I have written many blog posts in the past about the writing PROCESS, and it is always a popular topic.
In fact, in a recent survey of the folks who are subscribed to my email newsletter (or to receive the blog posts via email), discussion of the writing process remains one of the most requested features of the blog.
I thought I would share three past blog posts with you, today…each of these created some discussion at the time, both in comments and via email. I hope you find them thought-provoking.
No One Right Way
Ah, did the title of this blog post make you mad? Does the thought that your process is “wrong” rub you the wrong way? I know it does me. And I shy away from anyone who claims to know the right “formula” or the “only process that works.”
But, that doesn’t mean I’m not willing to contemplate other methods, and even integrate something new into my own writing. I know I don’t have every question answered, but I also know I don’t have it “all wrong” either.
That’s the thing about creativity: There is no ONE right way to write.
I liken our writer’s-fascination with the process of others to putting together a 1,000 piece puzzle: sometimes we look at the mess in front of us (in this case, the process I use to write) and we don’t see anything valuable at all, and other times, we find a method or idea that turns out to be a “corner piece” of our own puzzle.
Either way, looking at the process of other writers can sometimes be a benefit, even if it only helps us clarify what we DON’T want to do.
What is interesting to me is this: I don’t write that way any more. Or, at least, some of the ways I describe my writing process are no longer accurate.
But that’s ok.
One of the things I’ve found out from some established writers is that their actual, physical process may look very different from one book to the next. The logic, the ritual, the methods that worked so well to get to the words “The End” with book #1 don’t yield the same results, and have to be amended.
In the coming weeks and months, I’m sure we’ll talk more about my current processes, and I hope you, too, will share some of your tips, tricks, and so forth.
I hope you enjoy these three past blogs about my creative process:
- In the post, The Way a Story Begins, I detailed the generation of my story, Solomon’s Ditch. (You’ll hear more about the genesis of this story in an upcoming video post.)
- In, Like a Snowflake, I talked about both the general process of writing a fiction story, for me, from the initial inspiration through publication, and then also gave some detail about my daily routine (at that time).
- Finally, I dedicated one of my “Three Minute Writer” videos to this very topic. (And, surprisingly, actually kept the video close to the three minute, self-imposed limit…go figure.)
If you want to comment on the specific, individual blog posts, that’s great, or you can leave a comment here. I’d especially like to hear any questions or if you thought something I said was unclear…use the comments sections below or you can click on the “leave me a voice message” link to the right.