Friday, May 09, 2014

Tagged: My Writing Process

The beautiful Kristin Smith tagged me as part of this blog tour:




The mission, should I choose to accept it, is to write about my writing process. I wrote about that topic in great detail for a guest blog coming up, so I'll try to make this unique.

What am I working on now?

While waiting to hear back on the next round of revisions for 25 Roses and a chapter book series we're shopping around, I'm working on something completely different. It's a young adult series about a girl who starts having dreams about crimes in her town. I'm not sure if it'll ever go anywhere, but I'm having fun writing it.


Why do I write what I do?

Can anything be more fun than writing books for young readers? Especially girls. I get to relive the fun parts of being a tween/adolescent without going through it myself. The best of all possible worlds!

How does my writing process work?

I wish I could say I get an idea and spend weeks formulating the idea, but I don't. I get an idea and start writing. Then 40 pages in, I have a moment similar to this:



And I have to regroup. That pretty much sums it up!

What's your writing process? If you're one of the three bloggers below, you're up next on the tour!

NEXT UP ON TOUR: Sherry Ellis, Julie Flanders, J.L. Campbell.

45 comments:

  1. Hahahaaa...we have the same writing process...

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  2. writing for kids and teens is above all a very responsible task, which most YA writers forget and thus they portray kids in their books as fighters, killers, warriors... or they make them fall in love with vampires, demons ..... There should be a ministry for issuing licenses to those who are allowed to write for kids :)

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  3. It's great to explore a story that you might or might not flesh out later. There's no pressure. =)

    LittleCely's Blog

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  4. Ha! Yeah, just dive in! I think we all have an argh moment, even if we plot. :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing your writing process-- mine involves a lot of head banging and hair pulling :). Enough said!

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  6. My writing process is much like yours. I free write a lot and then do tons of regrouping and revisions. I have just dreamed up a new chapter for the novel I'm working on. I run dry of ideas for weeks and then when I can be quiet and still, new ideas pop into my head. Typically I hand write them first and then type it all up as a part of the manuscript. Through that process I can expand what I have handwritten and do some editing at the same time.

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  7. Since I pretty much only write for my bog, I have an undisciplined writing process, as in sit down, type it in, and hit publish.

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  8. My writing process?

    1. Get the initial idea.

    2. Start writing in a stream of consciousness.

    3. Get interrupted for too long a time.

    4. Fight with writer's block when I return to the project.

    5. Get over that hurdle, if I'm lucky!

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  9. Hi Stephanie - good luck with all your writing - sounds as though you're on the right track though .. happy days ahead .. cheers Hilary

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  10. Love what you wrote here:) I think writing about teens and directed to teens is great since there is a need that people can relate to them. I write what comes into my head-hence why I don't consider myself a writer as there are a lot of cobwebs in that head of mine and I tend to ramble. Love to read your book:)

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  11. I enjoyed reading about your writing process. It IS fun to write for girls. Being that young makes them impetuous and that's so cute! :)

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  12. I tend to write a basic outline, so not a complete pantser, but I usually veer way off course! Think those argh moments happen to us all at some point. :)

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  13. Un placer haberme pasado de nuevo por tu espacio.

    Saludos.

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  14. LOL on your writing process. Have a great weekend!

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  15. I like to turn back the clock in my head and imagine being a young child again. Great fun!

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  16. I just hit the computer and start typing...LOL.

    Hopefully some of it is good...

    Really love the cover of 25 Roses. So bright and nostalgic.... It just exudes the wonders in teen life....

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  17. Pantser! And that picture/expression fits so many times in my life. ARRGGHHHH!!

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  18. Ha! I get an idea and start writing too. Love this :D

    S.K. Anthony

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  19. I'm just starting to work on the first draft for my book, so my current writing process is random notes on scraps of paper around my house :D I'm hoping to get a bit more organized soon, lol.

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  20. lol! I love that picture :) Sums things up for me pretty dang well, too!

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  21. Loved hearing about your process -- and how you often start by barreling through, then run into trouble. Thanks for keeping it real!

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  22. Thanks for the tag. I'll share my writing process on my blog.

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  23. It's always a great exercise to write outside your comfort zone. :)

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  24. I saw your cover on Cathy's blog. Great job.

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  25. Your current project sounds fun, I look forward to reading more about it. Also? Our writing processes are remarkably similar...

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  26. Writing that way is fun! I've been planning ahead too much. It can get boring :)

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  27. This one has been making its way around the blogosphere for a while now. It's interesting...

    So, I guess that means you're a panster. I am in awe of your skills.

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  28. I so hear you on just jumping on the idea and then...finding you've wrote yourself into a corner! =( Love the premise of the new idea tho, good luck w/that!

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  29. I can relate to that process. :) Your new ms sounds interesting! Good luck!

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  30. That's an interesting theme with the girl having dreams about crimes. Will be interesting to see where it goes!

    betty

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  31. Hi. I liked this post, for its honesty and humour. My own writing process is reasonably disciplined. It depends on the length of the piece.
    If it's a short story, I would just write the entire thing - straight off, save it, read it, minor edit, and leave it alone.
    Go back a few days later, read, edit, and save. At the third session I print it to edit.
    For a novel, it's a similar exercise, but done with the chapters.
    By the way, did I read that date properly?

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  32. Hi. I liked this post, for its honesty and humour. My own writing process is reasonably disciplined. It depends on the length of the piece.
    If it's a short story, I would just write the entire thing - straight off, save it, read it, minor edit, and leave it alone.
    Go back a few days later, read, edit, and save. At the third session I print it to edit.
    For a novel, it's a similar exercise, but done with the chapters.
    By the way, did I read that date properly?

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  33. I like that we can call it a "process." It sounds so much better than madness.

    The picture of the woman 40 pp into a manuscript is perfect.

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  34. With flash fiction, I prefer to write from prompts.
    Beyond that? I'm still in the learning stages...
    (I posted for your cover reveal today...)
    Writer In Transit

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  35. Oh what a nice post, it was really interesting to learn a little more about you.

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  36. I'm always interested in how others handle the writing process. I think it's so cool that you are starting a project simply because the idea fascinates you. Seriously, this is what writing should be all about, the joy and intrigue of getting an idea and following it through.

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  37. Stephanie,

    Your writing process sounds like mine sometimes.

    Sunni
    http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

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  38. I love writing for young people. Yes, that's also how I feel 40 pages in many times.

    You had a great cover reveal week.

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  39. Your WIP sounds fascinating!

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  40. I usually get an idea... think about it ... then write it... My best blogs are the ones that I just sat down and typed, those don't happen often :-)

    Thank you for your comment on my blog... I believe in forgiveness.. I have to let the idea of hearing I'm sorry go... Have a really great day ♥

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  41. It is interesting hearing what works for different writers, and then realizing that success is not a one size fits all recipe.

    I do more like you: explore ideas by jumping into the middle of them, but realize I have good luck previously with outlining concepts and then using a more structured approach.

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  42. Well Stephanie I certainly wouldn't call myself a writer, but if I'm writing a blog post I have an idea that sparks it. I wait for someone to say something funny or do something amusing and then try to expand on it. The trouble is what I find funny isn't always funny to other people ;)

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  43. Ha! Too funny--you were one of my picks for this blog hop, but I figured you were too busy with the new cover reveal. And now I see you had already been tagged.

    Your books sound like they're so much fun to write. Mine aren't fun at all, but I feel like I've accomplished something once they're finished. :)

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  44. Thanks for tagging me for this! I will post about it when I get back in June - I'm glad to have something to post about LOL.
    It was fun to learn more about your process.

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