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Writing

My Writing Process

So, big thanks to fellow YAFFer Traci Kenworth, for inviting me to be part of the My Writing Process Blog Tour. She posted her answers to the following questions last week.

 

What are you working on?

So, I’m one of those people who flits happily from one story to another, and often has several on the go at once. I’m trying very hard to be more disciplined, and concentrate on one or two, so I can actually get them finished and polished.

Currently, I’m polishing Grow, a YA contemporary coming-of-age story. It’s about three people whose lives collide and merge. There’s a bit of romance, a bit of grief, and everybody gets a chance to grow. I sent it out to a couple of beta readers in April, and so far the responses have been positive — much to my relief.

I’m also trying to finish Spellbound Haze. It’s a YA urban fantasy which touches on some heavy topics, but also has some hilarious comic relief (I hope). The original idea came from a time when I had read a bunch of terrible paranormal romances, and was fed up of supposedly strong females turning weak at the knees when a man started spewing cheesy come-on lines. Thanks to some wonderful feedback and intense brainstorming, I’ve done a massive rewrite, and I feel I’m closer to finding the real heart of the story.

 

How does your work differ from others of its genre?

I find it really hard to “see” my own work. I’m so involved in it, that it’s almost impossible to step back and look at it the way someone else would. It was only recently I even realised all my stories are the same. Maybe the characters and settings change, but there is a certain feeling that they all carry. They have emotional turmoil and witty banter in spades.

I’m not even sure how to classify what I write. I think of them as coming-of-age stories, but that seems really vague. There’s romance in them but I also try to focus on other relationships. There’s a great father-figure in Grow, and a fractured family in Spellbound Haze, and a spectacular bromance comes up later in the Spellbound Haze series.

 

Why do you write what you do?

Maybe because I started writing when I was a teenager, so I wrote stories about teenagers, and I never grew out of it. I also love reading YA. There’s a certain directness about it that just appeals to me. Teenagers also have built-in problems that makes my work easier: parents, school, part-time jobs, and brains that haven’t finished growing. πŸ™‚

 

How does your writing process work?

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An idea floating away!
photo credit: Neal. via photopin cc

I write by the seat of my pants. I’ve tried my hand at planning but it feels so unnatural to me, and things never seem to go the way I planned.

I see scenes (playing like a movie in my head) and after chewing on them for a while, I write them down. If I’m lucky, once I finish writing one scene, the next one will be queued up ready to go. When I’m in this phase, I just roll with it. If I try to put it off, I’m in danger of the scene flittering out of my brain and off into the ether, never to return.

This was how Spellbound Haze worked. I wrote one scene after the other from beginning to end. It was rough as guts, and short as hell, but it gave me something to work with — a skeleton that I needed to flesh out.

Other times, things don’t go so smoothly. If I suddenly figure out how the story ends, I’ll write it down before I lose it, and then jump back to fill in the middle.

Then the creative phase gives way to the crafting phase.

With luck, I can go back through, fixing logic problems, adding details, and rounding the story out. And I get someone else to look at it and make sure it works. And then I try to perfect the prose. This part repeats ad nauseam, and I hope to get it right before I get sick of it.

 

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Regina Morris is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author for her humorous paranormal romances that make up The Colony series. She loves paranormal romances featuring vampires, but her personal taste is lighthearted and humorous – not horrific and gory. She’ll be posting her answers to these questions next week, on the 15th.