Hi all! I’ve been super busy lately with family from Louisiana. We’ve been having a heck of a time, especially when I took them to Portland to hike in Forest Park and tour the Portland Underground (also known as the Shanghai Tunnels) for story research. It was a spooky good time, but maybe I’ll save that story for another post!
I’m here today to talk about my writing process. This post is part of the Writing Process Blog Hop, and I want to give a shout out to Rachelle Ayala, the author who tagged me. You can see her post from last week here.
The goal of this hop is to answer a few questions about writing, so here we go!
1. What am I currently working on?
I’m currently working on two projects. One is a dark erotic romance that I’m really excited about. I can’t say much at this point because I’m still getting a feel for the story, and I have a title in mind but I’m not 100% certain that it’ll stick, so all I can say is it’s dark, though this time the hero (anti-hero perhaps?) has a damn good reason for kidnapping the girl, and this girl is up shit creek because she’s stuck on an island with no way off. *Rubs hands together with a maniacal grin*
The other project I’m working on is Awakening, book two in the Legacy of Payne series (Epiphany was the first book). This is the story I did some interesting research for in Portland this past Friday. I don’t have a blurb yet, but basically book two is Logan’s story, and the female lead is a new character who doesn’t remember a thing about her life—not even the powerful gift she was born with.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think most authors would have a difficult time pinning down how their work is different. We draw inspiration from all kinds of things (books, music, movies, TV, life experiences). They say it’s impossible to come up with a completely original idea, and I sort of agree with that. I do think every author brings a unique style to his or her ideas. In my case, I believe what might set me apart from others is how I like to blend many different genres into one story. I like to come up with twisted plots and books full of surprises and even WTF moments, and I’m not afraid to add in romance, suspense, paranormal, new adult, erotica…all rolled into one. It really depends on the story. Some have said I put TOO MUCH story into my novels, but others have said they loved how unpredictable my books are. You can’t please everyone, and I think no one is entirely different—we’re all just unique in our own right.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I seriously don’t know. I have this theory that I’m possessed and I’m not actually the one doing the writing. If that’s the case, then this thing inside me loves to torture fictional characters. I do blame myself for the HEA endings though. 🙂
4. How does your writing process work?
This is the hardest question of all. My writing process is chaotic and causes me a ridiculous amount of stress. I envy those authors who crank out a steady word count daily, who have already plotted and outlined the whole damn thing and it’s all about getting the ass in the chair and typing away. If only it were that easy.
I guess my “process,” if you can call it that, begins with a lot of thinking. Or daydreaming. Call it what you will, but I have to start seeing the scenes unfold in my head, and when I start hearing the characters argue, then I know I’m about to go somewhere. Once I get a good mental idea of the novel, as vague as it may be, I begin to write. I’ll do some outlining as I go, but I usually end up chucking whole scenes because I’m still figuring out the story even as I write. This is how I get to know my characters.
Like right now, in the case of my dark erotic project I’m working on, I joke that all I know about the story at this point is how the main female character accused the hero of rape (he didn’t do it but served time for it), but she isn’t telling me why she did it yet. She’s being a very stubborn character, so I might just let the male lead have his way with her! I’m sure he can come up with all kinds of ideas to keep her in line. If I rub my hands together in glee again, will that come across as too sadistic? Yeah, thought so. *Hangs head in shame.*
So, to sum it up, I’m very much a pantser with a little outlining for kicks.
Hope you enjoyed this glimpse into one writer’s crazy corner of the author universe. Be sure to check out posts from Joss Landry and Tina DC Hayes next week to see how their writing processes work.
Thanks for stopping by, and if you’re so inclined, I do love comments. You won’t make me beg, will you?