One of the reasons I love writing so much is because it is so diverse. There are millions of stories out there, little ideas, growing out of author’s minds through the little watering pails they call their pens. The pails are so diverse–each writer’s little watering pail is so different from the next writer’s. And therefore, each of their writing processes is different…
My writing process is very organic–I don’t outline, I don’t plan, and I don’t sit around for days analyzing my characters and getting to know them. I just write.
All of a sudden, an idea will just pop into my head. It might be a smell, a person, an object, or an action. Something happens, and it just gets connected, all of a sudden in my brain, and this whole, wonderful society is created. Often, it comes complete with characters. It usually takes me a while to figure out their names–I run through many of them, discarding most, and then narrow it down to the name that was always their name–it just took me a while to figure it out.
And then I write. The characters have just always been there, living their lives, their stories, just yearning to be written in fresh black ink on crisp white sheets of paper (too much?). I will know everything they will do, their responses. I spend time with them, trying to get to know them, and I often start their story too early. I learn how to write their prose, and their life just unfolds in front of me, like something that happens every day. Their life is just as real as yours or mine. Their story is true.
I have heard many writers say that they write in a sort of lucid state, with events just unfolding in front of them, them watching and their fingers clacking away at the keyboard of their own accord. But for me the story just comes, and when it’s time to write, the words will come.
I have never been one of those people who carry a notebook with them and write down the ideas they get in there. I have tried, believe me, but the writing just never works.
Most of the writing process, for me, takes place during editing. The time that’s awful and boring and you have to push hard to get through, but is also so magical and rewarding and amazing. Editing is when I plan everything out. Editing is when I fix the broken plot points. Editing is when I make my characters’ voices more loveable. Editing is when I clear away the clutter and the story gets told.
Writing is just getting words on paper (lovely, lovely words, all in different fonts). Editing is crafting those words into something beautiful.
Find your watering pail. I promise, it will be magnificent. ❤
Spreading the writerly love.
*I apologize for bad quality and incoherent sentences. I have no excuse. Writer’s block?
So this post was actually written as part of the “My Writing Process” blog hop. I didn’t want it to just be a formulaic, boring way of explaining to you how I write… I wanted to be a writer, and show you how.
I was tagged in this blog hop by Heather McCubbin, who is an absolutely amazing writer, with a wonderful blog. You should go check her out… but not before I introduce who I’ve tagged. 😀 These two amazing writers… well, let me just say, I tagged them out of complete selfishness. They are such talented writers, and maybe by knowing how they write, I can be half the writer they are (correct grammar? I think not). Next week, they’ll be doing this blog hop on their own blogs… I can’t wait to see who they tag!
Victoria Davenport is a 19-year-old student, artist, and writer. She has been telling stories since before she knew how to write, and can’t imagine life without it. A few months ago she decided to start seeking publication for the first time. She lives with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome and an immune deficiency that have significantly impacted her life, but she is determined not to let her health stop her. She is currently writing a fantasy manuscript, which you can find snippets of on her blog, but has written across many genres in the past. She has written one novel, Ember, with which she is currently querying. She drinks (at least) two cups of coffee a day and loves all things weird, nerdy, and creative. Preferably she would live in her hometown of Seattle, Washington, or as an elf on Middle Earth.
Jeana Chapman is fourteen and from Minnesota. She has a dog named Lilah, and her sisters have a bunny named Bun-bun and and cockatiel named Skittles, respectively. She enjoys reading, writing, perusing social media, sitting on her bum all day long, shopping, and iced coffee. She is almost finished with her first novel, titled Breaking Silence, and has many other WIPs. She enjoys reading books such as Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Sarah Dessen’s novels, and Cassie Mae’s novels. She primarily writes teen fiction and YA romance.