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Writing Process

Hi folks,

Today is something a bit unusual for me. Today’s post is part of a blog hop. I’ll answer four questions below. This will give you a window into  how I do what I do. I’ll also post links to some other great writers so you can see their process and compare. I warn you, the mind of a writer is a unique thing and everybody works differently. So, here we go.

Me, hard at work.

1. What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m finishing up the fixes and rewrites for my next release, Blue Rider. By next week I expect to be working on the third book in the Haunted Treasure Series.

2.How does your writing process work?
My process is pretty primitive. I walk dogs, knit, play World of Warcraft, or sit and stare out the window until an idea hit. It usually doesn’t take very long. Once I have the idea I jot it down in a fresh notebook then set up the document in the computer. Once I have the format set I celebrate with chocolate.
From that point, I sit to the computer each morning until I have a minimum of two thousand words written. Simple as that. I write the first draft from beginning to end, no plotting, no planning, just tell the story.
Once I have a first draft then I go back through it and clean it up, fix the boo-boos that I find and send it to the editor. We then go back and forth until we are both satisfied it is ready. That’s it, the whole process.

3.How does your work differ from others of its genre?
I’m not truly sure how to answer that. Perhaps that’s best left to my readers to answer. However, I will tell you, I don’t like cliff hangers, even if the book is in the middle of a series. Each book I write comes with a satisfactory conclusion. The reader will know there is more to come, but there is breathing room.

4.Why do you write what you do?
The simple answer, I can’t help it, I just have to. I began years ago when a friend told me I should write a self help book. That was a bust. Instead I started writing romance so I could share the things I have learned about creating a happy and fulfilling life through story telling. I moved on to sci-fi / adventure because I love it and now I usually blend the two. What can I say, I love telling stories.

Okay, that’s how it works for me, folks, now, please go check out these awesome authors to see how they do it. I know I’m going to.

Deborah McKnight

Beth Camp

Annette Drake

Okay folks, that’s about it. I say again, check out these writers, they’ve written some magical things. I know my To Be Read pile just got bigger.

Bless, Pru

Book Review and ROW80 Check-in.

Hi folks, it’s ROW80 check in once again and this has been a successful week for me. I’ve met my goals, plus I have a short book review for you on Phoenix Child. So, on with the show.
One: Write something at least five times or more each week.
Two: Write a minimum of 2500 on my WIP words each week.
Exceeded the 25K mark
Three: Publish at least six new novels in 2012.
I’ve got two coming up soon. Watch this space for more details.
Four: Read and review six or more first novels by new authors. (I don’t give bad reviews, so don’t panic, I’m friendly, honest. J
It’s book review time again; this time I will tell you about Phoenix Child by Alica McKenna Johnson. This is your classic going through the changes teenage story with a couple of delightful twists. The book carries us along with the heroine as she works her way through the usual teenage changes plus a whole lot more.
On a more serious note, Alica gives us a peek into the world faced by far too many children, the world of the “System”. This peek might make a few folks slightly uncomfortable, and if it does, that’s a good thing.
Don’t run away now, because this book is filled with magic, adventure, and mythical creatures. Alica’s style is relaxed and easy to read, almost like she’s sitting right beside you, telling you the story. I read half in one sitting and wanted to finish it, but time did not allow. I did finish it the next day. I am truly hoping there will be a second book because I love these characters.
Well done Alica, five stars.
Five: do more to be supportive of new and struggling writers.
See above, also commented on over 13 blogs.
Six: Blog two or three times each week over and above the ROW80 check-ins.
So far so good. I’m still on track here.
Ok, that’s about it for today folks. How is it going for you? Did you hit your targets? Let me know how it went for you.
Oh, and lets help each other out a bit here. Please go to my Facebook page, and my Amazon page, and hit the “Like” button. I’ll happily do the same for you.