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Shannon Monson’s Writing Process

A little while ago we put together a video where Shannon (S.C. Monson) talked about her writing process.  She discussed sources of inspiration and the importance of editing and rewriting.

If you’d like a post that goes into more detail about the writing process, let us know in the comments.

You can watch the video below or read the transcript…

Video Transcript

Hey everybody, I’m Shannon Monson! I’m writing a series called Badgerblood, and I’m here just to tell you a little bit about my writing process. And how I generate ideas.

Writing, Rewriting, Beta Reading, & Editing

So writing for me is basically just rewriting. After I wrote the first draft, I sent it off to beta readers.  They gave me feedback.

I touched it up and I’m actually currently touching up the draft right now.  Once I’m done with that, then I’ll send it off to beta readers again.

They’ll give me more feedback. [Yay!]

And I will touch it up again and we’ll send it off to an editor.

Generating Ideas

So I generate ideas by brainstorming with my husband and “bulleting.”  “Bulleting” for me means that I take a part in the story that’s giving me grief, I write it down and then I write different ways that that particular arc can go for the character or the story, and I just kind of keep writing options until I find ways that work.

Inspiration From Other Books

So books are another way that I generate ideas. I’ve had inspiration for certain parts of my story from books like Airman by Eoin Colfer, Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle, and Cornelia Funke’s Reckless.

Inspiration for Languages

And then languages are another way that I get inspiration for names.

Like place names or names of things like- there’s a drink in the book called “bitki” and I used Turkish to kind of generate that.

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