It’s time once again for the Writing Process Blog Hop! I took part in this Blog Hop a few months ago, but I’ve been tagged back by my good friend, Sue Bolich. Enough has changed in the time that’s passed that I’m giving it another whirl.
Before anything else, I want to thank Sue for the nomination. Here’s a link to her blog. If you love character-driven fantasy, and especially if you have questions about horses in fantasy, hers is a great blog to follow.
Now I have four questions to answer:
1) What are you working on?
Currently I’ve been working on a YA fantasy novel called Silver Marsh, which is the second volume of a planned trilogy. I’m having difficulty with Silver Marsh, I have to say. However, if I don’t finish it, all the time I’ve spent will be wasted — so I’m forging ahead. If I can quit messing around, I should finish by the end of the summer.
2) How is your work different from others in the genre?
Writers are often encouraged to follow trends and write what seems to be selling at any particular moment. This doesn’t work for me because, frankly, the current trends in fantasy just don’t interest me. Zombies? Ick. Weird romances with supernatural beings? No, thanks.
What I try to do is find a fresh angle or explore a perspective that hasn’t been revealed before. Not easy, given the amount of fantasy that’s in print. But that’s my challenge to myself.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Just don’t know when to shut up, I guess.
4) How does your writing process work?
It’s been scattershot lately. I’m a school secretary, and my expectation was that I’d have the summer off to focus on Silver Marsh. However, I was called to sub in the district warehouse, instead. So I’m fitting my writing into the evenings along with yard work and chores. Pretty much usual, in other words.
I’m of the “just write something” persuasion. Rather than try to make every sentence into a carefully crafted jewel, I try to get my basic ideas down. Once the plot is solid, I go back and make everything pretty. This saves me having to cut material I worked really hard on, but which no longer fits the story.
Nominations for future Writing Process Blog Hops.
I’m supposed to name three, and here they are:
Jennifer Eaton, YA Novelist whose blog covers the journey to publication
Radiating Blossom, a photographer who shares her beautiful images and philosophical poetry from diverse sources
L. Palmer Chronicles, by another emerging YA and fantasy writer
These are the blogs I read every day, even when my inbox is jammed. I recommend them all. But even if I didn’t mention your blog specifically, go ahead and jump into the Writing Process Blog Hop if you’d like to. The more the merrier!