I was tagged by Lynne over on her blog for a blog tour that talks about writing process! Woo! Thanks, Lynne!
So here goes!
What am I working on?
My main project right now is my Paranormal M/M Romance, that I have dubbed the Wings series, about what happens when an angel and demon meet on Earth [hint, it’s a mix of angsty and sexy]. I have 2.5 books out of 4 written, but my focus right now is on getting the first book in a good place to start pitching to agents/publishers.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I feel that this story really digs into the mythos of Christianity and changes it up, making it something that I can mold into a new lore and work with in my own world. Sure, they are angels and demons and that all feels familiar potentially, but my goal was to take these things that people might know and give them a twist, and looks at the darker side of religion in general.
Why do I write what I do?
I primarily read fantasy and historical fiction, and love a good m/m romance story, with a good mix of sexiness and angst. I really love angst. So I tend to put my characters in awful situations and see how they work their way out of it.
For the Wings series, I was actually listening to Running Up That Hill by Placebo one day in the car, and a scene hit me of an angel and a demon who wished he was an angel again, meeting –
“and if I only could
make a deal with god
and get him to swap our places…”
These words just washed over me, and then there they were, these two characters. I could see them clearly, and they started to tell me their story, and I couldn’t stop listening, and still haven’t, ha!
How does my writing process work?
I tend to just word vomit the first draft – I thought at first that I might have been doing it wrong, but I was so happy when I read Stephen King’s On Writing, and realized, there really wasn’t a wrong way, just my way.
“I can write in cold blood if i have to, but i like it best when its fresh and almost too hot to handle.”
This really describes how I write – it’s like I see a scene playing out before me, and I have to get it written down as fast as I can while it’s happening, or it’s gone forever. The days when writing isn’t like this are definitely the harder days. The times when something comes to me in the car are terrifying. Sometimes I have to stop listening to music that I know can trigger something for fear that I will lose what I thought of!
“I believe plotting and the spontaneity of real creation aren’t compatible”
As you might have guessed, Stephen King really speaks to me in that book. I really feel like I gained a lot of confidence after reading it. I can’t outline. At least not yet. I tried with my historical romance, and it just felt awful, and then my characters kept doing things that I hadn’t planned on them doing, so I would have to go back and rewrite the outline to account for whatever crazy idea they had. So for now, I don’t outline. I might have points that I know I want to hit, but these tend to be very broad points, and the way my characters get to them is still up to them.
So after I spend time pumping out these words in a haze that I hardly remember, I set it down. Another thing I learned from King. The first time I wrote my first book, I didn’t do that, and I got too close to it. But when I turned my back on it for some months and returned, I found a new breath with the characters, and made significant edits and additions that I was more than happy with than the first time around.
I also spend some of time down time doing TONS of research to make sure I have as much to refer to as possible for when I dive back in. I have a bookshelf that is dedicated to just my research books for my writing. It’s something I’ve really come to enjoy!
So that’s my process, what’s yous? :D
You can also check out a few more stops from the blog tour: