The writing process is an extremely difficult process only achievable by the greatest … Yeah, I’m joking with you. If I can write—anyone can write! The process is different for each author and I can only speak for myself, but if you asked twenty different authors, you would most likely get twenty different answers.
Writing is something I love to do and always have. When I’m writing a book, which is all the time by the way, I force myself to go from chapter to chapter. I flesh out each scene without jumping ahead to the ones I really want to write. The ones loaded with action, or maybe a great love scene, or my favorite—the first kiss. It’s how I make the story come to life, even if I’m dying inside, wanting to skip ahead—I don’t.
After savoring two cups of coffee, I’ll fix another, grab my laptop and head outside for a couple of peaceful hours of writing. Then, I take a break and do the dreaded H word. Housework. Oh, how I hate housework, but anywho, I fly through it because all I can think of is the next paragraph. The next scene. The next chapter. The next novel. My husband would be happy to tell you how I fly over the housework—and most of the dust, too.
I don’t know if I really consider myself a writer, yet. I do think I possess an uncanny ability to throw two consistent sentences together in a somewhat entertaining, and intelligent fashion—whoa! Did I just say that?
Seriously, there are five basic steps in the writing process:
- Plot your novel—Come up with a subject you want to write about, then come up with a general plot.
- Drafting—Write the novel. I do not outline. So if you’re like me, just start writing and let the characters lead the story. Have faith in them, they know what they want.
- Revising— Once you have finished, enlist the help of several beta readers. It’s okay to use a few family members, but make sure you also have non-biased readers read your novel. Family member can’t not be biased. Nope. Can’t be done.
- Editing—Find a professional editor if you can afford it. If not, do the best you can. Read your novel, make corrections. Read it again, and when you think it’s the best it can be, read it again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. (Get the picture?)
- Query or Publish—After you are absolutely, 100% positive, without a doubt, SURE you can’t possibly make it any better, then you are ready to query agents (if you have chosen to go the traditional route) or publish if you decide to go the self publishing route. Read up on both as there are pros and cons with the route you choose.
I still find it all somewhat surreal at times my writing reaches so many people and there are actually more than a dozen folks out there who don’t think I stink. I sincerely appreciate the support, and it’s my hope to continue to get better.
The bottom line is this: I love to write. When I’m pounding the keys on my laptop, it’s like all is right with the world. I know it’s what I was meant to do, and I will continue to do it until I die, or a hanging posse comes after me. Whichever happens first. Personally, I hope its not the latter of the two.
I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, business owner, and author of YA/Urban Fantasy paranormal novels. TIES TO THE BLOOD MOON is book 1 in my series and is available on all digital sites, and also print and audio as well. SHADOW OF THE BLOOD MOON is my current release and the second book in the BLOOD MOON series.