I don’t have a book review for you right now. I’ve been too busy with work (I am a freelance writer for a living). I have been writing no less than 30,000 words a week, often many more than that.
Instead, I thought I’d talk about my writing process a little bit, and also about what I am reading right now.
When it comes to work articles, I have a different process for article writing than I do for review writing, and another completely different process I use when I am writing books.
When I write articles, I come up with an outline first, starting with the title. Then I fill in the blanks. If I have to do research I do that as I fill in the blanks. I don’t also work from top to bottom, but I do always start with the intro paragraph(s). Sometimes I’ll do the conclusion next, or in the middle of everything, and sometimes I do actually save it for last.
When I write reviews, I do different things for music reviews than I do for book reviews. Music reviews I write as I am listening to the music. I will write notes on each song I listen to and then integrate them into the complete review. For book reviews I often write them after I am finished, unless I read something particularly interesting or have a great thought that I want to include in the review – then I’ll write some notes as I am still reading.
When I write books, my process depends on the book. Any book, from self-help to poetry, I may jump around from one part to another. When it comes to shorts stories and my currently in-progress novels, I write beginning to end and then make major edits when I read back through. And, with my children’s books I write the entire story, then I do the artwork to go along with what I’ve written.
Wow, that’s a lot of writing, and a lot of outlines to keep track of. I do sometimes outline my books, but it depends on the subject matter.
What is your writing process?
I am never reading only one thing at a time. My current reading list includes –
- Poet’s Market 2018
- John Steinbeck’s The Red Pony
- Three Plays by John Osborne (the first one was dreadfully boring)
- Eve Picard’s The Soul Hacker (for review purposes)
Next on my list is Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time (when I am done with Steinbeck). I don’t remember a thing about this book other than the fact that it was the first book I remember my mom reading to me.