So, my fabulous writing friends, Ann Garvin and Sarah Cannon, must think I'm not blogging enough (which I'm not), because they both sent me the same blog roll invite. It's essentially chain mail for blogs, minus the silly "your wish will be granted if you forward this" false promises. And it's been a while, so why not actually do it? Here we roll...
1.WHAT AM I WORKING ON?
A few different things (like finally cleaning my house from top to bottom - but you don't want to hear about how I'm using Murphy's Oil Soap on all the woodwork). My newest project is revising my just-finished baby draft.
2. HOW DOES MY WORK DIFFER FROM OTHERS OF ITS GENRE? I write light women's fiction with some romance thrown in. I try to introduce characters who are from places and/or jobs not overly covered in literature, like Milwaukee!!! This latest is about a woman trying to reconnect with her hubby of 20 years, so she learns to play poker so they can go on dates. While poker is not a great date game, my character discovers she has a knack for it. As her skill increases, her marriage continues to crumble, until she needs to decide to stop bluffing and put all her cards on the table (ha, lots of card cliches to use). I like to think I'm taking a new angle on the mid-life crisis/troubled marriage trope. Plus, not a lot of writers tackle Texas Hold'em.
3. WHY DO I WRITE WHAT I WRITE? I write stories with happy endings and some (hopefully a lot of) of humor. It's one of the many genres I love to read. Also, when I daydream, these are the stories I tell myself. I write them down so I can share them with you.
4. HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS WORK? HAHAHAHAHAHA! This implies that I have a writing process. I'm making this shit up as I go along. I have learned writing that first draft is harder than giving birth sans painkillers (yeah, I did that, not by choice - but that's another story). I do love revising. Give me a story to shake up and reassemble and I'm a happy girl. I love adding in the layers with each revision, refining imagery, polishing up characters. I've also learned I need to give myself small goals, like go through two chapters a day or write 1000 words - otherwise, it's easy to get bogged down. Lastly, I accept that I'm going to go through my manuscript 10-15 times, maybe more. I'm not one of those writers that can revise as I go or accomplish multiple goals on each pass. I pick one or two items (like expanding imagery and cleaning up unnecessary words) to fixate on - then go through it. Then I pick a few more items, and go through it again. Repeat. So, I guess I do have a process - revise, revise, and revise some more.
5. AND ANOTHER PART OF THIS QUESTION, HOW DOES MY WRITING PROCESS NOT WORK?
Hmm, the part of my writing process that doesn't work.... hey, look over there, some Benedict Cumberbatch gifs, and a new article about Harry Potter. *wanders off for thirty minutes* Oh, you're still here - what was I doing? Right, what doesn't work about my writing process - that should be obvious, I'm easily distracted by the internet. If I have real work to do, I need to turn it off. Thankfully, there's an app for that - Freedom.