Hello! Hello! Happy Friday everyone! Casey here.
I’ve just come off a whirlwind tour of promotion: interviews, blog posts, advertisements, and my first ever author chat!
Here’s what I’ve learned about myself in the process:
1. I don’t like to answer the question “tell me about yourself.” I get all oogy just thinking about it. Here is what I said about my least favorite question.
2. It’s hard for me to answer “what inspired you to write this book?” – see my post on Julia Rachel Barrett’s site – You Want to Know What?
3. Devlin Ward makes a mean frozen mocha. If you haven’t met Devlin yet, he’s in Mystic Ink and he crashed my visit to Penny Watson’s Martini Club.
4. I’m an idea incubator.
An incubator? Does that mean I harbor germs and diseases? Maybe lay eggs?
Not exactly. But the egg analogy is close. An idea is potential. Like an egg, you can use it to make numerous things. And like the whole chicken vs. egg question, many writers like to debate -plotting vs. pantsing?
There are a few rebels out there like R.C. Bonitz who calls his method – half-pants plotting. Best of both worlds!
Over the course of answering dozens of questions and creating blog posts, the most common questions (besides #1 and #2) are about the mechanics of writing.
Everyone wants to know the process of going from idea to page. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I know that if I think too hard about how I write, it messes me up. So when people ask – how do you write?
My answer – I just do it. Really.
So that would make me a pantser, right?
Nope. Everyone knows by now that I don’t write without a plan in place.
I just “do it” because I’ve spent weeks or months, incubating ideas. I ruminate, percolate, stew, imagine, mull, fantasize, whatever word fits the bill. Then I start the process of outlining, followed by writing.
Hence – the incubator.
I think most writers are idea incubators. Our methods of how we get those thoughts on to the page may differ (plotting vs. pantsing), but we all think about the story before we write it down.
Sure, some may sit in front of their paper or keyboard and be possessed by the Muse at that moment and bang out some pages or even chapters. But to complete a novel, you need more than a flash of inspiration, you need incubation.
So what do you all think? Is this a half-cooked idea like a soft-boiled egg? Or does this theory have merit?