18 January, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (24) and What's Your Writing Process? Blogfest

I thought it would be easier for the rest of you if I just put everything into one post, so here goes Teaser Tuesday and the What's Your Writing Process? Blogfest.


Teaser Tuesday is a fun, book-based weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser is from The Curse of the Wendigo, the sequel to the Michael L. Printz Award-winning The Monstrumologist.

   The gray land was deceptively still. It kept its secrets.
   Something was following us.
-p. 115


The What's Your Process? Blogfest is hosted by Shallee McArthur at Life, the Universe, and Writing. Here's some information:

On Tuesday, January 18th, blog about ANY part of your writing process-- how you create characters, how you plot your novel, how you organize your rewrites, your whole writing process from start to finish, anything. Even if you're a complete pantser, tell us your pantsing process. Do you write chronologically? Jump around? Edit as you go, or just dump it all on the page? Let us know!

I have decided to talk about how I write a first draft.

Doing anything out of order makes me frustrated. If I don't write the first draft chronologically, then I get confused and jumbled up and ideas spring all over the place and the story feels to me like it's going to fall apart unless I do something about the whole mess. Chapters that don't connect smoothly drive me up the wall.

One of the main reasons I don't like writing out of order is because I hate going back and filling things in, when I've already written a scene that's based on that information. Sure, it's frustrating sometimes when I want to slam myself down in one of the major plot points and type furiously from there, but I always find that getting out the first draft in order pays off in the long run.

What about you? Do you write in order, out of order, or both?


If you have at teaser to share, feel free to share it in the comments! If you're part of the blogfest, go ahead and mention it so that I know to get around to your entry. :)

(And don't forget: you can ask me questions of all kinds HERE, or on any post since then, which I will answer on Friday.)

-----The Golden Eagle


Margo Kelly said...

I usually write my draft in order, but sometimes a scene won't get out of my head until I've written it down. That's the only time I write out of order. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm with you - I'd be so confused to write scenes out of order. I have to write the whole novel first and then if there's adjustments or things I need to add, I'll go back afterwards.

Summer Ross said...

You are a plotter.

love the teaser! makes me want to read more.

Holly Ruggiero said...

I'm both. It's hard to explain that but it's true.

Lazy Girl said...

Omg, that cover is to die for. And i loved your teaser

Orchid said...

NIce teaser! It makes me wish that both of those books would arrive already so that I could read them. ^_^

Elena Solodow said...

I'm with you. I simply can't write out of order. It bothers me too much.

Jen Chandler said...

Great teaser! I've wanted to read the Monstrumologist. I had no idea there was already a sequel! Thanks :D

I'm like you. I have to start at the beginning and when I come to the end, I stop (I'm sure I'm stealing that from another writer...)


mist of the blossom rain said...

Oooh! Great teaser!

Lisa said...

I'm really enjoying reading about everyone's process. It's kind of fun to see how it's different from mine and makes me realize there's no one right way to go about this thing!

Rachel Morgan said...

I love those lines in your teaser, I really do!

Francine Howarth said...


Thanks for dropping by my blog, and for sharing your Process!

I'm a must get it down person, too. Just write the damn thing, don't play with it. ;)


smellincoffee said...

Now that's a teaser full of foreboding!

Elaine AM Smith said...

I agree I much prefer writing chronologically. Having sections to work seamlessly with foreshadowing and clues would be much harder if the scenes were out of order. I can't resist editing - every day I make alterations and adjustments

Kari Marie said...

I love the teaser!

I have to write in order as well, the only time I break is when I have to go back and add something to make the current scene developments fit.

Thanks for sharing your process.

Old Kitty said...

Oh I start my first draft of anything chronologically - the beginning comes first - always!!

The teaser brilliant!!! Evocative and atmospheric in three short sentences. Wonderful! Take care

Shallee said...

I feel the exact same way-- I have to write in order, or it's like there's something poking me constantly.

Thanks for sharing your process!

Clarissa Draper said...

The disorders of the room had, as usual been suffered to exist. I saw nothing beyond what had been stated in the "Gazette des Tribunaux."

