EXPLORING THE CREATIVE PROCESS- PART I: An interview with Prue Batten, author of “The Gisborne Saga”

The Armitage Authors Network

When Trudy and Julia invited me to join their blog last April, I was thrilled about the opportunity to collaborate on an endeavour that seeks to celebrate creativity within Richard’s fandom and acknowledge with a grateful nod the man whose wonderful characters have been an inspiring muse to budding and experienced authors alike.

Being a writer myself, I’ve always been interested in the process of creation and how it’s approached by my fellow authors. Although there are dozens of manuals in the market with tips and recipes to write a novel, there’s nothing like going to the source, the novelists themselves, to unveil the magic behind the stories and characters that invite us to dream, feel and think.

A few years ago, while writing for another fandom, I was asked some really interesting questions on my writing process, and they somehow made their way into my introductory interview for Armitage…

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Gondolas, cover bans and affirmation – It’s all in Siobhan Daiko’s writing life


Siobhan Daiko AuthorToday we are thrilled to welcome back friend of the WRs, Siobhan Daiko, to the blog. Siobhan was born in and raised in Hong Kong. Before becoming a writer, Siobhan had a range of jobs from post office mistress to high school teacher. Siobhan now lives with her husband and two cats in the Veneto region of Northern Italy, where she spends her time writing, researching historical characters, and enjoying the dolce vita. We had loads of questions to ask Siobhan when she came back to visit us and, as always, she has a lot going on!

What’s the best bit of feedback you’ve had about any of your novels so far?

An Amazon USA review of The Orchid Tree which said my characters were now a part of their life. That absolutely made my day.
You have had considerable success as a self-published author, but would you ever consider…

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To Plot or not to Plot…

On Writing & Editing

The majority of writers do not plot. They will say “I can’t do that” and “that’s not me” or “that’s not my style”

That is a load of tosh!

Then they will write their story/novel and be joyful upon typing THE END but alas the tears come when plot holes open up and swallow their pride or reader becomes bored and puts the book down.

What most writers fail to realise is that writing down that first draft is indeed a weak form of plotting. I see so many writers do this. My advice is thus: If you think you can’t plot, can’t plan, or that doing such things is not your style, then you are wrong.

Writing that first draft is indeed the act of planning and plotting in its weakest form. To fix, recognise the first draft for what it is, and the second, and the third, and…

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