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I was talking with a friend about some of the writing process stuff I do. This was pertaining primarily to publishing novellas and novels. There are a lot of great tools out there for writers and some of the software is technically advanced and helpful.
You can go old school and send out query letters to agents and publishers – you will need a copy of Writer’s Market. Or, you can do what even some established authors are doing and switch to self-publishing. In recent years independent publishing has had quite the boom. That’s pretty good for people who are anxious to just get their stuff out there or who don’t want to wait for replies or who are just sick of rejections. But remember, publishing on your own has its own set of problems, too, as you will find in my friend’s blog HERE.
I am always curious about the processes of other people. In the e-book version of Water for Elephants there was an author Q&A that was wonderful. So, in case anybody is interested in what my process is for novels it is very simple.
1 – I make a notebook. In the case of Red August, I used a cheap composition notebook and decorated and made a pocket in the front. I divided it into three sections for notes on all three books in the series. This is helpful not only before writing the books, but during the editing process as well.
2 – I draw “props” that are in the story that might get complicated. Like August’s wooden box that is full of treasures. So when I revisit the item later, I can be sure to remember all that is in the box and what it looked like. I make family trees, so I can keep track of births, deaths and the years and ages people should be and the way they are related to each other.
3 – I write in Word. Here are some links to the proper formatting of manuscripts:
4 – I give myself deadlines.
There is usually plenty of research that goes into writing a novel. For me, there was a lot of time spent looking into original Red Riding Hood stories as well as werewolf lore and Celtic traditions. If the piece is set in a specific era that has an atmosphere I want to convey, there is usually research related to that as well.