Before I launch into my
crazy shiny writing post, I want to tell you something exciting. Ready? Okay.
Back to business.
how i write…
1. OH. SHINY IDEA.
2. No. Don’t touch it until you’ve edited your thirty-two billion other projects.
3. But it’s so SHINY and BEAUTIFUL.
4. Fine. Make a pinterest board for it. Jot a few plot-points on a word document. But that’s it.
5. Find characters.
5. Name characters with unusual names that are generally unisex names. (Jess = dude. Mess = girl. Blue = dude. Etc.)
6. Find plot (usually during middle of epic movie or church service).
7. Nope. You’re not allowed to write it.
8. Discuss it with Mime. This includes: a) jumping on her bed in the early morning with plot ideas, b) trying out name combos and c) finding out if ideas are cliche or overdone (they usually are).
9. Decide who DIES. (Kidding. Kidding…but it is just a tiny bit true.)
10. Decide which character will continue the reoccurring-obsession from previous books. (It’s always food. Don’t ask me why.) I usually have one food obsession and one mute. And a cute little kid who either controls the world, drools vegemite, or kills the audience with the adorableness factor.
11. Need. To. Write. This.
13. First 10,000 words: Oh, I’m a happy little bumblebee writing and stinging characters and having so much fun! My plot is brilliant! 2 dead already!
14. Hit 20K: I need some chocolate. Yep. A little sticky here, but no revisions! No editing! No rereading! No fixing anything!
15. 30K: Shaky. But it’s okay, right? Yeah. Coming along…
16. OH MY GOSH. I’VE LOST THE PLOT.
17. 40K. Found the plot. Mind you, this idea is terrible. Everyone’s written a book like this.
18. 50K. Almost done. Hehe! Almost DONE.
19. Dead toll is pretty…high. Show of hands? Who do I have left to
play work with?
20: 60K. DONE. DONE. DONE. Chocolate! Icecream! Sultanas! Do a happy dance! Shout from mountain top about the brilliance of the completed project! FINISHED!
21. Set aside for 6 weeks to
fester mature. No rewriting. No rereading.
22. It’s horrible. Terrible. No one will ever like it.
23. You should edit another project.
24. I think I’ll just eat handfuls of sultanas in the corner and cry quietly. I can’t write. Writing is awful. Why would anyone write?
25. Pinterest. Movies. Read books. Briefly encounter the real world and —
26. OH. SHINY IDEA.
cait has been accused of — OH SQUIRREL. anyway. she enjoys going to the beach (even if it’s winter) and teaching her 2 year old nephew how to poke people. she has waaaaay too many books on her to-read pile. she’s tackling transparent by natalie whipple and just finished a really awesome mess by trish cook. both are fabulous. she’s currently editing her apocalyptic thriller, boybots. she wants a dog so she can name it doug.