Hey, it’s a new month. I’m starting a new book. And I thought it might be an interesting experiment, this time, to blog about my writing process (such as it is) as I go. I’ll tag them all “How I Write a Book.”
I know many of you who read this blog are writers, and you each have your own process. I certainly don’t mean to suggest anyone should follow mine! It’s messy, as you’ll see, and continually evolving. But there are some people who follow this blog who may be wondering, “Just what it is Tessa’s doing when she should be [returning my phone calls/addressing my Christmas card/making my dinner]?” This is mainly for them. 🙂
Right now, I’m getting ready to start writing this book. Which means, I’m wrapping up the work involved in preparing to write the book. Which brings me to
My Messy Process, Step One: Thinking.
Lots of thinking. Lots and lots of thinking. In the case of this book, my fourth, I’ve been mulling over these characters and their story for at least 8 or 9 months now, since I was in the middle of writing book two. And beyond Spencer and Amelia (the hero and heroine’s names), I currently have three other couples – wait, four – whose stories are spreading roots in my gray matter.
The thinking part of this process is the longest step, obviously. It’s also the one most often mistaken by bystanders for daydreaming, inattention, child neglect, etc. … Read More »