Hey y'all! My friend Julia nominated me to participate in the My Writing Process Blog Tour, so that's what we'll be doing today! (Check out her post here.)
1) What are you working on?
At the moment, I'm pretty busy preparing for Ch1Con! But in terms of actual bookness, I'm waiting for some beta readers (*ahem* Maddie) to get back with WHAT IT TAKES TO DEAL, so I can finish up some edits and start sending it out to agents!
2) How does your work differ from others of its genre?
WHAT IT TAKES TO DEAL is a YA contemporary novel about chronic illness, which in itself is pretty rare. You find lots of them about fatal diseases, like cancer and such, and mental illness is also a big topic currently, but no one really talks about physical illnesses that you just have to live with all your life. I wrote this book, basically, because I wanted one like it for me and couldn't find it.
3) Why do you write what you do?
WITD is actually unusual for me. I'm not much of a contemporary person. In fact, it was an accident: I meant for WITD to be a sci-fi thriller, but it turned out to be more contemporary in the end. I write YA because I feel the teenage years are the most passionate and transformative, and thus the most fruitful to write about. Generally, I write speculative fiction (fantasy/sci-fi), because me and reality have issues. I find that I can address real topics a lot better and in a more meaningful and interesting way if I do it in a speculative fashion. Also, I generally view the world through a fantastical lens.
4) How does your writing process work?
Before I discovered NaNoWriMo, I wrote a novel as soon as the idea came to me. Now, I save my ideas for NaNo, letting them kind of grow in the months before November. Then I go for the one that's most blossomed and rush my way through NaNo to finish the first draft. Occasionally, I will write more than one novel a year, but usually I just do my one NaNoNovel.
I'm a pantser, though I sometimes write very basic outlines, only because I'll get a lot of ideas for the future plot as I'm writing and I have to put them down somewhere. This is especially true when writing a series. I write in sequential order, beginning to end, except I do quite commonly write the epilogue towards the beginning. I don't know why. Because epilogues?
After I finish my novel, I'll give it at least a few days and then go over it in a basic edit before sending it out to my betas. Then I'll take a nice long break until my betas get back to me, and then the book is officially in the editing queue. Once in the editing queue, a book will be edited here and there as I feel, until it becomes the book in my queue I think is most marketable at that point.
Then, I'll get to work really polishing the novel: big content edits, smaller line edits, etc., etc., until I think it's right about where I want it. Then I'll send it to my CPs and any betas who have some free time to look over. When they get back to me, I'll use their edits, run a couple final edits of my own, and then get all my material together to send out to agents!
And that, dear readers, is my writing process. Tada!
I'd now like to nominate both Ellana Rose Thornton-Wheybrew and Hero for this blog tour. If you two are interested, go forth and post! (Any other writers reading this who'd like to give it a whirl, consider yourself nominated as well! Link me back so I can read your post.)
Thanks for reading, guys! I'll see you next time for a post in which I interview my OCD.
Images via Ch1Con and NaNoWriMo.
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