I decided to add a FAQs page in order to …well answer frequently asked questions.
Do you have anything published?
Yes. I have several articles on writing posted at diymfa.com.
And No. I do not have any stories published, but you can get the first chapter of my most recently finished project, The Law of the Prince Charming, by clicking here.
What is your current project?
As of January of 2018 I am working on the second novel in my Storyteller series, working title The Huntsman. The previous book in the series is called The Law of the Prince Charming.
You say you’re a discovery writer, what does that mean?
In the most *basic* of explanations, discovery writers start writing their story with little to no planning ahead of time as opposed to an outliner, who make some sort of plan or outline before they start. Most writers are on a sliding scale the between the two, meaning they’re mostly one but do some of the other.
I write by sitting down and putting words in Scrivener. I discover my characters, world, and story as I write. (These days I usually have a general idea of a character or world or plot idea before I start. When I was younger, I didn’t.) I then have to revise my story a lot to organize the pieces, since I will continually discover new things as I write that contradict what has come before. Usually when I refer to being a discovery writer, I’m making fun of how I never know what I’m going to end up with when I start writing. But then that’s the fun of it.
You keep referring to ‘smoothing’ in your journal entries. What is that?
I have three distinct stages of my writing process. Writing, smoothing, and revising. Writing and revising are exactly what you think they are. Smoothing is the process between the two, when I have prose on the page, but it needs some serious overhaul. It’s when I take huge chunks of scenes, or whole scenes and move them around and then smooth out the edges such that it fits into place. Some people would likely lump this under the revision banner, but I tend to think of revision as smaller changes. It’s basically just the way I keep it organized in my head.