Writing is slow, but steady work. I don’t have nearly the kind of time I had when summer was around, and the sheer amount of work I’ve been doing has been the roughest form of prioritizing I’ve ever endured. I suppose there’s nothing like a metaphorical slap to the face to motivate one into action.
Aside from that, I’m reverting to what I’m calling the JK Rowling method (even though it’s only based off of her and has nothing to do with the way she tackles the writing process). She did in one chapter what I tried to do in several, and she did it with showing, not telling. I’m talking about the chapter in the seventh book titled The Prince’s Tale. We don’t see every detail of Snape’s and Lily’s relationship, but we see enough, and the little we get not only shapes their characters, but are specific enough and detailed enough to define the time of their lives that they’re in and the places they’ve come from/gone to. Short snippets, but now we know what we need to. That’s how I’m going to refocus my approach to my main character and her relationships with her friends at the start of her life (so I can fast-forward to the spot she needs to be in while also establishing her character and the people she surrounds herself with).
Does that sound good? That’s the most detailed I’ve ever been when it comes to talking about my writing process.
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