Writing a book is a fairly large endeavor and one that has times of joy and times of frustration. There is the time vacuum, as you research your characters, story plot, and all things genre related. Then there are the words. Those lovely, lovely words. Where at first there just simply aren’t enough of them and then suddenly there are too many. Oh, how the words play tricks with the writer’s mind.
Once you decide to write a book and then force yourself to sit down each and every day to begin the task of writing, you are immersed in a world unlike any other. To give you a little insight into the writing process, well, my writing process anyway, here are 5 things I learned while writing Becoming Mrs. Smith.
- Characters may be fictional and imagined beings, but they can speak loudly with clear determination and direct the story as they see fit. I was on the receiving end of this type of dialogue when two female characters in the novel I was writing decided with vigor that they each wanted their own story told. For weeks on end, I was woken by the voices of these two characters as they argued their position. After countless days with little sleep, I eventually caved and Becoming Mrs. Smith emerged. The second voice, will soon have her way as I begin work on Stealing Mr. Smith this autumn.
- I am the author, I can do whatever I like. This statement is true of course, as long as it does not conflict with the characters’ directive. But knowing that I can add, take away, or alter a setting, a conversation, and even a historical event, provides me with the wind in my sails as I navigate the story with an open mind and an open heart.
I will always be surprised by something in the story. This happened to me multiple times as I wrote. Occasionally, it was something a character said that would shock my senses. Often times though, it was the historical facts that so magically fit into the story itself that knocked my socks off.
- The people in the writing world are warm, caring, and enthusiastic individuals who love what they do. I was so humbled to meet and gain guidance from such talented individuals along the way. People, like my editor, my book cover designer, and my typesetter, not only made my job easier, but made me appreciate the world of writing from a new perspective.
- Authors of all genres, including the one you write in, are comrades in the writing world. They are most certainly not your competitors. They walk a similar path through life, navigating between the real world and the fictional one. Authors understand each other, support one another, and guide one another. I have had the privilege of sharing time with a few exceptional people, who also happen to be authors. I encourage you to check out their work as I have learned much from each of them as a person and as a writer. Kelsey Gietl, KC Dyer, and Dennis Stagginus.
Becoming Mrs. Smith debuts on October 10, 2017 at Amazon Worldwide.