Ileandra has talked a lot about her process. You’d imagine, since she’s my other half (haha!), that a lot of what we do happens the same way. You’d be wrong.
I am a planner.
There. I said it.
I like to plan my words. Not necessarily with rigid form from start to end, but at least an outline of the three major acts that make any great story. I just read an article in Writing Magazine (February 2014 issue) about three-act-structure which proves, yet again, that plotting a story, be it a novel, a short story, or even some flash doesn’t take the life out of it. It’s necessary.
But planning the outline of a piece of writing isn’t the only part of the planning process. There are many parts to arrange and this is where, I believe, I have an advantage over Ileandra; because much of this, she doesn’t need to do the same way as me. Yet….
I have a publication schedule. I know that the Meeting Each Other Series needs to be complete and ready for all six stories to go into a physical book by the beginning of December 2014. So I know I need to release the stories regularly between now and then.
I know I need to write them at a damn sharp pace and edit them within an inch of their lives before they go off to my betas. I need to do that, so I can make further changes based on their responses.
Then I need to proofread. I hate proofing my own work; it’s so hard to take your eye out of it far enough to spot the errors. That’s why I use Grammarly. It’s pretty nifty and helps avoid to avoid nasty proofing errors. Important, because I firmly believe that each typo a reader finds in one of my published works actually gives them some kind of weird anti-orgasm. As opposed to a proper orgasm from reading such delicious naughtiness. *snerk*
Once I’ve managed to do all that, the piece goes off to my editor and comes back with another round of minor tweaks before I send it for exterior proofing and formatting.
As well as this, I know that I have to take the steps required to ensure that you fine people know the books are on the way. I need to arrange teasers for you. Possible guest posts in other blogs and arrange my book cover. I need to leave time for inevitable changes when I receive the first draft of the cover and decide it needs a complete do over (as has happened this time around. Good thing my designer is an absolute diamond).
But this is the most important aspect of writing the right way. It’s not just about getting words on the page. You can’t edit a blank page, yes, but once you have that page filled with black and white text, you need to nurture it and prune it into a shape you like. Think topiary.
You’re not going to get a wicked dolphin or car shaped bush without picking up the shears and hacking at it, are you?
Heh… I like that.
How do you guys handle writing? What’s your ‘right process?’ Does it have more steps or less than mine? Do you have any tips for me? I’m always open to that. Chat back, peeps, you know I love it.