Feb 4, 2010

Our Process - Our Journey

By: Krista Darrach

1. a systematic series of actions directed to some end:
2. a continuous action, operation, or series of changes taking place in a definite manner

I LOVE processes.
I’ve worked as an office manager for a construction company for over eight years. In my job I have tons of processes that make everything easier and more efficient.

I love asking writers how they go about starting a novel. The answers are so varied— one would wonder how we all reach the same end result. But that is the beauty of being a writer— each of us has our own journey or as I like to say— process. My mind works almost mechanically when it comes to writing. There is nothing like being in the “zone” and feeling the surge of creativity at its best. I know this is a gift, be it one that laid dormant in my brain for many years. Today I’m grateful to be aware of it, and utilize my ability at putting ideas to paper.

My process may not work for you, just as yours might not work for me. I sit down with an idea and then make a simple outline of main objectives. Start a character list and then have at it. Through time this may change as I learn new skills.

I love this quote: "Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." — E.L. Doctorow

I can totally relate to this quote. Because my process is to: rely on the narrative, and allow my characters to show me the way.

Most important in my writing is to remain teachable. I don’t think I will ever know it all. I hope I never reach that point. Learning to me is paramount in my process. Reading books on writing and mingling with other writers is a must. Attending conferences and Retreats help us learn even more.

The ANWA Writers Conference is coming up and I am MORE than excited to learn from some great people. This helps my process immensely. If you haven’t signed up- it’s Feb 27th and we have a GREAT line up. So come prepared to LEARN! Here is the link for more information:

I believe, especially for new writers, it takes a village to write a book. The more we help each other—the better we become. Knowledge is Power—and helps me develop my process and become a better writer.

So a big thanks to those people who have helped me develop my process and enjoy my journey into the writing world. * Big Hugs! *


  1. I'm laughing out loud Krista because my co author and I have discovered our processes are very different. She likes your route and I like to know ahead of time where all the lights are and drive my car in the light the whole time. In fact you could say I drive/write backwards because I want to know the end so I have something to get too.

  2. I would LOVE to do it that way... so far it hasn't happened. Interesting how we're all different! It's awesome.

  3. Great post Krista! I love the quote..and you transitioned everything into the thoughts on the conference so smoothly! I am still trying to figure out my own process. sigh...someday I'll get there!


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