I'm waiting on query feedback from a webinar for my MG fantasy.
So. What to do with my writing brain? I decided to come up with a brand new idea!
My Writing ProcessMapping out a new idea takes a while. I'm not awesome at outlining. I've found that my process is:
- Research and Brainstorm
- Initial outline
- Write about 20k-60k of the first draft
- Re-outline with much better plot
- Write "first" draft, discarding pretty much all of that initial 20k-60k
- Critique partner feedback
- New critique partner feedback
- Husband's feedback
- Query some. Fail.
That's as close as I come to a writing process, but right now I'm in the develop the idea, research, and brainstorm section. This is always a fun part.
I've been listening to Writing Excuses (a how-to-write podcast), Brandon Sanderson's Youtube BYU classes, and a screenwriting YouTube channel.
I've also been watching movies and history podcasts that deal with the time and place that I want to set this particular book: 1950s in the U.K.
I'm writing background, plot ideas, character ideas, etc. as I think of them.
It's an all over the place sort of brainstorming, but it's one of the most fun parts of writing. A lot of fun "What ifs?" where I get to let my imagination fly free.