Current Project

What is there to do while waiting for my book to be published, but write some more?

Currently, I have completed the second draft of one of my novels, and received a very good general review of it from one of the friends who was willing to critique it.  Right now I am waiting patiently for her detailed comments.  I did fix a few things myself (such as wrapping up a family matter that was left "hanging", and adding a bit more magick to the story that I wanted in it initially, but had never bothered to use).

While I await her critique, and two others, I am working on the follow-up novel to it.  Yes, I do hope that I can have a trilogy published.  It is a slow lead-up to the final book, but all three of the stories deal with very personal matters for the heroines.

So, as I spend the summer marketing my novella, I plan to get the novel out there to prospective publishers.  ^.^

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

The Process

Every writer has their process.  For me, my process starts with *how* I write.

I don't just grab the laptop and go, go, go.  I'm rather old-fashioned, and most of my work starts in notebooks before it is typed.  I like how writing a rough draft by hand gives you the opportunity to refine it immediately when you transcribe it.  In a way, it is like creating two rough drafts.

Furthermore, having a notebook present at all times means that if I want to write at 3 a.m., I can roll over in my bed in the dark and do just that (and, yes, I have done that several times).

For me, creating an article, review or poem is a two-step process: write the rough draft, then re-read and edit.

When it comes to a comic book, short stories and novels, I take a couple of more steps.  I first create the rough draft.  Once this is done, I re-read and edit the rough draft for spelling, grammar and content.  I am usually satisfied after this read-through, at which time I pass the story on to my willing victims - I mean... friends who have offered to critique it for me.  Their input helps me to re-read and edit the piece, and create my final product.

This is not necessarily a hard and fast guideline for me.  It just *tends* to be the way I do things. 

Currently I have several unfinished works in progress, two complete rough drafts, and one complete second draft.  Last night, I developed the second draft a bit more by wrapping up a part of the story that had been left "hanging".  I also added something I had initially wanted in the story, but had not really incorporated from the start as intended.  This served to connect it to two of my works in progress, and I hope that this will work out well.

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan