Are you an outliner or do you wing it?
Finally, an easy question! I wing it--yes, folks, I fly blindly into the mist, jump off the Grand Canyon without a parachute, write by the seat of my pants....
Honestly, it's not as scary as it sounds and a heck of a lot more fun.
I usually write in three drafts. The first, what I tell my students is the "voyage of discovery draft" but which I actually call my "vomit into the computer" draft, is selfish, purely for my eyes only.
That's right, it's for me, me, me!!!
It's when I figure out the who and the why and the how.
Then my second draft is actual work....sigh. It's my re-visioning draft, or what I call my "slice and dice" draft, where I focus on words of wisdom Jeffery Deaver once shared with me: the reader IS god....
As in, hey, they're paying you to write, so you better give them good value for their money.
Then I build the scenes into chapters, chapters into acts, and try to build towards a "breathtakingly fast-paced" climax.....or in the case of my Berkley series, multiple-climaxes.
Oh yeah, baby! Four climaxes for the price of one!
How many folks with real jobs get to say that?
I literally could not breathe while speeding along, waiting to see what happened next, my hand pressed against my throat, pulse jack-hammering against it.
Now, that's the way to climax!
So, while we're talking climaxes, which book knocked you off your butt with its ending (happy or otherwise)?
Thanks for reading!
As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge suspense novels. Her debut, LIFELINES (Berkley, March 2008), became a National Bestseller and Publishers Weekly proclaimed it a "breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller."
The second in the series, WARNING SIGNS, was released January, 2009 and the third, URGENT CARE, is due out October, 2009. Contact her at http://www.cjlyons.net