My Writing Process

My Writing Process

Posted on January 29 by Lucy Leiderman
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I consider myself an organized person. When I try to develop an idea for a book, I like to plan everything out. The whole story arc develops as I lay out every chapter and create a plan for writing and staying on schedule. If I don't have a checklist of things I need to take my characters though, I find my writing really slows down and drifts. That being said, the most important thing I know about making a writing plan, is that you need to be flexible. Maybe the plan happens exactly as you lay it out for some writers, but that's never happened to me. 

As I write, sometimes the characters do things I don't expect. Or, I thought something would happen to one character but then it ends up happening to someone else. Or a character feels differently about something that I thought they would. These kinds of surprises sometimes cause time-extensive pivots, but I look forward to these moments anyway. Finding that my characters are somehow beyond my control delves me deeper into the story, and allows me to write about it with more conviction. 

Something else that happens out of the blue is when I find something out in my research process that either won't work with the story or that's pretty cool, so I shoe-horn it in. Then, I realize I have to go back and weave it into the story so that it works apart from just being pretty cool and historically accurate. 

A book, all hundred thousand words of it or so, is always more complex than I could image - no matter if I'm reading it or writing it. I've always thought the best books are those that seem so skillfully planned that all the subtle clues and links come together at the end in a way that makes perfect sense. This is how I endeavour to write, and the final result, probably for the better, looks nothing like what I set out to do.

Lucy Leiderman

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Lucy Leiderman

Lucy Leiderman was born on a naval base in Kaliningrad, Russia, and raised in Toronto. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto and a Master's degree from Uppsala Universitet. This is her third book in the Seven Wanderers Trilogy. She currently resides in Toronto.