In which it’s still reader question time

Reader Kristin asked this:

In your July 11th post, you touched on the idea of trying new methods when working on a new project. Are there any parts of your writing process or method that you believe are immutable, or do you think inspiration/epiphany could trump anything?

Such a fabulous question! And I think no, nothing is immutable. I have developed methods of working that serve my strengths–I write in the morning because that’s when I have most energy; I write every day when I’m on deadline because I find it’s so much easier to pick up the thread the next day. I also take breaks between projects, maybe a few days, maybe a month or more, because I like to soak up a lot of inspiration. And I write in a linear fashion, from the start of the book to the end.

However, I also think it’s possible for optimal methods to change. Some writers are absolutely wedded to their process and would never alter a thing; others are free spirits, changing with every book. I’m in the middle. I know what works for me, but I also think it’s important to keep my mind open to fresh ideas. If something I do works for me, great. If something else could work better, AWESOME. I experimented with the novella in writing the key scenes first, then linked them, and it was brilliant and freeing. Whether I could do that with a full novel remains to be seen, and I don’t plan on trying it any time soon, but I certainly wouldn’t rule it out!