Obviously, a writer needs a nice, comfortable place to create his or her literary gems. You might envision mine as the ultimate man cave with lush, burgandy leather furnishings, and a spacious desk. Maybe some exotic animal heads mounted on the wall overlooking the bearskin rug. If this is what you’ve envisioned, you are sadly mistaken!
I write in a small room in the basement of my home. In that room, I am surrounded by feminine, Victorian era decor. This location was chosen for writing, because that’s where the computer is located.
It’s rather cozy, except for the noisy dehumidifier in the adjacent room. I have to run it all summer because of the high humidity, but I turn it off in the winter. I try not to make eye contact with my wife’s miniature piano collection, frilly circa 1800 hats, and antique jewelry that is displayed throughout the room. I sometimes feel as if I need an injection of testosterone, but other than that, the room serves its purpose for writing.
To sum it up, just find as comfortable a place as possible to do your writing, and I hope I don’t start screaming, “Calgon, take me away!”
A couple of days ago, I finished the rewrite of my next novel, “Souls of the Desert.” This process involves reading what I have written, along with correcting grammar, spelling, typos and punctuation. I also check content and story line and correct issues that come up in that regard.
The next step is to turn it over to my eagle-eyed wife, who is good about catching things that I may have missed. She will come back to me with a barrage of questions she has written down about things she didn’t understand about the story, or things that may not make sense to the reader. This also includes her general critique of my book. This sometimes leads to some heated, but necessary discussions. I may or may not make changes based on her opinion, but the final decision is up to me.
After these corrections, I then move forward to the next step which is to send the book to my focus group, which consists of four people. I send a list of specific questions for them to consider. They each read the book, individually, and give me their opinions about the story, as well as answers to my specific questions. For example, “Did the story become boring at any point?” or “Were the characters well-defined, and did they seem real to the reader?” I take their overall critiques into consideration, and make the edits and/or changes that I deem necessary.
At this point, it is time for the final editing and proofreading. When this is completed, the book is finally ready for publication. Then it is time to “let the chips fall where they may.” The book will now be in the hands of the readers. Of course, there is a lot of marketing that has to be done along the way, during and after the writing process is completed.
I don’t know exactly how other authors process their works, but this way seems to work best for me.