I'm not one of those I've got to get my 1,000 words down today! type of writers. You won't find me working on more than one book at a time either. When I commit to something, it consumes every part of my creativity. Even blogging becomes a challenge when I'm working on something I love.
And right now? I've got something I really like in the pipes.
At first, I knocked out 80 pages, like it was nothing. Turns out, nothing is exactly what those pages happened to be. The voice was wrong. The story kind of meandered all over the place. I wasn't sure who the main character was.
So I trashed them. And I cried. Gnashing of teeth, that whole bit.
Since that time, I've slowed down a lot. As I said above, I've never been a conventional writer. I work in furious two week spurts, finishing a draft quickly once I've got the voice in my head. After that, I jump right back in without any time off and do a quick re-read where I re-write as I'm reading, making changes as I see them in real time.
But most of all, I take a lot of time to just think about my story. I turn it over in my head, think of funny situations - the major points in the plot. I try and get an idea of who the character is, how he'd react in a given situation. This type of wondering surrounds my brain for weeks, even months, at a time.
For a long time, I was envious of the people who meticulously plotted out their stories. Those who had complete genealogies of every character in their book. Of course, anybody who constructed their own language was mocked without pity. Obviously.
Like many of my writing quirks, I've come to learn that this is just a part of my process. And more so - it seriously shapes how my characters turn out and how I'm able to jump into their particular voice in a matter of seconds during revisions. Maybe I even enjoy this part of writing. Where everything seems possible, and I get a chance to laugh at jokes that only I've heard.
Okay, I'm off to go play some xbox. But don't be confused. It is totally work. I like to call it pre-writing.