In my writing experience, I’ve found that it’s easiest for me to keep things straight by breaking a book down into segments. Something about seperating it into chunks makes the process seem a little less daunting than looking at it as a whole.
The first chapter is usually the main characters introduction chapter. It’s the easiest, because I’m still exploring who and what I generally want to happen throughout the rest of the novel. I can write whatever I want in that chapter without a lot of backlash later on from my pesky, opinionated characters.
After the first chapter, I break things down into scenes. One scene per chapter for each character. The scenes are broken down into subcategories like action, intimate, or character building scenes. All I have to figure out is who sees what, if you will. Which character’s point of view observation is more important for me to share than the other.
At this point, each character is forming in my mind. What their personalities are like, who they are and want they want to happen by the end of the book. The bumpy road that takes then there remains a mystery even to me as a write it. I like to fly by the seat of my pants and see where they’ll take me, and not the other way around. It’s more fun for me that way. *g*
The easiest to write, for me, are the action and intimate scenes. Those flow really well. Probably because I have a naturally dirty mind that wants to make it’s permanent home in the gutter. The hardest are the slow scenes, the ones I refer to as character building. It’s very easy for me to get lost in the action, the conquest of romance, and forget that each person needs to be shown in their own element for the reader to get a feel for who that person is outside of their quest to win love. Pacing in romance is important and I have to walk a tight rope to make sure the whole manuscript isn’t just action, sex, and inner monologues.
Does anyone else use a ‘formula’ to write their novels? Either way, what do you find to be the most difficult scenes to write or read?