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?


  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!

  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.

  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!

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

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