For those of you joining us from previous weeks, welcome back! For those of you just joining in, welcome to Romance Weekly where each week a bunch of us authors will answer the same three questions and you get to hop around from blog to blog and learn a little more about us. 🙂 Ready? Let’s do this.
1.What is your writing process like?
Over time my writing process has evolved like this.
Step one: Word vomit. I put my Butt in Chair Hands on Keyboard (BICHOK) and give ‘er. Whatever comes out, comes out. Yes, that makes me a panster. I live for it. Not knowing where the story is going when I begin and discovering the many twists and turns along the way is exhilirating.
Step two: Tear the whole thing apart and rebuild. I will break scenes down and determine the goals/motivation/conflict plus identify who owns POV for that scene and think about their emotional arc over the course of the scene. I will also add sensory and emotional layering in this draft.
Step three: Defog. This is the polish round and my Editor Proof Your Writing resource has taught me some great lessons. The whole process takes between 5-6 months. Not bad considering I have a day job and young family.
I’m a bit of a nomadic writer too in that I try to keep everything portable so that I can write wherever I can pin down my flighty muse. 😉
2.Do you listen to music to enhance your writing?
OMG yes! I listen to different things at certain points along my process. To get in the creative zone for my Scottish historicals I will blast some traditional bagpipes or The Gael by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guard. Puts me back in Scotland every single time.
Then when I have to concentrate I listen to a 90 minute heavy rain track. It helps me drown everything else out and focus on the task at hand.
When I’m gearing up to edit I have a playlist that has lots of Mumford and Sons, Dropkick Murphys, Rolling Kings, and Loreena McKennit.
3.What two songs best describe your overall body of work?
The Gael as performed by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guard with the Mark Knopfler intro. I listened to it endlessly when I visited Scotland in 2011 while driving up through the Highlands. Sigh. The first few notes put me back there every time.
It’s not a song, but has gotten me focused when I need it. Puts me in my zone in seconds. 🙂
Well that’s it for this week! Thanks for stopping by. Don’t stop hopping now! Pop on over to see how historical romance author, Katherine Givens answered the questions.