Do you think in terms of theme, narrative arcs, rising tension and inciting incidents?
Or do you just say the hell with all that and just write?
I am the latter.
I've never taken writing courses. Well, I did take a class at a local Chicago workshop that was a little helpful. So what I know about writing I've learned from reading and using words every day as an ad writer.
But I've read a whole lotta books.
Now that I think my novel is finally done. (Ha Ha. I am sure my crit group will tell me if I am done or not.) I am looking at the book and wondering if all the parts are there. I know that sounds strange.
Ok, yes, I do have an inciting incident; there is a theme, as far as I can tell, not that I set out to have a theme; my character changes, which I've heard is the thing that really counts (although I can think of plenty of books where that change is small or subtle, and not huge); and, of course, I have a conclusion.
I'll let my crit mates be the judges.
What is your process?