Carol J. Garvin at Careann's Musings recently blogged about pre-writing: " ... it began with a recurring image. ... But it wasn’t at the word-spilling stage quite yet. It needed encouragement."
is part of writing, too: the time when a story is forming. Often we can
feel it there: a pressure, an excitement, a restlessness. It pushes its
way toward the surface, starts taking on words.
Some people have
to know everything about the story--where it goes, who is in it, how it
happens--before they start writing. Others use the first draft to make
those discoveries. Pre-writing can include character sketches, drawings,
maps, research, outlining, walking, showering, or just thinking.
a new story is coming to me, I walk around all day long with it in the
back of my mind. I only concentrate on it for a short time each day; the
rest of the time I leave it back there, to let my subconscious work on
it. Like a seed, it germinates in the dark.
Pre-writing can be so
nice--the pleasures of anticipation, without the real story in all its
imperfection to spoil our vision--that it can be tempting to stay there
forever. On the flip side, we can be so eager to start writing that we
jump in before the idea's quite ready.
Eventually we learn how to recognize "ready," that moment of ripeness.