While reconnecting with this story, I realized a couple of things--first I really like this novel. Second, it's come a long way from that first draft. A really long way.
In case you're wondering about my process, things that are included in this photo are; a brainstorm of possible scenes that I want to add/change (middle circle thing), the arc of the character I am working on (the two pages beneath the circle thing), outline, a notebook full of song words from the soundtrack that puts me in my groove to write--some of my best scenes are written in the margins of that notebook. The smallest notebook is the one that keeps me on track with the day's goals, and the green notebook is the one I'm writing the changed scenes in, when I'm away from the computer. There's also an old draft with revisions penned in, and of course, TEA!
The funny thing about all these extraneous things is that when I draft, I just write. Fast and furious. I spend a lot of time thinking about things, but it's all in my head. Until my revisions. Then I outline, draw graphs, and brainstorm on actual paper. I bring the world of writing outside of my head.
And, this works for me. This novel has dual point of views, and with one, the fantasy character-- I get her. Her arc is easy for me. For my earth-bound boy, oh, I struggle. But in a good way. It's not that I don't hear his voice, or know what he's all about, it's just a struggle moving his tension forward in a deliberate way. When I first imagined their story, I imagined that it would be mostly about the fantasy character, and about exploring her world. Balancing this out, so the story is firmly rooted in reality, in the boy character, is a challenge.
But one I'm definitely up for.
What does your process look like? What are you working on today? What are your struggles? What does it look like when you bring your writing process out of your head?
And, please be sure to come back and visit on Friday, to give Terry Lynn Johnson some love. She's the interviewee for the Friday Feature this week.
Cowgirl just came and plopped a "Crown of Wisdom" on my head. Let's see if it works with revisions...