The first step in my writing process is to brainstorm for book ideas. I look for interesting articles online and/or by reading books on subjects that interest me. I try to find a new twist on an old subject or try something completely new. This is the first round of research I undertake with a new book and it will help to determine the main concept, location and characters for the novel.
Based on the changes I made, I’ll make my first rewrites cleaning up the issues I found. I will also print out my table of contents and find where the story needs development and will add or cut as needed. Once this process is complete, I begin my second round of editing. This is a finer process where I go through every sentence again trying to fine tune the wording. I also begin to cut things that don’t work and really follow the story carefully.