About a month ago, my amazing editor, Annetta Ribken, invited me to join her on this very cool blog tour about writing process. As usual, I jumped at the chance, if only to talk about my favorite subject… 😀
This tour covers many other writers, but the format is the same. Four questions. So, here goes…
What are you working on?:
Right now, I’m finishing the edits of book two of the Hayle Coven Destinies, Steam Union. It’s been a blast returning to the point of view of Sydlynn Hayle. Up next (tomorrow) I begin outlining the third in the series, Brotherhood. With four books written already this year, my goal of tackling twenty before the end of 2014 is well in hand… we’ll just see if I can beat my record from last year–eighteen!
How does your work differ from others of its genre?:
As a young adult writer (I know, age group, not genre!), I tend to tackle multiple genres and don’t consider what might be popular or in style at the moment. I tend to trust the characters who come to me, who tell me their stories and focus on them, rather than on what’s hot and new. Any time I’ve tried to chase trends, I’ve ended up unhappy. And whether that makes me different or not, I’ll take it.
Why do you write what you do?:
The voices. They don’t give me a choice. I have some adult books (as in characters over the age of twenty) lined up to tackle eventually. But, right now, the teenagers are the loudest, most demanding. And I’m more than happy to take on their stories–honored, actually. And, no matter what I do, I always tend to have some kind of paranormal bent appear regardless of my attempts otherwise. I really believe trusting the creative process is the best choice of action and has brought me here, to this place, where I can make a living from my work and be happy roaming around in other Universes.
How does your writing process work?:
It usually begins with an idea–the spark. Either a name of a character or a scene, like from a movie. Sometimes just a title or a snapshot of an image. From there, I have a very specific pattern I follow, distilled from my experiences not only as a prose writer, but as a journalist and a screenwriter. I begin to expand the idea on a onesheet (or beatsheet for those with screenwriting experience), taking the concept from that single moment or image and expanding it into three acts with main characters and the conflicts that drive them.
From there, I plot out all the horrible, nasty, terrible, despicable things I could possibly do to the main character within the concept of the story. At this point, I usually have a good idea if this is a one-off or a series and plot accordingly. When all the conflicts are prepped, I begin to assemble my outline, planning chapter by chapter exactly what will happen according to the will and wishes of the characters (don’t for a second think I have any control over any of this!). When that’s done, I sit down and begin to write, often pounding out the first draft in under a week.
A day of edits to clear up details and it’s off to my content editor. (I mentioned her at the beginning of the post… you remember Annetta Ribken, right? Go check her out. She’s awesome!) Two or so rounds with her, a pass with my copy editor, and the book is ready to publish. But I’m not cooling my heels while that’s going on. I’ve already begun the next book…
And that’s it! My process. Not much of a social life, but I have tons of friends in my head who don’t seem to think I need one 😀
Check out some of Annetta’s other picks:
Kris Austen Radcliffe: It’s not a good love story until something explodes.
Stacy Green: Stacy Green writes twisted psychological thrillers with a dash of romance.
And the amazing lady who started it all by inviting Annetta:
Eden Baylee. You can find her at www.edenbaylee.com.