While the most basic rules of writing may be part of every author’s process, there are as many different methods to creating a work of fiction as there are writers.

It begins, of course, with an idea. But it is difficult to say exactly from where and when an idea originates. It may germinate from a topic I’m interested in – like, say, silent movies – or a genre (hmm…I think I’d like to write something sort of steampunk-ish/romantic next), or just a single word or phrase can be the seed to tens-of-thousands more, which leads to the subsequent steps in my process – outlining, drafting, revising and, finally, publishing.

Follow along and see what I’m currently working on…Outline⇒

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Gordon Gravley has been making up stories all his life. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Gordon moved around – California; Colorado; Alaska; Northern Arizona – before eventually settling in Seattle, Washington. Calling the Northwest his home since 1998, he doesn’t expect to be moving elsewhere anytime soon. There, he’ll continue to make up stories and live with his wife and son.


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