Step #1 -- Write the Daft Draft: Focus on History, Place & Time
It starts, as with most creative endeavors, by writing what Anne Lamont would term, “the shitty first draft” or, as in my case, the “incredibly boring history.” I still feel embarrassed when I think about those deadly early drafts of BMLG, (and so very grateful that my earliest readers and beta-testers are still talking to me!). But I had to know the history like the back of my hand, and get it down on paper before Step #2 could happen.
Step #2 -- Let Your Narrator Find You: Focus on Character
Through the process of coughing up the bones for our respective histories, both Mary and I allowed the appropriate narrators for our stories to reveal themselves to us, as well as the device that makes their ability to speak from the past authentic.