write a book about a someone who discovers an imaginary world.
But that’s been done so many times before! Narnia. Neverland. Wonderland.
What do those have in common?
They’re all KIDS who discover an imaginary world. And there’s really not much back and forth between there and here.
What about a grown man who discovers an imaginary world? And he’s neglecting his job and his family in this world? Lots of stakes there. Potential for grown-up readers…
So I begin writing. And I keep an outline just a few spaces below my growing book. The outline is just that – an outline of key points (or milestones) I want to hit in subsequent chapters.
And so, for me, writing just becomes connecting the dots.
And then, when I finish, I go back and edit it.And for my book The Man in the Box, that meant redoing it over and over and over again.
Don’t buy it on Amazon just yet, if you’re interested in it. I’m going to be releasing a second edition soon under my own publishing name, so keep an eye out.
Hopefully that answers the question on what my writing process is like. It’s been the same for other books.
And every single page I reach a point where I just want to give up. But I’m glad I didn’t. Because all I have to do is connect the next two dots…