And it’s true… Writing Feeds More Writing Feeds Creativity Feeds the Soul.
One thing I have learned, over twenty-some-years of writing professionally, about the creative process, is that writing feeds more writing–that ideas for writing feed more story. Egad. That’s a terrible sentence, grammatically, but you get what I mean. Right?
I don’t know how many times I’ve had this happen–that when I am writing to one novel several other ideas come flooding my brain for the next one. In fact, the novel I’m working on presently is one that raised its head while I was busy writing another thriller novel that is now headed for the editor.
Writing is so much fun. I love it. I love talking about writing, blogging about writing and I love to teach writing.
This summer, I began teaching an 8-week workshop with Story Circle Network on writing the novel using my latest how-to-write workbook “Muscle-up the Gut of Your Story: How to Write the Novel.” I’m happy to say that Story Circle has asked me to re-up and teach the same workshop during their fall session. Yay!
And, I actually use my own method to develop stories which relies heavily on outlining. Although, I have to admit, I have moved away from using my method at times and have pantsed stories rather than outlining. After thirteen novels, I now use a hybrid method that falls somewhere between pantsing and outlining. This hybrid method seems to align more with how creativity flows. It feels good to freefall with ideas and then corral them later into a sensible structure.
I didn’t use my own method during the writing of my psychological thriller THE DEER EFFECT. Nor did I when I wrote my literary fantasy novella WAY OF THE WILD WOOD. Even so, both of those stories seem to resonate with their readers with The Deer Effect winning four book awards in 2015. That’s pretty cool too. What a joy to get that sort of feedback.
Yet, sometimes a story lends itself to a little more structural formatting than another. I guess we just go with the flow, we writers–we creatives–and let our subconscious minds play a little. We let our minds run through the sandbox of ideas.
Make no mistake though, writing is not without its level of work. I get up every morning, do a bit of meditation, open up my computer and write. I work for four hours before mom needs me and around that same time, Bob is coming home. My days are shorter than they used to be when I could write in eight hour stretches and pump out six books a year. I used to write with a NY Times bestselling author and was working on three of his books while working on three of my own.
Gone are those days. Now, I write for me alone. That’s a good thing too. I enjoy writing for myself more than for other authors but I can’t deny the extra pay is awesome.
So, as I write this blog post, I am even now thinking of my next story–another fantasy about a seer of sorts who lives off-the-grid. I’m also thinking of the next story after that one–a fantasy allegory that is grounded in Biblical scripture.
When I write like this–on a regular basis–which is every day for me, the ideas become ripe for the picking and also become more expanded and complex. They also become more meaningful. And I pray that, as I write, each story’s meaning will resonate with my readers.