I really hate my process. HATE IT. But it’s mine, so I’m stuck with it. My process…
1) Take an idea
2) Butcher the idea
3) Rework the idea, toss it out, start over with new idea
4) Wonder why you ever though you could cook (write)
5) Add characters and stir. Still too flat, uninteresting?
6) Add conflict and tension
7) Taste—it’s flat, one-dimensional and BORING
8) Try a subplot to ratchet up the tension
9) Read a really good book like say BODY DOUBLE by Tess Gerritsen and realize that she did a masterful job of weaving subplots and the main plot. Time to add large dose of self doubt.
10) Rework subplot then realize you’re not Tess Gerritsen and go back to your original subplot.
11) Taste—better, but not full bodied enough (Fully Developed) Must be the lead characters
12) Rework characters, adding more dimension and motivation…
13) Pick up wooden spoon and smack myself in the head. Over and over. (By now, my husband has hidden all the sharp knives.)
14) Tell myself I can fix the stew, just keep cooking…uh…writing…what WHERE IS THE WINE?????
15) Throw in a sex scene. Someone needs to work off tension…and maybe the characters will start behaving if I let them have sex. Please God!
16) Keep stirring and simmering and working. More adjusting of characters, plot, pacing….
17) Suddenly, and I don’t have a freaking clue how it happened, but there’s a new scent in the air…it smells like Book Stew.
18) The book is finished. Husband still won’t return the sharp knives.
What does your recipe for Book Stew look like?