One of the members of my Facebook author page asked if I would do a post about my writing process. After I saw it, I sat back and scratched my head. What was my writing process? Like many things, when you live with it, it isn’t nearly as obvious as it is to others.
As with all writing, it begins with an idea. Sometimes it comes as a smattering of dialogue or description while other times it comes as a topic or idea. For The Earl of Brass, it began with the idea of a man needing automaton parts in order to survive, but this rapidly evolved into a man with a missing arm who needs a prosthesis. In the beginning, I typically free write and put down anything that comes to mind. Sometimes it becomes the first chapter of a novel while other times it gets completely rewritten or discarded. Once an idea beginnings to take form, I make an idea map or an outline of what events will happen in the coming paragraphs. For flexibility’s sake, I usually only plan five or so chapters ahead at any given time. Typically, my characters are wayward and do what they want, so I need to alter my plans to fit them. Forcing an agenda on my characters never goes well. Sometimes when I have ideas but am not sure what order they should be in, I make index cards and lay them out. I will move them around and ask my best friend/beta reader and see what she thinks to ensure it’s logical to others. Continue reading