I have come to the conclusion that there’s a pattern to my process.
Here it is, in a nutshell:
Write helter-skelter for a little while, fiddle with the characters, get a good, solid start. Then, once I’ve warmed up, I go for the end in a flurry of writing. I say, ‘Okay, Jenny, time to end it’ and then I work my tail off until it’s finished.
I have now hit that ‘Okay, Jenny, time to end it’ stage. My goal is to finish my WIP (La Llorona) by the end of July–or make a really good effort. I have the necessary scenes in mind.
Since all of you have worked on multiple projects, what kind of patterns have you noticed in your own writing process? Do you start strong and fizzle at the end? Do you start like me and wander for a while before you figure out where you’re going? Something else?
Jenny writes dark fiction that her mother hates. Her stories and essays have appeared in Across the Margin, Pantheon, Shimmer, Black Denim Lit, Skive, and others. When she’s not writing her own stuff, she’s reading mysteries for Criminal Element. When she’s not writing fiction or reviews, she’s writing/directing/performing/designing plays at Springs Ensemble Theatre.