Writing is a process. I have always found it interesting to watch someone write. From the outside it looks so simple and easy but in reality while it might be easy it is not simple.
Personally I have never considered it hard to write. It is not hard at all for me,once I get started that is. However that is where the complications come in, sometimes it takes me forever just to sit down and write.
When I write I start with an idea, sometimes the idea is completely random, other times it is the result of a previous action/event. Once I get the idea, the topic or “base” for what I want to write about then I begin to think. I think about why I want to write about this in the first place, what is so important about it etc..
For example I am currently starting to write a new book (as well as editing Blood of Isis).
The book started with an idea, an idea that I did not even realize until a month later would become a book. It was my “PC Howard” Guide to Preternatural Creatures, something I began for fun. That fun assignment then became the basis of a book when I began to think about who PC Howard is etc…
At the same time I was interested in somehow combining the PC Howard guides with my interest in one day writing a book in the paranormal genre. So one day I sat down and began to write, beginning with the next step “creating a world”. I knew that if I was going to write a book where mythological/paranormal creatures coexisted I needed to create a world that would make that a possibility.
And now after all of that, the idea, the thinking, the world building I have the beginnings of what is an amazing book, as well as an amazing character Eva Alexandra (**I will share more later**). Only problem is, it has not been written. Now comes the hardest part: forcing/encouraging/bribing myself to sit down and write. Although it might seem like it is, my reluctance to write does not mean I do not love writing, I do. Writing is just such a long process, a process that once begun is hard to stop. I have never addicted to drugs but I have a feeling that this “writing high” I get when I start writing is what it feels like.
When I start writing I have to finish it. Not just for me but for the world I created and for the people that live in it. To me it is like torture to start something and not finish that. (having done that many times in my past I am fully aware of how horrible it is)
How do I manage everything…I have no idea. I a little more than a month I will be back at college with a full courseload plus numerous officer positions in organizations and work. I have no idea how I am going to keep reading and writing but I will. I am sure that at some point all of the greats or just other authors have had to deal with balancing writing with their other jobs and duties. If they can do it, so can I 🙂