I spent an unreasonable about of time writing.
But even more, I spend an even more time thinking about my novel, so therein, I believe, lies the majority of my writing process. Thinking. Then again there’s this: my writing process is an ever-changing, shifting thing. With each novel, it’s different. With each novel I write, edit, revise, I learn something different — about me, about my writing style, but there is one thing that remains consistent each time.
IT’S MESSY. AND CONFUSING.
I like lists, and I like to think I have things ordered, but when it comesto my novels . . . Yeah, I really don’t. Like, at all. I’m constantly scrambling from one plot point to the other, cobbling up plot holes and ripping them apart again — usually unintentionally, and unnecessarily. I’m sure I’m not alone in this sort of writing process, but that doesn’t make it any less of a frustrating
You see — I read all these things online about how you should revise a novel.
But when it comes down to it — when it comes down to the story and the characters and the words you put on the page — there isn’t a right way, or a wrong way, to write a novel. Some people draft slowly. (I CAN’T DO THIS. I JUST CAN’T.) Some people (like me) try to vomit out that first couple of drafts as soon as humanely possible. This is me. (The way I see it: my first drafts are going to reek of crapiness regardless, so why not get it done quickly? Kinda like ripping off a band-aid.) In subsequent drafts, though, I’ll take a longer time to revise and edit and fix. Or, in my case, usually that means I scrap the entire manuscript and rewrite it again.