Thinking about the Writer’s Process

Have you ever wondered how a novel comes together in a writer’s mind? If I am to be entirely honest, I have never really given it much thought. In fact, I think I presumed that it was largely a linear process – beginning, middle, end, you know? But, the last few days have made a mockery of my assumptions.

So far I have written 5 scenes. I have no idea if these will be individual chapters, a couple or just one yet but the interesting thing is that one of these scenes won’t happen for a few more scenes into the story. It’s just too soon. I want to build a bit more into the family dynamic and shed a little more light onto my characters first, build up the tension, etc., so that when that scene comes in, it feels like it really makes sense.

love story. old letters, vintage postcards

Anyway, the point of my reflection today is that I think there could be a golden opportunity in allowing scenes to come to the surface when they want to. I have no idea if this is how other writers work, but it’s working for me. I think too, that as the scenes develop, they tend to be written in one sitting, like they are an individual story of their own, and this may just make it a lot easier to work out the final story order. If I am not relying on the next scene to determine the next scene, I can move them around a bit before having to connect them all together.

So, what’s the thought for today?

Characters seem to be a lot like real people. They come into your life when you least expect them and disrupt your world. They may even block your path and force you to find another route to your destination. And isn’t that a wonderful problem to have? For in being interrupted, we may just get to see the light in another soul and have it change us forever.

I’m off to hang out with the hubby for a few hours now and go iPhone cover shopping 🙂 Plus, this gives my hands and my mind a break from the computer and gives me time to fill up on being around the most significant interrupter of my life and what a wonderful interruption that was!

May today be a door opening day for you.


Do you have a process you use when writing? I’d love to hear about it, so write your thoughts in the comments below. 

cropped-miriam-2015.jpgMiriam E. Miles has a finger in quite a few creative pies – her personal writing includes poetry, short reflective pieces on family, identity and spiritual awakening and her work life is spent helping clients build authentic and engaging social media connections.

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