BHE (for new readers BHE stands for “Best Husband Ever”) recent gave me a great book called “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work” by Mason Currey. It is a novel that tells you about process famous artists had when creating their art. Reading about the process of others, made me think about my own.
When I was writing “The Role” my process followed this structure:
7:00-7:30 a.m. Wake up
7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Free time
9:00-10:00 a.m. Read a piece of fiction in the POV and tense of my novel. (1st person, present tense)
10:00 a.m. – ???? Write a minimum of 1,500 words.
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Take a walk (or do Pilates if it is raining)
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. If I hadn’t finished my work count I would write to that. If I had met it and was mentally exhausted I would consider this free time.
Understanding and accepting my process is still something I am doing, but there is one aspect of my process I wanted to highlight today.
Reading others really helped me in structure, plotting, and just generally making my story feel like a novel. You can learn a lot from excellent authors by engaging with their stories in a critical way. While I usually just enjoy novels that take me on a journey, examining how their writing swept me away was one of the best lessons I ever learned.
So if you are struggling in your writing I suggest you read an old favorite and examine why it is an a favorite of yours. Try and inject some of that magic into your manuscript.