Jennifer Ellis author of In the Shadows of the Mosquito Constellation, recently tagged me to join the Writing Process Blog Tour.
If you are tagged, you are to write responses to the questions below and then tag three other authors.
At the bottom of this post I hope to add three indie author bios and pass the tour on to them. If you’d like to be tagged in this post please leave me a comment and I will contact you and update.
What am I working on?
I am currently working on the sequel to Ruthless. At this stage I am going with the title Fearless but that could change. Fearless will continue with Ruth understanding a lot more about her ‘eternal circumstances’ and doing a lot more ass-kicking of bad guys. I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t read Ruthless, but there are plenty more twists and turns in the plot line and you won’t see them coming!
Aside from Fearless I am also developing a text adventure game using the Wibble’s Quest framework. It is lots of fun and is helping me develop a new style of writing for games (which I love to play). Text adventures have always been a retro favourite of mine- there is nothing like using only your imagination to conjure scenes in which you are interacting.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I like to throw in plot twists like no other. I also try to move my stories and characters into a complete circle with earlier ideas, actions and attitudes being explained or tied in at the end. I like to think my writing style is easy to read and my stories are short but sweet.
Why do I write what I do?
Because it is bursting out of my brain onto my keyboard. I don’t put too much thought into hidden meanings or agendas in my writing, although there definitely are some embedded in Ruthless – as a writer, I don’t think you can help it.
I have always been a fan of action and adventure and so far my stories and ideas have followed the same genre. Ultimately I enjoy writing and that is why I do it. I am not writing for a market (unfortunately for my pockets), I am writing what I would like to read.
How does my writing process work?
I have written some other posts describing my process here, but basically I do a rough storyboard which is drawn around a circle. I call out the important points in the plot e.g. the addition or death of a character, an action scene or a key realisation.
I then just get down to writing. I know how much a story can change as you write and after an edit so there is no point spending hours and hours storyboarding and getting overly attached to your plan. I like to let my story be fluid and I’ve been known to remove entire chapters because they no longer align with my idea of a character or support the story’s backbone.
After I am about 80-90% complete, I get my manuscript to a good editor and then edit the book based on their recommendations and report. For Ruthless, I used 2 separate editors about 3 months apart.
Who’s Up NEXT Week (or so)?
I’m waiting to hear from any authors who are interested in continuing this blog tour. If you are keen, please leave a comment and I can tag you with a link to your blog.