The Shadow Gate

Madeline Mercier might be a fanciful girl who builds castles in the air, but when she finds the Shadow Gate, everything changes. Her home, Eclipse Island, will never be the same, and neither will she.

How I Write - Post One

Jun 24, 2014 · 9 Comments

Firstly, please let me apologize for taking so long to get another chapter up! I'm posting it later today, so it will be up sometime tomorrow. Part of my delay was two boys home for summer vacation, lots of baseball games, a summer cold (not fair), and out-of-town visitors. I got to hold my baby niece for the first time! Are you visiting anywhere this summer? Are you excited, or do you dread it? I'm a homebody, but traveling always helps me come up with new ideas for stories.

Another part of my delay was finding that my story is bigger than I thought it was! I've been trying to shrink it, looking at different ways to arrange it, considering what I could take out. Turns out the only answer was to make it bigger, which means you'll be getting more of Madeline and Eclipse Island (and some other places you haven't seen yet - I know, I'm a meanie)!

When I write a story, I spend a lot of time at the beginning brainstorming ideas. I like to write them down in spiral notebooks, and I have to use a pencil, not a pen. And? I can't write on the lines. I have to write sideways. I don't know why, but this is the way brainstorming has always worked for me.

Tell me, what do you do to brainstorm? Do you do it at all, or do you just jump in? Do you know what will happen at the end before you start, or do you make it up as you go along?

I can't wait to hear your thoughts, and Chapter Six will post soon! (I promise. And it will have an illustration!)


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