My first book in The Traveller series, Children of Avalon was inspired by my love of sword and sorcery novels as well as my love for reading stories where the underdog goes someplace completely contrary to their current reality.
Of course its always fun to find out you might be something a bit more special than you were ever meant to believe. Who wouldn’t like that to happen in their own lives? More to come on that vein (wink wink).
How do I even start writing?
I just start writing something, anything from one of my ideas that I’ve had. The idea almost certainly always comes from the question of Why? The idea turns into a brainstorming session for a number of chapters until the guts of the story start to reveal themselves.
For The Traveller series, I wanted to have a fun adventure. I also wanted to build some tension and mystery as well. So hopefully, I’ve accomplished that! I also did not want to write a complicated story because hey I’m new at this writing thing.
I do all of my research after I finished my first draft. My goal with the first draft to just get my story out. That draft gets polished over several revisions with both research and cleaning the body of the text itself.
What was interesting about editing my first draft of Children of Avalon is that I immediately cut the first 10 Chapters. Did I throw them out? NO WAY. I’m keeping that goodness for other books in the series or prompts for events in later parts of the series. Also a great benefit of the pantser method is all the other ideas you can get as you go along.
So my take away is that nothing is wasted during this process.
So I currently begin my day at around 5AM and write for about an hour everyday before work. I finish every writing session with a lead into the next chapter. As I write, I do develop a number of beats that get rearranged or changed but they do tighten up as the story comes along.
In a months time I have about 60,000 words or more and I stop to put the book away for a little while.
With this method there are some challenges by way of TONS of editing (of course). However, I do have a story that I can now edit and that is the most important thing.
Most of the time I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen until I sit down for the day.
Everyday that I get to sit down to write is just plain fun. On days that my brain is not cooperating with what I want to accomplish I typically color in one of my adult coloring books for a bit and then sit back down for whatever time I had left.
Thats it! Its a whole bunch of extra effort but the end result has been nothing but joy for me so far.