My Writing Process Blog Hop

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“In the writing process, the more a story cooks, the better.” ~ Doris Lessing.

The amazing Guilie Castillo Oriard invited me to join in My Writing Process tour, which introduces you to writers and gives a little insight into their writing process. Please, hop over to Guilie’s blog, Quiet Laughter. She’s working on a year-long project for Pure Slush — great stories from all around the world.

By the way, I’m early with this post (due Monday). Considering the A-Z Challenge is almost here, things move a little faster.

What am I working on?

Too many things.

Actively, I’m working on a mystery titled Old Wounds, but I’m also putting the finishing touches (yet again) on my novel, Stranger or Friend. This one refuses to leave me alone. Too much internal thought slows the pace, and we can’t have that. Not enough, and I no longer recognize the characters, so striking the perfect balance … well, life is complicated and I like it that way. The end, however, is in sight. I can almost see it.

After having a second story published by Red Fez, I became greedy. Carved out more time for a couple of shorts. It seems I can’t work on a single project. There is comfort to be had in studies that link a wandering mind to the creative process. I think.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I really don’t know. Others suggests something similar, and works are different within any genre. A writer friend concluded my novel is not your regular mystery or suspense, but perhaps more on the women/literary/mystery side.

I like that. Must be the internal monologue — the characters’ emotions. Because emotion (done well, not the sappy kind) lies at the heart of a good story. Without it, I might as well populate my story with robots — nothing wrong with robots, just a personal preference.

Why do I write what I do?

Why, oh, why? For my novels, mystery is what I find engaging on story and character level — presenting the reader with a series of problems and questions, which arouse feelings that are often beyond imagination, yet seem real.

Short fiction is, in some ways, like a photograph — a captured moment of time, sometimes mysterious, fascinating, though perhaps delicate. It encapsulates the sense of wonder that feels our hearts, our fears and secrets. This complexity needs unmasking, and that’s what short stories are for.

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How does my writing process work?  

I write beautiful characters and fall desperately in love. :)

I sit down and write, write, write. Usually when the house is quiet, so I can focus. I stare out the window for long durations. Maybe I’m crazy. But if I were crazy, I’d consider that normal, right? See where this is going?

I put together a few general ideas, even try to imagine the ending, but I don’t do an elaborate outline or advanced plotting. Sure, I have a sense of direction, the main details. But that’s about it. And the non-plotting has nothing to do with killing creativity. It’s been my modus operandi for so long, switching gears now would drive the whole thing into a tree.

Here is the beauty of the process: there isn’t — nor should there ever be — a one-fits-all formula. This is writing, after all, not math.

And that, my friends, is how I do it. Again, many thanks to Guilie for inviting me to play. As is tradition, I’m tagging two writers to share their stories next Monday or any other Monday: my dear friend Debi O’Neille, and my friend and former writing partner Linda Covella (who recently signed a publishing contract with Astraea Press).

Take it away, ladies.

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Images: Norman Rockwell’s Jo, bloggingthemoments.com; Paul Cubitt, Pinterest.

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9 responses to “My Writing Process Blog Hop

  1. Thanks for tagging me, Silvia. I’m happy to be part of this blog hop. It’s always interesting to read about other authors’ processes. BTW, I love Doris Lessing’s work, so appreciate your beginning quote :-)

  2. Okay I see where I’ve been tagged. So, before I post a comment on your blog or write my little article, I have a few questions.

    So I’m assuming that in my article I follow the same format that you used. So first I would mention you, like you mentioned Guilie, and then I would mention my current W IP’s, and then mention my process, and last introduce the two people that I will be taking.

    Is that correct?

    Next question – are the two people I take just supposed to be writers with blogs and who are willing to write about their process, or specifically people who are participating in A-Z?

    Also – I know you posted early, but when I take two people I should let them know that these posts are to go up on any given Monday during the month of April? What if they choose the last Monday of the month; then that wouldn’t leave much time for anyone a tag to do or write anything about their writing process… This part is confusing to me.

    Thanks.

    Deb

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    • Deb, you got it. Write your process, tag two people, and they can write it any Monday they want, but I’m assuming most people will want to write soon. However, it is entirely their choice. There are no hard rules, but mostly writing and fun. And yes, they should be writers who have a blog.

  3. I loved reading your writing processes, how you feel about your characters, etc. That tells a lot about the author.

    See you on the tour! Susan Kane

  4. I can really relate to the idea of working on too many things. I have about three book ideas I’m currently working on, and keep feeling like I need to focus on one at a time. We’ll see, though, how that turns out! :)

  5. Bravo–there should never be but one process. Not math, indeed ;)

    A-Z Challenge partner, Christine London here—just dropping by to see if the madness has yet set in (even before we begin) What is “A” for? Hmm…
    Hope to see you around the A-Z April world.
    Christine

  6. Your writing process resounded with me. Like you, I too tend to juggle more than one project at a time. I have three novels going and my blog posts, which require quite a lot of research.
    I sometimes wonder if it’s such a good thing to be writing more than one novel at the same time, simply because it takes so much longer to see the end. Also, when I’m in one novel I’m into the momentum of that novel. On the other, hand having s second novel going helps prevent writer’s block or when I’m stuck on the first novel. And, now that I’ve quite far advanced in all three novels, to shift from one to the other keeps me closer to the characters and plot of each novel. Out of sight out of mind type of thing.
    I also write crime. One of my novels can be categorized the psychological crime genre; the other as a police procedural.
    I enjoyed reading your post. It was uplifting to know I am not alone. :)
    Good luck as you continue your writing.

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