When I started this blog, it was mostly to chronicle my journey and share my experiences with other bloggers and writers. So far, it’s been great I have connected with other writers and I benefit greatly from their blogs. I have to admit I don’t blog regularly, I try to get in something at least once a week to keep that on-line presence, but it’s hard to maintain a regular schedule.
Today I am going to write a little about my writing process. A few weeks ago I blogged about my desire to put myself on a writing scheduled of four hours a day, well that has worked out well and I am still on that schedule, at least until the kids are out of school. Now my new issue is moving on from chapter to chapter. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I am a pantser I sit and I write plain and simple. Lately though, I have been getting into the habit of writing chapters, which are about 12 to 14 pages, and editing them before I go on. There is nothing wrong with this except that I find myself getting stuck editing the finished chapter for longer than I would like to and it’s incredibly difficult to stop doing so. All I want is to move on before my head explodes or I forget what I want to happen next. Well I know what will happen next, but the words pop into my head way before I am ready to write them. So, to keep my thoughts in order I have started a journal that is quickly filling up. In it, I write my story as it pops into my head so I can insert it where ever I think it will go in the current or next chapter. This so far is working well, the story is moving on even though I am not actually typing it into the word doc. Other methods I have been using lately is writing in my phone, I don’t always carry the note book with me and I should, but as long as I have something to write my thought in it works for me. Finding new way to move on with the story is useful, if you’re like me and get stuck editing and revising when you should or would like to keep moving you story forward a journal is a great way to accomplish that. Then it’s just transferring everything over to your doc.
Do you have a journal? What’s your editing process? Do you edit as you go or wait until you have great big chunk? Or do you wait until you’re done the novel?