Here is a link to Lille, by Lisa Hannigan. Some inspiration for the beginning of the week. Click through--it's very cool.
I've always called myself a pantser. But I'm not really. I'm definitely not a plotter, although, for sure, I do a lot of plotting and planning. Let me tell you my process, and you can tell me what particular writing illness I'm inflicted with.
First I get an idea. A BIG idea. I write dystopian and contemporary fantasy, and I like my ideas BIG. I write it down. Then I let it stew for a year. I'm not kidding. I let that thing work its way down through my subconscious and back up again for, on the average, a year.
I create a soundtrack, based on the emotions behind my characters, and some specific events that I know happen in the novel, you know, because I've been thinking about it for a long time.
I jot down scenes about these characters. Or notes. Or whatever comes to mind.
Then I write hard and fast. I write to see if the idea will float. And I write for voice. I write until I know how my characters walk through their world.
I send it to crit partners. I want to nail the voice, the beginning, the idea, before I go on.
I revise. I get close to where I want the beginning to be. I find out that the idea will float.
Then I stop. I backtrack. I review all the notes I have, and start taking more notes about plot points, world building, back story. By this point, I already know the ending. I already know the beginning. I start to plot what happens in the middle. I might even draw little graphs, and time lines.
Then I write again, hard and fast.
Then I stop and review, and revise what came before.
I repeat the above until I reach 'The End'.
Then I write my first outline. And an editorial letter.
Then I begin revising.
At least, that is how I write today. :)
How do you write? Can you put yourself into a straight category? Are you a pantser, a plotter, some combination of both? Do you write differently with each novel?
And--my goals this week are to write as much as possible. I want to dig in, and make headway. Write a couple of hours each day. Of course, I have a child home sick today. So we'll see. What goals are you working toward this week?