Blog Hop: Writing Process

I was recently asked to take part in a blog hop by the lovely Diana Cranstoun. If you haven’t checked out her blog before, please do. You’ll find fascinating posts that bring history to life as she writes about wartime nurses. She’s even been known to go on a wartime rations diet challenge from time to time.

After agreeing to it, I realized that I’ve answered these questions before, so was about to decline, but then realized that my answers to almost all of the questions have changed.

  1. What am I working on?

Due to Camp NaNo, I’ve put edits for Girl Tries Life on hold at the moment so that I could write new material for book 2, Girl Tries Love. It’s a series set on Rothnarr, a remote island on the west coast of Scotland. During Camp NaNo I was also inspired with ideas for a couple of children’s books, and I have a new adult contemporary romance on the backburner set in Southeast Asia. So… I have plenty to keep myself busy.

  1. How does my work differ from others in the same genre?

This is the question that probably hasn’t changed – I despise this question. There are billions of books out there in the world, so how do I really know that my work is different? I believe that I give my characters a strong voice. I think I straddle the line between chick lit and contemporary romance. Crazy things happen to my characters, but they are ultimately strong women. Love, however, can make the strongest person do strange things.

  1. Why do I write what I write?

I’m not going to say that I don’t have literary masterpiece in me… it might happen yet, but until then, I write what I enjoy reading. I read across multiple genres, but the ones that make me feel good, laugh and smile as I close the pages are generally chick lit.

  1. How does my writing process work?

Process? Hmmm, depends on the month. If it’s Camp NaNo or NaNoWriMo, I’m in my sprinting element. Outside of those months of productive chaos, the process is all over the place. The one thing I learned and learned HARD from my first draft of my first book was that I need a strong outline. While I’d much rather, in the spur of the moment, write to my heart’s content, if I’m honest with myself I have one or two scenes perfectly envisioned, but don’t know how to tie the rest of the story together. If I properly spend time on the outline, then I can keep the writing momentum going and there is much less rework at the end. It makes my first draft pretty darn clean.

Other bits of my process? Coffee, coffee and coffee. Okay, occasionally tea, but coffee to start.

What I found interesting about these questions is that your practice as a writer evolves, in my case even in the space of six months. It’s fascinating to do check ins with yourself and see what you’ve learned.

I am tagging two lovely writers next: Kate Larking and Rosie Blake.

Kate is a fellow member of the Alberta Romance Writers Association and provides me with much needed word sprints. Her sense of humour keeps me going through two or three thousand word days. She’s a marketing genius, so check out her blog on advice for writers.

Rosie Blake is the hilarious author of How to Get a Love Life. How to Get a Love Life chronicles Nicola’s journey to find a date for Valentine’s day, and the gruesome dating pool she must wade through to get there. I am half way through the book myself and am loving it. I can’t wait to see what comes next from Rosie Blake.

Check for their posts next week!

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