The easiest aspect of writing is editing. The words are all there, it’s just a matter of making sure they are the right ones and that they say what I want them to say. The most rewarding is knowing I wrote a book worth reading.
Here are some other authors’ responses to the question about the easiest part of the writing process. The comments are taken from interviews posted at Pat Bertram Introduces . . .
From an interview with Rod Marsden, Author of “Disco Evil” and “Ghost Dance”
The first draft is the easiest part of the writing process. You can really let yourself go. Very few writers expect the first draft to be the last. Michener went through a number of drafts before he was happy with Hawaii. I go through a number of drafts before I even approach an editor.
From an interview with Joylene Nowell Butler, Author of “Broken but not Dead”
Editing. Once I’ve written that first draft, I step back and regroup for a week or so. I do the same thing when I’m finished the last draft. The second draft is my favourite part. It’s filling in the blanks, eliminating all the garbage, adverbs, excessive wordage, unnecessary characters and scenes, and baring the bones of the story. It never fails to excite me during this process. Like unveiling Cinderella’s beauty. Love it.
From an interview with J J Dare, Author of “False Positive” and “False World”
Inspiration. When it’s there, the words flow like a raging river. If the story is in my head and I’ve been tapped by my muse (and she stays with me), I can write a novel in a week.
From an interview with A. F. Stewart, Author of Once Upon a Dark and Eerie
For me, the easiest element of writing is the dialogue. I rarely have a problem with the flow of dialogue. Possibly because I can hear all those character voices whispering in my head.
From an interview with Michael Haskins, Author of “Car Wash Blues”
Oh that’s easy, turning on the computer!
From an interview with James Boyle, Author of “Ni’il: Waking Turtle”
There comes a point after you’ve struggled for days and weeks, seemingly trying to wring words out of stone, when you finally hit your groove and the story simple flows out of you. It feels less like writing than channeling the story from some outside source. It is an amazing feeling when it happens.
So, for you, what is the easiest part of the writing process?
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February 22, 2012 at 10:43 pm
To what I’ve already said on the topic I can add I know where J J Dare is coming from when he talks about inspiration. Mind you, for me, my muse rarely visits and she never dances with me unless I’m already putting pen to paper. Maybe other people have other muses. Mine abhors laziness and only cares about this writer when he’s writing.
February 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm
That must be why my muse has deserted me. I’m mostly writing blogs these days. Not a lot of inspiration there — except when I run out of topics and need to do something like this post to get me started again!
February 25, 2012 at 6:00 am
Not sure if that follows Pat. Writing blogs is still writing. What you are doing here is still writing.
February 25, 2012 at 11:59 am
That’s true. And apparently, my muse hasn’t deserted me, since s/he came up with this idea of the mini discussions using my interview blog. I’ve had a lot of fun this week!
February 23, 2012 at 5:27 pm
Thanks, Pat. These are inspirational. And I need inspiration because I caught that stupid bug going around. Boohoo.
February 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm
Me, too. We can suffer together.
February 25, 2012 at 7:49 am
I think the first draft is easier. You’re fired up about the story. It’s fresh in your mind. Plus you can write complete crap and it doesn’t matter because you know you’re going to edit it later anyway.
February 25, 2012 at 11:51 am
I envy people who can just let the first draft flow. Words come too hard for me to feel free and easy with first drafts.