How do you go about planning a book?
It really depends on the book, but I try to figure out my major plot points. I have to know my general storyline, though if I try to plot out any details beforehand, they usually change when I get there. When I come to a blank section of the story and I am stuck, I write out a list of events that need to happen before the next plot point. I'm sort of a cross between a plotter and a pantser.
How long does it usually to write a book?
Again, it depends on the book. I've gotten to the point where I can write one draft of a middle grade book in a couple months fairly easily, but trying to write my first YA in a few months has been a major challenge. I think it's usually about two to three years from the beginning of the draft to publication, though.
Do you have any tips for editing?
Go through your manuscript with a fine tooth comb. Don't be afraid to cut, add, or rewrite. Listen to the feedback you get. Try to pick up on your bad writing habits so you can correct them. Learn what good writing is, and strive towards it. And save it as a new draft. Even if you only end up wanting those previous drafts for posterity's sake, it's still good to have them just in case.
And now for the cover!
You can get a sneak peek at the book here!
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment as well as the Time Captives fantasy trilogy.