I write by the seat of my pants. I make it up as I go along. Everything is pretty fast and loose, and it usually (for the most part) works for the Eddie Hazzard stories.
Over last weekend, though, I started a new story, a different kind of story. And I’m approaching it differently. I’m writing and rewriting the same few paragraphs over and over, trying to get the wording and tone perfect.
It’s strange, writing very deliberately like this. Not bad, per se, but very different from what I’m used to. The story evolved quite a bit from when I first started it; originally, it was a pretty bland fantasy story. But I scrapped that in favor of a western style story, about an old Native American woman. As of this writing, I’m not very deep into it. I’m moving slowly, writing a few lines at a time, then thinking about what to say next. I don’t have a tight plot for the story (I can only change my writing process so much), but I do have a good idea what will happen in the story. I know how it ends. I know some of the things that have to happen in between. I don’t know how long it will end up being. I do know I’m enjoying the process of writing this story. It’s a nice palate cleanser in between Hazzard novels. Hopefully you’ll get to see it sooner rather than later.