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Bloghop – My Writing Process

Hello Everyone!
I hope your Friday is going well! I was tagged by the amazingly talented and sweet Valerie Cole for the “My Writing Process” bloghop! You can find her blog here and twitter here.

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!!

00-9-Quotes-6-Be-Courageous-and-try-to-write....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.

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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 Loren
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
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 Kaczorowski
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.

Have a great weekend, everyone!!

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Blog Hoppity Hop!

It’s blog hop time! My good friend and author of an AWESOME YA novel FLICKERMelanie Hooyenga asked me to participate in this fun blog hop. Don’t know what one is? She explains it better than I could ;o) 
“For the uninitiated, a blog hop is when a group of writers (or otherwise connected bloggers) answer the same series of questions then tag both the people who tagged them as well additional people. You know, to keep you hopping from blog to blog.” 
As you may know, I am a rule breaker when it comes to these things so… I’m just going to say anyone who reads this can join in the fun!
1. What are you working on right now?
I am revising my YA Thriller and making sure I don’t offend half the nation with it… LOL. It has some dark religious elements, but it’s fun to write something that’s dark in a thriller type way instead of a tragic/emotional way.
2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?
The story I wrote before that one was an “issues” book so it’s a lot different. I need to concentrate more on the plot with this one and you know, I have my KILLERS back. So I’m a happy girl. No one really killed anyone in my last one which makes me a sad panda. 
3. Why do you write what you do?
I love exploring emotion and tragic, dark things. I’m a pretty happy person most of the time, but when I stick my headphones in and just GO THERE, I can tap into some seriously messed up shit. I can’t build worlds well and I loathe writing long descriptions (Although, some of my favorite books I read have a lot). There’s something about that dark side of people that just fascinates me.
4. How does your writing process work?
I’m a pantser so no outlines. I have a general idea of where everything is going. I’ve learned a lot about structure by editing at Entangled. I have an idea of what needs to be in an MS and now it just comes naturally. I  tend to fast draft my first draft then revise like crazy.

That was fun! How would you answer these 4 questions? Leave your blog in the comment below and I’ll add you to the post! Don’t forget to check out Melanie’s YA book FLICKER

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