Friday, May 9, 2014

Tagged: My Writing Process

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Melanie Crouse, YA author of Hidden Magic and co-author of Alchemy, tagged me in a blog hop where authors answer four questions about their writing process. (Melanie is one of my wonderful beta readers. Thanks so much, Melanie!)

My Writing Process

What Am I Working On Now?

Right now, I’m proofreading Screwing Up Alexandria. In this book, the characters took me to three different time periods. It was a blast. I can’t wait to share it with you. (One of my beta readers said it was my best book yet. I hope so.)

How Does My Book Differ From Others In Its Genre?

Unlike most young adult books, the Screwing Up Time novels are written from a guy’s perspective. I wanted to explore what would happen if a guy from 21st century America ended up in the Middle Ages, ancient Babylon, Alexandria, Uruk, or even the future.

Why Do I Write What I Do?

I write young adult because it’s such a creative genre. As a writer, you can explore just about anything. And young adult protagonists are incredible. They are finding out who and want they are—making decisions that will define the rest of their lives. For example, in Screwing Up Time, when Mark decides whether to break into the psych hospital, he’s really deciding if he’ll risk everything to do the right thing.

How Does My Writing Process Work?

I am a seat-of-the-pants writer. But that doesn’t mean I just sit down at a blank page and start typing. Okay, sometimes I do. But usually I plan and research first. For example, with the Screwing Up Time novels, I research the time periods I’m sending my characters to before I start because I think the setting is so important that I view it as a character that helps drive the story.

When my initial research is done, then I sit down to the blank page. And let the characters and the setting drive the plot. They only invite me along to record their story.

On now to other writers. I’m tagging Kimberly Afe, author of The Headhunter’s Race, and Misha Gericke, author of The Vanished Knight.

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  1. I am totally looking forward to reading your next book! I'll sign up on your list (neat idea!) but one way or another, I'll definitely be reading that book. Best yet, huh? You've set the bar pretty high...

    Happy Mothers' Day!

  2. I'm a seat of the pants writer too! But also with you on the research. Good luck finishing up the revisions on your novel! :D

  3. Awe thanks for thinking of me. :-) Best of luck with edits.

  4. I can't wait to get to the rest of the series! I loved Screwing Up Time!

    I used to be totally seat of the pants but not so much anymore. :)

    Thanks for tagging me. I'll have to come up with some answers now. :)

  5. Researching time periods is so important! It makes the setting seem more authentic, even if you don't mention all of the details you learned. It's in your head and you subconsciously transfer it to the page.