The more I get to know other writers the more I realize, I’m the strange kid in the group. Some of you may have come to that conclusion much faster than I did. What can I say, you’re just sharp cookies.
Why do I believe I’m the strange kid. Here is an example:
I don’t read books by other authors on the same subject I’m about to write about. Nor do I want to watch a movie on the same subject matter. Does this make me strange? Yes. Why I have I come to this conclusion? Because every time I set out to write on a subject and I make note to other writers they tell me about books and movies I should pick up. Part of me is convinced I’m self-absorbed. I don’t want to read how such and such author tackled the same subject. And I don’t want them to unduly influence my voice or the tone of my novel.
How I work on my manuscripts.
I have an idea. A single scene forms. I stew in the ideas and the world needed to create the story. I lay, sit and stand floating off into the world of make-believe. I write the scene. Sometimes I force myself to write a two page synopsis. If the story is very complex with more than four subplots the synopsis is longer up to four pages.
I start to work my way to the first black moment. I write to the second black moment. I continue to write to the Mother of Black Moments. I take a day off maybe two and begin the rewrite. And that’s my methodology. It works for me.
Back to writing.
Darkness ♀♂ Desires