By Jemi Fraser
This summer has been a lot of fun for me with my writing & I've realized a few things about my writing process. I do things in cycles.
I often like to jumpstart a novel with NaNo. This August I signed myself up for CampNano which has been a lot of fun (almost 40k now thank you very much). I don't need the incentive to write, but I like the camaraderie and there's something about inputting the word count into the site and watching that graph climb. Love it!
After NaNo though, I tend to put the wip aside for a while - mostly because NaNo never comes at the perfect time for me. I'm usually in the middle of revisions. So after the crazy month, I put that wip on the shelf and head back to my revisions.
Because I'm a pantster, I think this gives my subconscious some time to work on the last part of the story. If I leave the story for a bit, it's amazing how well the subconscious can pull together those plot threads.
When I head back to the NaNo story, I read it over from the beginning - and get excited about it all over again.
I like to let the stories marinate for a while between drafts - several months is best. I have a very strong memory for words and patterns. If I don't let the story sit for a bit, it's really hard to catch some things that need changing because my memory believes the words are right - just because it's seen it before. So I trick myself. :)
Rinse and repeat. Right now I've got 3 stories on the go - although I rarely work on more than one at a time. I focus on one for a few months, let it sit. Switch to the next story.
Now I just need to break the cycle and start getting ready to send some of these stories out into the world!
Do you have cyclical patterns in your writing? Do you need to let things marinate or can you dive right back in?
Jemi Fraser is an aspiring author of romantic mysteries. She blogs and tweets while searching
for those HEAs.