- Before I begin a scene, I make a list of things I want achieved within that scene. This includes both feelings/emotions, as well as images, and information. I often keep it in my actual WIP document, and I can delete the points as I go. Although this seems quite basic, it grounds me into the scene. Whereas I could be swept away or even stuck while writing, this list helps me stay focused and gives me a goal to achieve. It also prevents issues from cropping up later—which could happen if you let yourself be completely swept away.
- My next step is... I take the list I just made and expand it, if need be. For example, there is a scene in my WIP where my Hero is spying on my Heroine. While he’s spying on her, I wanted certain aspects of both her appearance and the setting, to be more prominent in my Hero’s mind. Therefore, I made jot notes about what I wanted. Believe it or not, this really helped me focus on exactly what I needed to write. It only takes me a few minutes to make these lists—I just lay down on my bed and imagine the scene, step by step. If my mind focuses on the black curl of my Heroine’s hair on her shoulder, then I put it in the list—because obviously, my mind thought it was important enough for me to see, therefore it’s important enough for my readers to read/see. This isn't always true, but I find that most of the time it is.
- Next, I work on the “introduction” to my scene. I’ve been known to painstakingly work on my hooks. However, once I have the right hook, the rest of that “intro” flows. Generally, I spend the most time on my scenes on the intros, since they need to grab the reader’s attention.
- After that, I work on dialogue. With this, I don’t worry about movement and description when I write it. I put the basics down. By that, I mean I write what the characters are saying, and I put the basic dialogue tag of “Adeena said” or “William said” etc... This is more for me, so that I know exactly who is talking in case I get confused. By doing this, the dialogue flows. It’s not start and stop, but follows natural conversation—which is what you want. It also pumps up your word count in a remarkably short amount of time.
- Once the basics of my dialogue are down, I read through and fill in the blanks. I put in the movement and the description. By this point, it always flows smoothly for me. I’m not sure why. It may be because so much is already done and the basics are laid down, but either way, it works.
Okay, so that’s all I can think of for writing so much. I hope it helps guys!
Do any of you do these same things?