What is my writing style like?
The act of writing is as individualistic as the books that come out of it. If you ask fifty writers about their process, you’ll get fifty different answers. With maybe a little overlap. But of the writers I know, we each work differently, and we each work in the way that is most suited to us.
My own process involves a lot of whining and procrastination. After twenty years in the business, this has evolved into an art form, and I have to respect that.
But first, I think of a character that I’d like to write about, and put her in a situation I find interesting. Sort of think of a plot. Then I run the idea by a couple of people, like my daughters, my husband, and my agent.
I start writing a broad outline that’s sometimes pretty different from my original idea, because it’s evolved during the talking-about-it stage. From the broad outline, I hammer out a chapter-by-chapter outline that’s about 25-30 pages long. It will change during the actual writing process, but it’s what I work from. I send the outline to my agent, and if she finds any huge plot problems, she will gently ask if I meant for my heroine to do something in chapter seven that I made a huge deal of her not being able to do in chapter two. Stuff like that.
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Cate Tiernan is the author of the Sweep & Balefire Series and most recently, the first book in the Immortal Beloved Series.
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A HUGE thank you to Cate for stopping by and writing up such an amazing guest post. The insight into her writing style was extremely interesting. It's always nice to learn more about an author and letting us get a better idea of how she creates was a pleasure to read and share. Thanks again Cate!
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