From my theme calendar -- for the month marked "Courage."
Through all those steps in producing a story, when do you feel most like a writer?
One could break the stages down:
1. the idea -- the sudden, blazing, Eureka! moment when the thin, scattered filaments arc into light.
2. planning, outlining -- the people and the plot. A gleeful, hand-rubbing process.
3. research -- landscapes, weapons, history, occupations, whatever appropriate to your new world. Question marks dance a pavane. Tongue semi-permanent at the side of your mouth.
4. nailing that opening scene -- ramming down the gas pedal.
5. writing -- just writing. Twisting the plot, choke-holding skittish characters. (And feverishly clicking on word count.)
6. writing -- when the words flow like sweet water.
7. typing The End. -- Did it! Done! High fives of elation w/self!
8. revision -- the re-arranging of scenes, the pouncing on plot holes, the typos and the clumsy grammar. Fly-swatter time. (Sometimes you feel like the fly.)
9. the mechanics of submission -- the split of personalities. You become a salesman and a much lesser god without the law. The MS ceases being sentient and crawls into a box.
10. receiving an acceptance -- personalities re-unite.
11. seeing the story in print -- fondling may ensue.
12. the ancillory/appendix stuff -- like reviews, interviews, book signings etc. The Outside World intrudes. You're not sure you recognize yourself but it's interesting.
I would have to say I felt most like a writer -- A Real Writer -- when I was damnnear stuck somewhere between the 17,000 and 22,000 word mark. Made myself sit in front of the computer and grimly pound. Much like a 13 K route march in full kit. Every. Single. Day. Managed a paltry 200 words a session -- on good days.
But. I felt like a Writer.
When -- at what part of the process -- do you feel most like a Real Writer?
Dear Moonrat invited me to guest blog at Editorial Ass for her Celebrate Reading Month series. My post went up last night. Please visit. You'll see some familiar names, like Chris and Cindy and Ello, and you'll discover new names and new books.