I was asked to write a guest post for the Faith and Culture Writers’ Conference website. It was the first time that I have tried to put into words, my writing process. In this article, I talk about how I write a chapter of a book. If you want to read it in its entirety, jump over to the website: http://faithandculturewriters.com/the-quest-for-epiphany/
Here is an excerpt:
When the story is fully told, including a well-imagined setting, sympathetic characters and a believable conflict and climax, I move to the chapter’s conclusion.
This is where the magic happens. It does not happen every time, but when it does, it is one of the great endorphin cocktails. Suddenly, as if I am an observer and the chapter itself is a seducing character sitting across the table, the true meaning of the story blossoms right before my eyes.
I rarely see it coming. How could I? And the surprising frequency that this newly realized meaning is harmonious with my spackled-together introduction (bringing new meaning I could not have predicted) is soothing, comforting and arousing.
If we were to flip together through the pages of my books, both of us would probably be surprised by how many chapters I would admit “I did not know where this chapter was going to end when I started it.”
Let the Epiphanies Come.