Today, T. Michelle Nelson, the fabulous author the of the Lily Drake Series, published by InkSpell Publishing, has stopped by to share a little bit about her unique writing process. Her second book "Til Death Do Us Part" will be released April 24th, so add it to your TBR list and mark it on your calendar! You won't want to miss it!
I’m not writing this article about the correct way to go through the process of writing a book, I’m going to write about how I do it. LILY DRAKE was my first book to be published and ‘TIL DEATH DO US PART is only the second in the series. I’m by no means an old pro at writing, but I will tell you what works for me.
I’m not one of those plotters who have an outline and know how the story will end before I even type the first word. Halfway through the story I don’t even know how it will end. I have ideas of events I want to happen, I usually have several ideas for little snippets of dialogue that I want to include and some scenes here and there, but nothing much more. I let the story develop as I write. By working this way, I have notes all over the place though. Post-its stuck in my car, on my planner, notes written on napkins in my purse. Yeah, I’m one of those. I’ve created my own type of organization.
When a rough draft of the manuscript is complete and I’ve gone through it to check for any spelling, typos, grammatical things, etc and given it a good once over, I print it. The printed version gets holes punched in it, thrown into a giant binder and I read it again with a pen and highlighter. For some reason actually having a real copy in front of me instead of on the computer screen seems to help me edit and polish the story. Of course after that it goes to my editor, and we do all that electronically, but to get started I prefer to have something tangible.
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