The Writing Process Blogging Tour
I was asked by a friend, John Allen of I Write, You Read, to contribute to The Writing Process Blogging Tour. On his blog, he claims to have “passed the baton” on to me, so I won’t dwell too much on the texts of hesitation I sent to him (only resulting in an “I’m going to link to you anyway” response). Anyway, here I am, writing my post instead of eating my lunch…(you know I still love you, John).
My writing process was fairly shambolic up until about eleven years ago. I pretty much wrote down every idea I could think of until the story I was trying to develop disintegrated into nothing. As a result, I accumulated a lot of incomplete work (some of which I still have stored away in my head, most of which have died a horrible death in forgotten notebooks). Then I signed up to an online writing course and was shocked (duh) to discover that other people didn’t go about writing in the same way. This is probably why they were more productive than I was (another duh moment). I never finished the course but what I got out of it is what I’ve used since. So, back to the format of this tour (John, take note) where I’m supposed to answer four questions about my work. Here goes nothing.
What am I working on?
I’m writing a (dark) retelling of Sleeping Beauty as part of the Twice Upon A Time anthology for The Bearded Scribe Press. Of course, when I say working on, I mean trying to write an outline and thanking God that the deadline has been shifted yet again.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Is this a trick question? Is this when I get to say my books are awesome and in such a different league from other stories in the YA genre that you’d really have to stop reading this post (like right now) and go check them out? Because if it is, what are you waiting for?
Why do I write what I do?
I write YA fantasy/paranormal stories because I binge read YA novels and fantasy from an early age (yes, even Nigerian folklore about the cunning tortoise tricking kings counts as fantasy). I never quite grew out of them, and that’s why I think my brain only churns out what it does.
How does your writing process work?
Okay, I already mentioned how I adopted principles from the writing course I joined over a decade ago. I could go on for a bit about the course but what I really got out of it was that writing an outline is essential to writing any piece of work. Sounds obvious but, for years, I carried out this process in my head and wondered why I couldn’t keep my stories straight. An outline ensures that, even if you deviate from your original intention, you never lose sight of the end goal. Other than that, I make sure I write whenever I get the chance, even when I don’t feel like it. If I have a book on the go I discipline myself and make sure I write something down at some point in the day – during my lunch break, on my bus journey home (usually jotting down ideas on my phone), late nights after work, weekends. I also read a lot (maybe a little too much), and I’ve found that this helps a lot with writers block (which is an inevitable occurrence). Reading other people’s work helps to draw you out of the bubble you’ve immersed yourself in. It certainly helps to clear my head.
I think that’s it from me. On to the next one. I’m “passing the baton” to Cherese Vines of Cherese Vines Charming Words, author of Countercharm 1 and 2 and Three Weeks in May. Cherese is a pretty awesome book reviewer and writes for a few book review sites, including her own. You can also follow her on her Facebook page.