I’m back for Day 9 of my Countdown to the Cover Reveal series, and today’s CCR topic is: My Writing Process!
When it comes to the art of writing, there are many different methods to the madness. One the one hand, you can be a planner. These type of people write up elaborate outlines and do character profiles. On the other hand, you can say “What the hell!” and dive right in without any planning. These (masochistic?) people are known as “pantsers in the writing world. And as much as I believe that these extremes exist in the writing world today, I know for a fact that I belong to neither of them. No. I believe that there is a happy medium between these two extremes, a place that I like to call, “The Sweet Spot.” This is where I live.
So when I start my writing process, it all begins with just an idea, and that idea takes me into drafting up an outline. Let me be clear: my outlines are neither elaborate or set-in-stone. It is merely a tool that I use as a loose guide to allow me to get an idea of what my novel is actually going to be about from beginning to end.
So once my outline is complete, I start on the real work for me: naming my characters. This is when I get super intricate. I pride myself on making my characters as unique (yet relatable) as possible. So, while I am very aware that the majority of my time should be spent plotting, I spend the brunt of it crafting characters. I feel like, in order to write the story well, I need to know my characters inside and out, and every writer know that it’s the characters that make the story come alive, so why not spend a great deal of time on them?
These are the things I tell myself to make myself feel better about giving my outline the shaft and spending so much time on my characters. And don’t give me that look. I’m only human! lol
From there I begin to actually write the story, using my mini-outline as a guide. I don’t like to put too much into my outline to still give myself the freedom to change things up every now and then. Why paint myself into a corner, I like to say! Now, this doesn’t make my writing process any easier. Just like the greats (not that I am putting myself anywhere near that category of writers because I have a long way to go until I get there), I have my struggles—writers block, uninspriation, and burnout, just to name a few. Outlines and character profiles don’t make the process any easier. But from what I’ve been told, that just comes with the territory of being a writer.
Well, that’s pretty much it. Come back tomorrow for another Countdown to the Cover Reveal post!