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.