How I became a writer. Part 9
The process of writing has not changed for me. I will have several trains of thought in my head at one time. These thoughts brew and finally, something emerges as a story. A story that makes sense from the beginning, middle and end and can leave my head. This process sometimes involves putting two stories together.
I love it when I can start as one story, mix in another and create a new more comprehensive story. I love this for two reasons. One, one story gets to escape and two when the second one merges with the first, I have more free space in my head. Crude but that’s how it feels at the time.
After the stories begin, I eat and sleep the story until it’s done. I go to sleep thinking of the next chapter, the next day how I can make the story better.
It becomes an obsession and until it’s done it pretty much takes over my life.
I don’t know how JK Rowling or Stephen King work, nor do I know their methods. For me, it’s a light skeleton or framework that I hang the meat on as I go. I stick to the story and the main plot. I do deviate quite often, especially when I feel that a U-turn or a sharp left feels good.
I am sure I am the same when it comes to rewrites as everyone else. Everyone hates it. One thing I tend to do is sometimes when I am not feeling it 100%, I will review a chapter here and there to make sure that it is what I want. I would rather check and make changes on chapters at the time rather than afterwards and I need to change the whole damn thing.
Also, I tend to pace myself. I would rather say I’ll have something done later and not be disappointed than to promise myself something and not deliver. We all play little mind games with ourselves, I am sure.
It is with this mindset I tend to write. But the writing didn’t quite begin smoothly. In a related blog entitled Changes (15 parts). I outlined the way I had managed to head back to Indonesia. It was in this new job, back in entertainment was where the real writing began.
All because my boss said I couldn’t do something.
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