This week on the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop, we are pulling back the curtain to reveal the mystery of how we write. Clair Brett commands:
Give us a glimpse into your “process.” Are you a pantser/plotter/hybrid, night owl writer/early morning, etc.
If you joined me from Leslie Hachtel, welcome!
There are as many ways to write a book as there are books. Even an author with dozens of novels under her belt will find that her process adapts and changes from story to story.
That being said, it is widely believed there are two main types of writers. “Pantsters” write by the seat of their pants. They just sit down and start typing and see what happens. “Plotters” were accountants in another life, and map out their books like a general planning a military campaign. In reality, I think most writers are a mix of the two, and that goes for me as well. I used to do a lot more plotting, working with spreadsheets that listed each scene. But I found that most of my stories veered off in unexpected ways at somewhere between the 30% and 50% mark. I learned to embrace that. After all, if I don’t know what’s going to happen, then the reader must be surprised, too!
Up until 2020, I did all my writing in the evenings and on weekends, since I was working fulltime. Since then, I have switched to writing in the mornings. Not too early – I still like to ease into my day with coffee and a few minutes of yoga. Then in the afternoons I work on editing projects (either my own or freelance for other authors), and in the evening tidy up a few things that might have been missed over the day. Of course, it’s not quite that cut and dried, but that’s the general gist.
One other thing I do as part of my writing day is read. More authors that I would have guessed don’t read much, especially when they are writing their own book. They say they are too easily influenced by the tone of the author they are reading, and worry it will creep into their own story. For me, reading throughout the day is a must-do stress reliever.
Now, hop on over to A.S. Fenichel and see what her writing process is like!
It's been just over a week since Richly Deserved was released! Thanks to everyone who purchased their copy already. If you haven't, this is what readers are saying about it:
"I enjoy Margriet's stories for the layered details that hold the reader close while cheering for the hero's and heroine's, as well as the secondary characters' successes." (Writer with a View - 5 Stars)
"...parts of this story will have you in tears. I highly recommend this book..." (Penny L - 5 Stars)
"Excellent writing, intriguing and relatable characters, engaging and original plot!" (Carolinexlt - 5 Stars)
Read it for yourself - find it at your favourite e-retailer here!
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