I’ve been thinking about how to go about writing my future books, and in particular, the 9 part series of short stories I intend to start writing in the second half of 2015. That is if I can finish the Journey to Ariadne web serial by summer.
As these books are all quite short, they shouldn’t take nearly as long as a novel to write. However, is it is a long overall story, I want to keep continuity errors to a minimum. I will not publish the first book until I’ve finished writing the ninth. Each book will likely be fewer than fifty pages each, though that could change. Altogether, it would be an average-length novel. So, here is the basic outline for the process:
- Write each part.
- Edit for continuity errors, grammar, spelling, etc.
- Get some alpha readers to read each part and give feedback.
- Edit again.
- This part is tricky. There are limits to how long a story can be on Critique Circle, but I’ll go ahead and try breaking each part down, if they are too long. I’ll submit them to CC for critiques, as they tend to be quite good at this.
- Edit again!
- Beta readers. Hopefully it’ll be more polished at this time, and I’ll have many of the problems out of the story, better dialogue, better narrative, etc.
- Edit again.
Editing is going to be the difficult thing. I’d like it to be edited professionally, of course. That is going to be in the publish stage. This will require further research.
Does anyone have any suggestions regarding the process or do you have your own way of doing it? Let me know in the comments.