I'm just beginning to plot a new novel. It's interesting to watch the process I go through. I start with an idea, but I don't really know where it's going yet.
(I have to stop to clean the yard for a garden party. Gave the backyard pines a great haircut!)
I'm fleshing out the characters. What are their strengths? Their weaknesses? They will create a lot of the twists and turns of the story by their actions. Does each character have their own story? How does each of them push the story forward?
(Today is our day to work in the temple. Always love this day! I will write some more tomorrow.)
(Took the grandkids to visit an older lady in the ward who had been sick.)
The story only unfolds as I sit down to write. I can't plot in my head and then sit down to write. I have to sit down to write and then ideas come to me.
(Book signing tonight.)
Are my ideas realistic? Do they make sense? Only my critique group will tell me the answers to these questions. I do depend on them. As we talk as a group each week, there are times when ideas are generated by the group that are better than I could come up with by myself.
(Getting ready for LDS Storymakers. Excited!)
What is your process like? Step outside yourself watch how this happens for you.
Do you ever feel disjointed? That's what my life feels like sometimes. Well, not sometimes. All the time. I still relish the time I take to write in my busy life. It keeps the blood flowing through my veins.
How about you?