By, Author A.J. Adwen
My writing process is a jumbled mess that makes no sense at the time, yet somehow it always works out in the end. I don't usually have some grand revelation about a book I should write (although The Rain Trilogy came to me in a dream when I was 14). Most of the time, a small idea or a glimpse of a scene is in the back of my mind, and it sparks something bigger. I usually don't have any idea how it will turn out until I start writing.
I rarely outline. And by rarely, I mean never. Outlines feel restricting to me, and they make me uneasy when I'm trying to write from inspiration. Unless I need to keep specific track of so many details I would otherwise forget them, I usually skip the whole thing.
I write, I drink (live on) coffee. I pull my hair out, and sometimes even act out my own scenes to see if they feel realistic. I talk to myself a lot. Writers are weird. But at the end of it all, I finish my first draft with celebratory tears and begin my edits almost immediately.
Once I'm satisfied with my book, I send it off to be edited! Sometimes that feels like only the beginning, though. Waiting to hear what people think is often harder than writing the book itself.
And I love every minute of it.
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