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?