March 7, 2014 by Sandi
Writing Processes – a Meta Hop
This blog hop is all about writers sharing about the hows as well as the whats and whys for each of us individually when it comes to our craft. It all comes down to words on a page or a screen, but the path to that end varies for each of us.
What am I working on right now?
This is kind of a loaded question, because my desktop is kind of a loaded place.
I am working on the final book of my Éire’s Viking Trilogy: Éire’s Devil King. This is an historical fiction book focused on how a Viking became the High King of Ireland. Based in historical fact. :)
I am also working on a Regency – Georgian romance that has plagued me since 1997. Readers of my blogs have heard of In the Name of Duty and I know some of my readers are dying to get their hands on the hero. For one reason or another. This story deals with a wounded warrior who has to find a way to make his estate a home for himself. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder wasn’t something they knew about, back then…
I am ALSO working on a Young Adult series of romances. More on that if I can finish the first one.
Oh, and I’m working on putting out one of my self-published Christian romances in eBook format this summer.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Well, in my Viking trilogy, I add a splash of the supernatural in my character Charis. Believed to be of the bhaen sidhe, she is not exactly human…and it shows!
Why do I write what I do?
Honestly, most of my work comes from one of two questions: One: Can I make this work? and Two: Should I? Then, I am challenged to make it entertaining to someone other than myself. I am happiest when I succeed in meeting my personal challenge as well as entertaining others.
Not perhaps the most noble thing, but I do always seek to entertain people. I figure if someone is spending time with me, I want to make that time interesting.
How does my writing process work?
I am a linear writer. I may see scenes in advance—in fact, I always do—but I don’t write them until I get there. My whole goal is to get to the Key Scene in my head and then to get away from it to the end. I pretty much always know where I’m ending a story when I start it. For me, it’s like a journey and I have to know where I’m going before I’m on the road.
I get to know my characters while I’m plotting the route, however. I give seminars on their backgrounds and motivations to my furniture, talk about them to myself while I cook, and so on. During this process, I’m writing the first chapter or three, to get a feel for how they will reach the Key Scene and the end of the journey.
Once I have done so, I outline. And I write.
I’m not a playlist person, nor do I always need music when I write. For me, music is usually a distraction more than it is an inspiration. When I do listen, it’s often to medieval dance music, Weird Al Yankovic tunes, or some of my favorites from my teenage years. (Yes, ’80’s Pop!) I do, though, have what I call a Viking Writing playlist that I have used when writing my current protagonist. Sometimes, I have to get a beat in my head just for him.
I love to talk shop, so if you have any questions, please drop me a line!
For next week, I’ve asked the following authors to participate:
Lindsey Gray dreamed of being several different things as a child such as a doctor, an actress, and a chef, but none held her attention like putting pen to paper and creating her own world through words. Those words led her to The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House and the rest, as they say, is history. Revisited, her third full-length novel, is the second in The Redemption Series, and she has no plans to slow her creations down any time soon. A mid-west native, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, reading on her new e-reader, and making life interesting at each and every turn. Website: http://lindsey-gray.blogspot.com
Andrea L. Staum is the author of Blood of the Sire Book 1: Dragonchild Lore, The Attic’s Secret novella, and a several anthology contributions. She’s a trained motorcycle technician with an Associates in Supervisory Management, is an amateur home renovator, and somehow manages to find time to write. She lives in south central Wisconsin with her husband and three demanding cats. https://dragonchildlore.wordpress.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrea-L-Staum-Author/146878242143910
Roxie Prince is a creative soul who turns her life into stories, poetry, and art.
She was born HIV+ and was orphaned by AIDS at the age of 10. She tells a story of survival through her works.
Her first publication, COMPENDIUM: A Horror Novelette, is available as an e-book download now for all e-readers and as a paperback available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and other major online retailers.