I am delighted to have a guest post by Deborah A. Bailey, about a subject that always fascinates me since it varies so much from person to person...
What is your writing process?
by Deborah A. Bailey
by Deborah A. Bailey
When it comes to writing, every author has their own way of getting words on the page. Once you find the way that works for you, there's less struggle. But, of course, the challenge is to find the process that allows you to be productive and to enjoy what you're doing.
I used to be one of those people who ran into blocks and dry spells. But now, as soon as I get an idea, I jot it down. I used to stop working on one project to jump to another, then nothing got completed. Now I keep a file on my computer with notes for future stories. When it's time to start something new, I take out my notes.
Usually a conversation will pop into my mind first, then additional details about the characters will fill in. I might write several scenes before I start the book. None of them may end up in the finished book, but they help me to get a better idea of the characters and the setting.
For me, writing the first draft is the easiest part. I aim for 2000-4,000 words per day, depending on how much time I have available. During that time there's very little editing. I just write. My outline helps to keep me on track. But I have been known to deviate from the plan if the characters lead me in a different direction!
When I'm finished, I let the book sit for about a week or so. Then I give it a read from the beginning. If I've made notes along the way, I check those as well. It's time for re-working and re-writing. I can fix things that really don't work, or expand on things that work better than expected.
Editing is my least favorite part because I'm a recovering perfectionist. I have to force myself to stop the tinkering and get the book done. Once I'm satisfied, I turn it over to my editor and beta readers. At that point, I check my file of notes and start working on ideas for the next book. That way, I never stop writing. I find that if I stop for too long, it's hard to get the momentum back.
I used obsess over writing faster, but now I accept that my book will take as long as it takes. It's more important to enjoy the process.
Hathor Legacy: Burn
by Deborah A. Bailey
On the planet, Hathor, an old threat re-emerges that may destroy the fragile alliance between the Guardians and Novacorp. When Nadira is called to investigate a rash of fires throughout the city, she discovers the Deshtu, another group with PSI powers who have been purposely kept in the shadows.
Working to uncover the source of the fires, Nadira learns the brutal truth about the origin of the Guardians. The Guardian Elders have plans to make Nadira more powerful, and she may be forced to sever her psychic connection to her lover, Jonathan Keel.
When an unexpected ally gives Jonathan information about the Deshtu that connects them to the fires, he becomes a convenient scapegoat for the opposing factions. Nadira puts her life on the line to solve the crime, while the Elders make their move to remove Jonathan from her life forever.
As time runs out, the Guardians prepare for a clash with Novacorp that could plunge the planet into chaos, and a final betrayal forces Nadira to risk everything to save herself and Hathor.
A blast from a stunner shot out, illuminating the darkness. It hit the wall above Nadira's head and sent out a shower of sparks.
Out of the darkness, a woman dressed in grey coveralls ran out of the shadows. In her fist she clutched a long, metal cylinder. The woman raised her arm to strike, as a screeching cry that sounded like the whine of a mining drill escaped her lips.
Nadira reached out and sent an energy blast in the woman's direction, sending her flying. She fell and slid across the floor.
In front of her, on the other side of the warehouse, she saw three figures struggling under the overhead lights. One of them was dressed in security garb. "Lt. Lin!" As she ran towards them, Nadira saw the glint of an oversized, mine-issue stunner, then bright blue light shooting out.
A man leaped towards her. Gripping a smaller stunner that fit in the palm of his hand, he aimed at her head. She sent out a blast that pushed him back. He crumpled on the ground, gasping.
Piercing screams echoed through the area, followed by stunner fire. Lt. Lin stood in the lighted area.
When she spotted Nadira, she rushed towards her. "Nadira! Watch out!"
But before she could get far, two bright blue and white stunner blasts hit her. She swung and managed to get off a shot before she went down.
"No!" She moved towards her, but stopped short as four figures emerged out of the shadows. All she could see was the outlines, and hear the rustle of their coveralls.
"Who are you?" A gruff, male voice demanded.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Hathor Legacy: Outcast.
Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and her work has been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun. In 2013 she published a short story collection, Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales. In her "other" life, she's a freelance writer who's published three non-fiction books and countless articles that have appeared in print and online. Visit her blog for writing tips, interviews and updates.
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Hathor Legacy: Burn by Deborah A. Bailey is the exciting sequel to Hathor Legacy: Outcast and continues the unfolding saga of Nadira, powerful and talented Guardian Sentry, and her lover, Jonathan Keel, son of the CEO of the most profitable mining installation in the system. Nadira gets drawn into the investigation of mysterious fires plaguing her town and starts uncovering a frightening pattern that involves individuals with lesser degrees of talent who are not actively acknowledged by those who are in power. There is continued opposition to her relationship with Jonathan, who has secrets of his own to protect and the stakes get higher and higher as they try to carve out a life together which may be an impossible dream.
This intriguing sequel gives a glimpse of more of the inhabitants of Hathor and provides twists on some of the preconceived notions of the hierarchy on the planet. I enjoy the glimpses of psychic powers provided and the futuristic touches but wish I had a clearer idea of the relationships between the various factions being described. There are plenty of intriguing secondary characters sprinkled throughout the story who will hopefully be featured in subsequent stories and it is fun to watch as Nadira stretches her wings but one should ideally read the first story in the series to get a grasp of the characters and the events thus far. I thought the villain was a little too obvious and there was an odd dynamic between several of the factions but this was an entertaining addition to the series and I enjoyed learning a little more about Hathor.