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Was there a defining moment in your life when you knew you were going to become a writer? If so, what was it?
Not sure there was a defining moment in my life where I knew I was going to become a writer, but there was a defining moment when I decided to dip my toe into the water and take a class, see what might happen. A class requirement was to actually write a story. Imagine that? Not sure what I expected, but I was a little surprised that the story that had burned into my subconscious for the past year found it’s way to the page.
I was smitten after writing my very first scene. A goner. Completely submerged.
I came up for air, around the time I received my first class critique, and started reading every craft book I could find. One of the first, and still one of the best I’ve ever read, was Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. I continue taking classes, and honing my craft, just a little more focused on pushing my WIP forward.
The commitment to my butt-in-the-chair, no social media, no telephone, six-hour writing day is my mantra. Social Media is strictly 4PM to 5PM in my writing day. This little rule has made a huge difference in my output. I’m sold!
When you write a story do you see it unfold as one big picture, or do you add layering in subsequent drafts?
I’m a Scrivener writing program girl. I religiously use the cork board to work out my scenes, group them in chapters, work out my characters and their world, and always-always know my ending first, then my beginning, before I write the first scene.
One of the last things I do before I begin writing, at the point when I’m kicking, punching, and screaming to get the first scene down on paper, is to visualize the story in my head, scene by scene (no dialogue), just let it roll through like a silent movie. If it rolls without a hitch, and there’s no sticking at any point, I write.
Layering is tricky, and sometimes I add it in the second and third drafts, especially if one of my characters is boring. Either the character has to go, or we (character and me) have to figure out how to make him/her more interesting.
I try to get most of my layering accomplished in the pre-writing/plotting stage. The Snowflake method has worked really well in the past. Love Randy!
How many drafts do you usually write before you send your work to your editor?
Not sure why, but three seems to be the magic number. Keeping in mind that I use a mentoring editor before I submit work to an agent or publisher. Depending on my mentor’s critique, I may need an additional edit, or two, or three.
That’s it for me today.