It’s been my experience that writing a novel has to be a solitary occupation – away from all the distractions of one’s ordinary life. Especially if one is classified as a housewife ‘who plays about with her writing’, as more than one person has said in my hearing. Writing, when there is little possibility of being published, is somehow regarded as wasting time ‘when there are so many other worthwhile occupations you could (meaning should) be doing: volunteer work; charity work; looking after the grandchildren; cleaning, washing, shopping…’ The list is endless – and it’s true. Except for the worthwhile bit.
I believe writing to be a worthwhile occupation.
Although Breaking Bread may never be read by anyone other than a proof reader, a beta-reader, and an editor, writing crime fiction is far more than ‘playing about’. It’s like being on a solitary, dangerously exciting trek into both the frightening known and the terrifying unknown. It’s worthwhile because it stretches me intellectually, and encourages me to be observant, perceptive, receptive, open to new ideas, and to use all five senses. The last being essential when writing – well – anything.
Writing leads one towards the magical world of philosophy. A place where anything is possible.
I’ve discovered I’m not a pantser (auto-correct wanted to change pantser to panther – I’m neither) i.e., one who writes by the seat of their pants. I am definitely a plotter. I have no actual gun-powder it’s only figurative – but as a plotter, I want to know who wants it, why they want it, where it is, how to access it, what to do with it, and when it’s going to be used. Kipling’s six serving men serve me, too.
In these early days of planting ‘idea seeds’ and encouraging growth, I also need help in the form of mentors and tools. Below are links to those to whom I go/use most. Mentors first.
K. M. Weiland https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com
Mary Carroll Moore http://howtoplanwriteanddevelopabook.blogspot.co.uk
Scrivener (for Mac or PC) https://www.literatureandlatte.com
Contour (for Mac or PC) http://marinersoftware.com/products/contour/