The first half of each of the books so far has been written during National Novel Writing Month (known as NaNoWriMo). It’s a challenge taking place every November, to write 50 thousand words in 30 days. I usually work 7 days a week and various jobs and I write when I get home, usually 10pm until midnight or so. I just plow away at it until I have a rough draft. And I never write in linear order. My brain doesn’t work that way. I’m much better pulling connections out of thin air and writing what the night demands of my brain. Then I put the whole thing in order later. Crazy, but it works for me.
After I have a 1st draft, I print the whole thing out and read it end to end, making notes and changes as I got. Then I correct it all back into the computer, adding the new stuff and edits, and any new ideas that come up. By the time I finish that, I’ve actually done 2 full edits. Then the whole thing goes to my team of Alpha readers for review. Based on their feedback and any new ideas I have, I rewrite the book again. The it goes to my main beta readers, rinse and repeat until I am happy enough with the result to send it on to my publisher for their once over. Any edits they want, then send back to me, and we work that out as many times as needed to get the book in shape for publication. It’s a ton of hard work, and I love every many of it!