I still haven’t written a word of my Kelpies Prize entry yet, but I’ve been heartened by the fact that last year’s winner wrote her entry in a mere ten days! So it can be done, and in much less time than I currently have! Yay! So this brings me to discuss: how do I usually approach the writing process?
Normally, I have an epiphany moment such as that which sprung forth Doctor When. This moment can occur any time, but most reliably happens in the shower. For this reason, I often have what I term “working showers” in the same tone as others might say “working lunch”.
Seriously. It’s a thing.
So I have my epiphany, and that’s the seed of whatever new project I’m starting. It can be a character, a place, a conflict, whatever. But that’s the driving force which shapes the work.
Now, if I were a more organised soul, which I occasionally attempt to pretend to be, I would then go on to the research and planning stage. I’m currently attempting to pretend that very thing – which is where I currently find myself.
Normally, however, I go straight from epiphany to the page. I start writing, fueled by the high that often accompanies these things, and it all goes from there.
However, it’s not uncommon that around the middle of that work, I become overcome by Writer’s Blah, whine on the internet, and become a pain to live with (poor Husband). This is what I can’t afford to go through with my current project, due to time constraints. And thus I find myself pretending to be organised, researching and planning, and hoping that all this cleverness will help me avoid that stage.
Likely, it won’t. But a girl has to try!