I'm happy with the end result. Although all my books differ from each other, this one has more pronounced differences. Joy, Unending follows more closely to what I consider a Christian romance novel.
While I'm in the recovery process (and, yes, it takes me a while to recover), I thought I'd share my writing process.
It goes something like this--
1. An idea for a story begins to take shape and is not something I pursue or agonize over. Ideas begin popping in my brain. Sometimes, several ideas for books "pop" at the same time, sometimes completely different books, or more often, several books in a series. And, so, cheerfully, I jot down the idea(s).
(On a side note, I endeavor to be a neat person, although at heart, I am messy. Therefore, the notes I take at this point are scribbles, often difficult for me to decipher. To give myself props, I have learned to confine them to one notebook, most of the time.)
|Ideas bring a measure of cheerfulness.|
2. Next comes a rough outline for the book. I've written around twenty books and have learned I will never stick to an outline. That's why I simply sketch ideas and make a very rough, brief outline. (I can't do this neatly either--it's merely scribbled sentences.) Usually, only the finished first chapter and last chapter have any resemblance to my first outline.
|Me, scribbling away.|
3. And then comes the writing. And the first chapters are difficult, if not verging on the impossible. I've discovered the reason for this. As I said above, the vision for my book will not fit into the parameters I have outlined for it. I am trying to pry my vision into a container not made for it. At this point, I become discouraged. I will contemplate trashing the whole thing and starting over.
|I will never get this right.|
4. But I continue writing, go back and sketch out some scenes, re-think my outline. And the book begins to come together. And, I'll begin to think, yes, I can do this!
|Such a cute book!|
5. And then ideas begin popping again, and my writing increases speed as if I'm going downhill, although still bumpy.
7. And then comes the editing and the doubting. I used to spend a lot of time on this. I've learned to streamline the editing process and get through it as quickly as possible.
|Does this even make sense?|
|I am done! Yay!|
10. But, with God's help, I pick myself up and brush myself off to begin the process again. And this time around, I plan not to become unhappy--afterall, the title of the book is Joy, Unending!
And there you have it! My writing process. Please check out my other books over on my author page on Amazon.