Apologies for the very late #WriterWednesday post—I’ve had a very busy day today.
First, NaNoWriMo is almost upon us, and I can’t wait! Now that that’s out the way…
Today I wanted to share my writing process. It’s very simple really; I usually have an idea, or some vague picture of an idea and I will form something from that. Once I have the important stuff down (genre, characters), I usually like to write in my notebook.
I have a large book that I will write my rough drafts in. Sometimes if I don’t have my notebook handy, I’ll write on scraps of paper that I’ll keep in my pocket, or in my bag.
Only when I feel that I’ve got a good sense of where the story will head (initially), I’ll go ahead and start typing it into Word. From there, it just gets edited again and again through Word.
Once I feel that it’s something coherent, I’ll give it to my Red Team. They are a couple of friends of mine—who are writers themselves—that will pick apart my chapter or story for any holes in the plot, character or grammar. I’ve known them for years and I trust them completely when it comes to receiving honest notes and feedback.
My friends aren’t native English speakers, but they’re fluent and that’s really helpful. Far too often, I’ve found that I’ll use certain words or phrases that I understand, but that someone else who’s not from here may not. And I don’t want to alienate them, so I’ve taken it easy on the slang a bit.
Comment below and let me know what your writing process is. Are you a “pen and paper” person, or do you go straight for the computer and Word? Do you have a Red Team? And if you have one, how is the feedback you’re receiving? Is it helpful?