Fellow Tirgearr Publishing author Jennifer Young has tagged me in a blog hop to discuss my writing process. I’m a bit all over the place, but I do what works best for me so tuck in and let’s have a look at how I work shall we?
What am I working on?
I am currently working on book three in my Highland Chiefs series, Enemy of the Highlander. This book might be the final in the series so I need to clew up a bunch of things introduced and explored in the other two books, but it also must be able to stand alone. I’m feeling the pressure.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m not quite sure that it does differ except for the time frame, 15th century during the reign of James Stewart I, and perhaps the heavy political focus. I am inspired to write the stories I do from a piece of history I happen across and then the story fast forwards in my head like a movie.
Why do I write what I do?
I absolutely adore history and I adore romance fiction. Marrying the two is as natural to me as breathing. The Scottish setting is a good fit too considering my passion for everything Scottish.
How does your writing process work?
In order to break this down I need to talk about the three draft method that has emerged as my writing experience has progressed.
First Draft: Word vomit. I free flow write and am uninhibited with what comes out. Fingers on keyboard and tickety tick until about 75k is on paper. I am definitely a panster and love not knowing what’s coming until it’s out.
Second Draft: This is where the story really takes shape. Until I know the end I cannot layer the beginning and so in this draft I will break out each scene, consider the goals/motivation/conflict of the characters and the point of the scene, plus the emotional arc of the character in whose point of view the reader is exposed. This draft will usually bring the piece up to around 80k as any telling in the first draft now gets turned to showing which expands the story’s word count.
Third Draft: Layer emotion and sensory detail plus defog. This draft is usually very quick. The faster I read this draft the quicker I can see what’s not working and fix it purely from an aesthetic perspective.
So that’s it! That’s how I roll. Thanks for reading my crazee writer ramblings.
And now I get to tag three authors to share their writing process as well. Look to their blogs on January 27th.
Valerie Francis is Canadian writer from St. John’s, Newfoundland, and is currently working on a fantasy novel for children. Valerie began writing short stories and poems as a child and completed her first book at the age of seven. After fifteen-year career as a business and political writer, Valerie returned to her first love, children’s literature in 2008.
Lesleyanne Ryan was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A retired veteran who served in Bosnia in 93/94, she graduated from Memorial University with a BA in English and Diploma in Creative Writing in 2008. Her short stories have won four times at the NL Arts and Letters Awards and three have been published. Her first novel, Braco, won the 2011 Fish Fish Award for Emerging Writers and was nominated for the Margaret and John Savage First Novel Award in 2013. She lives near St. John’s with her two immortal cats.
Victoria Barbour is the author of Contemporary Romance novels set in her home province of Newfoundland. When she’s not writing, she’s busy raising a toddler. Born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Victoria has been everything from a broadcast journalist to a copywriter. Victoria prides herself on being able to tell stories that are true to the romance genre, while also being true to the place she calls home. She has three new novels in her Heart’s Ease series coming out early this year.