From The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Poe.

Normally, I write in order. I have my mysteries planned from the beginning and just write it. But, my current WIP, I'm writing solely under inspiration. That means when the scene comes to me, I write it. So it's all out of order.

Lynda Young said...

Even though I use outlines, I prefer to write in order as well. Who knows what might change on my journey through the story?

Gia said...

Great teaser! Here is mine: http://emmagayle.blogspot.com/2011/01/tuesday-teaserteaser-tuesday-2.html

I write and edit in order. I just cannot function any other way.

Sonia said...

Really like your teaser. Mine is here: http://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/teaser-tuesday-vampire-trinity/

I write mostly in order. I've written out of order a few times and I always end very very annoyed.

BLHmistress said...

I don't write much but when I do it has to be in order just like when I read a series has to be in order.

My Teaser Tuesday

SariBelle said...

I've never tried writing out of order, but somehow I know if I did it wouldn't end well. For me it's chronological all the way, and if an exciting scene pops into my head, well it's motivation to get through the current section so I can write it.

M Pax said...

Thanks for popping into my blog. This has been a fun blogfest.

I confess, I must write in order.

Moonlight Gleam said...

Great teaser! I can't wait to read this!!

New follower

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Hannah Kincade said...

omg omg omg! You had me at sequel to Monstrumologist!! *off to bookstore/library*

gideon 86 said...


I so agree with you. I have to write the first draft out in sequence. Then I edit. Even that I go through a process. I works better for me.

I just edited the first five chapters.... Twelve more to go. This is grueling, but I only have until Monday to have it complete with pitch letter too.... ABNA is a rough haul.

Are you entering?


Charles Gramlich said...

I have a very hard time working out of order too, although I will make notes ahead.

Angela Felsted said...

Great teaser!

Bookewyrme said...

I have to write in order too. I get confused otherwise, and tend to make bigger plot-holes and mistakes. Also, I usually don't know where the story is going except in a general way until it gets there!


N. R. Williams said...

I must start with the characters. I spend time getting an idea for them, looking up their names, finding what the name meant helps me define parts of their personality. From their I build their goals and create a word doc with notes. After that, I start to write, from beginning to end with an occasional read through to remind myself what I have already covered. I'm doing this right now.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Brian said...

I totally agree with Old Kitty, the beginning needs to come first!

Elana Johnson said...

I love those lines. There's something creeptastic about secrets.

book blogger said...

I like your blog! And your button. Who made it?

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Awesome teaser! I have to write in order, too. Otherwise, I'd go crazy. :-)

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

I'm deep into my first draft right now -- and by that I mean my first draft of my first novel. Every shred of advice and perspective from writers is filed in my brain. Thanks for sharing yours! I'm like you and can only write in sequence. It's funny, I'm such a right-brained person I doubt at times I have a left lobe, but in this instance I'm extremely linear in my organization. Weird!

Plamena Schmidt said...

: P I write out of order, but I use PowerPoint slides to help me.

W.B. said...

The blogfest sounds like it's a blast! Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

The Words Crafter said...

You always manage to find some truly intriguing books!

I wrote my nano in order, too. Until I changed something....then a character changed something else. Now, I have to go back and do a time line. Other than that, it's pretty straight.....

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I love that teaser.

I can't write scenes out of order either. Mine build from the previous ones. And even though I outline first, there are some surprises on the way. If I bounced around, I would end up having to do a lot of revisions. ;)

Lydia K said...

I am a very linear writing. Always in order!

alexia said...

I write both in and out of order. If a scene is really pounding on my head, sometimes I'll just go ahead and write it so I can quit obsessing.

Joanna St. James said...

I can never write scenes out of order - never.
My brain would sue me and quit, even when I write sentences to be used later my brain shuts it down and wont use it, so now I have a notebook of amazing sentences never to be used. Thanx brain

Rachael Harrie said...

Hey Golden, great teaser. And I loved hearing about your writing process. I like to start at the beginning of the book and write to the end as well, rather than scene by scene (though I'm trying to do that more these days).


The Golden Eagle said...

