I was invited to participate in this writing process tour by author Sara Gauldin. Her latest book is The Corporeal Pull. You can find out more about her writing at SEBGwrites.wordpress.com.
When you pick up a book off the store shelves (or add it to your Amazon shopping cart), there’s a lot behind that title that you don’t know about. Every author finds inspiration in different ways, which is why I’m excited to participate in this blog tour and share my writing process with my readers. Ever want to know what happens between an idea and the final book? Well, here you go!
1) What am I working on?
I’m currently working on a YA suspense–and it’s actually turning into a rather creepy yet enticing story so far. I’m only a few chapters into the story and I don’t even know the ending yet! The tentative title is The Curious Life of Paper Dolls. Here’s a quick excerpt from my rough draft:
The attic is dark and I’m not sure which way to point my light first until something rustles on the left. The light meets Mordecai, sniffing around some old cardboard boxes.
I slowly sweep the rest of the attic with the flashlight. Plenty of cardboard boxes. An old fake Christmas tree, decorated in cobwebs, hunches in one corner. A rusty metal wagon is filled with a few more boxes. I flip open the box closest to me. It’s filled with paper. Old bills, it looks like.
The beam of light from the flashlight catches movement. I freeze. Mordecai is tugging at a full garbage bag.
He manages to pull off one flap, exposing a patch of blonde hair.
My heart stops.
He grabs the hair with his front teeth and tugs.
My ideas come from all kinds of different places, from things I see to conversations I have. For example, Mordecai (in my mind anyways) looks a lot like this pup I saw at an adoption event, just a little bigger:
As I write, sometimes I keep notes and pictures like this on hand, and other times, when I sit down to write I have no idea what I’m actually going to write and just type up what my imagination gives me.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
For me, each story is just that–it’s own story. My current project is quite a bit different than my debut novel, Kaleidoscope Me. With that said though, all my work is clean–I don’t like to read books full of sex and swearing so I don’t make my readers wade through them either. So far, everything I’ve worked on has elements of mystery, which isn’t very common in YA anymore. I love books that keep me reading because I have unanswered questions; I try to do the same in my own work.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I start each story just to write. I love writing and I would continue to write even if no one ever read a single word of it. But as the story starts to take shape, there’s always an element that I start to identify with, an aspect I want to share with readers that they can use in their own lives. I don’t preach, but I want readers to take away more than just the simple entertainment of reading.
I write clean fiction because that’s what I like to read. For me, sex and swearing don’t add to a story, and since I’m writing for teenagers, I like to keep it clean.
4) How does your writing process work?
My writing process is quite flexible and never really stays the same. I’m a web content editor by day, a job that I need to have structured. When it comes to fiction, I allow myself more flexibility–I feel like strict processes and schedules hurt my creativity. When I’m stuck, I’ll often put the story aside for a few days or write in a new location, like a park or coffee shop (despite the fact that I don’t drink coffee). Even my ideas will come from different places and at different times. The last thing that I want is to develop a “process” that only hinders my writing. I don’t always write in the same place or at the same times and sometimes I don’t even write the story in order. I do keep a collection of notes and ideas I jot down as I go through my day, but there isn’t too much that’s the same from book to book.
Well, there you have it–a little bit about how I write and where my ideas come from. I love comments–so if you have a question, feel free to ask below!
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Next up on the writing process blog tour is Tianna Holley. Holley lives outside of Atlanta with her husband and children and has always been an avid reader of fantasy novels. She began writing poetry and short stories in her youth but did not pursue her passion for writing until later in life. Although her writing tends to have violence and romance, she considers herself a PG-13 writer. Her novels do not contain curse words, and her sexual content is limited to heated kissing. She enjoys talking to her readers and offers free Skype chats to book clubs that have read her writing. When she’s not typing on her laptop or running after her children, she can usually be found in her kitchen baking and teaching others how to cook with healthy and natural ingredients. She also loves organic gardening. You can learn more about Tianna and sign up for her monthly newsletter to receive exclusive insights into her current work in progress by going to http://www.tiannaholley.com.