Every Monday authors blog about their own writing process, using a standard format and answering the same questions. This is definitely a multi-genre hop; there’s been mystery, paranormal, young adult, and romance. Follow the links to “meet” more writers.
What am I working on?
I’m working on my third novel and I’m in the editing stage. To be blunt, I’m going nuts. Some people love to edit. I’m not one. However, I do love working with my editor. She is patient, insightful, and a gem to work with. Recently I told her that I’ve learned more from her than I did in school. If you want to learn how to write, find a wonderful editor to work with.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
This is an interesting question for me since when I write, I don’t sit down and think of the genre. For me, especially with the first draft, I try to block out all expectations. My goal is to get the story on the page and not think too much about things. Thinking can kill a good story. The first draft is more for me. Then I start fine-tuning it and this is when the genre bit comes in. I wouldn’t necessarily say my work is all that different from others, but I hope I put my own spin on my stories and that they come from the heart. I think most of us try to accomplish that. It’s up to the readers to decide if we’ve been successful.
Why do I write what I do?
I like to tell stories. I know that sounds overly simplistic, but that is why I write. Stories with believable characters. That’s my goal each and every time.
How does my writing process work?
I recently made a change to my writing process and I’m still in the testing stage to see if it works for me. I’m not a plotter at all. I have a general idea in my head of the start and the finish. So far the ending has changed each time. Lately I’ve been getting my writing done first thing in the day. Before I would answer emails and such. Now I get right to business and try to hammer out over 2000 words. It seems to be working since I’m writing before I’m completely awake. I don’t over-think things too much.
Keep on Hopping!