Margo: I'll usually take notes, jot down major things that I don't want to forget.

Alex: Me, too.

Summer: Yup! ;)

Glad you liked it!

Holly: If it works, it works!

Lazy Girl: I agree--it's a great cover!

I'm glad you liked it!

Orchid: Thanks!

I hope you get the chance to read them--soon! :)

Elena: I get all jumbled up.

Jen: Thank you!

Yup--I didn't even know that's what it was until I read the blurb, which was after I got home with it from the library! I just read "Yancey" and picked it up.


Emily: Thanks!

Lisa: I agree! There are all different ways of writing.

The Golden Eagle said...

Rachel: I'm so glad you like them!

Francine: You're welcome!


Smellincoffee: *grin* That's what I was aiming for!

Elaine: Exactly. It's so much harder to make things connect if they're out of order.

Kari: Glad you liked it!

I don't even go back for that--I just keep on writing until I reach some kind of point where everything's too mixed up to continue, or until I finish the draft. :P

You're welcome!

Old Kitty: I always write the beginning first, too. :)

I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Shallee: That's how I feel as well!

Thanks for hosting the blogfest!

Clarissa: Great teaser! Poe, huh? I hope you're enjoying your book! :)

Hope it's working out well!

Lynda: That's part of the adventure--and fun!

Gia: Thanks!

I'm looser with editing, and not so strictly chronological.

The Golden Eagle said...

Sonia: I'm glad you like it! :)

I'm not mad, usually, just frustrated--sometimes I'll feel like pounding the keyboard since things just aren't fitting together the right way. :P

BLHmistress: I've read series out of order before, just to find out what the characters/setting/writing style is like.

Sari: For me, too! That's part of what keeps me writing so as much as I do.

The Golden Eagle said...

M Pax: You're welcome. It's been fun seeing all the entries!

Moonlight: Thank you!

Thanks so much for following!

Hannah: It was a good book, wasn't it? :D

Michael: I'm all for processes, too--things always work out better for me if I follow them.

You can do it! :)

No, I'm not entering--I don't have anything to submit at this point.

Charles: I'll make notes as well--so I don't forget something major and have to come up with another plot idea.

Angela: Thanks!

Bookewyrme: Sounds like a fun way to write! :)

Nancy: You sound very organized! I'm not nearly that together--I start out by being a pantser, then collect information about the world and characters as I go along, particularly with SF/F.

Brian: Right!

Elana: Totally creeptastic.

The Golden Eagle said...

Book blogger: I did. :)

Shannon: Thank you!

I would, too. :P

Nicole: You're very welcome.

Writing brings out a lot in people, doesn't it?

Plamena: PowerPoint slides--now that sounds like a fascinating way of figuring things out!

And if we're going to talk about Office programs, I use OneNote to organize my notes.

W.B.: It has been a lot of fun! :)

You're welcome!

The Words Crafter: Have you read anything by Rick Yancey? He's a good author--The Monstrumologist, while a little gruesome at times, was well-written and I loved the MC's voice.

I need to make a timeline as well; things are jumping around all over the place in my WIP!

Stina: Glad you enjoyed it!

And there are already enough revisions to be done, aren't there? :P

Lydia: It seems like a lot of people are!

Alexia: I take notes and little details about the place/time/people there so I don't forget--it spurs me to get to that scene as fast as possible so I write a whole lot more as a result.

Joanna: LOL. Heads are strange creatures, aren't they?

Rachael: Thank you!

Scene-by-scene--I've never tried that way of writing before. Maybe I will sometime, but for now I'm sticking to beginning-to-middle-to-end. :P

Damyanti said...

I love your idea of Teaser Tuesdays...and love the teaser you posted this time.

Your writing process is so different from mine, it gives me a useful perspective. Thanks for sharing, and for following my blog.

The Golden Eagle said...

Damyanti: I'm glad you liked it!

MizB really had the right idea. :D

It was fun checking out all the blogs part of the blogfest! It was interesting to read your post as well.

Marieke said...

I'm so late with this! :D

I definitely skip back and forth! I get way too excited about certain scenes and am way too impatient ;)