I started my writing process with The Snowflake Method. It was my first time using the software, and I admit its thoroughness got on my nerves a bit, but ultimately it proved to be an excellent writing prep tool. It forced me to think about all aspects of my story before I even started writing, especially character development. Once I sat down to write the first draft, the process was pleasantly smooth, and I didn’t need to go back and fill in as many story holes as I’ve had to in the past.
Many people want to write a novel, but they have a hard time either getting started or keeping up the effort. Everyone needs to find his or her own method, but what worked for me was writing a chapter a day (approximately 1000 words each—Wattpad readers like shorter chapters); and before I knew it, I had the entire novel finished—proof that a small daily effort produces results in whatever you’re working toward.
I’m proud to report that both stories have been on the Wattpad Hot List for weeks and are getting new readers every day.
I will be starting the editing process for the new book soon (my least favorite part of the process). I’m also spending a few hours a day on draft two of my most recent NaNoWriMo effort that I’ve just recently taken out of incubation. My goal is to have the manuscript finished by August, and it will be the one I will attempt to get traditionally published. The thought is sickening honestly, not because of the inevitable rejections and the chance that no one will be interested. I can handle that (I think), it’s about how high I’ve placed the bar for the book’s quality and how hard it is to get it there.
The new book, Fashion Victims, is a salacious murder mystery featuring one of my favorite themes: the tortured artist.