I have been asked to participate in this special blog tour by Bridget Whelan. Now, one is supposed to tag 3 other author volunteers. I couldn’t find any with the time to do this, so I’m going to change it up. So, anyone who wants to participate can do so with either the 3 authors or the open invitation rule. I’m going open invitation.
Also, you can use #mywritingprocess on Twitter and Facebook if you wish to mention the blog tour there.
Step 1: Acknowledge the person and site that involved you in the blog tour. (Done! Now the 4 Questions!)
What Am I Working On?
I’m currently resting between projects. I recently finished the first draft of Legends of Windemere: Curse of the Dark Wind and will begin building hype for Legends of Windemere: Family of the Tri-Rune in February. During this break, I’m outlining future ideas and going over notes for the next book in my series.
How Does My Work Differ from Others of Its Genre?
Most importantly, I wrote these books. That’s a really big difference between my books and others in my genre. All from my mind with my world and characters. If you’re talking style then my use of Present Tense Third Person is rather unique. I’m sure others do it, but it isn’t common and has thrown some people off.
Why Do I Write What I Do?
I enjoy telling my stories. I enjoy developing the adventures, the world, and the characters that live in my mind. It makes me happy and I love it when other people enjoy what I write. If one of my stories can bring a smile to someone’s face then all the hard work and bad reviews are worth it.
How Does Your Writing Process Work?
It’s a simple structure. I design characters, central groups, important monsters, and a basic plot beforehand then I make a scene by scene outline. The outline is made to be flexible and overly detailed at times. So, I end up merging, adding, and removing scenes as I begin the actual writing. Once I’m done with the first draft, I send it to a beta reader and my editor. Then I relax to think about the next project and usually start it before I get the edited drafts back. My mental process throughout is rather fluid where I let the story and characters carry me along. I nudge them in the right direction when necessary, but my use of dialogue focuses on a natural flow. So, there are parts of a conversation that are oddly casual and not specifically about the central plot. It’s similar with action where I focus on each move to make sure the choreography works together.
Well, that’s my part of the blog tour. Feel free to join in and reveal your process.