People have asked me - How do I write? Well I’m sure that every writer has his own way of writing and I am no different. For those who are interested here is my two-pennyworth.
Momentum is the important thing for me – it is the key. Sometimes this is just not there and every word seems to need extracting like some precious ore chiselled from the ground. When the momentum is there however I do everything I can to keep it going. This is where the asterisk (*) comes in. Anything that I write that needs verification or more research gets an asterisk (*). I then have to return to them ( *) at a later date. For me it is about – keep writing. Rewriting and editing come later.
I use a word document which remains open every time I sit at my laptop. This contains the current chapter that I am working on. At the same time however I have a number of other word documents open – this keeps everything I need at hand to maintain that momentum.
A document entitled – Research/name of the novel. This contains my original conceptual notes for the novel. Added to this is any further research that I have undertaken, and this is often very extensive. These research notes are added to as the book develops; a story line or back story may open up to me and require further research.
A document entitled General Notes. This contains writing style prompts, built up over the years and under subheadings; e.g.
e.g. a hard wicked face, blue-jowled, craggy, long chiselled cheeks, inexorable eyes. Wore his hair long. Silver-tongued, an anaemic look, pale blue eyes took your full attention so that you gaze never dwelt on anything but them.
2. Conversation i.e. the ways people talk. e.g. Sniffed, grunted, grumbled, groaned, mumbled, griped, murmured, rumbled, screeched, squealed, cried, screamed, enquired.
3. Word sounds. E.g. Ah, Argh, Mmm, Err, Erm, Huh, Ugh, Oy.
e.g. His eyes gave a flash of anger. He felt himself shiver, but his eyes told a different story, He felt that he was being torn apart, He darted a look.
A document entitled Authors Notes – these will eventually be printed t the end of the story as part of the published book. This starts out as a blank document for each novel but I enter anything that the reader may want to know that I deemed unnecessary to include in the narrative or would stand as ‘authors voice,’ if my character would not say them. E.g. Up to 1837, a marriage ceremony was required to be performed in a consecrated building. Julia and David would not have been allowed to have been married in the gaol therefore. This inaccuracy has been allowed for dramatic affect.
A document entitled Punctuation. This contains a brief of common punctuation uses, apostrophes, commas, colons and semi colons, hyphens, brackets etc
Finally I have a prompt at all times immediately below the line I am typing the story on. This is constantly in my eye-line so that I don’t deviate from what I am trying to do. It says the following: