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Writing a Book’s Like Eating a Bear

Written by Vicki Hinze

On March 13, 2008

Writing  is never easy.  It’s author’s sweat and skill and effort that makes it appear easy.

Actually, it’s a lot like eating a bear.  You can do it, yes, but it’ll try you on every level unless you eat the rascal one bite at a time.

I hesitate to say write this way or that way.  We writers have a lot in common, but we have a lot of differences, too, and a major difference in each and every one of us is the way we think.  Some would say, how our muse works, but it’s really more than the muse that inspires us, it’s how we perceive and process and function. 

For some, the process is linear.  I do this and then that and then that and then that.  

For others, the process is, non-linear.  I get an idea, I develop it–interject this and then that element and then mesh them together and see what I’ve got.  Then I write.

For still others, the process is random.  I get an idea, a plot, or a character.  I sit down and write and see where it goes and what happens. 

Whatever way works for you is right.  The process doesn’t make a bit of difference to anyone else.  You’re the only one who sees it or experiences it, and in the end, every process (followed through to fruition) ends with the same thing in the same place:  a completed book.   

So my point is to write in the way that is natural to you.  Explore others’ methods and processes, adopt what works for you and ditch the rest.  

Your way is the right way for you to eat YOUR bear. 

In the coming days, I’ll share parts of my process.  I’ve tried many and taking tidbits from this and that one and experimenting on my own, I’ve developed a way to eat my bears that works well for me–and gives me a lot more writing time and a lot less revising time.  I like that ratio. 🙂 



P.S.  I do several blogs:  

My Kitchen Table, which is posted at my website:  It’s Vicki in chat-mode, is typically on specific writing topics (right now, I’m focusing on character) and always on life.  

FAITH ZONE is about my spiritual journey.  I’m a stumbler and fumbler.  This is not a place to debate religion or theology, just a place where I share my stumbles and fumbles. 🙂

Also, there’s a pretty extensive library of writing articles and notes from seminars and lectures and workshops I’ve done on the website, too, if you’re interested in that type thing.  

Here, in the Vicki Hinze On Writing Blog, I want to just chat about the process and creativity.



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