I’ve dreamed up the most interesting characters. I capture their story. I proofread their story. Now it’s ready for submission. Right? Wrong!
First, I go through the story again and highlight all of those annoying writing habits I have. I tend to use that and adverbs too often. I always have numerous occurrences of push, pull, thought, saw, heard, felt and watched. Finally, I have issues with the correct use of lay versus lie.
Most of my thats are deleted. Adverbs are replaced with more descriptive phrases or verbs. All of the weak verbs are replaced with the assistance of a thesaurus. I keep a link to an online thesaurus... http://thesaurus.reference.com/ For the lay versus lie issue, I keep a link to Grammar Girl… http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/lay-versus-lie.aspx.
Second, I do a read through and determine where I can add more sensory detail or descriptive sentences.
Third, I send it off to be critiqued. I have a lot of faith in my proofreading skills, but when it comes to my own work, I tend to read what I meant to put down on the paper as opposed to what I actually wrote.
So, I need a critique partner, preferably four.
Two of my critique partners are great at checking for continuity issues. What needs to be fleshed out? What doesn’t make sense? What contradicts? My other two critique partners are great at checking for all those things I overlooked during my own proofreading. What word did I use incorrectly? What would be a better word to convey my meaning?
Fourth, I read through all of the critiques and incorporate suggestions I like and fixes that need to be made.
After one final read through, I submit.
I hope sharing my process helps someone out there!
So, how do you write?
His Hope, Her Salvation, coming December 16th!
Promised in marriage to an abusive oaf, Judith resolves to find out if there can be passion without love. Snatches of conversation overheard at the local inn lead her to a mysterious American merchant who might be able to satisfy her carnal curiosity and capture her heart.
Donovan, a Guardian Hunter, is on the trail of a rogue Elysian in Georgian England. As the son of the First Hunter, he long ago gave up hope of finding his heart's mate. When Judith appears in his study, his inner beast and his heart demand he answer her plea for help.
Will their passion answer their hearts' pleas, or will it wither under the threat of reality?