How do authors write the first drafts of their novels?
Today I’m blogging over at InspyRomance.com about writing the first draft of a novel. I asked several authors how they produce their first drafts, and here are their thoughts:
InspyRomance Blog: inspyromance.com/first-drafts
I’m old school and write long hand on paper to begin with for all my books. I outline on paper and write the first drafts on paper. One of the hazards of writing first drafts on paper is getting paper cuts! Sigh. However, I am recycling old paper that we didn’t finish using in grade school, so I am finding use for them. Once I am finished with the outline and draft, I then type them all in on my laptop, revising as I go. Once I’m on my laptop, I don’t go back to paper unless I need to rewrite an entire scene. When I am done with my book on my laptop, it’s ready for my copyeditor and proofreader.
I did that too for my latest novel, Wait for Me, which I outlined and drafted on paper back in 2016. It sat in my bookshelf for two-and-a-half years, including throughout the sabbatical I took in 2018. In 2019, I finally got around to the final revisions and edits. It’s on preorder for only $0.99.
Wait for Me is the story of a single dad, Logan, who made a promise to take his son on a cruise in Alaska as his fifth birthday gift. The only catch is that the boy wants his mother on vacation with them. Logan and Marie have been divorced for three years, and there is just no way he wants to relive their failed marriage. Then again, it’s only for seven days. What could possibly happen in seven days? Certainly not being surrounded by mortal danger? No, of course not.
As you can tell, Wait for Me is one of my romance-with-suspense books (I also write suspense and thrillers, by the way). If you like romance with a side of suspense, here you go:
- Tell You Soon (Savannah Sweethearts Book 2)
- Love You Always (Savannah Sweethearts Book 6)
- Reach for Me (Vacation Sweethearts Book 2)
- Wait for Me (Vacation Sweethearts Book 3)