What is the Writing Process? Step 2

Once the writing process has begun and step one is complete (check out What is the Writing Process? Step 1) it’s time to move to tackling the second step. The second step to the writing process is all about beginning to figure out the details of the world, characters, relationships, and scenes in the story.... Continue Reading →

What is the Writing Process? Step 1

First, a very important disclaimer. This answer is going to be vastly different from writer to writer, and sometimes project to project. The steps in this series are not meant to be followed exactly and precisely each and every time a writer takes on a project. I’m describing the steps and the process I loosely... Continue Reading →

Struggling with Process

Last week, I really struggled with process. So much of me wants to do this revision differently, to create a process where my approach is wide-angled in view and scope. I want to know at the outset that what I'm doing will be different and more effective than what I’ve done before. But every time... Continue Reading →

Revisions, Process, and Creativity

I decided to do a revision and addition to MS:SB. If I’m diving back into this story, I’m going to complete both at the same time. It’s going to be quite the undertaking and last week I was able to mark where my chapters are for easy reference and I made some general notes about... Continue Reading →

Making a Manuscript Key

I want to be able to track this journey of how my stories evolve, but not being able to go back and know which manuscript I was discussing feels problematic. Solution:create a manuscript key. The manuscript key allows me to discuss a manuscript by its catalog number. I don’t discuss my projects by title should... Continue Reading →

An Argument for Archiving

I went into my files this week to pull out one of the first drafts of the manuscript I’m doing a revision on. I was hoping that I'd find a scene I knew I'd cut from the current version in this version I thought I had archived. I didn’t find it in there. I checked... Continue Reading →

Losing My Place

I had an interesting thing happen this week. A dear friend of mine was asking about a manuscript I had sent her the first chapter of a few years ago and how the story had developed. I told her it was complete and she asked if she could read it in its entirety. I was... Continue Reading →

A Year in Review, Second Edition

Starting this blog two years ago turned out to be a natural evolution of chronicling my past. I have journals from the past decade and a half that are a record of the things that have happened to me personally, the evolution of my relationships and family, and the catalog of my goals and dreams.... Continue Reading →

Writing

I wonder if I am too lost in the craft to enter that place where I’m lost in the writing. I know I haven’t let myself live the truth of one of my last posts, of letting the research and the outlines and the story notes go when I’m ready to write and just write.... Continue Reading →

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