Bloghop – My Writing Process
For this bloghop I’m going to answer a few questions and then tag three of my friends to do the same! Fun, right? Here we go!!
What am I working on?
Currently, I’m revising my WIP. It’s about a dance summer camp with a girl who can’t dance. I’ve also started writing on a new idea! Love that feeling! I’ve got a lot of WIPs needing revision too. There’s never a shortage ;o)
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
It’s hard to differentiate your writing from others, but my voice, I believe, is what makes my work unique. I like to mix up writing styles, pairing lyrical phrases with short staccato sentences. I also love to infuse humor into scenes, even the most dramatic and heart-wrenching ones. They can get heavy without something to break the tension.
Why do I write what I do?
I write YA because that’s what I love to read. That’s how I started writing it. I read a few books in the genre and fell in love. It happens to be where my voice fits the best too. There’s something special about that time in life, the discoveries and firsts. I love to capture the emotion of those moments. I couldn’t imagine writing in any other genre.
How does my writing process work?
I like to think of it as the perfect storm. It’s chaotic and at any moment subject to change. Sometimes just as I’m about to go to bed I get the best words and they often end up being words that never change in an MS. Sometimes I forgo things I know I shouldn’t (like sleep) and get the words I need. For me, it’s all about emotion and the moment. I’m a pantser, but I usually have an idea of where it’s going. Music is a big part of my process too. It’s inspiring to hear a song and then see a scene in my head that’s perfect. I just need to make sure I have something to write or type with nearby!
Who’s up next? TAG! You’re it!
Jaime spends her days chasing her two young children, and her nights writing. She lives in Adelaide, South Australia, but dreams of returning to her small hometown where she can give her children the same upbringing she had: exploring bushland, playing every sport under the sun, riding horses, and waking to the sight of kangaroos outside. WAITING FOR APRIL is Jaime’s debut novel (coming 2015). You can find her on her blog or twitter.
Brenda Drake the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school until her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward the fantastical.
When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment). Brenda writes young adult and middle grade novels. She’s represented by Peter Knapp with Park Literary. Look for her young adult novel, LIBRARY JUMPERS, coming 2015. You can find her on her website or twitter.
Jenny was born and raised near Cleveland, Jenny earned her degree in photojournalism from Kent State University before vowing to never spend another winter in Ohio and moving to Los Angeles, where there is far too much sunshine. Amid working as a grant writer a non-profit that teaches music in inner-city neighborhoods, and raising two kids, Jenny writes for young adults. She likes her heroines smart and quirky, her heroes nice, and her kisses sweet. Apart from writing, Jenny is still an avid photographer, loves music despite no discernible musical talent, and reads the dictionary for fun. She (still) lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son and daughter. Her debut, THE ART OF FALLING (Bloomsbury Spark), is available now. You can find her on her website or twitter.