Recently I was at a meeting of diverse authors (members of this group write everything from poetry to hard science-fiction to romance, middle-grade to adult). It became clear to me that we all approached the process of writing differently. One is a complete discovery writer, while another uses a spread sheet to keep track of details, and others are scattered in between.
I’m one of the “in-betweeners.”
I like to know where I’m going when I’m on a road trip. I want to know which series of exits I’m supposed to take to get where I want to go. But when I’m writing I’m less focused. I like having a general idea of where I’m going when I start, and the map gets more specific as I progress. I can’t do much research before I start because I don’t know what I need to know until I get to each fork in the road.
Sometimes I realize I’ve taken a wrong turn.
I’m almost half-way (I think) into The Christmas Village and I recently decided that I wanted to change the location of the past that my heroine goes back to from 1845 New England to northern England or Scotland.
Is that a good idea?
I don’t know for sure. One of my beta-readers said the change makes her happy.
Now I’m wondering about the time period. I enjoy reading a lot of Regency era romance, but the Victorian era has a lot to recommend it as the “destination” for a time-traveling heroine. What do you think? Do you like the Early Victorian era or the Regency period better? Which pond should I throw my “fish-out-of-water” into?
Please let me know what you think in the comments.