My Writing Process

Today, I'm taking part in the My Writing Process Blog Tour.

First of all, let me introduce you to the author who tagged me:

T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards.

In addition to MORE and its sequel, The Guardians, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short story, Window, as well as another short story, A Piece of Cake, which first appeared in the Romantic Interludes anthology. Her new YA romance, which will be released in June, is Franklin’s first love story without a paranormal or fantasy aspect. TWELVE, the final installment in the MORE Trilogy will be released in the fall of 2014.
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And now for the questions!

What am I working on?

Right now, I'm working on the third book in the End of All Things series. I'm hoping to have it completed by the end of June, so I'm working in a fevered rush right now.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

None of my work really fits into a specific genre. I use elements from a lot of different genres in my stories. This one could be called a post-apocalyptic romance, combined with action and suspense. My first novel was a romance/paranormal/historical. I don't really set out to write a "romance novel" or a "historical." I just write a story, and sometimes my imagination adds an unexpected element into the tale.

Why do I write what I do?

Because I can't write anything else. I've experimented with other types of stories, and they just don't seem to work for me. I just tell stories and worry about how to classify them later. I write in multiple genres because I read lots of genres, and my imagination gets sparked by the tales I encounter.

How does my writing process work?

I discover a dozen story ideas in a day, and they usually start with the question, "What if...?" Some of them linger in my mind. Most fall by the wayside. If a story sticks with me and won't let go, I'll mentally write and re-write it dozens of times until I'm satisfied. It used to be those stories would just get tucked away on a mental shelf when I had finished, but now I'm actually writing them down and sharing them, which is a whole 'nother ball of wax.

I've never used outlines. I occasionally with write myself a note if something occurs to me late at night and I think it's important enough to roll over and get the notebook out. Then I have to wonder what I meant by cryptic comments like: "Old lady coffee shop smiles," when there aren't any coffee shops in my story.

When I write, I try to say it in the plainest, simplest language possible. My goal, as a writer, is to have the words "disappear" as someone is reading, and have the story take over in their mind. But I also know that the sound and rhythm of words plays an important role in setting a mood, so I try to be cognizant of that as I'm writing.

Every writer needs good editors and I've been blessed to have great editing teams during my publishing career. When I write, I'm thinking about the story, not grammar, or my addiction to adverbs. They help pare out the bits that represent my bad habits.

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Thanks so much for allowing me to tell you a bit about my writing process. Check out the writers I've tagged below. They'll have posts on their own blogs next week about their writing processes.

The writers I'm tagging:

Denise Leora Madre

A lover of wit and a show-stopping stiletto, Denise was once referred to as “the black Elle Woods.” The fictional characters in her modern stories are real, and they’re spectacular.

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J. Molly Brown

Don’t be fooled by the seeming tranquility, Jess is scheming. She’ll soon be querying her first manuscript (a contemporary romance with the working title Moms on Missions), is currently working on two others in the same series, and there’s another work in progress: a sci fi romance.

She edits for four professional authors, betas some hobby writers and tutors a bunch of newbies. She got her start four years ago, in fan fiction, and is proud of it.

Four great kids, one husband *coughbiggestkidofallcough* and two dogs ensure that the house is always messy. The garden’s overflowing with blooms, but weedy. The grass always needs cutting, provided it’s not buried beneath snow. She lives in Canada, eh? The dogs are walked, the kids get fed, the hubbs hasn’t killed anybody yet, the books Jess reads she reviews, and somehow, the people in her head manage to make it into stories. Occasionally, she embarrasses her kids by doing Zumba in front of their friends. It’s just how she rolls.

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Lisa Bilbrey

Obsessive, compulsive, slightly crazed, but enough about her personality. First and foremost, Lisa Bilbrey is a mom to three and a wife to one. She loves to write, and spends the majority of everyday writing. It's who she is, and what she's meant to be doing. Words are her life, the air she breathes, and the nutrients of her soul.

Finding a love in the written word, Lisa Bilbrey started writing as a way to express herself and let her voice be heard. From the first word she wrote, she'd found her heart and soul.Always willing to learn, she's spends much of her time trying to improve as a storyteller.

Author of:

Life's Unexpected Gifts,
The Apartment,
A Season of Change,
Broken Roads & Dusty Dreams,
Whispers of Time Gone By,
The Journey Home,
The Journey of Champions,
The Journey to Forever,
The Journey to a New Life
Angel's Heart: The Keeper,
The Journey Collection.

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