Monday, June 23, 2014

4 Questions on Writing

Birgit of BB Creations and Michelle of My Writing Journey tagged me in a blog hop. 




To participate, you just answer four questions about your writing process and tag three more people. Here we go!

What am I working on/writing?

A better question is, what am I not writing! In a given day, I may write about heat pumps, cloud computing, and hosting a successful fundraiser in the space of a few hours. That's my freelancing work, though.

For my fiction work, I'm currently awaiting the next set of revisions on 25 Roses, my upcoming Simon & Schuster novel. To keep from going crazy, I'm writing a young adult book about a girl who sees missing people in her dreams.




How does my work/writing differ from others in its genre?

Good question! Generally speaking, my work tends to be a little lighthearted and girly than many books for young readers. This new book is a little darker, though.  I was inspired by a TV show--Medium. Something about that show stuck with me after I binge-watched all 130 episodes on Netflix.




Why do I write what I do?

I've written in a variety of genres over the past two decades and I can say nothing is as gratifying as writing for young girls. I think this picture says it all.




How does my writing process work?

I get an idea and start writing. I continue writing until I reach the end. I wish I could say I'm one of those people who carefully outline everything, but that's now how my process works. I was happy to hear Stephen King writes that way, too...so those of us who don't outline are in good company.




Now it's time to tag. I'm going to only tag writers, since discussing your writing process is a little difficult if you're a painter or computer technician!












Now...a question to the commenters. How is your work different from other people's work?

43 comments:

  1. Binge watching is the only way to go with NetFlix.
    How is mine different? I focus more on values and people and less on science.

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  2. Netflix is amazing for binge watching! That's the only way I can handle watching a series now. Having to wait for a new episode each week kind of kills me.

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  3. I'm half/half. I have a plan, and I've drafted the first half, then...just go with it. I wouldn't say mines different, but the past two years I've been researching Dissociative Identity Disorder, so I'm writing about that. :)

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  4. I don't really outline either. I'll jot notes and such but in no way would I call that an outline. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  5. Ooh, speaking or roses, 24 ROSES by Diana Navarro is one of my fave of the dramatic ballads: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vyo2o7Tos98&feature=kp

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  6. I didn't know that was a song, Dezmond. I'll check it out!

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  7. I didn't know you were also a freelance writer, that's neat that you're such a varied writer :)

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  8. Great... I didn't know that you are a writer!!!
    Kisses darling!!!!
    Happy monday!!!
    http://expressyourselfbypaolalauretano.blogspot.it

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  9. I like Medium, but 130 eps!! Wow! Sounds like an interesting premise to work on. Your writing process is very Zen-like. I do short stories that way, and novellas, but I plan my novels.

    I'm tagged to do this blog hop next week, so I'm going to stay my answer to your commenters' question until then :)

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  10. Hmm, that's a tough question, but there is often a spiritual theme in some of my works - the rest are just stories I'd like to read :)

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  11. My process is much the same as yours. I find if I try to outline too much, I stifle myself and just can't write.

    I enjoy writing for that age level, too. :)

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  12. i watched the show 'medium' thru its entire run. (i liked how they ended it, actually. not quite the happy ending, but both sad and good, too.)

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  13. Binge watching is the best indeed, no need to wait on cliffhangers. Just get an idea and go, works for my show.

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  14. I generally don't watch an entire show all the way through. I'll watch maybe a half a season and rotate to something else for a while, then come back. I get tired of something after a while, I've found. But with Medium, I kept watching! I loved the setup of each show...there were times it got a little cheesy, for sure. But the way they incorporated music in the dream sequences to set a haunted sort of mood was incredible.

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  15. Loving this little q&a. I used to be a plotter too, but now I just let go and write. Rewriting and editing is harder, though.

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  16. Great post, Stephanie. Stephen King has always given me hope too, and let me ignore all those writers who tell us we HAVE TO outline.

    As for what makes my work different, how do I count the ways? I'm always concerned agents and editors will pass me by because nothing I write is easily defined.

    One common theme--I'm fascinated by the evil people can do to others, even seemingly "good" or ordinary people.

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  17. I so appreciate good writers. It's an art like no other. Some people can write so well you feel as you are there. I like that.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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  18. How is my writing different from others? OOOoo that is a tough question. I think that my writing is different because it often comes out as a train wreck of ideas that I have to sort through until I figure out which one works. It's difficult really.

    As far as planning, I have to when it comes to a point. I flow-write into a corner, and then have to figure out a way back to change the direction. That does require a little more plan. But my writing is ALWAYS better, when I just go with it!

