Hi everyone, continuing the First Drafts series I am delighted to welcome my good friend and fellow author Phil Price.
Read on as Phil answers my questions on how he creates the all important first draft!
Over to you, Phil…
1) When you begin the next book, how do you go about it?
I start with a thread of an idea and gradually build it in my head. Once I know it’s a goer, I begin bringing characters into the mix and locations too. It’s always good to have locations in your head that can easily be transferred to the page.
2) Do you follow the same process you did for the book before?
I kind of change around the formula between books. The first three books, I kinda knew how they were going to play out, so I could just write. On the next book and my current WIP, I have plotted the storyline from start to finish, to give it more structure. The reason behind this, is because the first three books were horror / fantasy, where I had free reign. The other books have more Earth interaction, needing a proper timeline.
3) What is your research process, if you have one?
I do more research now than ever before. The current WIP is loosely based on a real crime, so I’ve had to read up about police procedures and the prison system. For my sci-fi book, I had a good idea of how things work and just went with it, with the occasional dip into the information super highway for guidance 😉
4) How quickly after thinking or planning do you sit down to write?
Depends. I have three more books in my head, that are currently being formulated. I know, there is a lot in there! I have started making rough notes, just in case my old brain forgets what the story should be about. And with one of my books, I had an idea and started writing pretty much straight away.
5) How does the draft form on the screen?
Hopefully, very quickly. I know the beginning and the end (kinda), so I just start to build the chapters, throwing in twists and turns for good measure. There may be a few deviations, but I tend to stick to the plot, unless a character decides otherwise. This has happened a few times, with a character altering the course of their journey without prior consent from me. How Rude!
6) Where do you write the Majority of the draft?
At my dining table, looking out over my back garden. I occasionally write whilst I’m travelling, but only to do a few fillers and to change something I’m not happy about as it can be very distracting when you’re in an airport lounge…
Thank you for visiting my blog Phil. Finding out about your first draft process has been fascinating. All the best with the next novel.
Phil Price was born in Sutton Coldfield in 1974. He lived in various places in the UK until his family settled in Rednal, a suburb on the outskirts of Birmingham in 1979. Growing up with an older brother and sister, he always flirted with reading, his home always littered with books. Then in 1997, Phil embarked on a travel expedition that took him from Greece to Thailand, via East and Southern Africa. Sitting in dusty bus stations in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi with Wilbur Smith and James Herbert accompanying him, his imagination was sparked into life. Since those far-off days, he has never been without a book to read.
Phil started toying with the idea of writing a book in 2009. After writing a few short stories, he caught a whiff of an idea in his head. It started to evolve in 2010 until he had enough to begin his writing journey. Marriage and two children came along, with the story being moved to the back burner for periods of time. However, during those periods of writing inactivity, the story continued to manifest until it just needed one thing. To be written down.
The story was littered with places that had influenced Phil’s life. From the Lickey Hills in Birmingham to the Amatola Mountains in South Africa, with other many other locations, in-between and far beyond.
The book was finished sometime in 2014, left on his computer until a chance conversation with an author friend made Phil take the bold step to publish his story, Unknown.
From there, Phil’s love for the first book spurred him on, creating The Forsaken Series. A vampire/paranormal/horror trilogy, set in our world, and others too. His love of horror and all things supernatural, inspired by authors such as King, Herbert and others, helped create the epic series.
Next on the horizon, is a science fiction novel, titled Zoo, which will boldly go where Phil has never been before…
Aside from his writing, Phil lives on the edge of a small town in Worcestershire, UK. A wife and two sons keep Phil happily occupied as he steers his way through life, playing the husband, dad, and world creator in equal measure.