What are you working on?
Last week I finished what I believe is the next to last round of revisions on a middle grade fantasy. After that I decided to give National Novel Writing Month a try and I'm working on a young adult fantasy. I'm using some world building concepts from something I wrote three novels ago, but drawing up a fresh new cast of characters and conflict. I'm really enjoying the project. Sad to say though, I'm not quite keeping up with the NaNoWriMo pace. According to the stat tracker on the website, if I keep writing like I am, I'll finish the novel February 17, 2015. And that'll just be the first draft!
How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I love unique and strange stories like Maggie Stiefvater's THE RAVEN CYCLE trilogy or THE SCORPIO RACES. I'm always aspiring to write that never-done-before story and I hope that shines through in my writing.
Why do you write what you do?
I love music because of the lyrics. And I love books because of the characters. If a story has real, fleshed out characters, then I fall hard. So for me, regardless of something being contemporary or fantasy (which are the two genres I write), it always comes down to writing characters that come off the page and that I can't live without.
What does your writing process look like?
My writing process has consistently evolved over the past ten years. But, I'll share what I did with my past two novels.
- I make a beat sheet. If you don't know what a beat sheet is, check out SAVE THE CAT by Blake Snyder. OR I fill in the blanks on a plot diagram sheet, planning out every high point and low point. OR I do both.
- I write about 20-30k words of the manuscript.
- I revise.
- I put that 20k words through Natalie Parker's Crit Camp.
- I revise again based on my Crit Camp notes.
- Now, that my novel has a strong 20k foundation, I write the rest of the novel.
- I let that novel marinade for about 6 weeks. I don't open the document. I don't think about it. And I usually catch up on my reading pile during this time.
- I print out the manuscript, read through it, and edit with a red, purple, or green pen (has to be one of those colors).
- It's been 6 to 8 weeks by now, and I'm finally opening the document on the computer to implement edits.
- I send to three or four critique partners.
- I receive critiques and decide which suggestions I want to use to make the story better.
- I revise.
- Send new version to different crit partners/beta readers.
- Decide which suggestions I want to implement in story.
- I revise again, and then will let my agent know I have something new to share with her.
Thank you Kristin for tagging me in the blog hop. It's alway fun to chat about writing! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!