So this is a writer’s blog hop. I was tagged by Ami Allen Vath right here. Normally I don’t participate in these kinds of things, but this one sounded fun. Are you excited?
Okay, guys, you can at least try and be excited.
Better. I suppose.
Here are the questions!
1. What are you working on?
I am working on my YA contemporary, The Daisy List. It’s taking me longer than I thought, since I’m in year 11 this year and it’s getting kinda hard. I wrote the first draft during Camp NaNoWriMo in July last year, so it’s been…a while. I’ve only been working on the second draft for a few months, but it seems like forever. It’s about a girl, whose mum has cancer. They move to England so the mum can die in her home country, and the girl (Daisy) starts completing the things her mum never got to do.
2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
Oh goodness, I already feel narcissistic answering this one.
Anyway, I guess my writing’s different in that I don’t write about usual relationships. Usually my girl/guy relationships are platonic, at least eventually. And if they are romantic, they’re not between a white guy and a white girl. Because diversity FTW. A couple of my WIPs don’t feature romantic relationships at all. Weird, huh?
3. Why do you write what you write?
You mean YA? Well, because I’m a young adult, I guess. I figure even if my writing isn’t that great yet, having written so much stuff as a teen will give me a lot of content to look back on when I’m ancient 😛 I write YA because I want people to read it and love it. I write it because I want to share an idea I had, or because it’s something I’d love to read. I write to escape, because I need to, because I love it, because I can’t stop, because reading back what I’ve written is a really lovely experience (aaaaand we’re back to the narcissism. But seriously, sometimes I really like reading what I’ve written)
4. How does your writing process work?
Fantastic question. How do I answer it?
Yeah, so, my process is weird. There are some definite things I do, and some things that vary.
– When I have an idea, I put it into a Scrivener document. I have tabs for “titles,” “character quirks,” “images,” “beginnings,” “writing dares” and “general ideas.” Here are some examples.
JELLYFISH MERMAIDS, AMIRITE. I’ve always wanted to write a story about mermaids.
Strawberries and Sausages
Writing dares (these are from the NaNoWriMo forums):
- Have a character with a T-shirt that says “my parents went to save the world and all they brought me back was this lousy T-shirt.” Points if it’s true
So that’s ideas. I’ll probably go into ideas in more depth later on, because I have some COOL PICTURES that could do with sharing. And Tumblr posts. Tumblr is great for writing ideas.
Other definites in my writing process:
– I always have an outline. I hardly ever stick to it, but I find that if I don’t have my scenes listed out, the story goes nowhere.
– I like to write first drafts quickly. The process is painful enough as it is without prolonging it.
– Sending to CPs! Cait from Notebook Sisters is one of these awesome CPS *waves* It is literally impossible to write something good without CPs/betas.
Things that vary
– How long it takes me to write a second draft. Okay, so I’ve only done this like, twice, but I can imagine it will be different every time.
– How long I rest a manuscript before writing the second draft. For Mutual Weirdness, it was about a month. For The Daisy List, it was about six months. And my NaNo novel from last year might not even be rewritten.
– The process of turning it from an idea into a novel. Sometimes I jot things down instantaneously, but most of the time I finish my current project before starting another.
So that’s my writing process! It’s a bit of a jumble, but it’s worked for me so far. See, bloggers, we’re a mess. But you should know that by now. And writers, you figured that out long ago. What’s your writing process? Or if you’re a reader, are there any misconceptions you’ve had about the writing process?