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Inside an Author’s “Process”

I love that word, “process.” Makes it sound like writers know what they are doing, when we’re actually just faking it and hoping no one will notice. Now that I’m working on a fantasy novel, though, I have noticed that my fiction process is totally different than my nonfiction process.   My nonfiction process looks like this: 1) Get an idea.  This part is truly easy – ideas are everywhere. 2) Figure out if anyone besides me cares about the idea.  Much harder. 3) Research, read, synthesize, understand.  Research is time consuming, but awesome. For starters, it’s like the...

Tag, You’re It! My Writing Process Blog Tour

Yolanda Ridge, the lovely and talented author of Trouble in the Trees and Road Block, has tagged me in the My Writing Process Blog Tour. It’s only natural she picked on me, as I’m pretty sure we are twins separated at birth. We’re both Canadians who have applied our graduate degrees in science to careers as children’s writers, and on the day we finally meet outside of the internet, it is going to be epic. Go make her virtual acquaintance – she’s great! Here’s how My Writing Process Blog Tour works: once tagged, you answer four questions about the writing process and...