Sometimes readers like to know what a writer’s process is when working on a book. What I wouldn’t give to dive into Tarryn Fisher’s crazy head as she works her dark, magnificent magic on a new piece of art. But who knows what her answer is. My answer when asked about my process? Well, first, I laugh.
I recently watched an episode of Orange is the New Black (yeah, I’m a MAJOR TV junkie) and one of the characters was writing a book to pass around to the other inmates for some entertainment. (Highly erotic, bat-shit crazy entertainment). When asked what her process was she said, “I think of shit and write it down.”
That’s exactly what I’m saying.
Now, when I was pregnant, I was really thinking about a TON of shit and writing it down. Shit was flying at me left and right, the words flowing so freely from my fingers that by the end of the day, they were crampy and I would curl into a ball, crying about all of the voices in my head that refused to stop. (Okay, not necessarily crying, but you get what I mean. Right? Right.)
As I continued to spit out kids, I continued to pump out books. Then, my third child came along, my little princess…except underneath her frilly pink clothes and sequined headbands, lurked a stage five clinger. That’s when my writing process changed drastically.
Now when I think of shit, I can’t just write it down. First I have to even attempt to get my computer open and if that happens, then I have to deal with a two year old whose decided that she’s going to write a new piece of fiction and bangs away furiously at the keyboard. If I can get her distracted enough to think she’s not the next up and coming writer, I can type one handed. If not, I’m like a freaking magician as my little monkey climbs over me and my keyboard. Needless to say I don’t get nearly as many books out as I once did when I started back in 2012.
But for real. The process. I’ve always been a huge reader and all throughout high school I was involved in journalism. Then I started reading Indies and I was like holy balls, I want to write books! My husband bought me a computer the next day. The only really ‘professional’ thing I do is to make a separate document listing each of my characters different physical and personality traits. That way Bob isn’t the funny friend with black hair and green eyes at the beginning of the book and the sour puss with blond hair and blue eyes at the end of the book. But I could always explain that away with some major life changing event. That’s pretty much my process—well, other than the editing, editing, more editing and the formatting part—that part is super important.
So if we happen to meet one day and you ask me what my process is, please don’t be surprised when I giggle and pull out a wine glass to take a healthy swig. I’ll need it when thinking about my process. (And if we’re actually meeting, my clinger most likely won’t be there unless she snuck into my luggage—which is highly possible—so I’ll have to get in as much wine as possible because normally I have to protect that shit like its gold.)
And there you have…the process. Well, mine at least.
Bio: Cori Williams is a contemporary romance writer who resides in Michigan with her husband and three young children. Her love of reading from a very young age transferred over to a love of writing and now the stories are never ending. Her love of writing and romance combined make the perfect equivalent for creating the happily ever afters for her characters with sometimes bumpy journeys along the way. “Forever isn’t always easy.”