At this point in time, I wouldn’t consider myself a writer, rather a person who has written words. Just because I’ve written enough words to fit into a ‘book’, does that make me a writer? I have burning question about the process. Right now, I’m reading other writer’s blogs, agent blogs and more, trying to get a feel for what others go through. The big question is what to do once you’ve written that ‘book’, but are still editing. The process feels different. It is analytical and thought provoking, but words don’t always appear on the paper. I miss the daily routine of sitting at a computer after work with a word count goal to reach.
So, do other authors write new material while they are in the editing process. I can’t seem to figure this out yet. How does that work? Editing takes one thought process, creation another. If I create new stories, will they push out the old one, making it even harder to edit? I wrote a short story for my writer’s groups that would make an amazing prologue for a book, so I know I have to develop it further. Except I’m only at Chapter two in the re-write on the first idea.
Right now, my creative energy is funneled into quilting. I’m trying to do some editing every day, but it isn’t working well. I really want to write something–anything–but that isn’t going well. I have three solid ideas though, so I’ll make notes, start research for them and pretend that editing is actually writing new words. Some of them actually have been. Maybe that counts.