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The Writing Process
by Paul Tonks   
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Last edited: Saturday, March 26, 2005
Posted: Saturday, March 26, 2005

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Author's views on the writing process and the method he uses.

The writing process: Fantasy fiction

How do you write your book?

Well a question that many people ask, now Iím no expert but I do follow a process that seems to work well for me. I thought Iíd share it with you, or at least with those who are interested.

I work fairly blind and my stories tend to have merely a loose direction, I think it adds to the fun of writing and keeps a creative element that I may lose from too ridged a plan. I then write the tale with little if any regard for the grammatical issues. After all the father of western literature, Homer was illiterate but he still had a fine tale to convey. This is where I believe the fun really begins; the story is the most important aspect to get onto paper, even if itís a literary disaster. So enjoy the journey follow your feelings and let your imagination run riot.

With this initial process I keep a journal, here I add flow charts for character plots, story links, timelines and a whole host of things in order to maintain a cohesive link throughout the story (and not become lost in your own creation). The journal becomes my bible where I can check-up past events to ensure Iíve got the right character or place for the next idea. I keep a record of where items such as swords were obtained or lost; which person was riding which horse and all the little details that together make the plot more tangible.

Once Iíve got the story on paper (on computer actually, I only write the journal with pen and paper,) I relax, forget the story and the book for a while and do other things, DIY mainly (unfortunately, cause I hate it, but weíve all gotta live.) I then return to my story (normally a couple of months later,) then read and self edit. This is where I correct obvious mistakes and transform my babbled tale into a transcript that resembles English. With this process I find often as not the chapters expand and the break from the story allows a fresh eye to advance the workings. I use the thesaurus on my computer quite a lot and spell check; after all Iím no BA or PhD. Once Iím happy with my self editing the manuscript is ready for the editor.

The editorís input is crucial; they see your work from an unbiased point of view and will advise in areas they feel should be changed, omitted or added. Together you arrive with the finished product; so after much relief that its all done you can start on your next book, it gets addictive, and why shouldnít it, its fun right.

Happy writing, enjoy the trip and tell your tale!

All the best
Paul Tonks

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Reviewed by Suzie Palmer
Great tips Dear Paul!!
Thank you for sharing!
Love Suzie :-)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
good tips for one and all who write; thank you, paul! well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, your tx. friend, karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by Michael Charles Messineo
Paul, Your style is similar to mine. Thr great thing about writing fiction / fantasy is that you go with the changes as they pop up without fear of being off-track of the original thought. Like life itself it is the changes that make the story real... well done!!!

Reviewed by m j hollingshead
interesting read
Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine
Well written article with sound advice. R
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