I've been nominated by Scott Bury for the 'My Writing Process' Blog tour - thank you, Scott! Here is his post:
I was also asked by N E David (thank you again, N, and for giving me a different slant on it!) - so here is his blog http://www.nedavid.com/writing-life/, too!
I have to answer four questions about what, why and how I write, then link to the bloggers that tagged me, and tag two or three more authors in turn.
Okaaaay - here are the questions and my answers....
1. What am I working on now?
I'm currently working on a novella, a light 'beach read' type of thing; it's about the same sort of concept as my novel The Other Side, ie, parallel lives, what might have happened if we'd turned a different corner/made a different decision, etc - all those 'but what if I'd....' questions! Very Sliding Doors - it's a subject that fascinates me.
3. Why do I write what I do?
4. How does my writing process work?
It's the same for each book. I get an idea, and mull it around in my head; sometimes I discuss it with my sister and my husband. At some point, I start writing a few scribbled notes. When I've decided what the actual story is, I write a very basic chapter plan - I never do this until I've decided on the ending, because I think that every sentence in a novel should be relevant to the plot, and all threads should move towards the conclusion, even if that conclusion has several aspects. However convoluted those threads might be, however seemingly insignificant they seem when first being read, each element in each novel I write is a part of the whole. I don't like books that have superfluous detail about subjects irrelevant to the plot, particularly where the writer has wandered off into self-indulgence; I like to make every sentence count.
I do any necessary research before starting to write, too - which meant about two months' reading for Kings and Queens. My books are very 'character driven', so I spend a long time working out ways by which my characters' actions will be feasible; I am so wary of making events occur just for the sake of moving the plot forward, or characters suddenly changing personality half way through. I write little timeline charts as I go along to help with continuity.
Then I write 'Chapter One', and the process begins once more. First draft, nice spaces between each subsequent ones so that I can see it with fresh eyes ... and, yes, I always get that that 'this is a load of crap' bit around 6k words....
I hope that was of some interest to some people! I am tagging:
JD Hughes http://jdhugheswriter.wordpress.com/
Cynthia Harrison http://www.cynthiaharrison.com/
Georgia Rose http://www.georgiarosebooks.com/
KINGS AND QUEENS