My awesome author friend, Celesta Thiessen, tagged me in this writing blog hop. My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to answer the following four questions. I’m up for the task!
1) What am I working on?
Promising Power, the last in the trilogy of the Protectors series. I’m finishing a big story, one I’ve been working on for years. Characters are moving into place as things come to a close. It’s crazy! Here’s the most recent sentence I’ve written:
These reminders, these memories, were too painful right now, cutting into her and threatening to take over.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Good question. And a hard one! I know everyone’s a little different, every author has strengths and weaknesses and their unique styles. Personally, I try to focus on the relationships that are driving the plot. How my characters interact with friends, family, lovers, and enemies is important to me. I want it to be realistic. It’s one of the reasons I love writing, to see how humans relate — or don’t relate at all — to one another.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I like playing with the impossible, with magic and those things we never see in real life. It’s fun. Anything can happen. I also like writing young adult because it’s such a transformative time in our lives. Characters learn so much as they come into their personality and become their own person.
4) How does your writing process work?
I get an idea and I start writing. Once I’m a little bit into the story, when I know it’s not just a passing fancy and I want to write an entire book, I will step back and do some rough outlining. I ask what the characters want, how their wants conflict with each others’ wants and needs, what I want to accomplish, and try to figure out how I’m going to do all of that. Then I write the rest of the book. A first draft, if I’m working on just one at a time and not jumping from book to book, will take me 3-4 months to finish.
I didn’t really have the initiative to tag anyone, though those were part of the instructions. I know! I’m horrible! So, if you’re a writer, tell us, what’s your writing process?