Friday, April 15, 2011

The Groove Train

I'm on a writing "groove train." Within a couple of weeks, (God willing and the creek don't rise), I should have a draft of my latest novel.

Every writer's process is different. I was reminded of that this morning while reading my friend, Cynthia Chapman Willis' blog. Cindy has been revising by trimming her novel, (she compares it to a good haircut). I'll be revising by adding to mine, like working in a dollop of mousse to give it a little extra volume.

During revision, I'll see places that need more description, passages that should be drawn out, time gaps that should be filled. I don't understand how Cindy writes long, and she doesn't get how I write short, but in the end we'll both have completed novels.

Tell me about the process that works for you. Does your writing need plumping up or thinning out?


6 comments:

  1. Great post, Shannon! It really is interesting how every writer has his/her own process, even if not by design. I never mean to over-write, it's just what I do. And I'm betting you'd rather get everything in the first time around. Thank goodness for revisions. : )

    Thanks for linking to my blog post!

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  2. Oh yeah, I'd love to get everything in the first time around, but I just can't seem to.

    Let me second that thank goodness for revision comment.

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  3. Sounds like a well-rounded team of Beta Readers! What would we do without our writer friends?

    Congrats on getting through that first draft!

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  4. I'd be lost without them...and plenty lonely!

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