Today, thanks to my book-loving son, we bring you a guest post from author Eric Walters.
Released: Jan. 20, 2015 | Farrar, Straus and Giroux | Pages: 352 | Buy it on: Amazon ~ IndieBound
The world keeps getting darker in this second reality-based survival adventure in the Rule of Three trilogy
After sixty-six days of a catastrophic global blackout, life in the suburbs is not what it used to be for Adam and his fortified neighborhood of Eden Mills. Although an explosive clash has minimized one threat from outside the walls, Adam’s battle-hardened mentor, Herb, continues to make decisions in the name of security that are increasingly wrenching and questionable. Like his police chief mom and others, Adam will follow Herb’s lead. But when the next threat comes from an unexpected direction, nobody is ready for it. And someone is going to pay the price—because of Adam’s mistakes and mistaken trust.
And now for Walters’ guest post about his writing process.
I’ve written 97 books. My process for writing changes and evolves from book to book. I don’t have a process as much as I have a series of processes.
Sometimes I have an incredibly detailed story map before I start. I’ve said that I don’t write the first word until I’m pretty sure what the last word is going to be. That doesn’t mean that I’m going to follow my map. If you’re driving and you see that the bridge is out you’ll find another route instead of driving into the river. If a policeman jumps in front of you and puts out his hand you don’t run the officer down. If you see something incredible off to the side you might want to pursue a detour. In writing The Rule of Three trilogy it was necessary for me to have a very detailed understanding of where the story was going. I did know exactly how I was going to end the story, three books later.
I tend to also, whenever possible, do extensive personal research. To write Between Heaven and Earth I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. To write Just Deserts I walked 200 kilometers across the Sahara Desert. For Alexandria of Africa I walked across the Maasi Mara with a Maasi warrior. For Walking Home I took four young Canadians and four orphans and walked the same route across Kenya that my characters walked. All the way I did interviews, videoed, observed, took pictures and wrote. I’ve stood outside in a blizzard to see what parts of my body would freeze first for Trapped In Ice. For the Tiger books I walked tigers, had them on my front lawn, was attacked by a 150 lb tiger. In these instances I am truly a method writer.
With all that said, sometimes I just start writing, having no idea where a story is going; completely just allowing the story to evolve on its own.
Most times I write sequentially – going from 1st chapter to the end. Other times I’ve written almost completely backwards, beginning at the end and going from there. For the story I’m writing currently, I wrote the first 25 pages, the last 40 pages and then worked to fill in the middle section.
There really isn’t a right way to write, or in my case, a consistent way to write. The story, my mood, the way I wrote the last story, the details and plot and just what pops into my head in the middle of the night all determine what’s going to happen.
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