THIS WEEK’S AUTHOR BLOG HOP QUESTION IS:
Do you write in logical order?
Question provided by Amy Romine.
Oh, I had to laugh out loud at this question because how I write is anything but logical, although it has logic, just of a different “Angelika” kind. Probably not normal in the usual sense of what most people believe to be logical.
When in my pre-planning stage, there is usually nothing to plan – just a vague idea I need to write a story. So I have a secret formula for this.
Vague notion + words + some magical thing called ideas, which seem to spring from my subconscious from nowhere at just the right time = scenes = chapters = Finished Book.
I can’t get from my vague notion to the finished book without stringing some words together. So I start small, and if something springs to mind I write that scene, and that scene only. I don’t worry I don’t know how the book starts, or even how it ends — although once I get into the 1st draft planning stage I would rather know how it ends, over how it starts any day! I just write a scene as I think it up until eventually I have the basis for a story. Even though there’s a heck of a lot missing in between, it’s usually enough for me to start plotting. And I’m a big evil plotter once I have a rough idea where I want the story to go. I don’t have to stick to it, and quite often I usually find something better as I write, but it’s the foundation of keeping me under that hazy, kind of delirious stage many writers go through, when they write and complete a book. You know, like when you read back your work and think, ‘Goodness! Where did THAT just spring from?’ Who knows how it happened, but it did.
So, no, I do not write in logical order, but it works for me. If I get enough scenes down, I can move them around to see in which order they sound better before I commit to anything – although there are always edits – waaaaay down the line. This, for me, is only my planning, pre-first draft stage – and I do most of it by hand – until there looks too much to have to try to go back to decipher (I have trouble reading my own writing when I write very fast!) in which case the scenes are then transferred into a some sort of order onto my computer (using Scrivener – see last week’s post: The Love of my Life) in the form of scene cards. And all I have to do then (ha!) is fill in the gaps with just a little bit of imagination (okay a lot!) and the determination to see it through to the very end. Logical, right?
What about you? Do you write in logical order?
Happy Easter everyone!
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9 thoughts on “Blog Hopping Bunnies! It’s nearly Easter!”
I can’t read my own writing either LOL
Love your freestyle approach
Angelika, I am not a writer other than blog posts so I don’t have a process, logical or otherwise, but I love your process as it seems to fit your personality perfectly. That is meant as a compliment in case it didn’t come across as one. 🙂
Successful Blog Hop and chat today.
Hi Megan, didn’t see you there. I too fall into that category of sometimes not being able to read my own writing, especially as like Angelika, when I write quickly.
I think the main reason why I stopped writing my MS’s out by hand, is because half the time I can’t read what I wrote! Very frustrating, especially when I had the perfect scene… My writing order is a little more logical than yours, but not by much!
Your way sounds so free! I love that! I so wish I could do that, but my evil lazy demon would come out and then I’d have unfinished books all over the place. lol I have to admit my way sounds far more OCD than I originally thought now that I’ve read about yours. Have a great Easter!
I can’t imagine writing anything by hand. I don’t even write checks anymore. If I can’t do IT on the computer, then IT probably doesn’t get done. I even type out my grocery lists. 🙂 See how illogical I am?
I write as it comes..Sometimes very out of order..LOL
I basically go with the flow too, whatever grabs me.
After taking flower orders over the phone for twenty years and writing it all down as quickly as possible, well you can imagine my handwriting…garbled. And in a previous life I taught handwriting as a third grade teacher. Needless to say my writing has really deteriorated from those teaching years. I think your free writing must come from your heart and flow through to your pen…much more real than typing on a keyboard.