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Snowflake Challenge, Day 3


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Day 3

In your own space, talk about your creative process - from what inspires you to what motivates you to how you manage to break through blocks. Does your process change depending on the type of creating you're doing?


In order to enjoy the writing process, the most important thing for me to decide before I start is the mood or the tone of the story. I usually have a feeling of that before the story itself. Quite often it's one single scene, or maybe one single line that gets stuck in my head and decides how the story goes, and then I try to figure out why this character is here, or why they say that particular line. Sometimes, and that's quite often when the writing process is most fun, I have the final scene or the final line ready almost from the start. And when I don't, I usually have lots of trouble finding an ending I'm happy with.

I like to listen to music before I write, but not so much while I write. Also, especially if it's been a while since I wrote in English, I like to read a little bit of an English novel that fits the tone I'm looking for, to sort of get into the feel of the English language again. (Or at least try, haha :))

My main problem when I struggle to write, usually isn't writer's block, but lack of time, or trouble leaving all the small and not so small challenges of daily life behind for a while and disappear into my story. Though I suppose that's a challenge I share with a lot of you :)
In order to enjoy the writing process, the most important thing for me to decide before I start is the mood or the tone of the story. I usually have a feeling of that before the story itself.

I think that's interesting. I'll have to consider that next time I write a short story. Usually I just go by a concept, but I may actually try your method sometime. I also like your method of reading a book with a similar theme. :)

One of my problems is that that for some reason, I find I'm most driven to write when I'm supposed to be doing other things. My theory is that it's because I'm in "work mode" - not that I'm necessarily at work, but my mind is active and I'm thinking about stuff. Whereas if I'm just reading or tinkering around, my mind is distracted and it's hard for me to snap out of it. Of course it's also hard because I don't live alone, so sometimes I'm interrupted whether I like it or not.
I think that's interesting. I'll have to consider that next time I write a short story. Usually I just go by a concept, but I may actually try your method sometime.

I sometimes write that way too, and I do think that works very well for a lot of writers, but for me, I find that I enjoy the writing more and quite often end up with a fic I'm more happy with if I know what tone I want to have in my story.

Of course it's also hard because I don't live alone, so sometimes I'm interrupted whether I like it or not.

Oh yes, haha, I'm completely with you there! Having enough time to write uninterupted and really getting into it can be quite the challenge.
I can relate to the fic starting with the ending, or with a single line, as that's often how mine seem to work. And your consideration of the tone before you even start to write makes a lot of sense - I know I've said how often your writing carried a strong sense of mood and atmosphere throughout.

So what English novels have you read prior to writing fic? ;)
So sorry for the late reply, I don't know how I missed this!

I can relate to the fic starting with the ending, or with a single line, as that's often how mine seem to work

It's funny - when I wrote stories way before I found fandom, with my youthful attempts at novel writing, I usually just started writing something, and the ideas would flurry all over the place, and I was a lot more wordy. I sometimes find it a bit frustrating that my writing now (after quite some time of not writing any fiction at all) is much more like putting together a puzzle, starting out with only a few pieces, and the job is slower, but hopefully there's a little more consideration to what ends up in the story.


So what English novels have you read prior to writing fic?

It can be anything, really, from Jane Austen to Roddy Doyle, via Nick Hornby and, not surprisingly, J. K. Rowling :)