Do you have a “process?” When you’re creating something – a story, a project, even an email – do you habitually complete the same steps?
I took a romance writing class a couple weeks ago and the instructor said, “Always start with the tropes.” And then she gave the fitty-leven reasons why that’s the best way to begin crafting a book. And she’s probably right. But that process doesn’t necessarily work comfortably for everyone.
Now, I certainly have no high horse to ride in this race (how many cliches can I shove into a single sentence?) since we all know I’m not much of a writer. But when I do finally sit down to type up all my writerly creativity, I certainly don’t start with tropes. Some authors start with a character. Others are inspired by a song. Me? I usually have a scene in my head that interests me, then I have to build a whole book around that scene.
Starting with the tropes – and their inherent conflict and themes – is likely the smarter choice.
But I like my scenes. And I usually get back to the conflict and the tropes and characters once I have that scene on paper. Honestly, without that scene (or any scene), I don’t have much interest in the story. I have to be able to watch the characters do something in the little movie that plays in my head before I can start to type some letters and bring them to life fully.
It’s all about the scenes for me. What’s your creative process?