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I must say, this is really exciting. I’ve never done a blog hop before, and when Chris Votey offered to tag me into his, I just couldn’t say no! He’s been such a great mentor, trying to teach me the ins and outs of the writing world, and helping me establish a platform, that I honestly feel more welcome here than I do in most other places! And that’s saying something, as I’m quite the extrovert.
When Chris explained to me what exactly a blog hop was, I sort of understood, only because it seemed like something he would do. He’s very into exploring how writing works, and teaching others what they should do to make their writing careers go smoother. Luckily, his own writing career is amazing, especially with his recently released short novel, Terran Psychosis. I read it, and wow, it was such a twist ending, I literally had to skype him the minute I finished it and gush. It’s really amazing, not to mention inspiring.
However, he told me that there were four main questions I would have to answer in a Writing Process Bloghop. These questions pertain to how I write, why I write, and the actual process. All of this is daunting, as I never really took a look at the specifics. I figured, if it wasn’t broken, don’t fix it, right? But after writing this up and looking it over, I realised that I honestly had no idea why or how I do what I do! Which is just not acceptable. You see, as a writer, and as a person, I strive to always know more. And knowing oneself is half the battle!
First Question: What am I working on?
The biggest project right now, is finding betareaders/editors for my novel The Sorcerer and The Swordsman, which I hope to have published sometime this year. The rough draft is finished, and I’ve edited it into a workable second draft. Now it’s just time to find people to read over my baby and pick it apart with a fine toothed comb. After all, who knows what timeline snafoos I’ve made, or minor spelling errors, or worse, TELLING instead of SHOWING. *gasp*
Another project that’s got my goat is my novella, The Princess of Dolls. A retelling of the Nutcracker, the story is actually really intriguing, as I’ve changed the main character Clara into a trans*girl named Aurora (Rory for short!) But the manuscript is giving me some trouble, as I really, really can’t figure out the ending! I hate it when that happens. I’ve got a decent start though, and the cute romance that’s unfolding is just enough to keep me from shelving the darn thing permanently.
After those two are finished, I’m hoping to get started on a mystery/Urban Fantasy series that I don’t really have hashed out yet. Suffice to say Sugar Baby lifestyle meets Fae underworld is DEFINATELY something I’m going to be throwing around. Hopefully, it doesn’t give me as much trouble as the two above. No promises though.
Second Question: How does my work differ from others in it’s genre?
To be honest, the only thing I can really think of is that I’m trying to provide representation for as many LGBTA minorities as possible. That, and I am attempting to make fantasy that EVERYONE can relate to, in some way. Not just the same cookie-cutter princess/knight characters, but people that are flawed and imperfect and learning about themselves along the way. Fantasy is pretty hard to be different in, as it’s basically all different.
What I want, for my work, is to be known as something that anyone can pick up and find themselves a character they relate to. No matter who you are, I want someone that you can relate with, and understand, in my books. I want villains that are heroes in their own minds, I want heroes that make utterly stupid choices. I want everyone to have representation. I’m tired of people like me, asexuals, being forgotten in the dust. And I’m really tired of people not be able to find representation in books. It’s almost as bad as TV, and that’s saying something.
Third Question: Why do I write what I do?
Well, honestly, I write what I do, because if I didn’t, no one would be able to see the things I see when I dream. I’d be the only one to get to view these beautiful worlds in my mind, and that’s just sad. I can’t stand the thought that I won’t be able to find someone, anyone, who will say, “y’know, I had a dream like that once.” Because most of my books are based off of the nightmares I have at night, and the dreams that they become, it means that there’s a lot of personal baggage entwined with each one.
Also, I write the things I write because I like the story. I WANT to know why Yumil does the things he does in the Kurylian Saga. I want to know why the people in my stories behave the way they do in my mind. And the only way to find out is to put it on paper. Plus, I like being able to say, HEY. I WROTE A BOOK. WHAT DID YOU DO WITH YOUR LIFE?
Fourth Question: How does my writing process work?
Legitimately, I have no idea. Here’s what I do, most of the time. I put on music. Usually that weird ten hour jazz video on youtube, and the rainsounds website. Then, I sit at my computer and stare at Tumblr for a few hours. Finally, I tell myself one last time, that I have GOT to write SOMETHING. Usually, that gets me in gear. After that, I sit down in front of scrivener, or this blog, and start typing whatever comes to my head. Then, I stop, gather my thoughts, remember what I was trying to get across, and finish typing the other half.
For blog posts, I usually don’t edit. They’re more of a stream of conciousness thing. For my novels, however, I try to force myself not to edit until I at least have the first draft done. Then, I go crazy with the editing. After editing, I read it again, usually out loud to my boyfriend. Then, I edit again.
I don’t know if it exactly WORKS. But it works well enough for me. I love my writing process, even if sometimes I get so stuck that I can’t even write. Those are the hard days. But luckily, I have a lot of people in my life who like to remind me that they want to read my stories. And that helps a lot.
Now, I get to introduce to you four lovely people whom I think you should check out. They’ll be introducing their writing process to you sometime next week, so take a look and get subscribed to em, so you don’t miss a single word, okay?
First and foremost, we have the LOVELY miss Sonya Craig, who writes a science fiction series about the perilous and insane life and times of the intrepid Taiga Chavez and her beloved ragtag crew! Hit her up on twitter @SonyaCraig15 for the Excessive Fun Factor.
Next, we have Johanna Harlow, who’s blog has done a lot for my writing style, as well as my characterisation! Definately someone to keep an eye on, that’s for sure, especially as she gets closer to the release date for her Sci-fi/Fantasy novel, Alter Ego.
And then, we’ve got the lovely Miss Dyane Forde who’s book, The Purple Morrow, is discussed in detail on her blog, Dropped Pebbles. A wonderful Woman of Color after my very own heart, she is an inspiration to all authors everywhere! Not to mention, she has guest blogs and interviews on regular intervals too!