Manuscript Monday: Writing Process

114a1ccb5f9c59a54ffbf79a7a8b94ebGood morning, Lovelies. For today’s topic I’ll be discussing my writing process. I apologize in advance if this post is all over the place, but so is my process. I used to think I was a plotter, but then one day I sat down and just started writing a brand new story; I must be a pantser. Recently I’ve discovered it doesn’t matter whether you’re a plotter or a pantser. What matters most is whatever works for you. Because at the end of the day, only you can write your story. So here are my top 6 staple things that usually occur at some point in my writing process.

 

  1. Brainstorming with my sisters. This usually consists of a general idea thrown into the wind and bouncing around ideas and components between the three of us until I have a feasible story idea created.
  2. A secret Pinterest board is created. On this board, my dream cast is formed. Also, items that are imperative to the story are also pinned.
  3. Reading an infinite amount of writing skills’ novels to try and figure out the ‘right’ way to plot, outline, etc.
  4. An array of plotting usually happens. This is normally filling out character sheets, stream-of-consciousness with the main characters, creating a step outline, and things of that sort.
  5. A playlist for the novel is created on Napster. I have so many novel playlists on my Napster account that it isn’t even funny. And when I’m working on a specific novel, I have to listen to the playlist for that novel. If I’m working on Sliding into Love, but listening to The Family Secret playlist, I feel like I’m cheating on my novel!
  6. Last, but not least, when I finally get my act together and realize there’s absolutely nothing wrong with my writing process or me, I begin writing my novel. I use the Pomodoro technique, which I find really works for me. I write for 25 minutes, and allow for a 5 minute break to surf the net, read, get lost in thought, or whatever it may be.

As I was writing this post, I was not a fan of my writing process. But now that I’ve reached the end of this post, I find my process is unique and I’m okay with that. Next week, we are going to go more in depth about my writing process and how my screenwriting knowledge forces its way into my novel writing process. I’d love to hear what your writing process is like.

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