by Dave White
I'm often curious about other writer's process. As a writer, I always wanted to know what each and every writer did at each step of their own writing process. When I was in college I used to scour the internet for interviews with my favorite writers. I used to hope they'd talk--in specifics--about their process.
They never did.
Of course, that's because most casual readers aren't interested in the process. They don't want to know how the book is put together, just that it is together and what it's about. Often, however, the writers in the interviews would leave enough process nuggets (giggle) that you could figure out some of their writing process.
Did they outline? Yes.
Did they know the ending in advance? Yes.
How did they revise? I don't revise. Or, I revise as I'm going along. Or, I writer 487 drafts.
All very interesting.
But there is one moment that I'm still not sure about. Especially for the non-outliners.
When a writer starts a new book. That first day of writing, when they sit down at the computer, what do they do?
Do they immediately start with the first line of the book and go from there? Do they write the moment they have in their head and go back and forth depending? Or do they just jot notes down and don't start writing for a few days?
Writers very rarely talk about it.
Me? I usually just start right in. Sometimes what I write first gets cut or shuffled around, but when I sit down to start a new book, the scene I write is usually what I envision as the first scene in the book. And I try to go from there.
What about you guys?