I love it when readers send me questions. This one caught my attention.
How do you come up with your stories, and what is your writing process?
Ideas strike at any time. I always try to have a pen and paper handy. If not, I use my phone voice recorder and explain my new idea in as much detail as possible.
I keep all my ideas in a journal, and as soon as I can, I write everything down. I always make sure to jot down the beginning, middle, and end of the story and any other essential thoughts or ideas that come to mind. When it’s time to start a new manuscript, I decide which idea sounds the best, and I go from there. This may sound a little weird, but there is always one story that calls to me.
There are a few different types of writers, plotters, and pantsers. I’m more of a pantser—someone who writes on the fly or by the seat of his pants. Yes, I do a brief outline of each story before I start writing. But I seldom stick to the script.
Every writer has to find what works for them. I attended a writers’ conference in 2019 before the world went crazy. I spoke with several New York Times bestsellers at the meeting. I listened to their ideas and gave several of them a shot. It took me longer to write my story than writing on the fly.
So, if you’re a writer or an inspiring writer, stick with what works for you. For me, I’ll keep on pantsing and doing my thing, as long as I put out a story the readers enjoy.
Update on “The Ghost Hunter,” the first official round of edits-rewriting is complete. I’m excited that my editor had several fantastic ideas that I needed to add to the story. Together we are working hard to bring you an extraordinary, engaging story. Everything is projected to be complete by mid-May, then it’s off to the proofreaders and formatting. Once everything is ready, I’ll be looking for some ARC readers. Stayed tuned for more information on how to get an advanced reader copy before the book is released.
In the meantime, I’m working on my newest Gabby and Maddox middle-grade story. “Over the Falls with Gabby & Maddox” an excellent wholesome family story with lots of fun facts about Niagara Falls and the surrounding area.
So, keep the questions coming. I love answering them.