My passion to write began as mere daydreams, when I was a little girl. If I did not like the ending of a book I dreamed up new endings. I am honoured to be apart of the blog tour challenge. I accepted an invitation to take part in the #mywritingprocess tour, an exercise in which writers share insight into their writing process. I will remind you that I am still on the learning path, but I will share with you what I have learned thus far.
I wish to thank Jennifer Kelland http://jenniferkellandperry.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/a-virtual-writing-tour/
Please read her post on this challenge.
Jennifer is a fellow blogger I follow that nominated me. She is a wonderful writer and poet. Jennifer blogs about life in a beautiful part of Canada the Newfoundland and Labrador, Province. The blog is a platform for her personal thoughts and observations on life and events, in the form of poetry, prose, musings and both local and travel photography. Also she writes about her family, her gorgeous cats and the journey on writing her novel Calmer Girls
ME what am I working on? If you have read earlier posts you know about my picture book Sugar and Spice. When I need a break from picture book art and pencil shavings, I dive into my mystery The Whitby Files.
The odd thing is the process is the same. I still need to push myself to give quality work, no matter what I am attempting. Each work of art needs to be shaped and molded with waves of editing, I go over things too much that is my weakness. (we all have one). Also I am my own worst critic.
How does my work differ from others of its genre? It has all been done before (they say) I guess with the Whitby Files I am trying to marry up unique but contrasting character’s like young and old. I see young people thinking old people have nothing to give. But rarely do the young believe an old person actually had an interesting life. I people watch when ever I can and see human nature in all of its complexities. I dream up secret pasts, maybe that old woman sitting on the park bench use to be a trapeze artist in a circus or a spy? I want my elderly characters to blow the minds of the young, maybe they have had more exciting lives than we could imagine. As for the genre I believe you cannot think about the latest hit, I write stories that I would want to read. (selfish I know).
Why do I write what I do? I don’t plan my stories, they just burst into my head at any given moment. The Whitby Files evolved from one crazy scene I day dreamed at the kitchen sink.
I dreamed of an evil man planning to murder his rich Aunt, each day he was poisoning her with her favourite sandwich. (I googled oleander poisonings and found plenty of scenarios). The day he planned the last deadly dose they had organised a picnic. On his way there to meet her, a branch falls on his head, leaving him with a short-term memory loss. His Aunt does not know who he is because she has alzheimer’s disease. He does not know her and eats the lunch in his own confusion, murdering himself. That scene, (Crazy as it is) started my mind reeling about a young man who is forced to live in an old people’s home. What if he had extra keen abilities to notice things others did not? What if he discovered the elderly residents were not dying of natural causes? That one little daydream has now evolved into a book, it has a very small part to play in the big event but it was an image, an idea that would not leave me be.
How does my writing process work? I rise at 5am each morning. I may as well as the husband is my alarm clock when he gets up with the cows. At the moment I am editing my story, I found the process of the NaNoWriMo challenge invigorating and I produced The Whitby Files story from it. Editing is different, waves of editing happen for me. Firstly structure, then depth in characters and story, shaping it and choosing better words or cutting the flowery stuff. Punctuation and grammar I leave until last. The best tip I can give….. READ it out loud, you know when something does not sound right. I read every day and my biggest hope is that the reader will care about my characters. Most of all don’t panic when things seem grim. Usually if I get up the next day it is not as bad as I first thought. Don’t forget in the end, it’s all about productivity, I tell myself keep going, even if I can only squeeze in fifteen minutes a day. WRITE SOMETHING.
Next up on the #mywritingprocess tour are Patricia, Christina, and Dana, three bloggers who have graciously agreed to take part: I hope you bookmark and/or follow these unique bloggers next week (they are all so different) when they present their own personal takes on the #mywritingprocess tour.
Patricia Storbeck: Patricia is about to set sail on her boat Mojito and I follow along as she and her husband go on many adventures (Here is a sample). http://mojitoandme.com/rome-my-love/#disqus_thread. She writes like no other, painting a vivid picture of a small village in Tuscany one day and a wild night on the ocean on the next. Patricia is my writing buddy and I would have not finished the writing challenge if I did not have such a determined friend.
Christina Hawthorn: Christina is a fantasy writer who first went on a journey to dismantle the fantasy genre and rebuild it, modifying some parts, adding new elements, and discarding what didn’t work for her. The first result is a free online story that’s available on her website, I am reading it, loving it and following along. Nearing completion is an even more ambitious novel set in the same world. First, though, is The Renaissance Cycle, a poetry collection centered around achieving happiness that’s due as soon as the Indie publishing process can be completed. Christina has many talents and poetry is second nature to her.
Dana Schwartz: Dana is a writer who lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family. She started her blog, Celiac Kiddo as a way to cope with the changes in life after her daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2011, and it has since evolved into a place to muse about writing, family, and of course gluten-free recipes. Dana has a unique style all of her own. She is balancing the mum thing as am I and we both know our time is precious when we do actually get to write. I love her recipes and her posts about the challenges we all face in our writing. She has been an amazing supporter of my blog and I love the links across this world that I now share.
Want to read about my journey in writing the NaNoWriMo challenge read it here. http://wp.me/p2ZjFY-xU
And as always thank you for reading my words…without readers I would be a very lonely writer.