My Writing Process – The How

“Eadric the Grasper” is now available in print on Amazon.com and spreading to other bookstores (if you want the book at a local bookstore, you should be able to request it!). As an ebook it is available for the Kindle and the Nook. I am looking for more places to make it available, so if you have any requests, please just let me know!

In any case, now that I have finished phase 1 of publishing “Eadric the Grasper” (though I imagine my work is far from over!), I am happily returning my focus to what I love most: writing. I promised some time ago that I might go into greater detail about my writing process. Last time I talked about my personal motivation to write, because that is such an important part of how I go about writing at all. But regardless of the motivational factors, there is still a general process I follow.

First of all, I must mention that I don’t believe there’s one right way to write a book, and if there is a “wrong” way, that differs from writer to writer and his or her personal style. What may be a bad tactic for me might work for you and vice versa. So this is simply my way of doing things and you can take from it what you will.

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Part One: Nurturing the Seed

When I’m inspired to write a book, I rarely get a complete picture of that story in my head. Quite often, in fact, a book for me starts by envisioning a single moment I want to write about, and the more I think about it and split that imaginary moment apart, the more I see the story behind it. So my stories begin with a concept, a feeling, a snapshot. It probably doesn’t even make much sense to me at first, which is why it intrigues me so much. So once I feel a seed like that appear in my head, I nurture it in the ways I know best.

To nurture a new idea, I don’t begin by thinking of it in rational terms. Simplifying an idea as soon as its born is kind of like wrapping up a child’s feet at a young age so they never grow to full size. I nurture my moments of inspiration by very indirect means. Listening to music is a very important part of this process to me. Usually I’ll look for music that fits the mood I’m feeling and let my mind drift while I’m listening. This is something I do regularly, and it’s almost like turning on a TV in my head. I play the soundtrack I want and the picture fills itself in without effort. And that’s the idea: to let it grow naturally.

For me, taking a walk in the park with my dog, taking a long shower, or meditating are other activities during which my ideas tend to grow of their own accord.

In any case, once that initial concept–call it the story’s beating heart–has developed its proverbial head, arms, and legs, then gradually I feel I am ready to sit down and start beating out an outline.

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Part Two: Outlining

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Published in: on October 12, 2010 at 12:00 am  Comments (2)  
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