- Get it down on paper: There isn't enough time in the day to both live life and write about life; this must be why so many writers seek privacy or live a reclusive life--time to write without living. When you are living, you want to record life; make sure you learn how to take good notes so you can keep on living.
- Add the back story, history, support, context: Create the foundation for the story--the world that characters live in--so that the reader has a template of laws that govern the life that you've invited the reader to join.
- Focus the flow: If that thing or person on the periphery isn't part of the story, then set that piece aside for another day. Ask the questions that you'd ask if you were a character. Question what a character already knows and what is a the top of their list to learn.
Those that have had the opportunity to read the rewritten chapters are shouting to me as loudly as they can that this version is good, really good. And that, to come full circle, is what has prompted me to think and record thought on my process so that I can do it all over again!