Almost every time I close my eyes, a story starts building in my mind. My husband says I have a vivid imagination, and he is right. I can make a mountain out of a molehill, or imagine a solution to a crazy situation. Imagination…you bet, and I love it because that is what gives me the ability to create. Last night I woke up at about eleven, after a couple of hours of peaceful snoozing, and a scene began unfolding in my mind. Unfortunately, I don’t have a video recorder, or even a word processor in my brain, because it was a great short story. I couldn’t write it down as fast as my mind was describing it, and now that I’ve slept longer the images are only a faded memory. That, my friends, is what it’s like to be a writer. One can only hope they are prepared to see it…build it…record it…then write it. If I wake in the night, I try to think about the project I have going on instead of letting new ones take over, that way I can jot down the few thoughts and not lose an entire idea because I fell back to sleep.
There are different styles used to build a story. I’m active on social media and what I hear other authors say about their process. Some gauge their day based on a word count. Others outline their story, chapter by chapter before they begin the process of writing. I’ve used both of these processes. Though I wouldn’t put my process of outlining a story in the category of “outline” — it was, to its right, a layout of the story I intended to create. As for word count, the only time I worried about it was when I was writing a 50,000-word novel in a month for a contest of sorts.
My natural process is to see the beginning and start writing. As the story continues, I watch the characters within each scene and move through it as they do. Usually, this goes on for about ten chapters. Then I stop because I need to watch the end happen…yes, the end of the story. Once that is written, I can start filling in the middle. For me, because I can see the end, watching it play out is so much more fun.
There is the occasional “writer’s block”…not fun one bit. The characters wait patiently for me to pick up where I left off…not willing to move on without me. They already know how the next scene will play out, but want me to drive. So, after whatever is holding me up disappears, my fingers begin to fly over the keyboard at lightning speed again…whew.
Now that you have an overview of my style, I hope you will look deep inside yourself and let possibilities or ideas you have surface.
Guest post By Author CJ Vermote