What is Your Writing Process?   Leave a comment

Someone asked me that on Authonomy and I found it hard to answer.

Why would that be hard to answer?

Because my writing process isn’t very processed, I guess.

I carry a notebook with me to jot down ideas and I’m always typing something on my lap top, but much of my writing happens in my head while I’m going about my everyday life. During quiet times at work, my brain is clicking over character details or scene events. Padraig of The Willow Branch came to me when I was doing data entry. He just started whispering in my head and I needed to write him down. Most of my stories are character-driven. If a character shows up and tells me his/her story, I write it down. If he stops talking for long enough, he dies in the story.

I build the world around the character, so sometimes in the early phases of constructing a story, there’s only dialogue because that’s how I come to know the character.

But occasionally ….

There’s a description of an Alaskan landscape in the Daermad Cycle that came from a profound experience of sitting in a burned forest in Alaska, staring out at acres of scorched trees. What I wrote was too good to not share with the world, but it had no characters in it when I wrote it and it took a long time to get any of my characters to go there. It will show up in the second book and I hope it is worth the struggle I faced in trying to connect my characters to a scene they didn’t seem interested in.

So what is my writing process?

I write!

What’s yours?

Posted August 8, 2014 by aurorawatcherak in Writing

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