With my third book, Daughter’s Revenge, now available, I can say my writing process has become more formalized and I am now able to do the actual ‘writing’ in just a few weeks. It is amazing to look back upon what had once taken me years to do and is now no longer a daunting task.
I am not saying writing is easy; it can still be challenging at times, but the mechanics that used to get in my way are no longer the roadblocks under which I once suffered. What is even more interesting is that the change was not as gradual as one might expect. If fact, the change in my approach resulted in a rather sudden change in my output.
A little bit of background
When I first started writing, which was when I was in Jr. High, I approached writing very much as a ‘discover’ writer. I had a vague concept of where the story was going, knew a little bit about the characters, but I needed to learn about the world, who was in it, and what was happening just as the characters did. I often waited for my muse and when it struck, I’d rocket through a few chapters and then crash squarely into a wall.