I have been recently chosen to participate in a Summer Blog tour originated by IC Publishing—pretty smart marketing technique, should’ve thought of it myself! Who knows, maybe I’ll have IWA Publishing Services put their own spin on it.
Anyway, the blog is like a literary chain letter, without the urban legend of creepy mojo. The Blog Tour offers helpful tips about the writing process from beginning to end with each participant giving their own perspective of what works for them.
Here is mine:
1. How do you start your writing process?
It depends whether I’m writing fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. With poetry, it’s more like an organic process. Whatever I’m thinking or feeling, I write it down. In this case, I prefer the good old-fashioned pen and paper to a word processor. It’s something natural about letting your emotions flow from your hand onto paper. Because most of my poetry is free style, there’s a certain freedom of not having to worry about structure. As a result, the words literally flow freely and the rhythm of the rhyme has its own unique beat. Writing non-fiction for me is like writing a college paper. First, I jot down ideas and form an outline that lists facts and theories and support that with a series of clauses. Fiction may be the most informal way I write aside from poetry. With fiction, I must envision the scenes before I write them down. Although when it comes to the bigger picture, an outline is required so that I can remember the characters I’ve created and what their purpose is and how it fits into the main plot.
2. How do you continue the writing process?
Dedication and commitment…although some might call it obsession! With poetry, since I am a spoken word artist, I read my work aloud and sometimes in the mirror and if it doesn’t flow well, I make the necessary corrections until the delivery is flawless. In the way of non-fiction, again, it’s like a college paper—there’s not much room for creativity here so it’s about structuring the work—making sure one argument is supported by a few clauses that also leads to the next argument and so forth. With non-fiction, it’s basically about getting a direct message across to your readers and supporting that message with any questions or arguments they may have about it. Now fiction, that’s where all the fun is! Staying committed to writing fiction is all about how creative you are! It’s a world and people that you have created so the possibilities are limitless. For me, I am constantly thinking about what my characters are going to do next and once I can envision it, then it’s about setting aside a few hours of writing time to put that vision on to paper.
3. How do you finish your project?
For poetry, free verse in particular, it’s more of a feeling. I know that particular poem is done when there is nothing else to say on the matter…for the time being. When I’m writing in certain form of poetry, it’s a bit clearer when you are restricted to a certain number of lines and syllables. Now with fiction and non-fiction it’s pretty similar. It’s about making sure that all the loose ends are tied, that you’ve answered any anticipated questions your readers might ask and that you have ultimately conveyed your message and told an entertaining story.
It’s all about staying committed to the writing process. Writing everyday would be ideal but realistically, life gets in the way. So it’s best to treat writing like any other important task in life. Prioritize it within your daily/weekly schedule. Set few hours or even a day aside that you dedicate to writing only. You will be amazed at how much you are able to accomplish by simply investing time into writing. Everybody has a story to tell. Whether it is creative or non-fiction, you’ll never know unless you dedicate the time to find out what it is.
Passing the pen…
So that is my take on the writing process. Poet, Tasha Halpert is next on the Summer Blog Tour. Mother and grandmother, Halpert writes a weekly Internet column as well as one for her local newspaper and has produced and hosted a variety of local cable shows. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications. She is Staff Poet for The Unicorn. Her book, Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life is available from the publisher, Galde Press, on Amazon.com and from her web site. She is married to artist and writer Stephen Halpert and lives with him in North Grafton. Her blogs can also be found on her web site.
Zorina Exie J. Frey is the owner and CEO of I.W.A. Publishing Services, consulting aspiring writers and experts to publish a book in their area of expertise since 2006. She graduated from Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications majoring in Journalism with an English minor and a certificate in web design. She has authored The Right Way to Self-Publish, I Won’t Apologize For Being a Woman, Conquering Haters Dealing with Negative People, Sticks & Stones,Conquering Haters with Poetry, and Open, Candid Haikus about Everyday Life. Her poetry has been published in IUSB’s Analecta and New Views on Gender literary magazines.