The Easiest Part of the Writing Process
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 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 simply 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? Please let me know in the comments.