Writing Process Blog Hop

S.J. Maylee recently tagged me in the Writing Process Blog Hop. Thanks, S.J.! Without further ado, here are my responses.

What am I working on?

I’m currently revising a novella entitled “Good Old-Fashioned Magic” about a witch whose family was cursed by a warlock—and about her non-magical boyfriend, who finds himself caught in the middle. I also recently finished a draft of a short story set in the same world. I have another story in the planning stages—that one’s about two witches brought together across time by a spell gone awry. That story is called “Oak-Bound.”

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I write paranormal stuff, but I tend toward faeries instead of vampires, toward witches trying to balance magic with everyday life as opposed to demons and grit. I love nature, so my stories tend to be infused with the changing of the seasons, a strong connection to nature, and herb and plant lore. I also love mythology and fairy tales, so don’t be surprised if I end up working on a retelling one of these days. 🙂

Why do I write what I do?

I’ve been a longtime fan of stories that interweave magic and love. I think every life needs a healthy dose of magic, and I hope my stories bring some magic into readers’ everyday lives. I want to write stories that inspire, that give people hope, and that entertain them at the same time.

How does my writing process work?

I used to be a full-out pantser, but I grew tired of writing myself into a corner, so I changed my approach. When I start out with the seed of an idea—it can be a character I meet, a situation that occurs, or even a single image or what-if scenario—I write the first scene or chapter and see if I’ve got something. Then I press the pause button and enter the planning stage—a rough synopsis, a scene guide, character bios, etc. I use index cards to map out the story and fill in major plot holes, such as character motivations, world rules or history, backstory, etc. Then I write. After I finish a draft, I let it sit for at least a month (ideally, two), before diving back into revisions.

Lastly, I’ll be tagging the following fellow writers in the blog hop. (I apologize if any of you have already been tagged.)

Last, a midweek ROW80 check-in…

ROW80Logocopy1.) Writing:

  • Finish the second draft of the novella I finished in Round 1, “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” Still stuck on this project. Putting it on hold for a couple weeks.

2.) Read 4 books on the craft/business of writing.

  • 4 of 4 books read. Goal met for this round.

3.) Social media:

  • Check in on Twitter daily. Missed Monday, checked in on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Comment on 3-5 blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. Missed Monday, met for other days.
  • Blog 2 times a week. So far, on track.

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life. It’s also a blog hop!

What about you? How are your goals, writing or otherwise, coming along? How do you write, and why do you write what you do?

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16 thoughts on “Writing Process Blog Hop

  1. Hi, Denise! Looks like you’ve got a good handle on your goals. That’s fantastic! You mentioned books on the craft of writing. What’s a good one you keep turning back to?

  2. Thanks for sharing your writing process. I can relate to “writing myself into a corner.” I don’t do that with fiction, but I often do that with fiction longer than short stories.

    I can definitely relate to your love of nature! One of my challenges here in Texas is that the summer’s get so hot that it’s hard to enjoy being outside. But I love & need to be outside. I’m working on it!

    • Planning has definitely helped prevent me from writing scenes that go nowhere, though I don’t always have all the answers up front, even with plotting.

      I live in the mountains, so summers can be hot, but usually breezy and warm. It’s the winters that trap me indoors. I am not a winter sports person–no skiing or snowboarding for me–so I tend to get cabin fever during the colder months. It seems no matter where you live, there’s at least one season when the weather is unpleasant.

      Thanks for stopping by, Tui!

  3. That’s come great progress on your goals! I used to be a pantster too then I got frustrated in the revision phase of things since there was very little “order ” to the plot (though in my head I thought there had been, but then in reading it…yeah, not so much). Jami Gold’s beatsheets have saved my life in that regard and I’m now a hybrid, part pantster, part plotter. 😀

    I hope you have a great rest of the week and good luck with your goals!

    • I love Jami’s beatsheets. I know that I’ve linked to them from this blog at least once in recent months. And I’ve used her beatsheet with all of my recent WIPs.

      Thanks. You too, Kat! 🙂

  4. Hi, Denise!

    I already did the blog tour, but thank you for thinking of me! =)

    We have a lot in common from the looks of things. I want to check out Jami’s beat sheets, but, for my last few WIPs, I’ve had very good luck with Rock Your Revisions. Completing the exercises really puts me in touch with my characters and the basic framework of a compelling story…

    • You’re welcome.

      I’m also rereading James Scott Bell’s “Revision and Self-Editing.” I’m hoping that helps me improve my revising process. Right now I’m just trying to learn all I can.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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