The first thing I do before I start is to clear my mind, engage an app on my computer to block the internet, and shut down all applications except Word. Yes, I know, word isn’t the best to write a novel in, but it’s what I’m used to. I’m learning Scrivener, but until I’m more comfortable in it, Word is my go to. I’ve used it constantly throughout my professional career.
Then I write my outline. I like to outline each chapter, and develop a couple of scenes for each chapter, including the characters and a quick run through of what happens. Once that’s done, I go back through and start putting the meat on the bones. I have a character reference sheet I created with all of my major and minor characters and the things about them that makes them unique. I keep that up on my second monitor. Typically, I’ll write in fifteen hundred to two thousand-word spurts, then go back and reread it a few times, make some tweaks, and move on to the next scene.
Lather, rise, repeat. Once the book is done, I’ll reread it several times before I hand off to my developmental editor for review, then go back through and shore up plot holes. Another round of editing for grammar/word usage – I have a tendency like all writers to repeat certain words – and a final round of white glove editing.
I’ve only done it once… but that was my process. I’m halfway through my next novel, So Fight I, which will continue the story of David Cohen that was begun in my first novel, Fight the Good Fight. Once I’ve done it a second time, I’ll feel surer of the process and work on improving it!
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About the Book
Echoes of the Past: Fight the Good Fight
by Daniel Gibbs
A republic under attack. A reluctant soldier. An all-out fight for the galaxy’s soul.
David Cohen prays he’ll live to see the other side of his first deployment. His people thought they had left war behind when they fled Earth centuries ago. Time, though, has not dulled the hatred and intolerance of their erstwhile oppressors. To defend his homeland’s freedom, David abandons his dream of becoming a rabbi for the battlefield… and discovers a side of himself he is not sure he can live with.
David's focus is clear when the bullets are flying. In the long hours after, he must reckon with the toll that blood and blame bring upon his mind. Can he square the tenets of his faith against his responsibility to crew and country? Nothing has prepared him to make decisions that could cause ruin or an end to generations of conflict... except for trust in God, himself, and those who serve under him.
If David Cohen survives it all, who will he be?
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