Linda Seed, author: My Process: Doodling for Fun and (Eventual) Profit

My Process: Doodling for Fun and (Eventual) Profit

A page of notes, random thoughts, and doodles for Book 3 of the Main Street Merchants series.

If you've ever wondered about my process—which you probably haven't, because, let's face it, it's hard to imagine someone sitting around and pondering Linda Seed's process—here's a little insight into the way I've been working lately. I've been playing with the idea of doodling to inspire creativity. The idea is that if I get the pen moving, doing pretty much anything, it'll stimulate my mind to make connections and follow paths it otherwise might not.

It's working remarkably well so far. A good doodle session not only helps me to understand my story and my characters better, it also improves my word count, because by the time I sit down to write, I already have a good idea of where I'm going and what everyone's motivations might be. The words flow better, and the productivity increases.

Aside from all of that, it's fun and it relieves stress. Keeping things informal relieves the pressure to put something on paper that's top quality. The doodles will do what the doodles want to do. Much like characters.