When I typed in the search words The Writing Process, this page of Google results popped up . Take a moment and click on the link. You’ll be amazed. There are pages and pages of clever and beautiful graphic representations of these three words, The Writing Process. Obviously this writing thing has intrigued many more minds than mine. And at all ages, too.
My process is partially represented by the following images:
Often the imagining happens before the actual writing begins. My wall plaque reminds me how important it is to sit and stare out my window to transport into history and my characters’ lives. How is it that we can sit and be looking somewhere but not see what is before us? Instead we see the movie in our own head.
My iPad with notes on possible blog post topics, the necessary glass of water, a current chapter I’m revising, and the remnants of my healthy breakfast are all part of my writing process. The water keeps my brain going, my trainer once told me, and so it is always beside me at the computer.
Inside my closet, a road map for our trips to historic sites–doing the research becomes a day trip for my husband and me, extra computer paper, treasure boxes with pamphlets from historic sites we’ve visited, lots of books on writing (crucial to the process!), and binders holding printouts of all of my blog posts. While I love technology, there is a little part of me still that insists on holding the paper in my hand, just to be sure I don’t lose all my work. Besides, the printouts seem more like a book and that’s the goal, always.
When we travel I always take my laptop for those times in the evening when a couple of free hours mean writing. Beside it some research books on the Niagara area, character sheets I’m working on for book three in my Loyalist series, and my latest prize, a book of family history titled John Garner of Niagara. This is a wonderful gift from my nephew who received this from the author. Amazingly his title is John Garner of Niagara, and I drew my hero for The Loyalist’s Wife from a member of Butler’s Rangers, also John Garner. Today I am anxious to find out if this is the same person whose life I have fictionalized. So much fun.
The writing process for me is not so streamlined that I can put it into a cute drawing, even though I do follow the basics. Imagine, plot story and characters, write rough draft, revise and revise and revise, publish–these are my steps, but a drawing would have many little lines connecting sideline balloons to the main thrust.
What does your drawing resemble? Have you changed your process over the course of becoming a writer? Consider leaving a comment to augment my points and outline your own.