Alice’s Restaurant

October 6, 2006

What’s Your Writing Process?

Filed under: FanLit — aliceaudrey @ 2:45 pm

I love talking about writing process.  It’s always interesting to hear how others suffer or talk about my own suffering.  So lets talk about how you go about your entries.

I know one writer who likes to think about it a while, then write it all out fast.

Last time I did it three ways.  I whipped out Of Cats and Canaries in the first three hours and posted with barely a proofreading.  I stewed over it that night and the next day pecked out Knock Knock.  I then let Knock Knock sit and stewed some more.  Friday morning saw me fixing all kinds of stuff in Knock Knock then whipping out Pride of Place with barely half an hour to go when I submitted it and little more than a spell check.

And all three got nailed for poor plotting.  Sigh.

The thing is, I don’t think it was poor plotting so much as poor characterization that messed me up.  So next time I’m going to try and focus on characters, but still try to get one out fast, one out thoughtfully, and one out any way I can.

What’s your process?


Oh hey, I thought up a quote today.  How does this sound:

Writing is like juggling 15 items, including two with sharp edges, three that are gooey, and one that is alive, all with an invisible partner.


  1. Interesting question, Alice! When it comes to FanLit, I think about my entries while taking long, long walks. I’m training for a 60-mile walk at the end of the month, though, so I seem to be spending an awful lot of time walking these days. 🙂 I play through the scenes in my head many times, trying to figure out exactly what emotions I want to create in the reader. I make lists of all the plot points that must be incorporated, and I usually do a rough outline.

    Then, when I can’t stand it a moment longer, I sit down and write the whole thing from start to finish. I write the whole entry in one sitting.

    When it comes to all my other writing projects, there are some similar activities (walking, again!), but I can’t write everything in one sitting. Most of the things I write are in the range of 90,000-105,000 words, so even though I have been known to crank out upwards of 60 pages a day, the whole process is a LOT longer.

    I don’t think I’ve read all your entries this time, drat it! I fell way behind on reading and never caught up. I’ll make a point of reading them today when the entries are searchable.

    Comment by Lynne — October 6, 2006 @ 3:36 pm

  2. Thank’s Lynne. They haven’t posted any ranks for me yet, but I don’t expect much.

    A 60 mile walk! Wow. How many days? At my walking speed I’d be lucky to make it in a week. And all this sitting in front of the computer isn’t helping any. But when I go walking, I can’t keep my mind on story. It drifts all over the place.


    Comment by Alice Audrey — October 6, 2006 @ 7:01 pm

  3. It’s a 3-day walk for breast cancer. I’m gonna be SO tired!!

    I think at least one of yours made the top 100, right?

    Comment by Lynne — October 6, 2006 @ 7:13 pm

  4. Of Cats and Canaries was 37th
    Knock Knock was 95th
    Pride of Place was 158th

    Each in direct proportion to how much I could pimp them, something I will be ham-strung on for the next three rounds due to competition with my dh.


    Comment by Alice Audrey — October 6, 2006 @ 7:20 pm

  5. Is your husband in the contest, too?

    Comment by Lynne — October 6, 2006 @ 10:26 pm

  6. Yeah. He started last week, and plans to do it again this week. I told him I was going to out him. He’s pretending to be female. And English. Hah! As if.


    Comment by Alice Audrey — October 7, 2006 @ 1:55 am

  7. LOL I think it’s cool that your dh is in this contest! He can send me an invite next round!!

    Comment by Cat — October 7, 2006 @ 4:47 am

  8. Thanks. He would appreciate it. He’s having all the same problems and enthusiasms as the rest of us. And he’s so serious, though he’s not trying to win. He just wants to know what people think of it.


    Comment by Alice Audrey — October 7, 2006 @ 4:56 am

  9. I’d love more invitations from all of you. I tried to talk my husband into entering the contest, because he’s a big fan of the A&E Pride and Prejudice and adored Sorcery and Cecelia. The premise just hasn’t grabbed him so far, though.

    Comment by Lynne — October 7, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

  10. Are you the Lynne at legendworks? I’ve gotten so many invites and emails that it’s hard to keep straight. Especially since most people don’t sign the darn things!

    Answer at and I’ll invite you to A Dark and Stormy Night, which I have up now. And if you want me to, pass it to my dh, whose entry is set in modern England and features the descendants of Damien and Patience.


    Comment by Alice Audrey — October 7, 2006 @ 6:14 pm

  11. Yes, that’s my email address. Please do invite me!

    Comment by Lynne — October 7, 2006 @ 6:33 pm

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