Greetings Reader Friends and Fellow Soldiers for Christ! David here. Thanks for joining us for a page from my writer’s tablet of thoughts and plots. Some may wonder how I get down to the business of writing my Christian adventure novels. So let me answer that great question! 😉
In some ways, I am simple in how I do my research. I’m just a storyteller and my craft is always developing. I write what I know, or knowledge learned first-hand from where friends or I have traveled. My research is then supplemented by others’ real experiences, and from articles and books I read. Some of my material is quite technical, but I try not to bore my readers with a lot of unnecessary details.
And in other ways, I consider myself a “traditional” writer. What I mean is that I write everything by hand first (just the first draft) at a desk on lined paper in a quiet atmosphere. Then I type my second draft.
I pray before I begin writing each day, usually something like, “Please Lord, don’t let me waste my readers’ time with drivel, and let me bring glory to Your Name.” Then, trusting Him to guide my thoughts and plots, I dive in! When I was younger, I’d write steady for eight or ten hours a day, but I don’t write nearly that long in a sitting any more.
Right now, as I prepare another adventure novel, I’m writing by hand on an inch stack of paper. Next to this stack is a pile of research, along with this next novel’s character sketch. I rely on characters, rather than events, to drive each story so I do my best to delve into these in-depth write-ups as if I am actually the current character.
Well, I hope this gives you some insight into my writing preparation. Be watching for my next adventure!
See you on the next page!