Archive for July, 2009

You’re about to start a new project.

Posted in Uncategorized on July 30, 2009 by lienaferror

You’ve finished your latest wip, completed your synopsis and query letter if necessary and submitted to publishers, and now it’s time to start your next project.

What tools do you use? Perhaps character profile sheets or a chapter outline. Maybe you have notes jotted down in a notebook and always at the ready.

I found using a character profile for getting my characters into character so to speak combined with jotting notes in my notebook have been extremely helpful in my completing my wip. It helps me to keep on a general timeline for my story. Sometimes I stray but I always have the notebook and character profile to return to.

Do you have a trick of the trade to share on how you prepare for your latest project?



What do you do when you cross the finish line?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 15, 2009 by lienaferror

How do you celebrate the completion of your work in progress and related projects such as synopsis, etc…? Do you take some time to recharge your batteries or do you dive into your next project?

I’ve found that taking some time away helps me recharge and approach my writing with a clear head. I have overloaded and my writing suffered for it so I now know I have to step away for a bit between my works if I plan on being successful as a writer.  

So, are you a diver or a charger?


Do you write multiple works at once or one at a time?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 2, 2009 by lienaferror

If you get struck by a lightning bolt of inspiration in the middle of your current work in progress, do you save your current work and start another wip with your new idea or just jot the notes and start later?

I, personally, only work one wip at a time. If an idea hits me, I write it in a notebook and mark it with a post-it for future use. I find I can concentrate on one much better than two. Sure, ideas may be swirling around my mind for the next book but I keep plugging away at my current wip.

So tell me, how do you work it? Do you write multiple works or just one at a time?