I made a post yesterday, via my author page on Facebook, asking if my followers would like to see more than things related to books. Now don’t get me wrong, we all love books; reading them, experiencing them, falling in love with them, sharing them with others, but I’m also interested in various other things. Hence, my wanting to know if you all would be up for something a little different. (And of course still posts about all things booky!) You voted yes, so here it is.
My writing process: Truthfully, I don’t believe I have one. I’m typically scattered with where I want to go, or what my characters are screaming in my head at me. Sometimes, what honest to God works best for me, is “sprinting”. This method of writing is simply that: writing. I don’t look over what I’ve written, I don’t dwell on what a character is doing or saying, I don’t think, I just write. Some of my best ideas for my debut novel, came from that very method. Things unraveled and took place as my fingers freely flowed over my keyboard with no constant judgement of what I was putting down.
My characters: Where did they develop from? I had a basic idea of what story I wanted to tell, I felt really strongly about certain aspects and what I wanted to put out there. I had a basic six character cast (if you will). Picking the names was actually one of the toughest processes for me. My beta readers would always joke at my expense. It makes me laugh thinking back on it now. My main character Mackenzie “Kennie” Tillson went through, I believe, six name changes. Yes, you read that correctly, six. Thankfully, the rest of my cast was a little easier. I drew so much on my actual friendships and how we interact with each other. They are adults, yes, but they enjoy life, they enjoy being goofy and who says you have to act a certain way because of your age? I’m constantly mistaken for someone in their younger twenties, and, my question is always this: “Now is it because of my looks, or my maturity level?” ;)
The Plot: It derived from the message I wanted to get across, and some personal experiences as well. For my very first novel, I wrote what I knew. I had a ton of help molding, shaping, and executing the story the way I had. It sort of became it’s own entity in a way.I only knew I was going for one thing: Inspirational. It eventually started to write itself. I know that sounds a little strange, but that’s the best way I can describe it. The plot was set out completely in my head. I had the beginning, I had the end, I had the “oh my gosh!” factor planned, however, all of the little extras in between, formed on their own. It’s crazy, encouraging, sometimes frightening, and unbelievable what the human mind can bring to fruition if given unlimited access and freedom.
My advice: If you have a story to tell. Tell it. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t come out perfectly the first time around (no matter how big of a perfectionist you are!). Keep on working, keep on writing. If you have different stories floating around, jot them down so you can return to it later. Believe in you. Remind yourself that anything worth having is worth working for. And even if you have to keep at it for years and years and years? You’ll be glad you’re spending time on something your passionate about… and be honest with yourselves, that almost never feels like work.