How I Write

by Gina Linko


I've been writing like crazy lately.  I'm always writing, but first drafting is different.  When I have a new idea, I become OBSESSED with it.  I write sort of in a fugue.  I can't sleep.  I can barely think of anything else.  I am constantly jotting down notes.  It is an exhilirating time for me, because at this stage anything is possible.  And I don't worry too much about making it perfect, just getting it down on paper.  I recently told my critique group that I write fast and then I revise forever.  I think that about sums up my process. 

I also take notes on a plot diagram like the one we all learned in junior high.

The whole plot curve, with the rising action, climax, denouement.  I don't know how much I stick to the plot curve, but I like to have it all planned out.  I need to know where I'm going.  I write for the end a lot of the time, not to say the end doesn't change.  If that makes any sense.  

Also, yes, I have the worst handwriting on earth.

How do you write?