What is your writing process? Are you the type to plan, plot, and map out, or are you the type to let your creative-ness fly? I do both.
When I am creating a new story I write down every idea that I can think of including writing a scene ten different ways. Am I the only one who does this? I write anything that makes me feel happy or devious – perhaps tipping on dangerous, cause dangerous is fun! After I have created as much as I can create with a story, without it being too redundant or over telling, then it’s time for me to start mapping and wrangle my story in with a bit of structure. Some writers, I’ve been told, hate the structure and thrive off of riding from the seat of their pants or skirts, but for me I have found it difficult to write that way. My mind has been known to wander away if I don’t keep it in check and I can loose focus. Loosing my focus drives me nuts. Nuts are delicious and nutritious… Just sayin’. Where was I? Right, loosing focus drives me crazy. I get no writing done because I’ve lost my way in the forest and can’t find the path – though in some cases it works out better. Some of my stories have turned out nicer because I’ve gotten lost and found a new path. Yeah! In the long run, I know I need some structure and a pinch of chaos.
The story I am currently working on is in the re-writing stage. This is where I need the most focus and discipline. I already know what’s going to happen, how it ends, who survives and who may not. My biggest challenge, so far, is making the story sound fresh and lively as if I never read it before. I truly hope, when I’m done that it reads as well on paper as it has played out in my head. Only time will tell – if clocks could talk. 😉
Sounding fresh and new is possible even with structure… but that’s another post. 😉
Everyone has their own process. Find the way that works for you and do that. There really is no “best” way to write, just as long as you stick with it!