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  19. Great writing here as always:) Glad you blogged about this and writing is always about the journey never the destination..well maybe but i will go with what I just wrote. On that fact, i write what comes into my mind and that is scary:) I am not a perfectionist so the grammar is not on my must be A+ list-lol It should be but it's not. Now the new book you are wanting to write sounds excellent as well. More girls should read and glad you centre on them

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  20. How is my work different? I adore the research end of it, and happily dive into rabbit holes of new info leading to new questions leading to to new info leading to... You get the idea. Because of my age, I should probably feel a sense of urgency to complete my current WIP, but I don't. I've done lots of fantastic research for it, (Go figure!) and am convinced the story is top-notch, but I keep allowing myself to get side-tracked into other projects. But that's okay, because I'm enjoying those other projects, too. Guess I'm getting zen in my old age.

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  21. Your writing process sounds a lot like mine! :D

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  22. I loved Medium, so it's cool your story is inspired from the show! Thanks for tagging me!

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  23. Thanks for the tag! I'm a total outliner. If I don't plan things, I never find my way to the end.

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  24. Hi, Stephanie,

    Nice to learn more about you writing....


    My work differs in my contemporary y/a... I also write fantasy. In my y/a my latest novel deals with the abuse of a teenage boy from his military father. That's the difference ... very few people know about the mental illness caused by going to war. Many people come back mentally fractured and if they don't get the help they need, their families end up paying a high price. Their loved one has become an alcoholic, drug abuser, or have major anger issues. Sad but true.

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  25. You shouldn't have a shortage of enthusiastic readers! When I was still in school, I loved the Nancy Drew series and the Judy Blume novels. I loved those books where girls were going through the same things I was or even had gone through when I knew it was coming for me. Remember "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret."

    My favorite!

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  26. I hope you skipped the finale of Medium. I hated it, but loved the rest of the show.

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  27. I appreciate good writers and admire them so much because I love read:)
    Have a nice day!

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  28. (MEDIUM SPOILER ALERT BELOW)
    Liz A.--I saw the finale. It was quite jarring...and when you watch it all together like I did, you notice that she has a dream early on in the series that her husband dies in a plane accident. When you watch it all together as I did, you catch that and wonder if that was intentional, but I didn't see that anyone else made the connection because the two episodes were so far apart! I'm not sure how I feel about the ending. It stuck with me long after I watched it, but, yes, it was bothersome. I think I like it...it kind of was a happy ending at the very, very end!

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  29. I used to love the show Medium, so I'd probably enjoy your WIP. :)

    (And contributing to the Medium discussion going on... I actually skipped the finale. My mom watched it and told me about it, so I know what happened. I'm not sure if I like it.)

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  30. I didn't think I would, either, Shelley, but it was interesting the way they handled it. I read about it when it happened so I kind of knew it was coming the whole time. By the time I saw the episode, it was a pleasant surprise to see what they were going for with it and that it wasn't just about being mean to the viewer...

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  31. I loved your pictures of the girls reading. :) I mostly write for girls too. How does my work differ? I tend to have nod to classic works in my work--no matter what genre I write in.

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  32. I like binge watching, but cannot binge read a series.

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  33. Nice Post Stephanie. I usually write while inspired and complete the story too, No drafts. Thanks for joining the blog tag!

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  34. Excellent reasons for writing! I have often got ideas from different series and gone wild with it. Thanks for sharing.

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  35. I love your reasons! I also like your upcoming book about a girl who dreams about missing people. Medium was my fav show when it was on.

    I want my writing to be a little odd and never mainstream. Or hilarious.

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  36. As a non-writer, I enjoyed learning about your writing style. Enjoy your week!

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  37. LOL! Great post. Love the images.
    Medium was a good show. This comparison has me hooked. Let me know when the book comes to Amazon, B&N, etc. :)

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  38. Thank you for the glimpse into your process.

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  39. Hi Stephanie. I really enjoyed your post and reading about your process most of all. Good to know there are still authors who don't spend two years outlining their novel. I always feel guilty writing as the spirit moves me, but my writing is much better that way.

    Denise

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  40. What did we ever do before NetFlix :)

    Interesting book idea too with the girl who seems missing people in her dreams. You come up with great ideas for your books (and that is why you are a writer and I am not :)

    betty

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  41. I am with you. No outlining. I just write until it's done.

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  42. Thanks for sharing!

    How is my work different than others in my genre? I write time travel from a guy's perspective.

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