A Writing Process That Works For Me!
So here is the official version of who I am: Much to my chagrin, I discovered I am not a cyborg and growing up to be an otter would be impractical, so I began writing stories. I currently live in Seattle with my husband and two dogs. When not writing, I love hiking and birdwatching. I am the author and illustrator of independent comics: Faminelands and Lure and Out for Souls&Cookies! My debut novel, Other Systems, was a 2015 Finalist for the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction. I continue to write science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Over the years, I found a writing process that works for me, but it is against the common advice of writing as fast as one can and get it published once it's done. Here goes... My totally awesome idea: It’s shiny, new and exciting. Since I’m always working on another book, I give myself a half hour to an hour to write down my exiting new idea. Then I file it away and get to work on my current work in process. Only after my current WIP is finished, I go through my filing cabinet and look at all my shiny ideas. Some of them are no longer good. Some of them are downright awful, but I find some gems. My latest work, The War Ender’s Apprentice, was a bit different, because the story was based off of a trunk novel which I wrote years ago. That being said, the rest of the steps were the same. Outline: I create the loose story with major scenes and plot points. I put directional notes on 3x5 cards. Opening Scene: Alana and Roark rescue slaves from ship. Introduce Eohan. Why does Alana save him? Answer this. First Draft: I follow the diections on a card a day. Sometimes that's a chapter other times that's just a scene. I don’t worry about grammar. I sometimes don’t even add description or do research. In The War Ender's Apprentice, there were tags that said: DESCRIBE BUSTLING MEDIEVAL CITY ON MARKET DAY and FIND ELIZABETHAN WORD FOR IDIOT Second Draft: If the characters want to not cooperate with the plot this is where they will change things around. Anything I’m supposed to describe, I describe. Anything I am supposed to research, I research. Third Draft: I make sure the character’s motivation feels real. I also look for telling spots. Dialogue becomes crisper. Fourth Draft: A self copy-edit so the reader isn’t confused by mistakes or think I want grammar advice. I also do a search and destroy for excess words. Now I give the book to early readers. After I get some feedback... Draft Five: I look at the feedback and fill any plot holes. Draft Six: After approximately a month, I’ll look at the manuscript again and strangly that’s when I find a plot tie up. Sometimes it works and I’ll keep it. Other times, I realize it is not a great idea, but it spurns on a different idea. Draft Seven: Another heavy self edit. I also do a search and destroy for excess words. Then I send the manuscripts to publishers or if I am self-publishing such as I did with The War Ender’s Apprentice, I hire an editor. So that’s how I write a book, what is your process?
The War Ender's Apprentice: Book 1 of Chronicles of The Martlet
Sword and Sorcery with a dash of Necromancy. Novella, 178 Pages Paperback ISBN:978-0999559802 / Ebook ISBN:978-0999559819 In the chaotic universe, many intelligent species are on the brink of war, but the Guild holds the violence at bay to foster peaceful trade. The most renowned War Ender is Lady Alana of House Eyreid, who hopes to train her beloved nephew, Roark, in her vocation. It was supposed to be a simple training mission aboard an Interrealm slave ship. However, when Alana finds her people enslaved, she murders the crew and rescues every slave—whether criminal, dishonored, or stolen. A fleeting vision of Roark’s future tells her to offer the newly freed Eohan a War Ender’s education. For her vision to come true, Alana must rescue Eohan’s young brother who was sold in the last port and lost somewhere in the Realms, but first, they have a war to end.