Writing meme

Been memed by Mr Andrew regarding the writing process.

I’m a bit of a splurger initially – I get an idea and make myself write a few notes down. I do this quite a lot, but it’s only a few of those ideas which ‘stick’ and end up whizzing around my head whilst I’m getting on with everyday things. This is generally a GOOD SIGN, as it means that they have SOMETHING – as yet unexplored but something.

In the old undisciplined days, pre-MA, I would just start writing and writing and writing, and end up with an unwieldy mass of anything between 50-120 pages which was almost impossible to edit or structure. THEN I’d worry about trying to ascertain what kind of monster I’d created. NOW, I’ve learned to do a bit of a splurge initially to get the ideas and energy out on to paper (or screen), but then to pull back and work out a loose structure and plan for where I think it will go. This plan often changes, but at least gives me a way of working through my brain-stormings, to get something that’s a hopeful first draft.

Something I have also learned, is that it is imperative you work out what way of working suits YOU. I’ve learned that if I try to over-structure something and plot it out minutely, I kill my writing stone dead – it takes all the momentum out, and leaves me feeling lethargic, and like I’ve nothing left to explore. So I have to try to hit a balance of part-splurge, part-plan.

THEN I spend days hopping about, cleaning the fridge and eating too many biscuits while I curse my protagonist and pretend I never wanted to be a writer anyway. Today is one of those days, except….. I have a part-plan so all is not lost!

I have 3 new ideas all of whom won’t leave me alone – that’s annoying because I HAVE to finish this project first! Damn you all!


One thought on “Writing meme

  1. That’s pretty much similar to my approach these days, with the exception of cleaning the fridge and eating biscuits. Instead I do the washing and load the dishwasher and wonder between the lounge and kitchen too much cursing the lack of biccies.


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