Guest Post Tuesday – Patti Larsen

I am really excited to present to you a video by the awesome Patti Larsen for my first Guest Post Tuesday. We’ve worked together on many projects, and I can tell you she is one amazing person. Prolific, generous, and always upbeat, I’m fairly certain there is no demon contract involved in her achievements. Pretty sure. Just a lot of old-fashioned hard work.

Patti is a phenom. There’s really no other way to describe her. She has ridden the wave of indie publishing to great success. Not only is she mad talented, she’s sharp as a tack and really knows her business. Make no mistake–writing is a business as much as it is art. In this video, Patti talks about quality and quantity.

About the Author: Patti Larsen is an award-winning middle grade and young adult author with a passion for the paranormal. Her YA thriller series, The Hunted, is available now. Book one of that series, RUN, is a recent recipient of the 2012 PEI Book Awards for Fiction. Twelve books of her very popular Hayle Coven Novels, beginning with FAMILY MAGIC, are also on hand. Her YA steampunk series, Blood and Gold, can be found on Amazon and all other fine e-retailers, along with her YA paranormal novel, BEST FRIENDS FOREVER, The Diamond City Trilogy and the Clone Chronicles. Her middle grade novel, THE GHOST BOY OF MACKENZIE HOUSE (Acorn Press), is also available. She is a full time writer and a part time teacher of her Get Your Book Done program. Patti lives on the East Coast of Canada with her very patient husband and four massive cats.

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Many thanks to Patti for taking the time to make a guest appearance! *MWAH*

You can find her:

On her website: Patti Larsen
On Facebook:Patti Larsen, Author
On Twitter: Patti Larsen
On Amazon.com and Goodreads

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11 thoughts on “Guest Post Tuesday – Patti Larsen

  1. Patti and Netta,

    Thanks so much for sharing the process with us. I’m working on my third novel and planning on releasing two this year along with a novella. In my mind, that’s as fast as I can go, but I’d love to do more. I do agree that speed comes with more experience, but I would also like to know more about your outlining process. How long do you spend working on it? How do you keep ideas coming? And do you work on more than one book/outline at a time?

    Thanks so much!

  2. Hi Stacy,
    I can’t speak for Patti, but I know she has a group of videos about how she outlines and her process. They have been very helpful for me, although I’ve tweaked it out to suit the way I work.

    As for me, I am a die-hard pantser with plotting tendencies. Or maybe I’m a plotter with pantsing tendencies 🙂 Either way, I will freely admit it has taken some time for me to hit upon what works best for *me*. And it really is an ever-evolving process as I grow and change as a writer.

    I hope this helps…I’m sure Patti will be along with other helpful suggestions. Thanks for popping by!

    ~N

    • Hi Netta,

      It’s nice to finally talk to you – I am Catie’s critique partner:) I love how you described yourself – I am a panster with plotting tendencies, too. My process is constantly evolving, and I’m definitely seeing improvement with each book. Thanks for mentioning Patti’s videos – will check them out!

      • How awesome to “meet” you! 🙂

        Yes ma’am, diehard pantser, and I will never lose my love for that part my process. But I have had much better results from plotting, even if it’s a couple of chapters ahead (which I do for some work, with an END GOAL in sight) or plotting out the whole thing using a couple of different sets of questions, depending on the story.

        Patti really has it down to a science. I’ve learned so much from her about plotting!

      • Fantastic goals, Stacy! I wish you all the best on your releases 🙂 You’re doing amazingly well–I tell people how fast I write to inspire them, but would never push anyone to work more quickly than they found comfortable.

        Each outline takes about two days–one to develop conflicts and the second to flesh out the story. I have a video series online with the basics on my youtube channel (Netta, your comment box won’t let me share the link! LOL) I usual outline a full series before I write the first book (the present one excepted, my HCN being 20 books) to keep the threads all tied together from beginning to end.

        As for ideas… if I could find a way to make them stop, I wouldn’t 😉 For me it’s about trusting, sitting for an hour looking out an open window with a pen and notebook, letting my mind drift. I usually end up with five or six new series ideas from such meanderings, so I have to be careful. The more new ideas you invite, the more you attract. It’s inevitable.

        I normally outline a series and then write it, though I do have a few done I haven’t tackled yet, simply because there are only so many hours in the day and I’ve been swept away by my current series. But I’ll get to them. To answer the question though–one book at a time. Schedule it, write it. No shiny distractions from new projects. Write down ideas (yes, I get them when I’m writing) and keep going.

        Everyone has their own process, as Netta mentioned. It’s finding what works for you. I’ve had years and a varied background in different writing techniques (journalism, creative writing, screenwriting, songwriting) to help me round out my experience. The fun part is exploring yours 🙂

        Hope this long-winded comment helped LOL

        *Added by Netta: The first in the editing series: http://youtu.be/dWyKzsUS2S4

        • Patti,

          Thanks so much for responding! I found the videos on YT and have been watching them. Lots of great information, particularly the one on conflicts. I’m still amazed that you are able to do everything so quickly! I can’t imagine doing a series in one sitting, but I’d like to as I have a trilogy on hold because I wasn’t sure how to get from Book A to Book B. Will have to study your method, and hopefully writing a few more books will get me ready for the trilogy.

          Honestly, my biggest issue is distractions. I can find them anywhere, and some days I just don’t “feel” like it, and I can easily spin my wheels. I’m working on kicking that habit.

          Thanks again!

  3. Patti, I have thought you were Wonder Woman ever since you referred me to Netta. I still could just hug you for doing that. If you lived closer, I’d fix you a big, fattening meal to show my gratitude. Netta has helped me so much, and I have learned so much from her.

    I am learning from you, too, Patti. You are the consummate business woman. Your website looks professional. Your covers look professional. And you always seem to know just the right thing to do to make your fans go squeal with delight.

    Patti, I’d love to know more about your outlining process. Netta is trying to teach me to outline. I suspect — from her perspective — it is like trying to teach a dog table manners, but she has the patience of a saint. If you don’t want to talk about your outlining process here, I’d be happy to email you. Or you can email me at catierhodes AT gmail DOT com.

    Thanks, Netta, for having such an interesting guest!

  4. Catie, it has been nothing but a joy to work with you. Patti has a great process, and I’ve learned a lot from her in too many ways to count. She has converted me to outline my own work, which believe it or not, is a total departure from my editing work. I know, it doesn’t make sense to me either. 😉

    The trick is to find the best way that works for you specifically, and the only way to do that is to keep an open mind and to not be afraid to try something new and make it your own. You’re doing great!

    xoxo

    • Netta, I feel the same way. I have loved working with you and cannot wait to do it again. I am going to hunt down Patti’s videos on outlining. Like you say, each writer has to find a process that works for her, but it’s always good to get ideas from other writers’ processes.

      Hope you are having a scooby-dooby-do day. 😉

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