This week I thought I would give some insight into my writing process …
That’s basically it. THE END.
No, wait, there is more.
Every author is different and I do not profess to know how others write, but maybe my style gives you some insight.
Many writers have a strict writing process. There is no right or wrong way to do it, it simply gives a writer a consistent routine upon which they can rely. Some authors only use a typewriter, some only use pen. Though in the modern era, technology allows us to write in new ways and new places, so let me give you some examples of that.
Right now this blog post is being written from my iPhone. I am currently curled up in bed. I like writing using my phone because it allows me to sit or lay wherever I want, and feel relaxed. That’s the key, feeling relaxed. I want to feel relaxed for two reasons. Firstly it allows the creative juices to flow. Secondly, I want to get as close as possible to the feelings of the readers, as I think that produces the best results.
I often think about where readers will read Lore of Energy and Light®. Maybe they will be sitting on a train, or maybe they will be relaxing in their courtyard? The one thing they will (hopefully) all have in common is feeling relaxed. Around a third of my writing is dictated on my phone’s voice recorder. Frankly the phone can write faster than I can, and gets the spelling right more times than I do. This is just one example of how my writing process has been influenced by technology.
I like to write chapter by chapter. So that means only one chapter gets written at a time. This is because it takes a few days to settle back into a character and to start feeling their thoughts again. I also like to write in “fragments”. If an idea comes to mind, I will write it down (or dictate it) as quick as possible.
Nine times out of ten the “fragment” is not for the current chapter I am writing. These fragments simply get set aside to be slotted in at another time. Generally the fragments are the high points in a chapter. They are also way-points, that have been long planned; and in order to hit these way-points I stitch the fragments together.
People often like to throw writers into two camps. You are either an architect or a gardener. An architect generally plans every aspect of the book and rarely deviates from that plan. A gardener tends to find plot lines as they write, and is willing to explore new ideas without planning for them.
I consider myself in both camps.
The big way-points in book 1: Quorum Treaty are well planned. Though some interesting side plots have developed by allowing certain stories to play out. Both ways of doing things are extremely satisfying.