Everyone has their own style when it comes to developing a manuscript. Some people flop in a chair and begin typing. Others plan every detail for their story before writing. You may write 10,000 words per day while your friend can only crank out 10% of that. I’ve said it before, but you have to do what works best for you.
Yet, I’m not here to talk about that today. I want to focus on evolution.
When you write, you may discover your planning and writing process evolving. When I first began writing, I’d sit down and type thousands of words per day. However, after learning how to edit, I discovered a deep desire to slow down and make better plans.
My writing style involves linking multiple subplots with larger ones. To do that, I have to plan a novel, but not too much. Simple notes will do. Sometimes I outline in bullet form and other times I use circular diagrams. However, I don’t write down much detail because I don’t like to limit myself.
After creating the outline, I let my fingers get to tapping! In the past, I’d write 10,000 words per day. Now, I limit myself to a chapter or half of a chapter and edit it. I only edit to strengthen the connection of subplots and to create a flow of the language. That way, I continue creating vivid scenes. Near the end of the novel, I just let things flow without editing. It’s like a snowball effect. Once I’m on the path of destruction there’s no looking back.
My process is constantly evolving. It keeps the writing experience fresh and exciting.
The last thing I want to do is get stuck in my ways. I hope to constantly grow and improve as a writer and editor.