The process of writing a book is never a fixed one. It is fluid and ever changing, like the sea.
OH, for a minute I sounded like I knew what I was doing, didn't I? Ha! Well, sorry. I'm kind of poetic like that in books, but this right here, it isn't a book. It's a guest post, and I can't thank That Girl With Books enough for letting me be here today!
It's true, though. Some authors have this great, intricate writing process, and I'm just not one of them. I love writing for the spontaneousness of it, because I don't always know what's going to come next, the same way you don't know whats coming next when you're reading. I'd love to say I have flow-charts and spreadsheets and sheets and sheets of paper taped to the walls of my workspace, but I don't. I draw maps, write down (rather ungracefully) the general idea I have in my head in case I leave the story for a while and go back to it, make lists of abilities and powers and anything else important, and then I just dive into writing.
Though, there are things I do, even if I wouldn't classify it as a specific process. First, I need music. The right music. Garden of Eden and Garden of Ashes were both written to the tune of Evanescence - the Origin and Fallen albums. The later books were written to 30 Seconds to Mars, some Johnny Cash, other assorted songs, and a whole lot of dark Celtic music from YouTube. After finding the music, I think. A lot. I have an idea, and I let it sit. If I go right away and write that one idea down, I get bored with it. I don't do singular plot lines. I like lots of little ones all intermingling and such. Once I get the fully formed idea of the story, I'll take to my iPad and start to write. Usually the names of the characters take the longest for me to decide on... names are important! Anyways, once they're all named, I kind of just... go. Minimal planning, unless it's important story events. I'll write that down separately, and then it's writing time! And that's about my whole process.
Once, when I was watching a behind the scenes video of the making of Lost, that TV show from a few years back (everyone knows Lost!!), I heard that the creators really didn't know what they were doing, and I kind of follow those same rules. Where's the fun in making a list and mapping everything out?! I write because I love it, because I find it fun, and I'm not going to take out what makes it fun for me, not for anything. If I write something good enough to be published, great. If not, that's great too, because first and foremost, I write because I love it. And trust me, I write a lot of stuff that's not good enough. It's a balance, finding what does and doesn't work for me, and what will and won't work for publishing, the public, and publishers.
I'm still learning, though. Maybe one day I'll have a process, complete with spreadsheets and flow charts and pie charts and wine. Because all great authors have wine, I think.
Kate is an artist, an animation student, a black belt in karate and now, an author. She didn't discover writing until mid-high school, when she began writing an (unintentionally) hilarious novel involving a teenage girl and a magic necklace. Her current novel series, The Legend of Eden, began as a story of Arthurian magic, but quickly transformed into something much different.
She currently lives in Ontario, Canada, in a zoo of a house. When she isn't writing, she's drawing, cooking, or browsing the Internet for new music.
About Garden of Ashes, book two of the Legend of Eden series:
After four years as a prisoner in her parents' attic, hidden away from the Catchers, Eden never dreamt the very people she was hiding from would be the beginning of such impossible things. She's found freedom on the island like she never imagined.
Eden is a sorcerer, with the power of the world in her fingertips. She is determined to never be helpless like she once was, and spends every minute of her spare time training to fight back. As she discovers more of her own power, she and her friends continue to uncover the secrets of the Council. Deadly secrets, hinting at something far larger than the island and the Catchers. Before they can find out exactly what the Council is hiding, Eden's magic begins to spiral out of control, and she loses it for just a second. Just half of a second, and it's enough to change everything.
Suddenly, lives are put at stake, and Eden and her friends must do something no one else has ever dared. They have to escape the island, or they have to die trying.
Garden of Ashes is out now so add it to your goodreads and buy your it now!