The writing process blog hop.

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to everyone.

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light.

May good luck pursue you each morning and night.

The writing process blog hop.

A little while ago, a friend of mine tagged me in this blog hop. Thanks Mae. You can find Mae Clair’s blog post here. I am fascinated to discover how other authors work on their stories and their thoughts on the writing process.  

Here is my post about the way I write.

What am I working on?

At present, I am working on several projects at various stages of completion. I tend to do that a lot I like having more than one thing.

My most important task  at the moment is working on the edits for my story A Perfect Match due out with Taliesin Publishing this summer. Edits always come first on my priority list. I am very excited about this story, it is the longest and probably the most complex story I’ve ever written. I did a lot of world building for this tale, a whole system of government, religion and society. 

There is also a little short story for a special project to be announced later this year, and I’m in the process of submitting To Eternity, the sequel to Timeless. Eternity has taken me time to finish as I had a lot of learning I needed to do before I could complete it. I am pleased with the result of the effort to finish the story.

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Along with these projects, I have a variety of blog posts to work on and some promotional work. In fact, you could say I am rather busy.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I have published stories in three genre’s so far, Historical, Fantasy and Paranormal. A Perfect Match is different from all those, as it is futuristic and set in another world entirely. There are several cross genre elements in A Perfect Match.

I think readers will find cross genre elements in some of my other stories. Certainly, in Your Heart My Soul there is a mix of the historical and paranormal. I don’t consciously set out to create the mixes, they happen as the story evolves.  I think it is those cross over points readers might find a little different about my writing. 

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Why do I write what I do?

This should be a very easy question to answer but it’s a bit like trying to describe why I breathe. I have to, is the answer. I write because I love writing. I have ideas for stories and they demand to be told.

I have always loved the paranormal, fantasy and historical genre and read as much as I can as well as write. It’s not surprising I write in the genre’s I enjoy most.

My newest creation A Perfect Match is a little different, but I loved the characters and their strange world so the story took on a life of its own.

How does my writing process work?


I am a pantster writer through and through. A story comes to me as a picture or a scene, it might be at the beginning or in the middle of a story, occasionally, I’ve seen the end and then had to work out how to get the characters to that point.  From the point of seeing the images in my head I then write the scene if I want to use it and work from there creating names, characters and the worlds they live in.

This process can sometimes be overwhelming, as it was in my story A Gentleman’s Folly, the story unfolded fast and the characters proved very strong. I like my historical stories to be as accurate as it is possible for me to make them. The level of research A Gentleman’s Folly demanded slowed my writing process a little, but I’m glad I did it to give the best grounding I could to the story.  Historical stories always take me longer than any other genre due to the level of research.I think due to cinema or T.V. people have a kind of vague idea of historical periods but when it gets down to the day to day details then you have to know what you are talking about.

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Often the first image I see of the story contains the central conflict. I have learned over time to pay attention to that conflict and not forget it in the excitement of a new tale. This has been a time consuming lesson as when I have forgotten the original image in my enthusiasm, the story flounders and I have to rework it. I have one story, a historical, where I made that mistake. The story sits at 35,000 words  on my ‘to be done’ list because I didn’t use the original conflict in the image and now I have to put it right if I ever want to use it.

The other great joy of writing is learning as much as I can about it and trying to improve my skills to give readers the best I can possibly offer them. Reading back over this paragraph all of it seems like a great deal of effort is involved, I suppose it is, but I do it because I love writing.


 My follow on blog hoppers are

Virginnia De Parte

Virginnia is a New Zealand based poet and writer who publishes exclusively on e-books. She writes flash fiction, short stories and romance. Her futuristic novels are spiced with romance and adventure.

And

Shiloh Saddler

A historical erotica author who likes her American history on the hot side whether it be straight or GLBT. She also dabbles in sci-fi, fantasy, and contemporary romance.

Virginnia and Shiloh will be blogging on the 24th of March.

 

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5 thoughts on “The writing process blog hop.

  1. yes I think it’s very often true that we get a flash or an image and we use that as our inspiration. But sometimes I forget them. I’m still trying to figure out what made me write vampires and flowers…..but oh well!

  2. Hi, Daisy. We seem to like a lot of the same things….paranormal, fantasy and historical in our novels. A Perfect Match sounds very intriguing. I love the idea of world-building and am looking forward to seeing how you handled it in the society you create. I’m like you in that I HAVE to write. If a week goes by without me creating “something,” I suffer withdrawal. Thanks for playing along in the Writing Process Blog Hop. I loved seeing your perspective and creative process. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

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