- Write loose outline highlighting major plot points.
- Draft one. Here is where I fly through the story at mach speed so I have something on screen. I let the story flesh itself out. I like to sit back and let the characters tell me their story. Some times I have no idea where we will end up. I also do research and back stories.
- Draft two. Clean up mess I created in draft one and dig deeper into my characters lives and flesh out setting. Then I print out each chapter and read it on paper to get a different perspective.
- Draft three. Same as draft two but more intense. Then I use the text-to-speech feature and listen to my story. (I do all my writing in Scrivener and that is an extremely valuable tool) This is where I do most of my cutting. Wether it be plot lines, pointless characters or most importantly, filter words.
The beast let out a snarl. Now reads... The beast snarled.
Jade sprinted in the direction of Now reads... Jade sprinted toward
Jade ran out from Now reads... Jade emerged
Jade heard feet pounding up the stairs. Now reads... Feet pounded up the stairs.
It is always best to get to the point. Filter words slow things down, especially in an action scene.
If you have any other examples I would love for you to share them. I am on the constant search to improve my craft and I love hearing what other writers look for in their own writing.