I am in the throes of my favorite stage of writing. I have an idea that has been stuck in my head gestating for a while now, a novella – novel length piece that is finally ready to start dribbling onto the page. While I’m not officially doing NaNoWriMo, the timing is fortuitous so that I can see if I really could write a novel in a month if the stars aligned right (got all of my research done, characters sketched, and something approaching an outline in place).

Which brings me to my favorite part of my writing process: the generating ideas and descriptions. It’s the phase when I am doing massive amounts of reading and researching, jotting down snippets of dialogue as the various characters begin to speak to me, and I begin thinking through the possible plotlines that might eventually form the outline. Sometime after I’m done writing it, I like to go back to see how closely I stuck to my original outline.

The next phase, which I am soon entering, the writing becomes about finding the voice and the POV, connecting the plot dots, fleshing out scenes, and seeing where the characters take me. That’s when the superstitions kick in. I feel like i’m sketching the story in the first draft rather than writing. The first go through, especially of longer works, is very rough because i have to know where the story is going before I can focus on the writing. Once I do, then I can “write” it. Until then, I have to resist the temptation to start revising chapters I’ve completed and focus on continuing to push through the draft (because I don’t want to lose momentum).

I also won’t talk about my idea too much, not for worry about people stealing it (because, let’s face it, even if I laid out the entire still-half thought through idea, no one reading this blog will come up with what I’ll eventually write). It’s more about not losing steam for the idea. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with daily word counts, though my goal is 1500 – 2000 words a day. Besides, I have so many other things to bore you about (read: I’ll still find time to blog).

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