IWSG and Writing Process Blog Hop

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“Writing fiction … is like crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub. There’s plenty of opportunity for self-doubt.”~ Stephen King

Today is IWSG day, but since I’ve been doing more editing than writing, and seeing that the wonderful Noelle Granger tapped me to participate in the Writing Process Blog Hop, I am combining the two into a Support-Writing-Process Extravaganza.

After all, insecurities are often expressed through actions rather than stated. And sure, I did the blog hop in April (then proceeded to forget), so here is an update on that ever-changing act we call our writing process:

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What am I working on?

I’m editing the first chapters of my mystery titled Wounds. There is a balance to be struck between internal monologue and forward momentum. Having both in equal amounts… well, that’s where editing and lying awake at night come in.

I’m also finishing a short story titled Play Music. This one keeps demanding attention, like some jealous lover.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

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 more on the women/literary/mystery side.

Why? Must be the internal monologue, the characters’ emotions on display. And emotion (done well, not the sappy kind) lies at the heart of a good story now, doesn’t it?

Why do I write what I do?

Why, oh, why? 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 captured moment of time, sometimes mysterious, though perhaps delicate. It encapsulates the sense of wonder in our hearts, our fears and secrets.

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, see my characters in action, envision the setting.

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I put together a few general ideas, imagine the ending, but I don’t fully outline. Sure, I have a sense of direction in mind, the details. And the lack of an elaborate outline 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, not math.

Many thanks to Noelle for inviting me to play. Since I’ve done this blog hop previously, I’m leaving it open to all writers: please come share your writing process/stories with us.  

If you’d like to visit other IWSG members, they can be found here. Come one, come all. No writer can do it alone.

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25 responses to “IWSG and Writing Process Blog Hop

  1. Written beautifully, as always, Sylvia. It’s so nice to get a glimpse into the writer. Good luck with the book. I know it will be a good read because your short stories are wonderful.

  2. Well, I anticipate reading your stories!! Happy Wednesday!

  3. Hmmm, I have never heard of the Blog Hop before. It sounds interesting. However, all of my writing is only short personal essays… but that doesn’t mean I can’t be VERY hard on myself.

    I’m enjoying learning more about what you write. You are a creative writer and I love listening to you.

    • Thank you, Gwynn. I think a blog hop is a way for writers/bloggers to link up and post on the same topic, then invite others to do the same — a community of sorts. Being hard on ourselves as writers is second nature, unfortunately. I think only through more writing that changes a little.

  4. Lovely post Silvia – getting a glimpse into your writing ‘process’. Thank you for sharing it. You’re so spot on – never should there be a one-fits-all formula. That’s encouraging. Happy editing – enough to drive one nuts. Eat them rather – don’t let the nuts drive you ..

  5. Hi Silvia – so great to hear from you. Jealous lovers and falling in love with characters and no one size fits all. We live so vividly in our heads, don’t we? I look forward to Wounds and Play Music.

  6. I loved the way you described a short story as a moment in time. It’s inspired me to think about them differently now.
    And writing is definitely not math. Although at the moment I’m not sure which one I find harder. Hmm…

  7. I just love getting a glimpse into how other writers do it. I definitely “fall in love” with my characters – they are “real” after all ;-) They clamor for attention and talk to me in my sleep.
    Thanks for sharing how you do it. I agree with Deborah – your definition of a short story is great.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    On the Open Road! @ Join us for the 4th Annual Post-Challenge Road Trip!

  8. It is so intriguing to see how each writer is so different in how they create.

  9. I liked reading about your writing process. Mine involves long periods of staring out the window, as well :)

  10. I write the best in a quiet house too. Or sometimes with light music playing.Good luck with your book.

  11. Great description of short fiction.

  12. I enjoyed your post. I get involved with my characters too. I story carried by characters rich in personality.
    Juneta at Writer’s Gambit

  13. I admire the way you have presented your post, I write only when I want to, otherwise I work full time, and in between breaks I try to write, my purpose is to show gratitude, to inspire and be inspired ! thanks for sharing !

  14. I admire how much time you devote to your writing. It’s not always easy to fit it in! Your posts are always inspiring. :-)

  15. I’m looking forward to the new story you are working on. :-)
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

  16. What am I working on? A collection of vignettes/short stories. I have two finished novels in boxes, and have looked at them with horror. What was I thinking??
    At this stage of my life where I want to play with my gr-kids, vignettes are perfect.

  17. I have a lot of internal monologue in my latest manuscript as well.

  18. I read your short stories published on your blog a while back. They are very good. The held my attention and that is difficult to do. I recently engaged in a contest in which we, the writers, were peer judges. I have to say, I only read one or two stories that I considered to be decent. Most of the time, I couldn’t figure out what they were talking about and the endings stunk. I am working on my own short stories, poems, etc. and I hope mine can be as well written as yours. I think maybe with practice they will be. I am a old, new, writer. I am picking it up again after many years and I love it. Hopefully with time, I will be a much more developed writer.

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