When I write, I craft individual scenes. When I have enough of them, I sort them out and put them in order, then I write the ‘in betweens’ that fill out the plot and ensure comfortable transitions, proper development of tension, etc. After than comes the editing and additional padding or trimming that make things tidy.
It’s a bit like making a quilt of words. First are the blocks, individual chunks, that are arranged into an attractive pattern. They don’t stay together, though until they’re backed, and stitched down.
So, I’m quilting the final stitches in the third book of the series, Grace Awakening Myth today. I think I’ll be done by bedtime. Then off it will go to the first round of beta readers who will see if they find any holes in the structure and composition. I’ll darn up what I need to, and then it will head off to the editor, who will trace the pattern for the final quilting. When it’s all done, the next adventure will begin!
Another couple thousand words to stitch, and this word quilt will be done.