I woke up this morning (at 6:30 on a Sunday morning) with the realization that my last post, the first draft of the first scene, had been a little unfair.
I should explain part of my process for writing a book.
A. First I write a short paragraph so I won’t forget my story idea.
B. I write an outline to provide a little structure for the overall story flow. At this beginning phase the outline doesn’t really tell a lot of the story. It just basically sets up the beginning, middle, and end, broken up in chapters with a few key elements put in their proper places.
C. Then I begin at the beginning and write. I don’t care how it sounds at this point, or if it is even cohesive. I just need to get something down on paper. I realize that I will do about 5 rewrites, so it really doesn’t matter what I write, I just need to write. It is not quite as unstructured as free-writing, but it is close.
So that last part, part C, what what I posted yesterday. It was only when I went back and reread it that I realized that an explanation was necessary, since I never explained that I know the writing is bad and don’t care. (I should probably also warn you that I took a class in mind reading so I can hear you thinking “it’s not just bad, it’s really, really, really, bad”. Get over it! At least I was brave enough to share the process with you! You don’t have to get nasty about it!)
Enough said about the subject. We should each go about our business.
And by the way, have a great rest of the weekend!