I would like to send a thank you and a shout-out to Lipsy over at Lipsyy Lost & Found for nominating me to participate in the Why I Write Blog Hop. This blog hop was created by Katy over at The Folly and Bloom!
Why do I write?
I have loved to read for as long as I can remember, but my love for writing developed when I was in 2nd grade. My teacher, Mrs. Barnes encouraged us to write our own book complete with illustrations. It sparked then, and has continued and developed until now. I write because I have so many stories and characters running around in my head at all times. I write to keep these stories alive, so I don’t forget and so I can put them someplace other than in my head. I write because I hope to share these stories with others someday. Writing has become something that is both cathartic and exciting for me, and is something that I couldn’t live without.
What am I working on?
Right now, I am working on my 3rd draft of The Girl in the Glass Coffin, the novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo 2013. I am about 1/2 way through my 3rd draft and hope to have a completed (or almost completed) draft by the time NaNo 2014 rolls around when I hope to write a sequel or companion to that book or another book altogether (still haven’t decided yet).
I am also working on blog posts to relaunch Amanda’s Nose in a Book again! I like to brainstorm, make lists, and draft blog posts in my notebook before typing them up.
How does it differ from others of it’s genre?
The Girl in the Glass Coffin is a paranormal/sci-fi/romance that blends a ghost story with time travel, demons, and a bit of romance dashed in there for flavor. I was inspired to write it from a true story I heard as a child that both scared and intrigued me. The ghost story associated with that story has always stuck with me and was the basis for The Girl in the Glass Coffin. It’s gone in it’s own direction since then, but I hope to keep incorporating hints and details from the original story.
How does my writing process work?
Of course it always starts with an idea, a spark of inspiration from one of the many stories that take up space in my head. I then try to brainstorm how I can make the story work, the characters that would be involved, and the setting.
For The Girl in the Glass Coffin, I started with an amazing dinosaur notebook that is nearly filled up with photos, character sketches, some outlines and notes, and handwritten chapters and scenes from my rough draft. I like having some information and research done ahead of time and I like to keep it all in the same place (usually a notebook instead of on a computer). I might outline a little bit, but only to figure out a beginning and a couple of main points and events I’d like to make along the way.
I’d like to think I’m half planner and half pantser because after I have a bare-bones outline I fly by the seat of my pants from each planned moment.
Revision is a beast for me, but it’s also fun. I know of some writers who do note cards and outlines and such. I like to have a printed copy of my work, which I read and write directly on. Some scenes I toss, others I completely re-write, or add. Lately, I’ve added sharing my work with a critique partner (CP) to my process.
Oh yeah— add coffee— lots and lots of coffee 🙂