I'm fascinated by writing processes.
How other writers bring their stories to life.
At the RWAus conference, I had an enlightening, informal chat at afternoon tea on Sunday with Stephanie Laurens, Anna Campbell, Barbara Hannay and Annie West.
Fabulously talented mainstream and category romance authors whose books I've read and enjoyed.
What intrigued me about our conversation was our different writing processes.
Some are linear (start the book and right straight through), others write snippets of dialogue or separate scenes, then weave it all together at the end.
I'm always a little in awe of this second group. How do you make it all fit together so seamlessly? And make it look like you wrote it in one go? Amazing.
Me? I'm linear all the way. From the moment I write Chapter One on a blank document, I write the rest of the story straight through. No jumping. No editing. Just write.
Luckily, I write a fairly clean first draft so mainly need to tweak and layer a tad as I go through the next time before sending off to my editor.
Interestingly, I've heard from readers who can pick I write the book in one go.
Yet here's the thing. I heard another gem at the conference that piqued my interest and I'm tempted to try.
In Bob Mayer's "POV & VOICE" session, he mentioned this:
"don't worry about the opening scene. Write the book. The climactic scene should mirror the opening scene therefore you can come back and write/rewrite the opening scene."
Fascinating stuff for a linear writer like me.
Have to admit, I tend to do this unconciously, ensuring the climactic scene ties in to the opening scene but actually mirroring it? Not so much.
While I have to nail my opening chapter every time to set up the rest of the book, maybe next time I'll go back and see how closely it mirrors the last.
Now, you know what's coming next...all you writers out there, I'm dying to know your writing processes. Please share!