So Many Notes

I just finished my first full draft of Book 3 of Swords & Fire last night (yay!). This morning I’m making an edit triage doc, and I thought it might be fun to make a quick writing process post on how many notes I make while drafting. (Spoiler: A LOT.) For this draft alone (andContinue reading “So Many Notes”

Isolating Plot Arcs for the Win

People often ask if I’m a plotter or a pantser, and the truth is I plot like crazy in advance, but also am always rethinking and editing my outline as I go. As I’m working on Book 3 there are a couple of tricks I’ve found really useful for refining my outline in mid-draft, andContinue reading “Isolating Plot Arcs for the Win”

Outlining Process

I fall firmly into the “plotter” category, preferring to plan things in advance when I write a book. I generally have dozens of pages of notes and an outline before I start writing page one. I wasn’t always that way—in high school, I wrote a (really terrible) novel (on notepads, in pen) with the ruleContinue reading “Outlining Process”

Questions to Ask During Outlining (or Revision)

I’m working on a new outline now for my restart of my WIP. For every scene I add to my outline, I’m asking myself these questions: What changes in the scene? – If nothing is really different at the end of the scene than it was at the start, I probably need to cut theContinue reading “Questions to Ask During Outlining (or Revision)”

Creating a Multi-POV Outline

I recently finished a rough outline for my new multi-POV YA novel, and it was tons of fun! I’ve never written a truly multi-POV book before, and I was new to the challenges of outlining one. I had to consider not only what order events should unfold in, and how they should lead into eachContinue reading “Creating a Multi-POV Outline”