Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Process

"The pain is in the process"

Yes.

It's a homage to the world at hand. Not only to writing, but I'm going to take the saying and roll with it, my way.

Between writing the rough, the first and the final draft, editing, reworking and then rewording what you've already done. It can seem like a tedious process, less gratifying to keep going back over to polish the scuffs out of a piece of work which was once the shining beacon of our existence.

There have been many a time, where I shirked off editing a short story, poem or anything along the lines of having to do actual "WORK," simply for a more easy path. However, it seems that the process rears it's ugly head, every time.

I will admit it is much more satisfying to follow the muse, hand her the reigns and let her show me what she wants. No matter how fun it is, it isn't realistic.

Work is part of molding your piece into a proper manuscript, story, poem, idea... painting, lyrics (whatever you chosen genre of life is.) When something plops out of my mind, it is pretty to me. I love it, but I know that there is more I will have to do with the "bones" before it comes to light, or for others to enjoy.

I wrote my first WIP in five weeks. I didn't know what that meant, I was innocent to the way of writing. I blasted through with an exhilarated feeling, I knew I finally found my calling. Though I had a niggling suspect my WIP wasn't ready, so I sat down and rewrote it, it was even better the second time around. This time I sat down and thought about what was happening, how it would work and saw the flecked parts come together in a cohesive story. But it still wasn't ready.

Now, a year and a half later, I have my plan and have started the story for REAL. I wasn't writing the story. I was writing the backstory/history of the characters. I was planning out their lives, what their individual purposes were. All of it. I was making a plan.

I was blind at first; now time, knowledge and the fact I've opened my mind to learning has helped expand my writing in a way I've never believed possible. I am still wet behind the ears and I've now I have started my WIP for real this time. I am lovin' every minute of it.

I'm sure there will come a day when the words THE END cross my screen, which means more edits, rewrites, and other groaning grunt work. But it's all for a reason. It's all apart of the process.

2 comments:

Bea Sempere said...

Good for you, Hinny. I'm glad you're really getting into your novel now.

When I first started writing, I thought a year was WAAAAYYYYY too long for me to finish a novel. After a few years of writing, I realize it can take years for revisions (YUK! POOEY), but like you say it's part of the process. No writer can sit and pump out a story without any kind of editing or revision. *sighs* But I wish I didn't have soooo much revising to do.

You're not alone, I'm editing my novel too.

*lifts glass* Cheers to us and revisions.

K.Hinny said...

Oh.. I wish I was editing. I'll get there soon. I did Nano, it started coming together, but now I'm really putting the pieces together. The rest of the stuff before hand was just all the history and "planning" for the future...

Good luck with your Novel! I'll look forward to reading it!