First, GO O'S! What a fabulous day of baseball yesterday!
For all authors, regardless of format or genre, writing is a process. Now, I'm sure you're thinking that we write, read, edit, read again, edit again, get angry that it still isn't right, write some more, edit some more, throw something, and then read.
Depending on the day, those steps do happen, and I forgot to sprinkle in all of the tea and wine we drink to get through it.
At least for me, however, and I doubt I am alone, the process starts even before I write a single word down. When I first start getting ideas for the next story, I PURPOSELY don't write anything down. ANYTHING. The ideas need to marinate for a while, or to use another food analogy, they need to steep like a cup of tea. The longer you let that tea sit and steep, the better the flavor. If you rush the process, that cup in your hand will be weak, bland, and void of everything that is meant to make it amazing.
Please read that again, because making tea and writing are so much alike it's mind blowing if you think about it.
Now, don't get me wrong, I do jot down notes. I am in no way paid to advertise Samsung Note products, but I have both a Note tablet and the Note 4 phone, and I LOVE THEM. When I get little moments of inspiration, or simply overhear a moment of dialog between two people in the grocery store who sound like some of my characters, I can quickly write them down. I also have a waterproof pad of paper in my shower that I use all of the time. Once again, not paid to endorse them at all, but if you are an author you need to have an Aqua Notes pad in your shower. All of these notes and little moments keep me from loosing a moment I want to hold on to, but as far as really starting to write chapters and even paragraphs, I know I need to wait.
When Phoenix Morrow came out in May, I had already started the steeping process for my next book (who's title I may have already decided but am keeping close to the chest right now), as it had already started swirling in my brain when I was working on An Unusual Path. Treadmill Tales was a slightly different process, simply because it is completely different in layout and design than my fiction work. That's okay, though, because it's funny as hell and you should totally read it anyway. It's been called, "laugh out loud" funny, a compliment that makes my heart smile.
In the midst of my own life's chaos with school ending, my kids' baseball, and the move, the timing for my process with my next novel worked out perfectly. While it would have been really difficult to write anything of substance during the move, I could be marinating on the story while packing boxes, painting walls, or going for a walk with the kids while we had a home showing at our old place. Again, I could jot something down when it came to me, but it was a good place to be in the process during that time.
I have noticed in recent weeks that the amount of notes I have been taking have been increasing, but I knew the time had come a couple of days ago. I was in the shower when a huge plot twist came to me, and I stood there in the running water and wrote three pages on the Aqua Notes pad without barely stopping to breathe. As I ripped them off of the wall and laid them out to dry, I realized that I was ready.
So, my dear readers, I want you all to know that I am getting to work. I can't wait to share this new story with you.
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