Today I’m writing about the process—what a process it is! At this point, we’ve written five books worth of material for the Azura’s Chosen series. Our goal is to have the first book of the series edited and done by the end of this summer.
We’ll see how it goes, but here it is: commitment! By the end of summer, we’ll be authors.
The last few weeks have been spent tinkering and toying with the organization. When we wrote the first draft, we didn’t organize much; we simply wrote. The ideas that flowed weren’t always wonderful and some things were cut for both brevity and content. We tend to write what we want to write and then strategically return to parts saying “well that was fun, but it’s not useful for the actual plot.” There is a difference between a plot and story, that’s for sure. I think of a story as something without a goal; that thing your uncle tells you that you end up laughing at to be polite. In your head you’re thinking, “what’s the point?” With us, there is often no point. We write what we find fun, cutting out later and saving edited portions in another file. These other files also allow us to save information for world-building without it clogging our working files.
One thing that I should mention: Aristen and I write using Google Documents. The platform allows us to write our novels in a way that other apps don’t: collaboratively. Aristen and I often write in the same document at the same time, sometimes even each playing a different character in a conversation or writing how one character reacts to another’s actions.