writers on wednesday banner 2Today, Liz Long dropped by to talk all things writing. Enjoy!

When did you start writing?

Technically, before I was even a teenager, but if we’re talking about novels, it’s been about four years since I became truly serious about it.

Are you a pantser or a planner?

I used to be a full on pantser, but I’ve managed to toe the line into planner thanks to a little help from Scrivener. Keeps me focused and while I tend to bounce around with scenes, at least I know what order they’re going in now!

Can you give us an idea of your writing process?

As I said before, Scrivener helps me stay focused. (It’s a godsend, really). I write a LOT of notes by hand (I tend to go through at least a full legal pad, usually 2) that delve into character development and questions that arise as the plot gets planned out. Once the first draft is complete, I set it aside for a minimum of 2 weeks. I’ll print the entire thing out to edit by hand, fix the issues and mistakes, and send to my editor who proceeds to do the same thing. Beta readers are my third step of readers who offer advice and plot problems. While they’re reading, I work on my cover and any other images, sneak peeks, and the like. And of course, there’s always lots of flat out panicking once it’s time to hit publish!

Which authors have influenced your work?

JK Rowling for sure. James Patterson, Dan Brown, and Charlaine Harris are also all notable authors I’ve spent a lot of time with.

What are you plans/future projects/new releases that we should be aware of?

I’m currently working on the third Donovan Circus novel in the series, as well as an NA fantasy twist on Reapers. Donovan Circus #3 will be out sometime later this year.

Any tips for new writers?

Make sure to build your platform the second you decide to get serious about being an author. Don’t wait until the first book is out. Don’t get discouraged if you aren’t an instant bestseller – keep putting out more books.

Any tips for old writers?

Get off Facebook! I’m as guilty as the rest (I’m a social media strategist at my day job), but so often we are so busy marketing our books that we lose time and forget to actually, you know, sit down and write another book.

Liz Long is a writer, photographer, dreamer, and Twitter stalker (you can also put “nerdy” in front of all those things). Whether you’re looking for a new fantasy read, need marketing and social media tips, or want some writing advice from an indie author, she promises to provide in the best way possible.

Connect with Liz:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/lizclongauthor
Twitter: http://twitter.com/lizclong

Website: http://lizclong.com