My Future Writing Process

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.
  • Publish?

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.

10 thoughts on “My Future Writing Process”

    1. I haven’t forgotten. First, I want to get to that point. I’ll have a lot of my own editing to do before then and a couple readings by people. I’m really going to have to think about how to get alpha readers and beta readers.

      1. Your online crit group. I use one similar myself. Other than that…I personally plan on asking on the blog. I’d have as much luck with that as with any other means. I have one alpha who is a voracious reader of my genres. She basically makes sure there aren’t gaping holes or over explanations. Gives me very basic feedback as I write the story.

          1. Ah well, I’ve had good luck. Any voracious reader should do fine. I think it helps when s/he loves the genre. I’ll send her chapters as fast as I can write and she is done before I am able to send her more.

            1. I guess for alpha readers, family could be okay. My sister reads a lot and enjoys similar genres as I do. She into fantasy a lot, though. She’s be pretty honest.

            2. I don’t ask much of the alpha. Overall opinion, you want to keep reading? Any questions? or confusion? Any boring parts? Love the characters? Hate them? Why? Things like that. Nothing that she would feel bad about telling me. My alpha sees the roughest draft too and understands what that means. So, yeah Sis sounds like a potential Alpha. Taaadaaah. One issue solved 🙂

  1. Out of the five novels I’ve written, only one has made it past NaNoWriMo. I’ve been just editing and more editing – though just before I left for Japan I put it in the hands of a few beta readers. Then it’ll be more editing and perhaps a professional editor before it’s published.
    I think you’ve got a good plan there.

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