First off, I’d say my writing routine is to write all the time, whenever I can. That won’t go on forever. It can’t or I’ll become the world’s biggest hermit. Currently I’m trying to launch two series and some nonfiction and want to succeed financially at it, so I’m pushing like crazy.
When I begin a new book, I generally know the beginning, the ending, and some of the major plot points along the way. I also work out the theme and character arcs. A good way to do this is to write your Amazon book description first. It forces you to look at all of this. If I can’t figure everything out, I begin writing anyway and the answers come to me along the way.I often read that writers should write a complete first draft and never look back. And when you finish the first draft, then you should rewrite the book. I don’t do that. Ever.
I write and edit as I go. I edit for sentences, paragraphs, character, pacing, repetition, theme, plot, blocking action, and everything else you can imagine. Why? It’s easier for me, quicker, and allows me to move on with clarity. I’m a fairly fast writer, and I love it, and I’ve won many Indie awards. Guardian, The Choice just won 2019 YA Outstanding Fiction in the IAN BOTY Awards, so I must be doing something right. And the version of Guardian, The Choice that won was not the final draft. I didn’t have time to finish it before I had to turn it in. The final draft will go into a few more contests where I hope to do even better.
After I finish the first great, nearly complete draft of a book, I have one editor read it for everything—details, plot, character, dialogue, etc. She is very good! Sometimes I have one or two beta readers also read it, but that’s it. For me reading groups and lots of beta readers have never been appealing. But by the time my few beta readers and one editor read my book, it’s nearly done. The book needs polishing, but the tabletop, legs, and appearance are mostly finished. The last edits are easy, fun, and quick. Further proof that I must be doing something right are the numerous five-star reader reviews I receive on my books, along with the private emails from readers telling me how much they loved my books. That is extremely gratifying.
That said, find the best way to write for YOU. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says or does. What works best for you is the best method for you.
I have not always written this way. I used to finish the first draft of a book and then had to make major plot changes, major character changes, read for grammar, read for flow, and then read for repetition, pacing, etc. I’m just a far better writer now and exclude many of those mistakes from ever getting into the first draft. The more you write and edit, the better and more efficient you will be. Also, if I get into a jam, I talk to one of my favorite past editors—my mother! Her reading list when I was very young ignited my excitement for stories, which eventually led to writing them.
Just as a child learns to crawl, walk, and finally run, I don’t want to have to go back to crawling every time I begin a new project. I want to run and do it well from the first step.
Lastly, I write out of intuition. It tells me when to write, when to stop writing, when to think about a plot problem, when to sort out a theme etc.—and exactly when I need to do it. It’s perfect, and I use it in everything I do in life. Happy writing!
Guardian, The Choice: Magical Beasts Book One
by Geoffrey Saign
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: July 2019
demon haunts Samantha Green’s dreams.
And she fears it’s coming for her…
When wildlife prodigy Sam and her crush—quirky handsome Jake—are attacked by a dragon assassin, Sam discovers her secret past. A past connected to a supernatural giant cat and a glowing faerie.
Sam is quickly pulled into a high stakes battle for the world. Everyone, including a creepy ancient villain, wants her supernatural staff, which she doesn’t know how to use. Sophisticated ninja dragons, a kong-sized gorilla, and mysterious beasts offer help—but are they friends or enemies? Sam has a big heart, but will her love for all creatures tear her life apart?
To survive the hardest choice she’s ever made, Sam will have to unlock the hidden power inside her.
Ready or not, Sam is about to find out if she has what it takes to be a guardian…
Guardian: The Choice is the new exciting start of a magic-filled fantasy four book series starring a powerful heroine, a tough brawny hero, and a slew of not-so-friendly magical beasts.
A fantasy thriller series loved by readers of all ages that will keep you turning the pages late into the night.
Guardian The Choice will be ON SALE FOR ONLY $0.99 Nov 18-24 on Amazon!
Guardian, The Quest: Magical Beasts Book Two will be ON SALE FOR 2.99 Nov 18-24 on Amazon!
Guardian: The Choice was selected as Finalist in “Fantasy,” and “Young Adult” category winner in the IAN BOTY awards = Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards!
And Guardian: The Choice was selected as the “Outstanding Young Adult” category winner IAN BOTY awards = Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards!
About the Author
author Geoffrey Saign has spent many years studying kung fu and sailed all over
the South Pacific and Caribbean. He uses that experience and sense of adventure
to write the Jack Steel and Alex Sight thriller action series.
Geoff’s love of wildlife led him to write the award-winning fantasy series, Magical Beasts. He is also the author of a stress reduction book, and Green Essentials which won national recognition. Geoff has a degree in biology and has assisted in field research on hummingbirds and humpback whales. For decades he has taught challenged adults and children everything from sailing to self-awareness and novel writing.
Geoff loves to sail big boats, hike, and cook—and he infuses all his writing with his passion for nature. As a swimmer, he considers himself blessed to live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota.
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