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?