I get the question about my writing process a lot. How do I take the ideas in my mind and make them a book? So, I thought for this week, Iíd lay it out for all to see how one author does it.
1. Some write a plan, but I donít. Well, at first anyway. I start the first chapter with just an idea. Example, for The Willow, I knew it was going to be about a girl who finds herself brought into the Otherworld. The first chapter is always the hardest for me, but once I get the first scene established, the story starts to present itself.
2. From there, I write a chapter as it flows. I never know what the next chapter will be about until Iím done the previous one. Usually, itís halfway through when I know what needs to happen in the next to continue the story.
3. Normally when I write a chapter, I only do actions and speech at first, because that is definitely the easiest part for me.
4. Once I have the guts of a chapter done I go back and fill in descriptions and thoughts. When I have the speech completed, it is easier for me to imagine what is happening as the conversation is going on and filling in all the little details.
5. After I am done that, I go back and read through the chapter to clean it up making sure it reads how I intended it to.
6. Then, I move onto the next chapter.
7. After I am halfway done the book, I start from the beginning and re-read the entire story, to tie it together, clear up any loose ends and to add in parts that are crucial to the story line that are missing.
8. It is normally at this point, when I start to plan. By this time, the story is peaking and the danger begins to surround the characters. I usually have an outline and plan 3-4 chapters at time. This is when I know what needs to happen in the story for it to come to an end.
9. When itís all said and done, I re-read it once focusing just on the story line to be sure itís solid and nothing is missing. Then, I re-read it once more to clear up grammar issues.
10. Then, itís off to submissions.
And that is how I write. Every author has their own style that works for them, but the idea is to find out what works best for you and just dig in.