Guest Blog: There's No Wrong Way To A Writing Process by Sheenah Freitas
I realize that everyone has a different approach to writing and that there isn’t a wrong way to go about it. So I’ve decided to give a little insight into how my own writing process that’s so far, worked for me.
- Write an outline. This is usually done by hand and then typed out. It’s a very succinct outline giving just the highlight of events and barely any other details. I like to keep it this way because chances are, things will move around and change during the writing/rewriting phases. The outline mostly serves as a guide for me so I know where I’m going and it helps me keep the end in sight.
- Begin writing. When I start to write, I also begin doodling. I’m a very visual person, so I sketch out what the characters look like and some of the locations to help me get the descriptions down. It’s also usually the time when I’ll also sketch out storyboards to help me figure out who is doing what and how well the scene flows together. I like to write a lot of the first draft by long hand and then transfer it later to the computer, though there are days when I’ll type instead of write.
- Edit. I compile my first draft into Word and print the entire document out. I got through and read the entirety, marking up mistakes and changes that need to be made and taking notes of what works and what doesn’t.
- Rewrite. My favorite part because my novel actually begins to flesh out in this phase and sound like a novel. I tackle each part each chapter by itself in a separate document. This way, I’m not constantly looking back on my previous work and spending time editing what I just wrote the other day. It keeps me focused ahead to my goal (the completion of the novel) instead of worrying if the previous chapter should be tweaked before moving on.
- Repeat editing and rewriting. I keep repeating the two phases until I feel my novel is complete. Because the novel has been read through completely once, I’ll take four or five chapters, edit them, and then spend the week rewriting. And then I take the next four or five chapters and edit those and then rewrite.
- Final read through. Once I feel everything is complete, I give my novel a final read through and make any changes that I feel is necessary and then it’s time to…
- Send the manuscript to the publisher! Once I feel my novel is as good as it’s going to get, I sent it off to my publisher. I might take a day or two (or a week) to get some much needed reading time in before I repeat the entire process for my next novel.
Synopsis: Kaia’s entire life has erupted in flames after an assassin appears and burns her village down.
She’s rescued by a god from another planet who requests her help because she’s the descendant of their last savior.
Together with Reeze — the only other survivor from her village and her appointed guardian — they set off on a quest to find the treasures of the gods in hopes of preventing a dire prophesy.
Kaia and Reeze quickly meet the Tueors, a group of people many thought extinct, who are searching specifically for Kaia.
Their intention: to protect the truth. As Kaia discovers more about the truth and her family’s past, she also learns of the Tueors’ bloody secret.
Will Kaia be the savior the gods have been waiting for? Or will she let the prophesy come true?
About The Author:
A neek at heart, Sheenah Freitas has a love for the whimsical and magical. She looks to animated Disney movies and Studio Ghibli films for inspiration because of the innovative twists on fairytales, strong story structures and character studies.
When not writing, you might find her in a forest where she’s yet to find any enchanted castles.
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