Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Fun in Writing

by ANDREA MACK on APRIL 30, 2010

Illustration Friday: Wired

I’m working on my fourth novel, and having the most fun I’ve had yet. The first three novels I wrote were a real struggle – to find the time to write, to figure out how to construct a story, to develop a writing process that works for me. At times it was hard, painful even, and I considered quitting. I made myself finish each one, because hey, it’s a learning process.

Now that I’ve moved onto my fourth, the words are flowing freely. I’ve settled into my writing groove. My thoughts aren’t overwhelmed with plot, dialogue, creating tension, etc. and it’s turning out to be so much fun! What I enjoy about writing:

- creating a story like none I’ve ever read before

- the process of solving problems as I go along (and the surprising solutions that emerge)

- experiencing life in the story along with my character

- the rhythm of the right words in my head

What do you find fun about writing?

– Andrea

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Christina 05.02.10 at 12:45 am

Sounds like you are really discovering who you are as a writer! I think you are right. With every novel I write, it does get easier. I don’t make those mistakes in my first draft that I used to so it’s easier to revise.

I suppose what I like the best is like you, exploring new places and people through my stories and letting the words flow!

LittleWomen21 05.02.10 at 2:52 pm

Here’s what I love about writing – how one idea multiplies into more ideas. Here’s what I hate: if I get too busy to write for a couple days, then it’s so hard to pick up the thread again

Kate Fall 05.03.10 at 10:04 am

I’m so glad you’re having fun! With every novel, I try to do something I’ve never done before. I seem to be stuck on making life hard for myself. BUT what I think is fun is when something unexpected happens when I’m writing. Like I know my characters are going to run into someone as they’re sneaking out because that’s on the outline. What I didn’t realize is how weird the person they run into will be, and what crazy excuses will come out of my characters’ mouths.

Andrea 05.04.10 at 4:57 am

Ooo – I love that idea thing too. And Kate, the unexpected is great too, though I’m not sure my characters have made any crazy excuses.

I hate that picking up the thread problem. I was sick all weekend, and even though I know where my story is going next, I still am having trouble getting back to it.

Debbie Ohi 05.04.10 at 6:01 am

With every novel, I try to write something that I’d enjoy reading myself. Sounds somewhat self-centered, I know, but it makes it more fun for me. :-)

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