I occasionally get asked for publishing advice, and one of the more common questions is how to write a book. Since I’m currently in the process of writing my 6th novel in the H&W Investigations series, I thought it might be fun to give you an idea of what my writing process is like.
First, I have to come up with the basic plot because my editor tells me I need to before I get a contract for a book I haven’t written.
Next, I have to figure out how I want the story to start. This is not as easy as it sounds.
Once I know how the story starts, I figure out how I want it to end.
After I have an ending, I start filling in the steps that lead from Point A (beginning) to Point B (ending).
Then I start writing the story.
After a while, I think I’ve written a good chunk and take a break to work on other projects (read: spend an inordinate amount of time on Twitter or playing Plants vs. Zombies).
Oh, yeah. I have a deadline. Better do some more work on this, I guess.
Awesome, unexpected idea strikes. Must add that in.
Trouble in paradise. I’ll just skip that troublesome scene/plot point that doesn’t want to resolve for the time being and come back to it later.
Man, this is good shit. Can’t stop now.
Okay, making good progress. Looks like I’ll make the deadline, no problem. I’ll have the time and energy to write some of that story while I’m traveling to/from that convention coming up and can take a break to think about those tricky plot points that sounded so good in my outline but were like pulling teeth to get on paper.
Oh, shit! The deadline is looming and I am nowhere near done.
AUGH. The book is due in a month and my betas/agent haven’t read it yet!
Why does everyone want to talk to me when I have this deadline oh no email no bad inbox bad, bad, BAD.
That plot point isn’t resolved, oh god, deadline, betas, no, no, no, THIS IS NOT HAPPENING.
MY WORDS. THEY ARE AWFUL. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF, WHYYYYY.
Betas hate so much, oh god, no time to do a full rewrite, oh god, agent doesn’t like that scene, due in 2 days, oh god, oh god, oh god…
Wait. WAIT. I’ve got things under control. This isn’t as bad as I thought. I GOT THIS.
Holy crap, I finished!
Done. Done. DONE! To the editor! Awaaaay!
And that’s how I write a book. Haven’t read my work yet? Find my stuff here.