My Writing Process

Yup, it’s one of those ‘write like me, bitches’ posts– but it’s not, because every writer has their own process, and one size does not fit all.

I hate doing these, because when I wrote small-press erotic comics, I was tasked to do these posts often—it was considered ‘publicity’ and ‘promotion’, something the small-press pubs made the creator responsible for. My background’s in screenwriting, I’m writing ghost scripts for series-runner on a sexist/action horror television show. I hate it, but It makes more money for me than erotic graphic novels ever did! The main incentive for this work is that it allows me to set aside daily time to develop my first novel-series, Femitokon–and still pay my bills. 

When I post my progress at Facebook or Twitter, I get questions like: What do you mean dialog’s done? Outline approved? Word counts, now? I thought you were writing this one last year?

When I write a novel, it’s a three stage process for me:

The first stage is the outline. I’m a serial outline-r, I cannot sit down and start writing a novel from start to finish free style—I’m too rigid a creator. I outline scene by scene, for every chapter—this is beneficial of late since the publisher I’m working with now is keen on reviewing outlines, before I start the manuscript.

Every publisher is different—but this one understand my methods and enables them.

method1Second, I begin dialog. In a perfect linear world, dialog-per scene writing would be dazzling, but my mind doesn’t work that way. I get random scenes in my head throughout the day, conversations take place (normally I’m pacing around, driving, or cooking, with my handy recorder on) and then later I go and type them out. I revise extensively when I piece all this dialog together in a .doc file called ‘dialog by scene’.

I read the dialog out loud to hear how it sounds–like I said, not every writer does this.

method2The third and final portion of my process is the first draft. I print my outline out on big index cards, tack them up over my desk along with the character arts (or without arts—but I’m a visual person, so character art helps me) then I pull up my dialog .doc alongside the blank .doc, and begin writing. This is where I become linear—I write the prose by chapter, include the dialog, and tap away daily until I get about 50k words or more.  When that’s done, I put it away for a few days, then come back to it and read it out loud–revising what doesn’t sound right, before hoisting it off on the editor.

So there you go, that’s my writing process.
Admit it, you’ll sleep better tonight knowing how I write stuff…


Femitokon Character Concepts

Some of the early character designs are in for the fiction series I’m writing, Femitokon.

Femitokon is a feminist sci-fi series that takes places on 23rd century Earth. Humans are nearly extinct, and the world is ruled by the single-gender Femmar, a species of sub-glacial bipeds living in Ramaxia (their name for Antarctica).  The protagonist of the series is Sofita Kul, her design is still a work in progress, and the Femitokon Shell bio-armor she wears is under wraps for now…but I’m allowed to show off some of the other characters (designed by the very talented Amelie Belcher).

The Femmar are born into genetic castes: Hizak (thinkers), Bizak (laborers), Subak (parental), Zaxir (breeder), and Marix (warrior), so their body types are a touch diverse, as is their style–all Femmar have black hair and black eyes, but their hides vary.  Femmar are produced in generational outputs, typically every twenty-five years.

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Production Post: Femitokon

So I’ve managed to finish Silence is Golden first draft – it clocked in at 82,5k words.

That makes five books written (1 novella and 4 novels).  I need to adjust the outline for Twentieth Year, it was rejected by pub so I need to make changes before I can start writing it. Only one more book remains – the finale of the series, Ascension.

–wish me luck, readers.

On a NSFW subject, this is International Strap-On Week so in honor of that, I’m going to remind everyone that I have the English versions of two short fics of mine (published in overseas mags) available for .99 cents each on Kindle and the Nook.

Have a good summer!







Production Post: Femitokon

Back and forth with editor for first novella. Publisher made a few suggestions– the title of the first novella is being changed to ‘Femitokon: Suffocation’.

I’ve completed the outline for Ascension (the final novel in the series) and turned that in for review.  *crosses fingers*

Currently doing a clean up of the first draft of ‘Femitokon: Tribal Warfare”:

Inside the stairwell a guard waited for her, “I need to see identification, please,”

Sofita pulled out an ID badge.

It was a crude way to identify, but North American’s were averse to tech they didn’t invent.

“Thank you ma’am,” he said.

“Promad,” Sofita said, the man gave a start. “I’m not a human madam, miss, or Misses. I’m what you’d call a Captain, and you’ll address me as such.”

“Yes Captain,” he said with a click of his heels.

Production Post: Femitokon

I’m still chugging along.  Publisher wanted outlines for the rest of the novels in the series, and I had to hammer those out and send them in.  Artwork began a few weeks ago, and I’ve surrounded myself with character sketches in order to help me along as I write.  Not all writers do this, but I come from a comics background, and this is my first ‘novel’ series outside of comics–so the imagery helps me.


Back on Twitter

After an extremely LONG hiatus (I know I said a short time, but it’s been a year) I’m back on Twitter (@polishathena).  I’ve got 50% of the Femitokon series written, and artwork begins in March, and editorial “officially gets real” this summer.  So I’ve got some time to kill and plenty of TV to watch…