Trust the Process #IWSG #AMWRITING
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This month, I’ve decided to go my own way with my own insecurity–trust in a new fluid writing process.
When I write, I always have a plan from the beginning, middle to end, and all the details in between. I use excel and plot out the moon patterns in a month, the days of the week and where every character is in the story during a certain point in the plot. I define the plot points, and then finally, I start to write.
Not this new draft. Now, I’m biting my nails totally insecure. This new draft is more of an organic process. I still have the end in mind, but my outlining techniques have changed. I did create the first 6 chapters with my editors approval. Then something interesting happened. She told me to stop. She told me to write. I admit, my energy was there. I was hearing the dialogue, seeing the scenes. Plus, one of my writing friend’s who connected me with my editor, mentioned I should always listen to the editor’s every word of advice. So I have. But now that I’m well past these 6 chapters, my initial excitement has morphed into creative release mixed with a gripping fear all at once. A true sense of the experience of a roller coaster? That pretty much sums it up. I guess since this is the second/sort of third draft, and I do have a great sense of my characters, maybe it will be okay? *scrunching up face and clenching hands *
I know my editor believes. I believe in her. I just hope I can believe in me, and continue to allow the process to lead.
Any thoughts on how you begin a second draft revision process? I’d love to hear it.
Posted on March 4, 2020, in Uncategorized and tagged Erika Beebe, trust in the writing process. Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.
I always plan everything out so the thought of free-falling is scary. You’ll have to trust her and just soldier on.
I love that advice Alex. Thank you 🙂
I think it’s great that you’re embracing a new (and scary) approach! When I’m ready to tackle revisions I get a big bag of chocolate and plod through it line by line. I find it motivational to give myself a sticker or a check mark for each scene I complete.
Oh! I love that Ellen. I am going to try the check marks and the chocolate 🙂
I’m still trying to finish a first draft. I have major writer’s insecurities. They saw with the first draft you should write, that you’re telling yourself the story and it doesn’t need to be perfect. But I’m such a perfectionist that it’s hard to just right even though I have an outline and a bunch of notes.
Thank you for your honest reflection Christina. I am a perfectionist too. I may sit down this weekend and finish the outline 😉
Just hang on to the creative joy and listen to your editor.
Thank you Diane. It’s been a huge learning experience so far 🙂
I agree with Diane! Just write, and listen to your “writer” self, as well as your editor!
Thank you Lisa. I have learned so much 🙂
Good luck with this organic process. I like that description. I tend to be a discovery writer. I usually generally know a few things that’ll happen in a story and how it’ll end, but the story and the characters frequently take me in direction I’d never imagined. I’m considering writing a cozy mystery series, and that’s not gonna work. lol
Thank you Donna for being so encouraging 🙂
I do as you do–map out everything in Excel. It would scare me to death to just write. Fingers crossed it works well for you!
Thank you Jacqui 🙂
Sounds scary and thrilling, but I’m glad you have someone there you trust and can back up your actions. That’s awesome!
That’s awesome that you’re finding a new way to write that works better for you. Sometimes we have to do that to be a better writer. Glad it’s working for you.
So your safety net is gone and you are swinging in the air like a trapeze artist. I don’t doubt your scared, but they think you can do it. It’s time to prove them right.
Personally, I think you’ve got this.
Anna from elements of emaginette
Thank you for the chuckle Anna. You’ve said it exactly right 😉
You got this. Cheering onward.
Thank you so much for your encouragement Juneta 🙂
Writing without a rough outline – that’s totally scary. I need to know where I’m going with the story before I even start. Not details, but directions. It take guts to do what you do now.
I think my guts are fizzling. I may sit down this weekend and just tie all the loose ends together 🙂
Your current technique sounds a bit like the NaNo approach. That worked for me when I committed myself to the writing and the results were kind of fun. Never had the resolve to go back to finish the story and edit what I had, but that’s my own weakness as a writer. I’m sure you are doing better than I.
Tossing It Out
I appreciate you sharing your story with me 🙂
Well done, Erika, to have got so far. Well done on your detailed planning. One of my problems is I can’t plan. But I know that, from my own experience, once you’ve got that first draft done, you can be more organic in your approach. Good luck.
I think you described my regular process. I have a beginning and end in mind and a general idea of scenes etc. but I never really know how they will play out until I start writing. My outlines aren’t excel perfect…more like a ten page synopsis loaded with and thens and or maybe this or that could happen.