Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Voices of Fiction - From Idea to First Draft - Part One

Welcome to Voices of Fiction.

The response to this project has been both overwhelming and exciting. The number of participating authors continues to grow, and therefore, Voices of Fiction will be a weekly event.

Today and over the next few weeks, we explore the process of moving from the seeds of idea to the completion of a first draft. Authors walk down a variety of paths in this procedure, from plotter to pantser to everything in between.

As writers step toward the dream of writing, many read the available guide books only to be told one has to find their own direction. I hope the many voices available here will help you in your journey.

Let’s begin by introducing today’s group of authors.

Cherie Reich is a writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. She is a member of Valley Writers and the Virginia Writers Club. Links – Website, Blog, Facebook

Joylene Butler is the author of Dead Witness and Broken But Not Dead. Links – Website, Blog

Karina Kantas is the author of five titles, including Huntress which is published by MMP. She originates from the UK but now lives in Greece with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Website

Jade Varden is the author of the Deck of Lies series, a collection of YA mystery books that show what happens when dark family secrets are exposed. Jade also provides professional writing tips to other indie authors on her blog. Blog, Twitter

Welcome Authors! It’s wonderful to have you here.

Now, the question is: What steps do you take to move from idea to complete first draft?

Cherie Reich: When an idea first forms, I often mull it over. I try not to act on it right away. When I have enough idea of the characters, basic plot, and some scenes, I'll outline/plot out the novel. Once I have everything in place, I'll start writing like mad to get that first draft down.

Joylene Butler: First comes the story questions. I generally work out the plot in my head before I type a word. I need to know I have a forward moving story with a strong protagonist and a satisfactory ending.

Karina Kantas: I start with the basic plot, then write a scene, jot down any ideas that come into my head any names, titles, then try to piece everything together. Once I have a note pad full then I start typing up the first draft.

Jade Varden: I think about my characters first. Once I figure out who the main character is, some of the others start to fall into place. Then I like to do an outline and get some early research done before I start writing. Before I write, I think about the scenes carefully and sort of pre-write them in my mind, so I know where I’m going when I sit down to write.

Thank you all for sharing your process with us.

Readers feel free to ask questions concerning this topic in the comments. Also feel free to send questions to chergreen@chergreen.com Subject: Voices of Fiction Question, and have them answered by the participating authors in later editions.

(Disclaimer - Bios and answers have been posted as submitted by author) 

Voices of Fiction - From Idea to First Draft - Part Two


Joylene Nowell Butler said...

This was fun, Cher. Thanks for including me.

Cherie Reich said...

Thank you for including me too! It's great to hear the other writers' answers. :)

Cher Green said...

Joylene and Cherie,

Great to have you both.

clarbojahn said...

Those were all great ideas of starting a longer piece of work than my children's book. It was wonderful reading your method of doing it.

Cher Green said...


Glad you enjoyed authors' answers. There will be more on this subject next week.

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