Today I'm participating in the What's Your Process Blogfest hosted by Shallee at Life, the Universe, and Writing. Since I'm no expert and writing about finishing a whole novel (finished like ready to query), I'm going to share how I started my WiP. It worked really well for me so I'm going to do the same for my next book.
The first thing I did was take the bare-bones idea I had and expand on that by asking the "What If" question. I did that until I had a basic idea of a plot in my head and I also made notes in my first writing notebook (I've gone through three since I started writing), stuff that I didn't know if it would work but I wanted to put it on paper because I tend to forget things. A lot;) Then I started thinking of who this story was about. I made basic character sketches of who I was getting to know (because characters are like real people, right?) and then I looked on the Internet for pictures that matched what they looked like. Once I had those printed, I cut them out and stapled them to each character sketch.
Next, I figured out my major plot points - the inciting incident, the major turning points, the climax, and the resolution. I wrote them in the notebook then I started brainstorming scenes that could come in between those plot points. It was a very rough outline, but I know I didn't have everything that's needed to write a whole book. I just figured I'd make the rest of it up as I went (hence I'm a little bit of a plotter and a little bit of a pantser - a plantser). I tried to stick to my outline, but of course I took a few detours, which was fine. Well, it kind of freaked me out at first. I got stuck a lot and would take really loooong breaks, which is the worst thing you can do. When I just pushed on, no matter what, that was when I was able to generate new ideas and finally finish the first draft.
I'm currently revising that same WiP and I'm still figuring out a good way to do that. I will mention that The Plot Whisperer's site has been sooooo helpful. I've been going through the December revision posts and I can already tell they are going to help me make my book a lot better. *fingers crossed*
And that's it! So do you have any part of your writing process you'd like to share? Any good writing resources you've come across?