Just found this blogfest, and wow! What a great idea! Come on in and see how I write, then pop over to Shallee's blog and peruse the list of bloggers to see how they write!
My process is fairly simple, though it does take some thought.
* Write the Logline (this is so I know exactly what the story will be about)
* Character Sketches ( I have to know their ins and outs, and deepest secrets and fears)
* World Build (I need to know the setting. Much easier if it's contemporary. Fantasy takes much longer)
* Chapter Outline ( I know what I want to happen in each chapter. Doesn't always stay that way, but it keeps me on track.)
So that's it! Of course, each of my four steps takes a lot of thought process. I start a "story bible" with each story, which is a spiral notebook that I jot notes and ideas in, and will contain my character sketches and chapter outlines. This is something I refer back to over and over throughout the first draft. I'd be lost without my story bibles.
* After I write the first draft as quickly as possible, I give it a quick (all in one sitting if possible) full edit, then I let it sit for a couple of weeks.
*After it's properly marinated, I dive in for hard core revisions.
* Once my first round of revisions is done, I send out to the wolves... no, not really. I send to trusty betas. Love my beta readers! They pick out so many areas in need of tweaking, and have so many awesome suggestions.
* After all feedback is in, I revise again.
** At this point I am burnt out on the story and I consider it finished and move on to creating a new story bible for a new idea.
But what works for me may not work for you. This is my process and it gets smoother with each new story.
Do you do something similar? Or totally different? Please share ....
Also, a HUGE welcome to my new followers! I'm so glad you're here! Remember, if your blog or website isn't attached to your blogger profile (or your little floating head) than I cant find you.