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When you talk to authors, you find out quickly that most of them (um, us) follow a different writing process. Some authors edit their material as they write–say, writing a chapter, stopping, editing it, then moving on. Other authors use writing programs to help organize their work. Some writers compose their scenes out of sequence and go back later and shape up the book in the proper order.
My technique? I’m a fast rough drafter. I try to get my first draft out as quickly as I can–no edits. I write and I keep going until its done. Sometimes my story changes as I write (say, I may change a kill scene or a villain’s actions), and when I do that, I make notations so that I can go back later–once the draft is finished–and make my corrections. Going forward quickly on this draft is the technique that works for me.
Now, after I finish the first draft, I do one serious edit, from manuscript beginning to end. I eliminate all plot holes; I do a consistency check, I layer my scenes, I add scenes, and even add secondary characters if they’re needed. My editing process often adds anywhere from 20-30 pages to my story.
After this edit, my story is pretty clean. It’s in the form where I feel comfortable showing other folks. (Cuz I’ve prettied it up!) I’m just about to move to that prettying-it-up phase with my latest story. Typically, this phase takes about two weeks to complete because I tend to take my time on this part. Nice and slow to get all the details worked out.
But, if you’re a writer, what process works best for you? I always love to know what works for others!Tweet It