It’s December already, and so it’s time for another posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Please take a moment to stop in to the blogs of the amazing writers of this wonderful group. Read a comment, drop a holiday note, or just sit back and chuckle at the myriad things that we’re all insecure about. It’s quite the list some months. 🙂
This month I’m not necessarily insecure, just contemplative. I recently received my monthly copy of Writer’s Digest, and in it, there’s an interview with Chris Bohjalian. He goes into detail about his writing process and how he pumps out around fifty pages, prints it out, edits, and then moves on to the next section. But once he reaches around 100-200 pages in, the book changes enough that he takes the new understanding of story and goes back to rewrite from page one.
I was interested in what he had to say about his process, not only because he’s successfully written sixteen novels, but also because that’s a formal approach to the same style I’ve stumbled through in my first novel.
It makes me wonder how others approach their process. I know the main discussion always comes back to pantsing versus plotting, but I doubt it’s really that simple for most of us.
So, my question this month is: what is your writing process?
If you want to check out part of Chris Bohjalian’s interview, check out the link below. For the entire interview, pick up the January issue of Writer’s Digest.