Last week, my critique partner (AKA Partner-in-crime) Seabrooke tagged me in the writing process blog hop. I've been blogging for From The Write Angle, and Novel Thoughts, but not here; so I thought this might be a nice way to kick off my own site again.
1. What am I working on?
I'm working on a non-linear story, with a Cloud Atlas-esque structure, that deals with what happens to humanity without the ability to fear. In revision I've got a odd little kind of time travel story about a girl who can never be remembered.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
This question is hard to answer, because whatever I say is probably going to sound braggy. However, I like to think I approach things differently than most people. I had a different childhood (travelling the world as the child of a diplomat) that gives me a different view of the world than most people my age. I think that comes into my writing, especially when considering the stories of every character--even the villain.
3. Why do I write what I do?
The simple answer to this question would be that I write YA because I am one, or was one very recently. However, that's not the only reason. I believe that people of any age have stories that have merit and are valuable. Many people think that any stories about teenagers are worth less simply because they are about teenagers. I disagree. I think teenages are powerful, and passionate, and are just finding out what it means to be in this huge world of ours. Teenagers are the people just on the edge of changing the world, and I want to write stories for those people.
4. How does my writing process work?
It does vary a bit from book to book, but the general process is the same.
Every book I have written has started with a seed. A little idea that leads to a scene in my mind, or a question that needs answering. 'What would happen if no one could remember you?'
My ideas usually occur at the start of the book, so I'll write the opening. Then my CPs think I'm crazy, because I'll just start writing. I'm a non-linear pantser. I will write whatever scene I want to, in no order. If I'm stuck, I flip to a different section in the book. This helps me discover the characters and the plot very organically.
What changes is the speed with which this happens. Sometimes it's fast. Last summer I drafted a 75K book in six weeks. The book I'm working on now is coming out in little splashes of 200 words at a time. It varies.
Once I have a solid structure, I fill in any gaps I may have missed in skipping around, and I read through the book to make sure I have a full story. Then I put it away for a month or two before I start revising!
I know that usually from here the blog hop is supposed to move on to others, but everyone I asked had already done it or said no. So it looks like this branch of the blog hop ends with me! I hope you enjoyed reading about the process. Much love!