What’s a Process…?

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Trifextra: Week 76
( the picture has nothing to do with anything, I just took it and wanted it there cos I like it… )

So, apparently one of the fancy Trifecta editors was able to see Neil Gaiman and hear him read from his new book and do a little Q&A (please take this time to wipe any excess bitterness and/or jealousy off your screen). When asked if he could describe his writing process in three words, his answer was “Glare. Drink tea.”

Which is ridiculous. And awesome. And since he and Terry Pratchett are maybe the only people in the world that I would fan-girl-flail for, of course I think it’s adorable.

So the Trifextra challenge this week asks us to do the same. Three words for this idiot thing that consumes us and drives us and sometimes ruins us, and yet is still one of the best things about us. A few words went through my head that were true and accurate, a couple that were funny. But when it comes down to it my ‘process’ doesn’t have much to do with me and everything to do with what plays out in my head, mostly without my say so.

And so, in honor of the characters that live within and rarely ever shut the hell up, I’m going to go with:

Let them speak.


Link up, check out everyone else, you can read a shit ton of 3 word posts before your work day is done πŸ˜‰


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33 thoughts on “What’s a Process…?

  1. Kir Piccini

    OH! I like this one best. I do. I always say “Tell your story” and this reminds me of that kind of in your face approach to writing. LET THEM SPEAK is so incredible…allowing them the room and place to do that is what good writing is all about.

    yes. This has me smiling.

    • Thank you so much πŸ™‚ It always seems that if I try to direct my writing, the characters stop whatever they’re doing and just stand there til I hand the reins back over, the dirty rats. I’m very glad I brought a smile out…

  2. Very nice words. I’m almost afraid to let my characters talk sometimes. The things they do come up with…

  3. E. W. Storch


  4. I really like this one, so natural and freeing.

  5. You mean Michael’s characters are filtered?! Good thing they don’t have free-reign πŸ™‚ (only teasing, Michael.)

    Let them speak is good. Really good, in fact.

    • ~snicker~ I’d love to see Catrina on a bender πŸ˜‰ Thank you…

      • Oh dear me no, Catrina is much too well-behaved for that sort of thing. I don’t think. Although…now that you mention it…. πŸ˜›

  6. KymmInBarcelona

    Oh, excellent advice! Well said.

  7. they’ll just nag you until you do

  8. Draug419

    But…but tying them up and tossing them into dungeons for amusement is so much fun…

    • Sheeeat, it’d be like the ending of The One where they’re all chucking each other off a pyramid to be king of the mountain πŸ˜‰

  9. Ha! As long as they don’t all talk at once! πŸ˜€

  10. This is fabulous! I have a cast like that too, always nattering… πŸ™‚

  11. Just don’t let them chew your ear off or you’ll never get any writing done.

    Thank you for linking up!

    • ~snicker~ some days I just give up and draw pictures because I don’t even know what in the hell they’re talking about

  12. debseeman

    This HAS to be among the top three. Yes.

  13. Yes! Let them speak. Brilliant

  14. Oh, fantastic – what great advice, too. This is just perfect.

    • Usually I would tell people not to listen to a word I say, but I think I did alright with this bit πŸ˜‰ thank you…

  15. You know I think out of the 25 or so responses I have read this is the first that was character centric. It is a truth, though that what the character has to say is often the meat of the story., This is very good and I am surprised you did not take a top award. Very good.

    • Well, that’s awesome that you think so, thanks. It’s honestly the only way I can write anything worthwhile, if they’re quiet I might as well go play Skyrim πŸ˜‰

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