Writing begins with an idea, followed by lots of playing with ideas (aka brainstorming), followed by some or a lot of planning. Eventually the writer arrives at the first draft and begins writing. I think that works for blogs as well, or perhaps it’s just the way my writer’s mind works. At any rate, that’s how I approached this blog, Between the Lines.
I had an idea for a blog (egged on by my good friend Elizabeth Holcombe, writer, blogger, and crafter extraordinaire). I let it incubate for a while. I talked to friends about what it should focus on. I explored other blogs. I danced around for a while, flirting with a concept. Did I really want to commit to a regular writing gig? This, for me, is very much like the beginning stages of writing a novel. In fact, it’s exactly like the beginning stages of writing a novel. And just as with my novels, one day I sat down at my computer and began. Hmm, that would be today.
So what does this have to do with you?
If you’re a writer, you can probably relate. Or maybe you’ve got a completely different process for beginning. Or maybe you are recently bitten by the writing bug and haven’t found your process yet.
Between the Lines is a place to talk about the process of writing and all it’s wonderful, frustrating, and exhilarating side roads and detours. I want to talk about the craft of writing, revision, creativity, my favorite writing books, my favorite novels, things that inspire the creative muses in me, writers or writing that I admire and/or can learn from, the business side of the writing life (not my favorite topic, but one that should not be avoided), good writing teachers and workshops, and anything else that crops up and impacts a writer and her or his craft.
I hope you’ll join in so this becomes a lively, far ranging conversation!
So, when you start a new project, be it a piece of writing or some other creative endeavor, what’s your process?
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