...which leads to a writing ramble: Found this short interview with Nora Roberts on my Borders newsletter, and this Q/A caught my attention: Q: I wanted to ask you about your writing process, because your writing comes across as fluid and effortless, and it seems as though you're "channeling the muse." Is this really the case? What is your writing and revision process like? NR: Well, first: There ain't no muse. If you sit around and wait to channel the muse, you can sit around and wait a long time. It's not effortless. If only. Well, if it was, then everyone would do it, and where would we be then? So I work really hard to make it as fluid as possible, as readable and entertaining as possible. I'll vomit out the first draft: bare-bones, get-the-story-down. I don't edit and fiddle as I go, because I don't know what's going to happen next. Once I get the discovery draft down, then I'll go back to page one, chapter one, and then I start worrying about how it sounds, where I've made mistakes, where I've gone right, what else I have to add, where's the texture, where's the emotion. I start fixing. And then, after I've done that all the way through again, I'll go back one more time, and that's when I'm really going to worry about the language. And the rhythm, and making sure that I haven't made a mistake, that I've tied up all the loose ends reasonably. It doesn't necessarily mean everything ties up for every reader, because some want it one way and some want it another, and you just have to be true to the story, so it's all plausible at the end of the day.
I like the long answer! Makes me feel better about posting a long rambly sorta question. :)Not to mention being all full of wisdom and stuff.I agree that learning how words can be -- and are -- used is an imperative step in the writing process. I'm trying to broaden my reading horizons. And as soon as I have more time in my life, I'm gonna do better. (Next summer, perhaps?) Unfortunately, I pick my books the way I pick my movies -- what's gonna take me on a ride, without making me think/hurt/sad?I really admire you knowing your creative self so well. I think a huge part of the struggle for many blocked writers is due to not knowing who they are creatively yet. *raises hand* Something more to ponder.Thanks for your encouraging words. You always give the advice that makes me think. Doesn't necesarily mean it gets put into practice, (cuz I'm a spazz about my own writing) but at least it's there!
Sometimes I don't know my creative self too well. ;) Otherwise I wouldn't be trying to write in so many genres. I'm trying to get this romance finished so I can start sending it out to editors. I'd love for someone to buy it so I can make a living at this.