We shall begin with a simple question. Were you intrigued by the title of this post?
No: Curses! Perhaps I was being overly optimistic about my own brilliance.
Yes: Huzzah! You are a person of incredible wit and taste. I applaud you, sir or madam.
Enough shenanigans. “Chasing Nonconformity” is the working title of my current WIP (work in progress). It’s the sequel to Imminent Danger and How to Fly Straight into It, and basically picks up where the first book leaves off. Like Imminent Danger, the sequel features space battles, sexy mercenaries, six-armed reptile warriors, and a generous helping of ridiculousness.
I wrote Chasing Nonconformity while I was living in South Korea, so I imagine that had some influence on the various characters and events of the story. I definitely borrowed heavily from the Korean language when making up names for planets, aliens, foodstuffs, and assorted sci-fi paraphernalia.
To give you some idea of where it’s at, I shall now share with you:
Michelle’s Official Writing Process
2. Wait six months. Review and revise.
3. Wait six months. Review and revise.
4. Give book to my mother.
5. Receive book from my mother, heavily scribbled upon with red pen and “constructive criticism” that makes my soul weep bitter, bitter tears.
6. Review and revise.
7. Give book to friends.
8. Receive book from friends, heavily scribbled upon with pen that starts in red, then shifts to blue/black/green/purple when they inevitably lose their red pens. Rejoice from all the supportive and optimistic feedback.
9. Review and revise.
10. Give book to my mother.
11. Receive book from my mother, heavily scribbled upon with red pen and “constructive criticism” that makes my soul weep bitter, bitter tears.
12. Review and revise.
I wanted to include the step of “Actually publish the book” on that list, but as it hasn’t happened yet, I felt including it on the list might be premature. With Imminent Danger, I’m somewhere around “Step 37: Review and Revise. Again. For the final time, this time, dammit!”
With Chasing Nonconformity, however, I’m waaaaaay back on Step 6. Exciting times are ahead, my friends! First I have to finish completely re-writing the middle section of the book, then head to the end and cut out a ton of plot. Hopefully I can use all this extraneous plot in future sequels, but I’m not going to beat myself up if that doesn’t happen.
So that’s basically what I’m working on right now. I’ve been kicking around the idea of attempting NaNoWriMo this year (because my attempt at Camp NaNo this summer went so well), so ideally I’ll get Step 6 of Chasing Nonconformity done before then.
I appear to be babbling. I’ll stop. What’s your writing process? Where are you at with your current WIP? Do you have any tips for cutting down my current writing process to something a little less insane?
Random video of the day: a chilling look at the “Dungeons & Dragons” phenomenon.
1. Write 2. Review and revise 3. Give to friend and MIL 4. Review and Revise 5. Off into the editors hands it goes!
That was for my second WIP. My first was way longer, more like your steps. We’ll see if this shortened list works. Hoping that I’ve learned enough from my first mistakes to not need so many steps and years in between published works!
As always, great post Michelle!