Thursday, December 17, 2009

I wonder...

Virginia Woolf said: As for my next book, I am going to hold myself from writing it till I have it impending in me: grown heavy in my mind like a ripe pear; pendant, gravid, asking to be cut or it will fall.

I wonder...Are you like Virginia? Do you let your stories simmer in your mind or do you start writing and figure it out along the way? Perhaps you do both depending on the story. I'd be interested to know what works for you and why. Please share.  


  1. yes, my stories simmer a looooooooong time in my mind. Part of that is just plain procrastinatino tho on my part.

  2. Mine simmer. Often, I'll have a small idea that needs to be mulled over because it won't work alone. In a few weeks (or months), something happens or someone says something, and I'll have a piece to link to the first one. It's not procrastination. I just need to figure out what angle I'm going to take rather than just blindly writing with no idea where it will lead. (Though the latter sometimes works. But, man, is it hard to type when I'm blindfolded!)