Fair question, really and one that I guess will change from writer to writer but for me it's like this...
I have an idea for a scene, rarely a full story but definitely a scene full of what I think are fully developed characters. I then have to ask myself why. Why this setting with these people? Why are they doing this? After the whys come the hows and whats.
I then set to writing. I don't plan the story. I know some writers that have each story planned on a scene by scene basis but I just can't work that way. As I write I learn about the characters and they behave in ways I didn't expect or say things I never knew they would.
I tend to edit as I go which slows me down considerably. Before the days writing commences I trawl through fixing aspects of what I've put down and then add to it. Once the story is finished it goes into final edits and I beat the story into shape.
After it's in good shape I save and close the file and ignore for at least a week, preferably more, and then re-read. The glaring errors I missed previously make themselves known and another round of edits begins. When that is finished I'll send it to a publisher.
If it is accepted the publisher may want further changes, theEditing Phase as I call it. The first time I went through this process I reacted badly, angrily even. I now look forward to this process, it helps get the story into a condition that makes it readable for others.
Then, if I'm lucky, it's published.
So, what does a writer do? 10% writing, 30% editing and 60% procrastination. I have this blog and Facebook open, both covering the OpenOffice document that contains my work in progress...
I've never been very confident in my poetry. I hear and read poems of people who are way more talented than me and get intimidated but I recently performed at an open mic night. I have been to a few of these events and have always hidden silently at the back so this time I gave it a go. The reaction was very positive, one person describing my work as "very powerful" and I twice made a fellow performer (who I consider to be immensely talented) react audibly to what I was reading.
So I'll think I'll practice. Like my prose I will need to work at it to get to where I want to be but with that in mind here's a Work In Progress
I'm happy for you ,
I really, really am.
You got your perfect life
And found your perfect man,
I'm happy for
Glad to see you have it all,
But that house?
It should have been ours
But those kids?
They should call me Dad
The future? It's gone and
With it, all we should have had
But I saw your smile
When he gave you a call
And I'll gladly walk away
Forget my plans for it all
Because I'm happy for you
I really, really am.
© M. Leon Smith
It's been a busy few days and - once again! - I've neglected my blog. Sorry...
I have lots of writing on the go at the moment and the ideas are just springing from my mind. I hope I can find the time to get it all down.
Growth Spurt is gaining some very positive reviews on Amazon and they made me blush. Many thanks to the people who took time out of their life to write those words for me. Thanks! If you haven't read it yet then join in the fun :)
MS has given me a rough few days but I'm okay now, just a bit of a cold now but I guess it is the season...