The Novel Process
The novel writing process, for me, began in March with a story web, character development sketch, and then a full plot outline. Next, I underwent a month or so of research, both exploring websites (blogs, documentaries, videos, and informational medical resources) and reading books about my topic, trying to get a feel for what real people in similar situations as my characters experience. By May, I finally was ready to get into the actual writing. To keep my focus, I created a loose writing schedule/plan. This took some tweaking to find out what I could reasonably handle. Still, I wanted the plan to be agressive enough that I would stay fresh and not allow myself room to procrastinate or drag the writing out so far that I might lose interest. I was able to write approximately two chapters a week, until I got to the ending, which clearly took more
consideration. My characters had expanded and the plot had advanced from that original outline, so I had to rethink the ending carefully to ensure it held true to the story's purpose.
* look for blog articles to expand on the story web, character development sketch, plot outline, & writing schedules which I created