Wednesday, 17 November 2010

A matter of process . . .

Here's my thing.  Nigel Bird has asked me to do one of his self-interview wotsits for his brilliant site - Sea Minor.  And I'm trying to come up with some questions to ask myself.  I've got a few, just need a few more.  But they'll come.  Anyway, one of them, quite a basic one really, was about the process I go through to write a story - from idea to submission.

And I wondered what yours was.  Your process.  How does the fire strike, and what process do you go through till you've finally nailed the wotsit?

6 comments:

  1. How does the fire strike?

    You make it sound so exciting!!!

    There is no fire striking for me. I approach it from an angle of complete and utter apathy. I start writing and I write until it seems finished. No planning. No editing (apart from grammar and spelling clean ups). And no afterthought.

    Then I sit back and wait for success and recognition. I'm still waiting. But Lord knows I deserve it.

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  2. I basically just start writing words like UV. For instance, I just completed a flash about a world being born of words, and cosmic squirrel deleters, that started with the words, "Rancid. They fell from the sky." I never, ever could have outlined or foresaw a story like this. I think once you catch fire, its important to let the story complete itself as quickly as possible.

    Let us know when you dance.. interview with yourself. ;-)

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  3. It's the voices. They start chattering in my head and I listen and then write it all down.

    Look forward to the interview - go you! :)

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  4. Guess I'm the odd one out. My planning process is fairly deliberate. Usually I come up with an idea from something I see or read--and then I just expand on it. Put the idea in different scenarios, see what works best. Usually start with the notepad and a cup of coffee, a lot of thinking, trying out stuff. Then when I have a good structure, I head to the computer... and more coffee!

    For my last story, I had read a good double-cross story by Nolan Knight (where the main character gets screwed at the end). I decided I wanted to do something where it appears to be a double-cross story and then isn't. That was the original idea and then I built around that.

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  5. For me. Edit edit edit. I think the best words to describe the first version of a story I put to paper are Annie Lamott's: The Shitty First Draft.
    Yup, that's me. Only solution is, again, edit edit edit. Most of my stuff is in its 10th to 20th version before it gets sent out. I have to admit that the last few drafts are mostly about word choice and page/paragraph arrangement.

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  6. An idea'll come to me, usually at night while I'm trying to sleep. Most of the time its just a few lines or a situation. Over a few days my head turns it into something longer. Then I write it, leave it a few days then edit it.

    I've got one at the moment floating round about a cordless drill, a gobshite and a three fingered hard bastard.

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