On Novel: My Writing Process
BY: Brenda Kuchinsky, Author and Clinical Psychologist
I don’t outline and I don’t plan anything formally. I start off with a kernel of an idea, revolving around a character. Then I daydream and dream quite a bit which helps other characters emerge as well as plot lines.
I have to say that I began to meditate successfully in 2013, using the Transcendental Meditation ™ technique. I had never been successful at meditation before. This worked for me, doing it at home for twenty minutes twice a day with my own private mantra. I am convinced, in retrospect, that meditation led me to writing for the first time since high school. Several careers and postgraduate work in several fields as well as two husbands intervened. Also, I think low self-esteem and shaky confidence, despite numerous successes in other areas, held me back both consciously and unconsciously.
I now meditate before I start writing. I first hit upon this as a productive method accidentally when I became seriously stuck and bored with one of my characters in a scene where he travelled away from home to Key West. I decided to take a writing break and meditate. Rich imagery rose up unbidden and a second character stood before me, solving my problem and lending incredible depth and suspense to the story. That’s when I realized that I probably wouldn’t have started my novel if it were not for meditation. Serendipitous, right?
I write in one spot only. On the corner of my yellow leather couch with my feet up on the coffee table and my IPhone by my side for instant research, word definitions, synonyms, antonyms, and inspiring pictures. I had a Lenovo yoga laptop up until last month when I bought my first MAC, which I had been lusting after for quite some time.
So, I’m free form mostly and write an outline about halfway through a book when the characters and plotlines are at the bursting point and I need to organize. I’m very character driven. Character comes first and the plot lines devolve from that. I also read that way. Plot driven novels with cardboard characters bore me, no matter how great the plot. I’m writing the third book in a series, Time’s Haunted, so the same characters keep popping up. However, there are several intriguing new characters. Sophia, the protagonist, also travels and in this one she goes to Buenos Aires.
I’d love to hear from people. Happy writing and reading.
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