Writing Process Blog Tour

Today I’m participating in the Writing Process Blog Tour. This tour is where writers/authors answer a couple of basic questions about their writing process. My fellow author Sue Lyndon posted his last week. *waves* Thanks, Sue, for inviting me to participate. You can check out her process here.

So let’s get started with these questions…

1. What I am working on?

I just finished the draft of an m-m short story, complete with zombies. I was looking for something fun and easy. I am fortunate that the story came together quickly. I also have a longer m-m romance story in-progress. It is set in the future on the planet Xerxia. This is the first time I’ve tried to incorporate some science fiction into a story so it’s quite a challenge!

2. How does it differ from other works of its genre?

While my work has drama and conflict, it isn’t loaded with angst. Personally, I read to escape and am easily frustrated when the characters do stupid things to create tension and prolong the plot. I prefer writing stories that leave the reader happy and satisfied and not pulling his/her hair out with the characters’ actions. My stories also tend to be shorter – I like the novella length; I doubt I will ever write a full length novel.

3. Why do I write what I do?

Ooh, so do I get on my soapbox or not?? I’ll do my best to stay off of it! I prefer writing m-m romance. I’ve grown as a person, supporting and advocating for my LGBT friends (and the other LGBT folks out there). One of the ways I feel I can do this is writing works that show them in loving, caring relationships. The first m-m book I ever read was Fair Game by Josh Lanyon. I’ve been hooked ever since.

4. How does my writing process work?

I find my strength is story ideas and getting them started (my characters can be very demanding!). I struggle when it comes to finishing them. To help combat this problem, I do a general outline of where I see the plot going. From there I start writing. One lesson I’ve learned is to keep writing – don’t get hung up on names or places. I now insert a placeholder and keep moving. I’ve also found that I do better not editing while I’m writing. It tends to get me sidetracked and slows down the story.

As far as location and what I need to write: my preference (and where I’m most productive) is a coffee shop with a sugar free latte next to my laptop. I find that I get too distracted at home and can’t focus. Being at the coffee shop forces me to concentrate. I make sure to stay off the internet so I don’t get sucked into surfing. On one of my most productive days, I wrote 5K words in a couple of hours.

Next Monday my writing friends Dawn and Lesley will be sharing their writing process. Be sure to visit their blogs to check out their posts.

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  1. “ersonally, I read to escape and am easily frustrated when the characters do stupid things to create tension and prolong the plot.” – Me to!!!! Keep the main character smart.

    “One lesson I’ve learned is to keep writing – don’t get hung up on names or places. I now insert a placeholder and keep moving. I’ve also found that I do better not editing while I’m writing. It tends to get me sidetracked and slows down the story.”
    I’m going to adopt that approach too.
    After getting together with the writing club it sure makes we want to go back and edit, though!!!

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