Not quite sure I can call what I do a "process" or claim that it "works," but it sort of happens like this for me:
- See interesting news articles/life events/ social media blurbs that makes me say "Whoa! What if..." with a twist.
- Add thoughts to the file called "Cool Story Ideas" that is on my laptop.
- When ready for new story, visit the file and let ideas percolate - brainstorm lots of storylines, usually based on multiple cool things in the file.
- Research s the topics involved in new story.
- Keep thinking, plotting, coming up with more twists, characters, and conflicts. Have a decent idea of beginning, middle, and climax.
- After one month, start writing.
- Bring chapters to critique groups and keep twisting, revising, rethinking.
- Viola! After approximately 9 months, I'll have a (crappy) first draft that I'll hope to revise into something I really love (and hope readers will too).
UP NEXT WEEK:
Beth Fehlbaum: A longtime English teacher, speaker, advocate for abuse survivors, and founder of the gritty YA fiction website UncommonYA, Beth is the author of Hope in Patience, a 2011 Young Adult Library Services Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Big Fat Disaster grew out of her own struggle with an eating disorder. Visit her on the web at www.bethfehlbaumbooks.com, www.uncommonya.com, and the Merit Press Facebook page. She lives in Texas.
Beth will be posting her writing process here: http://bethfehlbaumbooks.com/bloggity-blog.html