How the Magic Happens
My creation process is scattered at best. I’m a mother of three with a full-time career. Thankfully, my job calls me to write, but it’s a completely different format than my novels. I deal with non-fiction books, research papers, and scripts for radio hosts. Still, I count that toward my daily writing goals because I have to carefully choose my words and direction.
In writing my books, though, I start as I’m waking up. I linger in bed, allowing my mind to wander into the worlds I’ve created. I touch base with the characters to see if they have anything new to tell me. Sure, that sounds weird, but it’s how I do it. I envision scenes and situations that the characters are dealing with, which contributes to my inspiration for writing.
With three young kids around, it’s difficult to find time to write, but I take advantage of every opportunity I can. I take a notebook with me everywhere I go. If I’m not writing scenes, I’m making notes. My brain is in a constant state of thinking through my work, analyzing what’s been written and seeking what’s yet to be written. When I do get to sit down at the computer, it’s usually after my children have gone to bed. I tend to stay awake a few hours past their bedtime, so I can get in a good amount if I’m in the zone.
Oftentimes, though, I get distracted by online activities. In being an author and wanting to connect with readers or promote published works, social media is a great tool, but it takes a pretty hefty time investment. It also takes discipline to stay focused and not get drawn into surfing. Of course, when I’m in the research phase of a book, surfing can be a blast! Sometimes, I find myself justifying my online time by claiming research.
Even after shutting down the computer and closing the notebook, my mind is still processing. I close my eyes and return to the daydreams that woke with me. If something riveting comes to mind, I get up and write it down. I wish I could say those dreams carry into the night, but that is rare.
I think the most difficult part of the process for me is revision. If I am aching to write creatively, revision and editing become tedious. Conversely, if I’m in a more logical and analytical state of mind, the creativity doesn’t flow. It’s during these times I allow myself to switch over. I know my work won’t be my best if I force myself to do something I don’t want to.
Creation is a precious gift. While I wish I could dedicate myself to it full-time, the season of life I’m in doesn’t allow for that. But as I said, I’ll snatch up every free moment I can possibly find. I owe it to my characters, to my readers, and to myself.
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