Today, my post is part of the "My Writing Process" blog tour where I will answer three simple questions regarding the day in the life of.....
What am I working on? Right now I'm working on a combination of things. I'm trying to revamp book six in the Emergency Calls series that made its debut in March 2014 and at the same time, I'm working on first round edits for book number two, "The Unknown Son" within the same series. I began writing this series in 2009 and I'm so amazed that these books are coming to fruition.
How do my books differ from others of its genre? Well I think mainly I'm a new author on the scene where others who write similar to what I do are established and have honed the craft of writing down to a science and because of that, they totally rock! I've learned quite a bit by reading similar genres and by joining writing organizations so I hope to get to the same level as my writing peers some day.
Why do you write what you do? I write what I do because the idea interests me and in some cases, totally fascinates me. This entire series Emergency Calls, developed from my love of storms and the damage caused by them. I know that sounds pretty warped but things like Lightning, tornadoes, hurricane, and flooding amazes me. That being said, I don't like death that arise from it. I'm also a big fan of reality paranormal TV and so my first paranormal book, summer 2014 release, deals with ghost hunters.
How does your writing process work? Oh, the fun stuff!
· First an idea occurs to me and then I usually take a few days to a few weeks to tumble the idea around inside of my head.
· Then I'll jot down the loosely based idea into a word document and save it. While I'm jotting the idea, I'll add any additional thoughts that comes to mind, such as secondary characters, perhaps, location, plot and conflict
· This is the time where I try to image what my characters should look like and names (Hair color, eye color, physique, height) and then I search the web for pictures of how I envision them. I'll copy and paste them right into the document. I'll even pull pictures of locations such as building, houses, landscape, ships, etc.
· Once I have who they are, what they look like, where the book will take place and why they are there, I'll start creating a better outline of the book. Some of it might change slightly as I write it but it usually doesn't change in drastic measures.
· Then I begin to write it. Sometimes, during the writing process, I figure out a way to tighten up the characters or scene. An example, as I revamp book 6, I decided to make the beginning of the book a dream sequence (a bit risky, I think) and while I convert chapter one into a dream it wasn't until the end of it that I realize that most dreams have this odd shift to them. You know what I mean, right? It's the part where everything inside the dream is going along as expected then suddenly a giant lizard slithers out from behind a tree.....so in an effort to make the dream sequence seem more authentic, I'll have to tighten that scene by adding some weird shift.
· When I'm done writing the book, I'll read it from beginning to end and fix the glaring mistakes as I go. When I'm done with that, I'll let it simmer while I work on other projects. Usually when I come back to it, it's with fresher eyes and then I begin to polish it up. A couple months later, I'll polish it up more. After the third polish (best I can) I'll begin the submitting process and hope to get a contract on it.
I've tagged writer friends of mine who's blog will appear on June 2 so be sure to check them out if you have time.
Thanks for visiting my blog today.