The Writing Process
Colin D Smith invited me to take part in the My Writing Process Bloghop. Today, I'm going to share the ins and outs of how I write...
What Am I Working On?
Dream!Story, which is an odd amalgamation of an idea I tried writing 2 years ago and my own fascination with writing bizarre dreams :D
How Does My Work Differ From Others Of Its Genre?
This particular story focuses on family relationships. Don't know about you guys, but disagreements with my parents were a fairly memorable part of my teens. Chuck in a fun sci-fi dream theme and it should be an interesting story...
Overall, my lack of romantic relationships is the thing that separates me from other YA writers. I really enjoy exploring friendships in my stories because I feel there's a real lack of good female friendships in YA.
Why Do I Write What I Do?
Science Fiction has been a defining part of my life. I grew up with it, it's formed the basis of many friendships, and I relate to it more than anything else. I love exploring our potential futures and examining our world from a different point of view.
As for YA, well, it just feels natural. I've always written, especially when I was a teenager, so it's the area I know best. Working with children makes me lean towards this end of the publishing market, too. It brings the various areas of my life together quite nicely.
How Does Your Writing Process Work?
Get that first draft done and dusted. Type it on a laptop, type it into my phone, scribble words into a notebook - basically, get it out. I worry about research and plotting and structure and all that in the second draft based on notes I make as I crank out that first rough draft.
I don't plan, I can't plan because it drives me insane. Just the thought of plotting a book out before I write it irritates me. I live for the adventure of discovering my story as I go. Not saying it always works out, and it definitely makes editing a more intense process, but if I plan in advance, I guarantee you I won't write the book because I'll feel like I wrote it already.
Music is an essential part of my process. Whether it be daydreaming ideas or getting to grips with the emotion of a scene, there's always a piece of music to really help me engage with what I'm working on.
I also love using Rainy Mood. So relaxing.
So, there we go. That's my writing process. It's probably way more chilled out than a lot of other people's, but it works for me :)
Coming up next week, you'll have a post from the lovely Emma Maree, writer and beta reader extraordinaire. She's from Scotland, loves tea and is an all round awesome human being of the writerly persuasion ^_^