My Writing Process-Blog Tour
Writing can lead to a lonely existence. That is why I am so grateful for my invisible friends that I meet online every day. They encourage, they push, they challenge me daily to be better, write better.
When Kirsten Piccini, one of my loudest cheerleaders, asked me to participate in this blog tour, there was absolutely no way I could say no. If you don’t already follow Kirsten, you should be. She’s got a fantastic romance set in Italy to feed your read craving. More than that, she’s a fantastic friend, ready at a moment’s notice to offer an encouraging word or boost the fragile writer’s ego.
So, here’s my offerings for this blog tour/interview:
1. What am I working on?
I am currently working on finishing up my fantasy story, The Elven Games, which has currently taken a new turn telling me it’s not quite ready to end yet! It started as a response to a Master Class challenge, a weekly writing meme I offer here on my blog, and took on a life of it’s own. It’s a fantasy tale of the interaction between a dwarf, Tribba, and a human, Edgar, who she convinces to champion her in a competition against her despised elven neighbors, who steal all the traffic entering their village from the desert beyond it. Tribba and Edgar are very loud characters in my head, and with the introduction of a new twist from Edgar’s past and the arrival of a disconsolate brother, the story is bullying it’s way through my brain. There’s no hope for this mostly deaf author to entertain any other voices in her head.
I am also working on a story I plan to submit to the 3rd edition of Precipice, the Write On Edge anthology that accepted my short story “Fear” for publication in their 2nd edition released last October. The theme for this year’s entries is “boundaries,” and I’m all about inventing characters that like to defy them. This particular story pushes the boundaries between the supernatural and real life worlds as a woman who has been brutally murdered for the sake of art seeks revenge on her killer through the painting her likeness is trapped in.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m thinking hard, because I’m not sure that it really does. The theme of the story may be “new” but the moral and the ultimate journey may not. It’s still a work in progress, and I do hope to incorporate some out of the box ideas, but I supposed the general idea of a dwarf asking a small-by-human-standards to champion her against some elves could be slightly original. It was inspired by the Hunger Games, only without death being the outcome.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I’ve never really been able to answer that question. Sometimes, I’m afraid to answer that question. Is there some evil twin within me just waiting for the opportunity to turn my fiction into fact? Do I have some deep, dark hole in my heart that feeds these stories along? I mean I kill a lot of characters. I might be on someone’s most wanted list for all the murders committed under my pen.
4. How does your writing process work?
Some days it works very well, and the words just fill the page. Other days, I have to push to get them out there. Then other days, there’s no use. Resistance has defeated me for the moment. A great idea will usually pop up at the most inopportune moment and then I will move heaven and earth to be able to write the voices out of my head. It’s actually a slow and cluttered process, just like the rest of my world.
And now, I’d like to take the focus off of me and introduce you to my writing partner.
Amanda Lynn is a writer with aspirations of publication, currently working on her first trilogy. As a working mother of five teenagers, she walks a fine line between the chaos of her life and the chaos that lives in her head.
You’ll have to look for her post next Monday to find out more about that trilogy.
Did you enjoy this “interview?” I have a new one up at Studio 30+ that explores more about me and my writing, and another one from my publishing house, Bannerwing Books.
Thanks for stopping in!