I’m not all that sure what it was that made me decide on this topic, maybe it’s the various things going around about writing at the moment. But I thought I’d share some of the stuff about my writing process! I guess and my publishing process too.
I won’t share timelines and stuff – mostly because they really vary by book, series, length, the time I personally have, etc.
I didn’t used to plot. I was a hardcore panster, making it up as I went along and working the rest out later. But then I took a course on how to actually plot and all that changed. Some of my co-writes are still pantsed, but for my solo books, I much prefer plotting them out. This can happen when I have the idea, just before I start writing, or when I’ve just finished the previous book in the series.
I write books start to finish, very rarely having scenes written for later in the book before I get there – I tried it once, and it ended badly for me! (Not for the reader, just for me trying to get them to fit!) If I’m writing on my own, I use a site called 4thewords.com where it turns writing into a game. If I’m writing with one of my friends, we’ll use mywriteclub.com where we “race” against one another in short 25 minute sprints. During this phase, I’ll send passages to my writing chat (and sometimes even chapters if I’m unsure about them) and talk through any plot blocks I get.
Revising (including but not limited to the editing and beta process)
Easily the most painful part for me. This is where I learn just what’s wrong with my book and try to fix it!
This is probably in the wrong place of this – I have covers already for some books I won’t publish until 2020. Normally, I like to have a full series of covers before I release book one – so I know I won’t get held up having to wait!
This is normally a very last minute thing for me (because my formatter – Gina Writes Words – is an absolute angel). This is the last thing before I lock in a final file.
Start work on the next one…
Though actually, this is inaccurate as I work on multiple things at a time! I write almost every day on one of my projects – even when something is in the revision stage!
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