Sunday, June 1, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Hop

for some reason, my laptop no longer seems to want to talk to my blog.  It takes incredibly long to load and it is virtually impossible to post photos.  So that's my excuse for the long absence.  I do have an iPad though, to do this entry.  And I'll be getting a new laptop soon.

The reason I'm doing a post is I've been tagged by critique partner and published author Pernille Hughes in a "writing process" blog hop.   You can catch her lovely blog at

Writing From The Edge Of Distraction

We met because we're both fans of Maggie Stiefvater and Maggie was holding a critique partner matchup.  Pernille lives in the U.K. and we've never met face-to-face, but when you share your writing with someone, you can't help but get to know them, extremely well. We've been doing the critique thing for quite some time now so she pretty much knows and anticipates both my comments and my writing.

So, on to the questions!

What am I working on?
What am I NOT working on should be the question.  I get distracted easily.

1. I've got a little novella I'm working on based on an A to Z challenge from a while ago.  I think it would make a great little webisode series but I don't know the first thing about webisodes so I'm researching how to make it a reality without spending a gazillion dollars.

2. Still working on Mel and Spence book:  I sometimes think, Eh! It's good enough, just self- publish the thing already.  But, right now, I'm in the 'I can make it better' mode.  Friends accuse me of hiding away my book, but I don't quite feel it's ready for publication.

3. Jane and Alex book:  It is a third written and I know exactly how the story is ending.  But I haven't worked on it for about six months now.

4. A bunch of short stories: been doing a monthly prompt with my afore mentioned critique partner and these have been alot of fun.  This is where I've focused my energy because, well, it's fun.  One of these I entered in a contest and I won some cash!   And CP is published authoress because of two of her short stories.

How does my work differ from others in the genre?

Hmm, I'm all over the place in terms of genre.  I'm trying all kinds of genres.  I'd like to say that through all the genre hopping, I'm developing a unique and distinctive voice, so that, no matter what I write, you'll be able to tell it is me.  But that remains to be seen...

Why do I write what I do?

I mainly write YA because it's such a pivotal period in our lives, so full of promise and hopefulness.  At least that's my take on why I do it.

How does my writing process work?

Huh? process? lol!  You name it, I've tried it.  My problems are 1) no self-discipline and 2) easily distracted.  There is always a book, or TV show or movie, or restaurant, or shop that seems to require my attention. The only thing that works for me is a looming deadline.  Like this post is due in an hour.  I knew about it for two weeks but didn't start it until a half hour ago.

So, I've started going back to critique group.  I'm in two groups with a weekly deadline of ten pages.   The good is that I'm getting weekly feedback on what works and what doesn't.  The bad is that I'm spending an inordinate amount of time critiquing and editing other people's work.  And the submission length is perfect for short stories as opposed to working on novels.

And so here is where I almost said no to the blog hopping - tagging others to join.  I hate the chain letter aspect of  "hopping" so, please, if anybody reading feels like answering the above four questions, please, feel free, and leave me a link so I can read your answers!


  1. YAY! Welcome back to the bloggesphere :)
    See, I think the key is where you said you write the short stories because they are fun, but is part of the fun actually simply getting into it? The short stories feel surmountable, where the bigger novels can sometimes feel daunting and attacking them feels like jumping into an abyss. I love the short stories too, and the novels scare me silly when I look at them from the start line, but once in there, once it is gaining pace, the writing becomes the fun in itself.
    Come on, dive in! I'll be waiting for them pages... :)

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