Hey everyone! To start of this week, I have a guest post for you by Casey Griffin, the author of the new YA book, Secrets of a Reluctant Princess!! This post is about her favorite parts of writing and how the idea of a book comes to be! So without much more of my rambling, here's...Casey Griffin!!
The When and Where:
There are some things about my writing process that I can control and some I can’t. Sometimes I have to be flexible when it comes to where and when I write. There’s definitely nothing routine about my life, so the same has to go for my writing. I have a “day” job that keeps me in a remote camp for ten days at a time, working thirteen-hour days. I have to use every spare moment I can, whether it’s in my room at camp, on the bus to work, or on my breaks.
When I get home for my ten days off with my busy family, my super supportive and understanding partner lets me hide away in my office for hours at a time. When I’m getting close to a deadline and it’s crunch time, I become a vampire, working through the night while everyone’s in bed and there are no distractions
Once I have an idea in my head, I always start with an outline. I’m the kind of person who likes to feel organized, to see it all laid out in front of me. Doing so allows me to know if I’ve missed anything or can up the stakes in the plot before I even start. By the time I put pen to paper, I can already imagine the book as though it’s a movie in my head, so the moment I start writing, it all just flows. If I ever come across a stumbling block, I know I need to return to my outline to work out some kinks.
My first draft is always in a notebook. It just helps my creative juices flow and something about it makes me feel like I’m allowed to make mistakes and cross things out. If I try to write a rough draft on a computer, I just end up editing as I go, and it stifles my creativity.
I usually try to complete the rough draft start to finish before touching anything up or else it starts to play mind games with me when I go back to write the rest. Finally, once it’s in decent shape, I print it out in order to edit. Words on paper just read differently than on a screen, and I find it easier to find mistakes. I highly recommend it.
What don't I want to be working on right now? There’s just not enough time to work on all the projects I’m excited about exploring—both YA and adult. But I'm very driven when it comes to writing novels, and I’m always on the go with at least one project. Now that I’ve just finished the third novel in my Rescue Dog Romance series, I’m writing a proposal for another contemporary teen romance novel (geek couture related, of course). And if I ever learn how to manipulate time, I’d eventually like to self-publish my book Dreamcatchers (plus the rest of the series), which got me to the finals in the ABNA contest.
So that's it for this post today! Let me know what your favorite part about this post was and any other thoughts you may have. ALSO: Look about for the review for this book towards the end of the week! In the meanwhile, I have another guest post on Wednesday so keep an eye out for that.
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Brooke's a high schooler who loves to read all sorts of books. She's happy to be able to share all the books she's reading with all of y'all.