Friday, July 8, 2016

Back In The Swing Of Things

As a writer you hear the advice - write every day - easier said than done. With that said - I'm glad to be back in the swing of things. It's been a long couple of weeks and I missed having the time to just sit and work on my next book, Tale.

With the move behind us now, and my computer set up, I can get back to the exciting ideas I have for the next in the series of,The Lorn Prophecy. Stevie will be on a new quest to save Djenrye and the other side of the portal as well. There will be new challenges, new races (that the Djen didn't even know about) and new dangers facing this brave, young teenager.

Well, I guess she is no longer considered a teen, but a young woman coming into her own. Stevie will learn what it's like to be a leader of her people and deal with the conflicts facing her. I'm so stoked! Can't wait to see what happens!

I guess I better sit down and do some more outlining of the book though. When writing a series, you can't write by the seat of your pants (A panster), you have to plan it out (A Plotter). This is especially important for character development and story. 

Your characters will learn and grow as people so you must show the progression. Some will digress since they're the antagonist(s). Using an outline really does help in all phases of your book. From character development, story, plots and sub-plots. It will help you not to write yourself into a corner, not knowing how to get out without doing the ultimate no-no - suddenly making up a new power that was never mentioned throughout the entire book. This won't ring true and will turn off your readers.

So if you decide to write a series I strongly suggest you outlining your story as you go. It will help you in the long run and keep you from having to rewrite your entire book.

Are you a panster or a plotter? I'm interested to find out. 

Until next Friday, have a wonderful weekend and stay cool!

Love, Lisa

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