I’m currently in between writing projects at the moment. I finished the first draft of my novel and I decided to take a short break from writing fiction. I’m currently reading “Writing the Breakout Novel” by Donald Mass and I’m starting to write down some ideas for my next novel.
Progress this week: I think I’ve chosen one of my three ideas to start working on for novel #2. This is good news, but it also means I need to get down to business and start writing character sheets, plot ideas, and get ready to write. I think this planning will take me the rest of this round of ROW80 to get a handle on. My plan is to finish reading this craft book and review books I’ve already read to find a strategy for plotting novel #2. Novel #1 was planned through a mixture of free writing and creating a skeleton plot. This time, I want to get more detailed in my planning before I start.
So I probably won’t be writing with fellow ROW80 participants during the #teamsprinty hour for a while, but I will drop in to cheer and maybe do some reading and note taking during that time. I miss writing fiction very much, its exciting and makes me feel productive. I think until I get to the writing stage again, I will continue to fell behind on my work. Perhaps when I start outlining and doing creative work, I will feel better.
1) I’m not sure if you already know, but I write women’s fiction. Its my favorite genre, which I read A LOT of, as you can tell on the Book Reviews page of this blog.
2) My book ideas hit me randomly, when I’m walking to work or when I’m just about to go to sleep. But never in the shower (yet) as seems to be a common place for many writers.
3) The first half of the day tends to be the more creative part of the day for me, but because of working full time, I tend to write in the evenings.
4) What keeps me writing in the evenings is tuning in on Twitter and writing with the other participants in the Round of Words in 80 days challenge. We use the has tags #row80 and #teamsprinty for this hour of fun-filled writing. Even though we have lots of laughs, we usually have very high outputs.
5) I love movies. I’m luckily that I can still go see a movie and watch it as a viewer rather than a writer (the same is true of reading fiction). The second time around or if I really concentrate the first time, I watch it as a writer.
6) I write on my laptop in a Word Document. I’m thinking about using a fancy writer’s software, such as Scrivener, but I’ll have to see if this would help me or distract me from my writing.
7) I like to write one chapter or a certain number of scenes per sitting. For example, if I sit down to write for an hour, I will keep writing until I at least get to the end of a scene and if I finish a chapter before the hour is up and there is not much time left, I might wait until the next day to start the next chapter. I need a sense of completion each time a write and I don’t want to stop in the middle of something and then try to remember next time what I was about to write.
So those are 7 facts about my writing. I’m not sure if they are so interesting, but at least know you have an idea of how I work because all writers are curious about each other’s creative process.
How’s everyone else doing?