3 Things I Know About My Writing Process and Abe #7

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Abe Table’s seventh story, which is beginning now, has baffled me. The process is what has been so puzzling. I had ideas in the Fall about this 7th story. I laid them out (written on post it notes and spread over the floor). I moved them around and tried to arrange them along a story skeleton. I walked and thought about them. I wrote in journals about them. I discussed them.

But the writing did not come. I was unwilling to start since I wanted to have the story boarded and outlined by the time I began to write and I did not have a final outline.

Then, as is usual for me, the inevitable happened one morning: a scene to start the story showed up in my mind’s eye. Not the scene I had imagined either. It began with dialog about something completely unrelated and off my radar for the story.

And it led right where I wanted for the opening scene. A second writing session had a healthy draft of the scene done. Now, it is opening myriad possibilities, some of which fit the original plan and ideas.

Will it land where I was heading originally? Don’t know.

What I do know is this:

1. The writing process requires patience and thought – Both of those are vital to incubating a story.

2. When a story “opens up,” it may be one of the most thrilling experiences – I wouldn’t trade it. Nor would I trade all the hours writing in my journals and wondering if I can think of the proper flow to make a compelling story.

3. When I’m lost about how to proceed with the big picture, the outline of the whole story, I find joy and even direction in creating a scene – Even if it ends up not being a scene I use, it helps to step into that world and live there a bit.

What have you learned from your writing process?

Writing Tip #8

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You should get over to Writing Tip #8 right away if you are writing anything for school. Hurry. Get over there and see if it won’t help some. Go to “I Hate Writing – Help!” at the top of the page or visit the page from here. By the way, there are lots of good places to find help with writing even if you don’t like it. I’ll share some of those soon, so check back.

And don’t forget Abe Table and The Replacements. The story is coming soon.

Crazy Ideas and Walking

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Jump over to the “I hate writing – Help!” page to see the latest writing tip (#6) about putting ideas together. It may just give you a little summer boost and accidentally (not “maliciously” like Gru says) trick you into having fun while writing.

While I’m thinking about it, Avi, one of my favorite authors, left some great advice today on his blog (which I highly recommend) about getting ideas for writing. Check it out here.