Monday, May 04, 2009

Favorite Part
By Patricia Sargeant

What's your favorite part of the writing process?

Plotting: Do you prefer brainstorming your idea? Developing characters and situations. Researching locations that support - maybe even enhance - the story. Identifying plot points, twists, red herrings.

Writing: Do you most enjoy fleshing out the story? Developing scenes and sequels. Characters become three-dimensional. Maybe they follow your outline. Maybe they lead you to new discoveries that make the story even more exciting.

Revising: Do you like the editing process? Tightening scenes. Adding scenes. Deleting scenes. Moving scenes around. Adding layers - foreshadowing, motion, emotion.

Promoting: Do you get the biggest thrill from promoting your upcoming releases? Blogging. Guest blogging. Doing interviews. Requesting reviews. Sending press releases and/or press kits. Distributing promotional products (e.g., business cards, brochures, bookmarks).

My favorite part of the writing process is revising. I've gone through plotting and writing. I know I have a full, workable story. Revising allows me to further explore the characters and build on the layers of the story.

Which part of the writing process is your favorite? And why?

2 comments:

Rhonda McKnight said...

Ah! Plotting, how I love thee. I could do it all day. I spent Friday helping a friend plot out a 3 book series for her next contract.

Writing makes me fat. Literally, it's so stressful. I'm a stress eater and I eat the whole time. Not cool. I wrote 30K words on my W.I.P over the last 2 weeks and I pray I didn't gain the 12lbs back that I lost.

Revising would be my 2nd favorite.

Promotion - the jury is still out. My book doesn't come out until end of November. I think I'll enjoy that. I do it for other authors now, but I sense it's a little different when it's your own work.

We'll see.

Patricia Sargeant said...

Hi, Rhonda. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your favorite part of the writing process with us.

Writing makes me fat, too. Good grief!

You and I have similar reactions to each process.

Congratulations and best wishes on your November release!

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