Lanetta J. Sprott

Slow Process or Kill the Mojo

Posted on: January 17, 2010

     Writing, creating a full-length novel, is a slow process. It is for me anyway. When not under-the-gun, like during November’s National Novel Writing Month challenge, each scene percolates, trickles through my mind before words form on the page.

     Developing the “stuff” – introducing the characters, establishing writing style and getting the main characters to the pivotal point of the story – each scene, every action or thought anyone has and all words spoken or heard – for everything there is a reason, a purpose – to move the story along. 

     According to the experts, however, the first draft should be written under the “fast draft” method…. rush rush rush through it, get it down on paper (electronic or tree-based), then begin editing & revising, tweaking through several revisions, filling in where previous notes indicated more research or development would be needed. 

     It’s hard for me to do this.

     I was chatting with an author friend, Erin Cawood, and discovered the fast paced writing process also kills her mojo. When I asked her to explain what “mojo” is, she gave this perfect response: “The enthusiasm mixed in with a passionate flow that allows to you to really create magic with your words.”

     Yes, the key is enthusiasm – the love and passion of the story, the process of creating the magical words to express it just right. This process, at least for Erin and I, takes precious time we are willing, and anxious to spend.

     Multiple rewrites and edits will follow, but only after a slow simmering initial creation!


3 Responses to "Slow Process or Kill the Mojo"


I love the blog.

There’s no one right way for writing a novel, as an author you must do what works for your mojo otherwise the writing just won’t connect with the story you’re trying to tell.

Erin X

I’m with you and Erin on this. That’s not to say there aren’t times when everything clicks and I write a scene quickly, but then I always go right back over it. I need to do this while it’s fresh, while I’m “living” that scene, to get it all down. More editing will likely be necessary later, but I can’t move on until I feel fairly certain I’ve got this scene right.

Enthusiasm is a powerful motivator. The only problem is how we can summon it. I believe that we can attract enthusiasm if we try to see the good things surrounding us. 🙂

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Native Texan living in the Hill Country writing and experiencing life one day at a time.

Novels by Lanetta J. Sprott:

Where Forever Begins Finding Closure

Where Forever Begins, A Simple Love Story and Finding Closure are available online at Lulu and Amazon.


Read a preview of both novels here.


New goal (to finish book): 95,000

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