What I’ve learned over the years is that all that’s the same about the creation of each novel is that no matter what I do and how I begin they never go the same. That’s the reason why I chuckle when I’m asked about my process. There’s my approach, and then there’s how it actually goes.
There are, quite simply, too many variables for it to ever go the same.
For one, my approach, my process, is always evolving. I think that’s true of everyone. We’re always looking for a better way. Better means different things for different people, of course. These days a lot of what I do is narrative outlines. It’s how my brain works.
The most static part of what I do is what most people associate with writing a fantasy novel: world building, character sketches, maps, and all that. Given this is what’s easiest to explain, it’s generally what I point to as my process.
I’ve also discovered from drafting multiple novels that each novel has unique challenges and the circumstances surrounding it are always different…
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