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The Writing Process Blog Tour

Well, I’m a very late on this post, but I have a good excuse … my husband’s accident.

Some time ago, I was asked by Pete Armetta, an author whom I admire, to participate in The Writing Process Blog Tour. Please take a look at his melodic poetry and thought provoking short stories. Pete Armetta

On to the WRITING PROCESS.

relax wmFirst comes a nap. (No that’s not me in the photo, but still, first comes a nap)

1) What are you working on?

I have several projects in the works. I’ll be attending a writer’s conference in October to get information on publishing my finished novel. I’m still not settled on a title for this one yet. Please check back to my blog, because in the near future I may be asking for help on that title.

I hadn’t planned on making a book series of that finished novel, but suddenly, another idea popped in my head for the main character. Low and behold, I have begun a sequel.

My third WIP is quite different from those two. In fact, this novel has been nagging at me to write for over six years. It’s about a 20th century, modern day prophet. I’ve been putting it off, because it’s complicated to write. The story will be told through the eyes of the prophet’s followers. I also plan to share more about this one on my blog in the near future, so again, check back.

I find writing poetry cathartic, but I don’t look to publish my poems. They are on my poetry page if you’d like to take a gander.

2) How does your work differ from others of its genre?

I’m not really sure how to define my work, or even a specific genre where it fits in. Maybe, family saga and women’s fiction? My work is very character driven. I love to make my way through the complicated labyrinth of the human mind. I show how our psychological profiles and behaviors effect relationships.

3) Why do you write what you do?

I answered that question in part, in number two. In addition, I hope to reach people who feel alone with their problems. Some people write self-help books with instructions on how to fix life’s problems. I write fictional stories with relate-able characters that can show a reader how things can turn around in their lives.

4) How does your writing process work.

I hear about how some authors write outlines, but my ideas are too scattered for something so ordered. I write notes. I have folders with story ideas and character descriptions. I have to get to know my characters in depth before the plot starts to evolve.

It irks me to see that blank white page on my screen. At the start of each chapter, I type and erase the first paragraph dozens of times before it finally flows. I keep writing until a chapter is finished, then I edit and hone it. From there, I submit the chapter to my writer’s critique group, and I edit it again using their input. I do this one chapter at a time until the novel is finished. Then, the entire novel will go to an editor, and I will edit it again.

chrs plnt wmA nice muse setting to sit with my laptop and create

5) Take a look at these writers below.

Eric Alagan – He writes fascinating fiction, and posts some of it on his blog. I’m captured by his character Altan. I hope he gives us a little peek into his writing process.

Angela Archer – Angela writes riveting romance. I absolutely love the titles of her books. I want her to title mine. Hopefully, she’ll share her process.

Anneli Purchase – Anneli’s novel about a woman’s journey through baja all alone, kept me on my toes. Maybe she’ll share her process with us, too. You can also try her at Anneli’s Place.

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13 thoughts on “The Writing Process Blog Tour”

    1. Hi Kathy. Yes, I try to reach out to people by sharing inspirational stories. I appreciate you reading this, and I hope I’m not being too pushy when I ask you to come back tomorrow (Monday) to read another post. I’m going to share a clip from one of my works in progress. I’m looking for input from my favorite bloggers. Hope you see you then.

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    1. Come on back on Monday (tomorrow). I’m posting the opening pages and I’d like to get some input. I was going to email a few of my blog followers and ask them to stop by to check it out. I’m now working on the following chapter, and it is very complicated. I have a very strong-willed antagonist who is complicated to write. It’s taking a lot of tedious work, so it’s probably going to be a while.Oh, and it takes place in the mid-twentieth century, so I have to get the historical facts correct. Hope to see you here this week to read some of it.

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    1. Hey Anneli. Yep, procrastination is the name of that nap. BTW, if you haven’t done it already, it’d be great if you joined The Writing Process Blog Tour and share your process.

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