Announcing the What's Your Process Blogfest!

Jan 6, 2011

So, I'm starting a new novel. And no, it's not the new novel I've been talking about for a few weeks (BaB). It's...another one. A three-million-times-cooler one. It's tentatively titled The Unhappening of Genesis Lee (TUGL), and I'm really stoked about it.

As I've been hashing out the idea, coming up with characters, and formulating a plot, I've thought a lot about my writing process. It changes a little every time I write a new book-- hopefully for the better. I started out years ago as a die-hard pantser because I didn't know there was another way to do it.

Since then, I've learned about and tried many different tools for planning my novel, and I've learned something important: I don't have to do it like everyone else. And I shouldn't do it like anyone else. My brain works differently than someone else's, and that's okay. That's really good, actually!

All writers have different process for different parts of their writing, and I have learned a lot about what works for me and what doesn't by trying out other writer's processes. So...I'm hereby announcing the What's Your Process Blogfest!

If you want to participate, sign up below. On Tuesday, January 18th, blog about ANY part of your writing process-- how you create characters, how you plot your novel, how you organize your rewrites, your whole writing process from start to finish, anything. Even if you're a complete pantser, tell us your pantsing process. Do you write chronologically? Jump around? Edit as you go, or just dump it all on the page? Let us know!

Hopefully, we'll all be able to see how other people write, and pull out a few new gems to help us with our own creations! Sign up below, and pass the word around. The more of us there are, the more we can learn from each other.

40 comments:

Melissa said...

I want to participate but I feel like I don't really have a process. My ideas come fully formed.... the getting them out properly is the hard part... I'll think about it though.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

I want to do this. I really do. The biggest problem is, I sign up for these things--and forget about them. So I'm signing up, and hopefully I'll remember!

Marieke said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! :D

Rachel Giddings said...

You might need to remind me, but I am definitely in on this. I'm also starting a new book and my writing process is evolving; let's see if I can't get it stable by the 18th. XD

gabi said...

What a great idea! I'm definitely in and I've got a sticky note on my desk to remind me! :)

Melissa said...

This sounds like fun! Count me in:)

Kari Marie said...

This sounds great. May force me to think about my process and (hopefully) successfully articulate it.

Margo Kelly said...

Sounds GREAT!! Count me in.

The Golden Eagle said...

I'm in on this blogfest! It sounds like a lot of fun!

Genie of the Shell said...

I posted about my process last January, but now is a good time to rethink! Thanks for organizing this 'fest. It should be educational.

Sylvia Ney said...

Cool idea! I just found your blog and I wanted to let you all know about a contest I'm offering. If you're interested: www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

Scribe Sisters said...

This sounds like a really fun blogfest. We look forward to reading everyone's entries!

Karen said...

Ha. I just did this, but I will think of something else...or repost. :) Great idea, btw.

MT said...

I like that title a lot - The Unhappening of Genisis Lee. That's something I would pick up to see what it's about. :)

Summer Ross said...

Great idea for a blogfest- I have added it to my blogfest page

Plamena Schmidt said...

Cool contest! I'm definitely in : )
I'll mention it on my blog tomorrow. Also, thank you for the follow : )

Elena Solodow said...

I'm in. Great idea! I'll put a link to this in my sidebar, and probably do a post about it this weekend or sometime next week.

Lindz said...

Sounds like a great way to learn how other authors structure their stories. I'm totally in!

Damyanti said...

I'm very intrigued by this....can't wait to read all the entries.

M.J.A. Ware said...

It will be nice to take a few days and actually edit a blog entry for once!

Great idea for a blogfest!

Abby Minard said...

Souns like fun! Having new ideas are always super awesome.

Lydia K said...

It will be so cool to see how everyone's process is different! Great idea!

Michelle said...

Looking forward to sharing!

L.A. Colvin said...

This will be great to share and maybe pick up a few new tricks. Thanks

nindogs said...

This sounds great! I might post early though, since I'm going overseas.

SariBelle said...

Great idea for a blogfest. I love learning from other writers. So much information out there. I'll definitely sign up, although I am on the pantster end of the spectrum.

PS. To those who are worried about forgetting, you could always write the post now and schedule it in your blog to be posted on the 18th. That's what I'll do since my memory is shocking.

Chersti Nieveen said...

You will totally have to remind me to blog that day. Seriously, IM me or something. But I am all for it -- it'll be so fun to see what other people say!

Lynda Young said...

Great idea for a blogfest. I'm in. I also love your tentative title for the new novel.

Bookewyrme said...

This is something I love to talk about, so I'm totally in. Great idea Shallee!

~Lia

Jennifer Hoffine said...

Thanks for hosting this! It sounds like fun!

Trisha said...

Cool, I've signed up for the blogfest :) I like these things!

Karen Akins said...

No clue what I'm going to write about...which may tell you a little bit about my "process." lol

Karen Elizabeth Brown said...

I looking forward to learning about other writers' process. I have a scattered way of making notes everywhere, so I hope I can find the note to remind me to think about this before Tuesday! It sounds like a lot of fun and full of inspiration!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I'll be there in all my feverish, coughing, stuffy glory. I hate this cold! Thanks for the neat blogfest! Roland

Francine Howarth said...

Hi,

Count me in - only just heard about this blogfest! So a bit late to the party. ;)

best
F

GryphonFledgling said...

Just found out about this today! So excited to try it out!

Funny how you say your process varies from book to book. I've noticed the same thing in my writing, so saying exactly what my process is will be a bit difficult, seeing as how it's different every time.

Good luck on your new project!

Donea Lee said...

Fabulous idea! Just read about your blogfest on Abby Minard's blog. Don't think I have time to enter *lament* but, I will definitely visit the participants. Always fascinating to see what works for some people and what doesn't when writing. :)

Akoss said...

I feel like my "process" is lame compared to others, but I'm here to learn so that's why I joined in. Thanks for this great idea.

L'Aussie said...

I would have liked to do this Shallee, but sorry, I've left it too late. I'll enjoy reading what people do. A great idea for a 'fest.

Denise :)

Teralyn Rose Pilgrim said...

Arrgh! I just now found out about this, when it happened YESTERDAY, and for a full 50 seconds, I got really excited. Man. Now I'm bummed. When's the next blogfest?

 
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