Rituals

Dear people, you get a break today from my usual heavy, in your face posts. I thought I’d end my time as the 5th wheel this month with sharing my writing rituals and hopefully getting you writers out there to share yours. So, I’m gonna give you a blow by blow of how I work…whether you’re interested or not. *Cackles*

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Marination

I usually have tons of Ideas but as one comes to the forefront, I sit on it and let it grow to see if it goes anywhere. A good marination happens when I can see the characters, settle on setting, get bits of dialogue, situations and can see past the middle of the possible book. Generally, even though it’s early, I also already know how I’m gonna write the sex

 

Characters

I don’t outline, but at the beginning I sit down and map out my characters starting with their idiosyncrasies to how they look and what they do for a living. This includes secondary folks as well.

 

Writing

I do my best stuff in the morning when I’m alone and hopefully not being terrorized by Finn. I fix a half of pot of coffee and pour it in a huge ass cup, drinking it as I hammer away. I do have a nice desk. My office is always messy but I like it that way. When I write, I’m usually in a T-shirt and boxers. As for music, I do have a playlist that varies each book. In fact, I’ve already decided on the songs in the marination stage. I try to write everyday even if it’s just a thousand words. Sometimes that’s possible and sometimes it isn’t.

I tend to lose myself in the first two-thirds of the book and when I get toward the end I already have it sight. However, I have a tendency to get lazy and distracted by this time. This is the part I do notes on in order to makes sure that the ends I do want tied up are dealt with.

 

That makes it sound soooo easy I’m sure but trust me, it isn’t. When I first started writing I didn’t have betas so I had no one to bust my ass except my editor. I didn’t have the luxury of communicating with her daily. So, as I went on I enlisted betas and I try to use the same ones. I don’t like things sugar coated so I tell them to just give it to me straight, no chaser. I want them to hurt my feelings to prepare me for critical and bad reviews later.

 

Editing (Line and Copy)

This is actually my favorite part believe it or not. If my editor gets the story and gets me, she knows how to fill in the gaps and make it better. I’m way too close to it, so it helps to have someone to see differently than I do. I may grumble, complain, curse, and roll my eyes but I listen. I do my best to set my ego aside for the story.

 

That’s it for me. There are usually a lot more bumps in the road whether it involves writer’s block or real life issues like cancer scares, moving, etc. Hopefully, I won’t have to deal with any of that again any time soon.

I’d love to hear from other writers on this…

 

KD’s work can be found on Amazon or at Ylva.  Her next book in the Cops and Docs Series, Drawing the Line is now readily available. For more information on KD visit her website

5 comments

  1. This read a bit like watching a documentary with the narrator using a short almost whispering voice: “Today we observe the elusive Lesfic author in her natural habitat.” 😁

    If I think of the amount of stress and anxiety I go through when I have to write an assignment or proposal, I can’t even imagine how bad it must be to write an entire novel.

    Makes me really appreciate the dedication and levels of self motivation authors have.

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  2. “Marinate” is so accurate for that beginning stage of crafting the story.

    I find writing in the morning my best time, too. If it’s been a good day, that momentum carries over past lunch, but sometimes that’s asking too much.

    I write on my laptop in the kitchen (we live in a studio-sized place) and my girlfriend told me I often pause suddenly, turn to the fridge, open it, stare for 7 seconds, then close it and resume typing. I had no idea I even did this!

    Who knows what silly things we may do when we think no one is watching?

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