I have been slacking in my work lately and I thought after seeing this survey I would fill it out and hope for a little more inspiration to start writing. Though, now that I type that out I remember a quote about writing.
I really should listen to the people around me and just start writing, whether I feel inspired or not.
Anyways let’s get to the survey. Before I forget, I kind of stole this idea from Jodie Llewellyn. <–Go check her out. And as she mentioned in her own blog, this survey comes from absolute write forums. Which I had never heard of until today and I now plan to stalk the site…
What genre do you write: I stick to mainly YA fantasy. I guess that is what you would consider it. Lots of vampires and worlds that are only real in my mind.
How many books have you written: So far I have written and finished 2, but I am working on a 3rd and have several waiting on the back burner to be picked up again.
Are you published? I self published one book, but it is no longer available. I want to become traditionally published and has been my dream for some time now.
How long do you let an idea “simmer” before you start writing? Ha! I am impatient. I start writing as soon as I get an idea. Then I put it away for a little bit and come back later.
How much pre-story planning do you do in the form of outlines, character sketches, maps, etc.? None. I just start writing. Once I finish writing, then I go back and find where there are plot holes or things don’t match up. Maybe I make it a little harder on myself.
If you use an outline, what type do you use (snowflake, index card, etc): I was never good at making outlines. I have outlines of each chapter of the 2 books I have written and it was done after the books were finished.
How many drafts do you usually go through before you’re “done”? I have been through two drafts of my first book and I know there are several more to come. Seeing as I have not had a published book yet, I would say about a million…
How long does it take you to write a first draft? My first book took 4 years…the second about 2. I had a lot in my way. I am just now able to sit down and write like I want to write. Hopefully I can stick to a better time line. A few months.
How long do revisions usually take you? My first revision of my first book I think took about a month. I poured through every chapter and really paid attention to all the little things that are skipped over. Not to mention the friends that I had look over it as well.
Are your revised drafts substantially different plot-wise from your first draft? They will be. I have a lot to change in both of my books. That is one of the reasons I decided to remove my book that I had self published. I realized how unfinished it was.