Tink...tink...tink...anyone out there? Hi! I'm Barbara Donlon Bradley - Author - editor and slightly crazy - ask anyone in my family. I hope to use this blog to talk about writing, editing and whatever pops in my head. Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

New Release!

I am excited to announce that the 4th book in the Vespian Way will be released on October 2nd, 2012
Take a look at the cover!!! I love it!!!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Writing Down the Bones

So let's get into the post I wrote last time. How do you start a manuscript? There are so many different ways. I have friends who use post-it notes or index cards to plot out their books. They might write one word on the card but it helps them figure out the flow of their stories.

That doesn't work for me. I like to let my characters take me on a journey, and I have found if I try using the style I mention in the last paragraph it kills my creative juices. So no matter how many strange looks I get from other writers I stick to my guns and let my characters tell me how the story is going to go.

Now don't get me wrong, I do plot, but I do it in my head. I normally start with a paragraph or two of how the story is going to go. Then I start writing. I might not know every scene I'm going to put in the book as I go but I have found I never write something into the story that I have to throw out later. My characters never steer me wrong.