I was asked to join in a blog hop about the book writing process.
It’s been a long day, and this is my first real stint of time today at the computer, so my mind is still trying to play catch up.
For me, the writing process varies from time to time, from day to day, and from task to task. No matter what the circumstances are, I need to have either a cold Mountain Dew or a hot cup of coffee while I write. My mood determines a lot of what I write, how I write, how much I write, and how I feel about the writing. I try to make sure that I write every work as if it will be my masterpiece. That is one of my personal mantras that I live by… “Write every work as if it will be your masterpiece. If you can’t do that, don’t write.”
Some days, I write in a fury and get so much done that I sit back in amazement at what I’ve created. Other days, I’m lucky if I get a single word written. It is definitely best to get quality over quantity, but sometimes, quantity is what gets it all done.
I keep a log of ideas for storylines, possible titles, character names, even dialogue that I may one day use. I’ve hardly referred to the log when writing, but it has come in handy once in a great while. I have so many ideas floating around in my head that if I tried to work on them all, I would spent 24/7 writing and still never keep up with everything.
I always try to put myself in the story, in the plot(s), subplot(s), everything, so that I can really see it, feel it, hear it, smell it, live it, and love it. I picture everything I write in my head as if it were a movie being watched. I can see the characters’ faces, hear their voices, see their every action as if I’m right there. It’s as if they come to me in my mind, as if they actually play out every second of the story for me, and I just have to write what I see and hear. I fail at actually getting everything down the way it’s supposed to be, the way I really see, hear, feel, etc., but I try. I think that if I could really paint the picture of everything in my head exactly as it is, my stories would probably be a lot more perfect, but I can’t be perfect, and because of that, they can’t be perfect.
One of my biggest problems is that I need, most of the time, silence, in order to write well, and I can’t get the silence that I need where I live. It frustrates me, clouds my mind, and makes it very difficult to write everything I’m experiencing in my mind. I love every story that I write and live every moment, often, over and over, but with so many distractions and so much swimming around, I can’t focus enough a lot of the time.
I try to imagine what it is that readers will like, what they’ll find amusing, entertaining, captivating, and even, much of the time, funny. I try to incorporate humor wherever I can, but I think that what is funny in my mind is not so much so in the minds of many others. I try to remind myself that some are going to like what I write and that some are not, that I can’t help that, and that I just have to accept what comes. Sometimes, however, I tell myself that it doesn’t really matter anyway because, if I write enough, I will eventually gain enough of a following that I don’t have to try so hard to please everyone. I also know that I can only write what I can create, and though I so often work very hard to create what I think will be appealing, I can only write what comes to me, what brings itself to life within me. If the story just isn’t there, it just isn’t there. My stories come to be as if someone is tapping me on the shoulder, whispering in my ear, “Hey. I have a story you need to write.” The characters, long before they have really displayed themselves fully on the screen, have already lived a life in my mind and have already bombarded me with details that I can’t always keep straight. For those reasons, I have to just go with what I have and hope that people will find little fault with it.
I often work on multiple stories at once, sometimes as many as 6 or 7, writing a few hundred words in this one and then a few hundred in the next and so on. With so many ideas coming to life all at once, you can’t make everything exactly as people will like, which goes back to what I mentioned about keeping an idea log. I have enough that I work on all the time without actually working on everything that pops into my head.
Maybe my process differs from others. Maybe it doesn’t so much. Maybe there are at least a handful of other authors who do things much as I do. I don’t really know. I’d like to believe that someone out there knows what I go through and can relate to it all, or, at least, to most of it.
I don’t know if this has been helpful to anyone or not. I hope it has. I hope that it gives some sort of inspiration to someone or maybe gives an idea of what some authors go through and how much very hard work we put into what we do. If you’ve taken the time to read this, I thank you. 🙂
I was supposed to tag 3 authors to carry on this blog hop, but since no one volunteered, I have no one to mention here. Otherwise, you would see a heartfelt introduction for each of the 3 others. Take care, each of you who have read this, and God bless.