If you are a writer or author, chances are you have seen this “Writing Process” tour circulating the blogosphere. My writing buddy Kir from Kirsten A Piccini tagged me to participate and I must admit, I hesitated. The desire to be part of the community has fizzled and I’ve just kept to myself lately.
I haven’t been as active online as the past. Life and a lack of writerly focus has left me feeling “meh”. I’m hoping that a program I’m signed up for in May (Simon Fraser University’s Southbank Writer’s Program) will help kick start my writing juices and get me back into the groove. Until then I will keep dribbling out bits of flash in response to prompts and other miscellaneous things :)
Now, as part of the tour we are required to answer four questions about our process and what’s going on in our writing. So here we go:
1. What Am I Working On?
The lion’s share of my focus is on my story about Rachel, the somewhat self-absorbed teenager who is lovesick over her older brother’s friend, Nathan. She takes a chance and kisses him only to be rejected. Rachel runs off and stumbles into a cave with an antique mirror hidden in the sand. She makes a wish while looking at herself and her wish is “granted”. The story follows Rachel through alternate realities as she tries to win Nathan’s heart.
I’ve also got a romance novel, a novella, and about 4 other stories that are potential books but are no where close to being complete at this time. Maybe once Rachel’s story is DONE and moving forward towards publication I’ll look back at them.
2. How Does My Work Differ From Others In Its Genre?
I hope that my story has a unique enough premise to differentiate it from all those other YA fantasy/sci fi/magic type books. I’m not even sure where it would fit. Most of my stories are love stories with a twist. I don’t like writing the standard boy meets girl, fall in love, happily ever after stories. I love giving those unexpected “whoa, where did that come from” scenes. I hope Rachel’s entire story keeps the reader guessing and cheering her on.
3. Why Do I Write What I Do?
I have loved reading romance novels and fantasy since I was a teen so I guess that’s why I write those types of books now. I would love to write a literary novel but I’m not sure if my brain works that way so I’ll just stick with what I know for now.
4. How Does My Writing Process Work?
Like a big ole crazy jigsaw puzzle. I write my stories in scenes. Most of my longer works began inspired by a prompt. That 500 word piece was added onto by another prompt, etc until I am left with a 50,000 word mess of great scenes that are missing connections. To add to the insanity I don’t write linear. I jump around in the story, depending on my inspiration. So Rachel has been slowly sorted and cut, pasted, and extended. Once all those blanks are filled in I’ll fire it out to beta readers to slice and dice.
During NaNo a few years back I specifically wrote a story in order. Toughest thing I’ve ever done! Next up, I’m going to actually PLAN and OUTLINE a story. Gasp! I know, that’s crazy talk. But I have this fabulous idea and I want to try and plan it before I go forth and write.
Now you can check out some other fine folks who are obsessed with this little thing some call “craft” ;) Hop on over to them on March 24th to see what their process is like:
Jessie Powell – http://jesterqueen.com Jessie Bishop Powell lives in Montgomery, Alabama (which is almost as far from Canada as you can get without falling in the Gulf of Mexico) with her family. Her novel The Marriage at the Rue Morgue will be released by Five Star on July 16, 2014. **Jessie is a published author (Divorce: A Love Story is available wherever e-books are sold :)) and a great online writing friend. She has such a way with words that always brings a smile to my face.**
Tara Roberts - http://thinspiralnotebook.wordpress.com/ “Tara lives and plays on the Florida Gulf Coast where she spends her days roaming the woods and beaches of the Panhandle talking to herself, penning eclectic fiction and taking photographs.” **I’m frequently in awe of Tara’s ability to weave the written word. And her photography is GORGEOUS!**