I Can Hear the Bandwagon Approaching

It is very, very tempting to hop onto ye olde bandwagon and examine my writing process, as Lori and Deb are doing. I’m fascinated by both, partly because I can see similarities and differences between how they plan their writing and how I do.

I’m tempted to say that mine is planned not-at-all, but that’s not true. It’s just something I do so automatically, I suppose, that I’ve never really considered it a process. I’m awful with outlines. I have character spreadsheets all over the place, and snippets of story scrawled onto whatever paper I can find. (There is a stack of legal pads in my study, whose first several pages are all whatever I was working on when it was within reach. I should take a picture.)

There’s an ATM receipt that’s been in my purse for a year – that, much like my old hard drive – made the trip from one purse to another, actually. It has a snippet of conversation from a scene I’d planned on writing for Threnn nearly a year ago, but never got around to. I still like it, though. Four lines of dialogue, a thought, and a closing sentence, and I want to find somewhere to put them.

Though, my WoW writing has always been like that – scene by scene, not even what I’d necessarily call a short story, since what’s happening is so organic. Other people contribute to plotlines, and one simple line of dialogue from another character can make your carefully planned out story take a completely different turn (this is very rarely a Bad Thing, by the way.)

But the process of writing my other stuff, my I Wanna Get This Published Someday stuff, while it shares some similarities, also has more structure in my approach. I’m thinking that a closer examination of what I’m doing might actually make me progress better.

There are things that both of the ladies are doing that I’m curious to try, now, to see if adapting some of their techniques would work for me.

And of course (she says, resigned that yes, she’s going to pick up her dusty ol’ backpack and take a running leap onto that bandwagon as it comes around the bend), the question becomes, which project do I choose to yatter on about?

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5 Responses to I Can Hear the Bandwagon Approaching

  1. Lori says:

    I’d apologize, but you’d know I was lying.

    <3 ?

  2. Itanya Blade says:

    Same here.

    It’s actually been very very helpful to both read what Lori is doing and examing my own process.

  3. What is that strip of Threnn dialogue?

  4. falconesse says:

    It’s something that would have gone into “Dimmed,” while Bricu was working nearly full-time for the Scryers. They were both still pretty shaken from the summer’s events and (in classic Bittertongue fashion) had avoided talking about most of it.

    Setup was something like Threnn coming home and finding him there, asleep – which, at the time, was a rarity:

    “Didn’t mean to wake you.”

    “Bah,” he said. “Yeh’ve ruined me, love. I don’t sleep well when I’m alone anymore.”

    Don’t sleep well when you aren’t alone, either, she thought.

    But his eyes said Don’t, and so she didn’t.

    It’s not perfect, the language needs tweaking, and I really don’t know where I was going with the scene, but there it is. I’ve never tossed out the (much-folded, well-traveled) ATM slip because I still like it.

  5. Itanya Blade says:

    Speaking of Bricu and stuff, when are we going to have snarling of dead peoples?

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