I know what you are thinking—what does discovery
have to do with writing?
For me, there are several things to discover in the writing process:
1/Finding out what a cover artist has developed for the cover of the book.
2/Delving into edits to uncover what an editor feels the book needs to be fully developed.
3/ And then there’s characters. This may be the most important discovery in my process, especially since I am a pantser writer (writing by the seat of my pants vs. writing with a plotted outline).
I am not a trained writer; I am huge reader. I consider myself to be self-taught. When I began my career, I took tons of classes and scribbled everything in my head to the page. When I reached The End, my work really began because those guts I spilled are so not perfect. I’ve got to revise and revise and revise.
Sounds like a lot of work. And it probably is. But with my style, my book is always in
my head and something magical happens. I discover the perfect word, the best description, a new phrase, a plot line needing a bit more finessing. I discover more about my book.
I’ve had moments when driving and I scrambled in my handbag for a pencil and a receipt to jot down a thought. I stepped in a large department store and was whacked by something to add to my manuscript and again, scrambled for the paper and pencil. (I really should learn to use my phone. Lol.) I’ve sent myself emails. I have a stack of sticky notes on my desk by my computer of ideas to add to my book.
By doing these things, is my work fresher? I believe so.
And since I like how I “pants,” I doubt I’ll change my writing style. It may be slow, but it does get the best from me.
Speaking of discovery—have you discovered my books? Try this cool boxed set, Murder & Mayhem, which features my humorous romantic mystery, Temporarily Employed, as well as others. Happy Reading!