05 Apr

My Writing Process Blog Hop

I was tagged by Tori Centanni for this blog hop. Hi Tori!

1) What am I working on?
Mostly I’m working on Merryn’s story, which is best described right now by the pinterest board I put together. It’s a pretty story full of curses and magic and sea serpents and lots and lots of birds.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? Other people have been better at telling me how I’m different than I have. On multiple occasions, I’ve been told that my stories tend to have a unique blending of contemporary issues into my paranormal stories, and that there’s a touch of the quirky. After hearing the word quirky repeatedly, I decided to start owning that, even though it’s not something I usually notice until it’s pointed out to me.

3) Why do I write what I do? Because it’s fun and cathartic.

4) How does my writing process work?

I usually start off with strings of random scenes and I write them all down as fast as I can. These random scenes keep coming to me all the way through revisions. During my outlining process, I take the ones I have and lay them out like puzzle pieces. Then I’ll write up ideas for scenes as other pieces of the puzzle, and lay them all out on a table until I have them in order. Then I type those up and print them out, and end up making notes on the printed pages as I draft, rearranging the pieces. Those pieces of paper end up pretty ragged by the end of the drafting process.

When I read through my first draft, I write a new outline by making notes on what happens in what I have written. I’ll then reference that outline during revisions, rearranging until everything makes sense. I print off a fresh outline once the story is officially done and keep that for easy reference when writing sequels.

My outlines are messy and made as I go and only the final outline would make sense to anyone but me, but they’re the backbone of the whole venture.

 

And I’m tagging

Jenny Perinovic
L.S. Mooney
Jolene Haley

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