Writing About Writing

My pal, publisher, and ever-present, always-reliable, incredibly patient sounding board, Victoria Adams, recruited me for a blog hop on being a writer.

I find that writing about being a writer can seem a little redundant but in a skewed sort of way, like drawing about being a painter or choreographing an interpretive dance about being a ballerina, but I’ll give it a go.

Most people think of writing just as something to do with a paper or pen, if you’re Old School, or a computer and word processor, if you’ve come up to the more recent decades, but really, that’s all wrong. Writing doesn’t start with the paper, pen, computer, or word processor.  It starts with what Hercule Poirot called “The little gray cells, hm?”

The first bit of writing always comes when a weird idea comes into my brain. My brain — which is in a weird head — is always coming up with such concepts, so this is nothing new. The idea is often just a bit of a scene or a snippet of a conversation between a couple “stock characters” in the repertory theater of my mind. These stock characters play out the scene or conversation several times, tweaking bits of dialogue here and blocking there, sort of like rehearsing a scene in a play. Unfortunately, they must not be too confident as actors because they feel the need to rehearse that one bit repeatedly before moving forward or backward to the next bit.

Once they stock characters have rehearsed, they start gathering their costumes and developing other characteristics while they play through other scenes. Eventually, they’ve put enough together that I can actually jot down the ideas.

Then, that’s the time for the pen, paper, computer, and word processor. Depending on the projected length of the work — in very rough terms, whether I expect it to become a novel or a short story — I pick my writer tools and record what the characters have been doing in enough detail that I can write in even more detail later. When I’m done with this part, I have the world-building, the character design, and even most of the plot figured out. That way, when my schedule lightens up a bit, I can dive right into constructing the actual story in a form that will make sense to the rest of the world.

pen and paper Matt Seppings

Picture by Matt Seppings = Retrieved from Flickr on 6/15/14 = Used unchanged under Creative Commons License

That’s my writing process. Next Monday, I pass the baton to Karen and Kathy Sills, authors of The Wiggle Worm Shape Adventure. Here’s a little about them:

Karen and Kathy are identical twins who does every thing together.  They were born in Holland, Michigan, but were raised as Southern gals in Harrisville, Mississippi.  They have a brother who lives in North Carolina with his dog Parker.  Karen and Kathy are Mama’s Babies, and are proud of it.  They have a dog named Molly who is a big part of the family.  They both love to read, Kathy more than Karen.  Kathy loves to read a little of every thing, while Karen reads romance and sometimes V.C. Andrews’ novels.  Karen and Kathy are both childcare teachers which feeds their imaginations for writing their children’s books.  When they were in high school they had a few pieces published in the school paper.  As they got older, disappointment shadowed them when they received their first rejection slip, but they never let their dream die, they kept moving forward.

In February 2012 their first children’s book, Feelings, Feelings, Feelings was released, after that their desire for being a published author only grew stronger!  In December 2012 The Storm In Jillian’s Room was released.  Their third book, Wiggle Worm’s Shape Adventure was released March 2014.

With four books behind them, they continue to write, cook and dream.  They believe that if they keep moving forward, not letting challenges get them down, they will rise to the top.


3 thoughts on “Writing About Writing

  1. I really like reading these – but I have no idea who this person is you talk about in the first line! 🙂


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