“I have an idea for a book, but where do I start?”
I have been getting this question a lot lately. My answer is always the same.
As to the key portion of this question, you start anywhere. When writing fiction, I always start with character. Other authors start with plot, and yet others with a concept or an idea. No starting point is wrong. Wait. Let me rephrase that. The only bad starting point is no starting point. In other words, there is no wrong place to start, but in order to write, you must start somewhere.
I have a tendency to write my way into story, often discovering who my characters are along the way. This means that sometimes, what I thought was chapter three ends up being chapter one and what I thought was chapter one ends up being pulled from the story. Continue reading
I’m deep in revisions for The Matriarch’s Devise (the upcoming sequel to The Healer’s Legacy) and now that I have filled the plot holes, increased the conflict, and refined my characters, I am sifting through the manuscript in an effort to stamp out the overuse of my “favorite” words.
Don’t get me wrong, I love words. All kinds, shapes and sizes. BUT I find when I am writing a first draft, I have a tendency to over use certain words. Words like “look” and “head” and “away” often top the list, as do their related variations. And with every book, there comes a time in the revision process where these words must be made to pull their share of the load or be eliminated.
I appreciate “look” for its place-holding abilities and for allowing me to write without hesitation when in the creative stage of first drafting. But, let’s face it, not only is the poor thing generally overworked, he just doesn’t always have the right muscles for the job at hand. (And don’t tell him I said so, but he can be completely superfluous.) Continue reading