Author Michael Crider shares his experiences in identifying the audience for your book and how that sometimes happens very naturally when you write from your life experiences.
The entire process of looking for, and adapting material for screen is considered "development" in the film and television industry. Writer and producer, Annelise Dekker, explains that once material is identified for adaptation, it enters into a long process of translating it to a screenplay. The source material can really come from anywhere - as long as there is a good story line it can potentially translate well to the screen. Books can be great source material, but the development process often involves determining what needs to change to make it ready for screen.
The process of writing can be brutal. Every demon you have ever met can pop up during that time of revision. Listen to author Karleen Koen discuss her way of working through the entire process.
Author Stuart Connelly describes his experience with the editorial process when self-publishing a book. He also contrasts it to the editorial process of a traditional publishing path.
Wayne Hoffman, author of Sweet Like Sugar, describes the editing process and the various people involved in editing a manuscript throughout its process of becoming a book.
Books and films are two very different mediums, which is why the process of story editing is so important when adapating a book to screen. As screenwriter, Brian Dillon, explains, adapting a book to screen may require drastic changes in the story line when all of the content and details will not translate well to a screenplay. The story editing process typically involves identifying the heart of the story and what matters most to the story line. Eliminating elements or merging characters can sometimes be challenging, but necessary for a successful translation.
Author Donna Hatch shares her writing process and how she blends several approaches to plot and character development. If you are still trying to figure out your own style, check out Donna's interview and see if her method works for you.
How often do you write? Where and when do you write? Where do your ideas come from? Do you outline? How much do you research? If you think you have to hide away in a cabin for 4 months to write your novel or that you have to know the entire story before you start, you’ll appreciate hearing from these authors that it isn’t necessary as they share their own writing processes. In this interview we speak with authors Robert F. Edwards, Joan Lloyd, Stephen J. Bauer, Chris Benson, Trisha Ventker, Ruth Smith, Mirian Detres-Hickey, Judith Andrade, Robert Grajewski, Elaine Cooper, Heidi Williams, Janet Henderson, Brenda Meister, and Patricia Colton.