Here we go:
What genre do you write: I write young adult fiction and have dabbled in science fiction, urban fantasy, fantasy, but I think I’ve finally found my home in contemporary YA fiction.
How many books have you written: I’m currently writing my fourth. But of those four, only one is really polished.
Are you published? Not yet, but it’s my aspiration to be traditionally published.
How long do you let an idea “simmer” before you start writing? I’m an immediate gratification kind of girl so I usually dive right in. But I let my urban fantasy about Purgatory simmer for about six years until I felt like I had the skills to get it down on paper.
How much pre-story planning do you do in the form of outlines, character sketches, maps, etc.? Not much. I get an idea, dive right in and figure out everything else along the way. I like to have a general road map of where the story is going, but that tends to come about in an organic way.
If you use an outline, what type do you use (snowflake, index card, etc): I have a notebook that I write everything in and usually have a spare word document where I write down in chapter format where the story has been and where it’s going.
How many drafts do you usually go through before you’re “done”? Can a novel ever be done? I suppose I’ll stop drafting and revising when a novel eventually goes to a publisher 🙂
How long does it take you to write a first draft? I really like Stephen King’s quote that a novel should be written in three months. That equates to about 1,000 words a day and I like that.
How long do revisions usually take you? As above, I think they’re endless. I don’t really have a time frame, it depends how bad the first draft it and how quick critiques are coming back from beta-readers.
Are your revised drafts substantially different plot-wise from your first draft? It depends on the book. SECTOR12 was pretty much the same but I think when I get around to revising WRAPPED IN DARKNESS, it will be completely different.
On a side note, my mum (being the proud mum that she is) entered me in the Best Australian Blogging Awards. So if you have a spare couple of seconds, feel free to vote for me. I’m listed as Jodie Llewellyn.