October 9, 2012
So, I'm in the final stages of writing the sequel to my book, THE SILO. Yay!!! And since I'm at the end I've been thinking a lot about the process I go through to get from the idea to the finished book...and here's the thing...it's not the most efficient or speedy method. I start out with good intentions, outlining and mapping out day to day what scenes I'll work on, but I'd say for months I end up writing a lot of scenes that I ultimately end up throwing out. I take every possible wrong turn it seems until I finally find the right road to take story wise. I read an interview with Libba Bray recently where she said that part of her process always involved writing the book wrong before she could get it right and I am exactly the same. I throw out just as much, if not more as I keep with EVERY SINGLE BOOK. And I don't foresee that changing. I have notebooks and notebooks of words that will never see the light of day again as well as a whole host of typed in scenes that are going to launguish in my computer forever. I keep hoping that I'll somehow figure out how to skip this part so I can go faster, but no matter how much preplanning I do, it doesn't happen. And this is what makes writing a novel hard...because the part where I write all the wrong stuff...isn't fun. Somehow I can always feel it, even when I'm in the midst of writing it, but still I have to soldier on because for me it's the only way to get to the stuff that'll stick. Which means that about 90% of my writing time feels forced and hard. Things only get fun at this stage--the one I'm in now, that last 10%-- when I know exactly where I'm going. At this point the words come easily and I can't wait to get to the computer and have to drag myself away from it at night. How about you? Is your process similar or do the words come easier?