Without fail, when I go to a readers’ or writers’ convention, book signings, in my inbox, or even at the mall when I’m writing, I’ll get asked what exactly goes into writing a book in the digital age–or in general. Where do I get my ideas from? How long does it take to write a novel? What does my workspace look like? How do you edit? On and on.
So, without being too boring (I hope) I’ve decided to do a small blog series that will give you all (and yes, it’s even been a few here who’ve asked) a better understanding of exactly what I do, because frankly, for as much as I’d like to think my work consists of just dreaming up handsome heroes and unusual situations for the hero and heroine to find themselves in, there’s a lot more that goes into it.
Here is a working list of what topics I’ll try to cover:
- Plot and Character Ideas
- Making it all work–from the first sentence to the last
- When things fall to crap
- From first draft to “final” copy–the 10-step process
- Formatting errors: is the problem with the file or the eReader?
The Making of a Series:
- Ideas for a series and keeping the underlying storylines moving
- Organization of facts about other family members
- When a series grows and spawns
- Picking Titles
- Finding Covers
- Getting a book to Amazon/B&N
- Making changes after the book is live
- The dreaded writer’s block
Please keep in mind, I know that 85-90% of the usual readers of these posts are readers and not writers. As such, I’d like to make these posts as “reader friendly” as I can. I know readers are mildly interested in this stuff, and that’s great, I’m happy to share. But if you’re a writer who is looking for some wonderful writerly advice or a thorough, step-by-step tutorial on anything I listed above, this will not be a good source for you.