Monday, March 31, 2014

My Writing Process--Blog Hop

I'd like to thank Susan Keogh author of the Jack Mallory series for inviting me to join this blog hop. Susan has two excellent books of historical fiction in The Prodigal and the sequel The Alliance. Check out her post here.

And here are my answers about my writing process:

1) What am I working on?

I'm working on a YA fantasy titled Grudging

To follow his brother into the pelotón and earn his beard as a fighting man is all seventeen-year-old Ramiro ever wanted. Until Ramiro's home is surrounded by the innumerable armies and siege machines of the Northerners. Cut off from allies and outnumbered behind their walls, their lone chance at help lies to the west in the acre after acre of swamp inhabited by their ancient enemies the witches. To win a witch over, he must speak with her, but the girl's voice could prove to be the last thing Ramiro hears.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I like to fill my stories with twists and the unexpected so I can catch my reader off guard. Characters who may not be what they seem and the event you didn't expect to happen. And though I write about civilizations that are far from modern, I do like to make my characters speak and act as if they were from 2014. 

3) Why do I write what I do?

I guess I write what I prefer to read. Fantasy has been my favorite read for as long as I can remember. I've always been drawn to worlds unlike our own and problems involving magic, sword play, and heroes in shining armor finding their way to win over all. Escapism from the realities of the everyday world is what interests me. 

4) How does your writing process work?

I'm a slow writer (pantser, not a planner) and I usually take about a week to punch out a chapter. I may but no good for NaNoMoWri, but that chapter is usually pretty clean with little editing required. I take my time and my first draft is quite close the final draft. Trying to push myself to achieve a certain word count doesn't work for me. It has to be all there in my head, waiting to go on the page before I can write.

Morning is my favorite time to write just because my brain seems more awake then. I get my best ideas when cleaning or taking a walk. Activities where my brain can go someplace else and plot and plan. 

I usually exchange chapters as I finish them with my CP Carla and send the whole thing off when it's finished to the rest of my wonderful CPs. Then I mope and take a long lazy break from writing because a single book can take me a year to finish and I get so invested that it's hard to move on to something new. 

Now I get to invite three others to join the hop and share their writing process:

SC Author:  SC is a huge Harry Potter fan who is currently writing an Adult Contemporary. He hosts fun contests on his blog, scwrite and can be found on Twitter @SC_Author.

Heather Murphy Capps: Heather is a teacher, writer and former tv reporter. She blogs at Cue My Muse and is on Twitter @HeatherMC66.

Jamie Adams: Jamie is a book writing eater of pizza and lover of all things magical. When she's not spinning stories, she's finishing grad school, buying new shoes, taking awesome naps, and interning for Month9Books. If you send her Parks and Rec gifs, she'll be your best friend. Check out her blog at Jamie Adams Writing.

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