Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My Writing Process

Thank you so much to my dear friend, Kate, for inviting me to be on this blog tour. She has been a part of my family for so for many, many years. Please make sure you go check out her blog at http://katehodges690.wordpress.com. You may find a new favorite author!

What am I working on?
I am never working on only one thing. I’m a freelance writer so there is always something in the works for one publication or another. I do a lot of editing for other people in between my own writing. I am ALMOST finished with my second novel. (Yes, it’s capitalized because I’m excited!) The name of my novel is Belonging. Read the following blurb to learn more about it.

After the death of her father, painfully shy and introverted Shelly finds her world turned upside down. She is forced to speak with people and she may even have to move from her comfortable apartment. Sorting through her father’s possessions at his house brings back many memories, including how they would research her mom’s genealogy so that in a way, she could get to know her mother’s family, who are all deceased. Shelly wonders why her dad never researched his own family and she never remembers any family events. Why? She begins a journey that takes her to places she never dreamed. Throughout the entire story, God nudges Shelly to get out of her comfort zone. That’s easy for some, but for Shelly it may almost be impossible.

How does my work different from others of its genre?
I write using real life as my example. I raising a lot of emotion, which I hope in turn, touches the motions of my readers.

Why do I do what I do?
For some reason I like to make people cry. I’m not an overly emotional person, so it’s weird. But I love to give gifts that bring tears to people’s eyes and I love to write stories that do the same. The world has gotten so technological and cold; I want people to remember they are humans and have emotions from time to time. I want to make a difference in people’s lives.

How does my writing process work?
In short, it’s a little messy, yet it’s organized chaos. Have separate notebooks for each potential book project. Whenever I think of the scene, a character trait, a song – whatever – I write it in the appropriate notebook. Then, once I finish one big writing project, have a plethora of notes already to go for the next project. (Hence the reason for the answer in question number one that I never working on just one project.)

And then try to develop my characters and outline my book using scenes. Once I complete only scenes from beginning to end then I begin the writing that other people will read.