Writing Basics – The Process

May 19, 2008 at 8:14 am | Posted in Jessica, writing | 1 Comment

We thought that we would perhaps use this week to get back to basics. ‘The basics’ are something I’ve been toying with for the past few weeks, reading about themes, myth, scenes, mechanics, etc.

And as I’ve looked to get back to the basics, I found this You Tube video that breaks the mechanics down to the barest bones:

I love this video because it touches upon all the parts of bringing a book to life, but I certainly don’t mean to suggest that going from idea to publication is as easy as just that. I’ve been talking to our friend, Barb, lately about the writing process – how each of us goes about tackling the stages as mentioned in the video above – and throughout our chat we both acknowledge that the creative process involved in moving a story from start to finish varies from one writer to another.

If you are still looking to identify the process that works best for you, here are some questions to consider:

– Are you compulsive about research or do you fact check as needed?
– Are you a morning person or more productive in the evening?
– Are you a creature of habit who needs certain things in place before you can get to work, or can you work just about anywhere?
– Do you ‘think’ better on paper or on a computer screen?
– Do you see your stories in a linear way, as in a movie that rolls through your imagination, or do you see bright, vivid chunks of your story in random order?
– Do you need a detailed map to get from one destination to another, or are you comfortable in winging it and correcting wrong turns as you proceed?
– Can you take advantage of periodic and spontaneous chunks of free time, or do you need to plan events in advance?

Your answers to these questions will help guide the process of your writing. Once you know when and how you work best, you can move forward with much greater ease and tackle all the steps as outlined in the You Tube video I shared. From story idea to publication . . . it doesn’t matter how any of us gets there, as long as we keeping moving through the process and never give up.

Keep writing!

-Jessica

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