Big thanks to Larry Benjamin (http://authorlarrybenjamin.blogspot.com/) for hooking me up with this Writing Process blog hop. Check out his post on the subject for some unique insight into a writer’s mind.
And if you’re wondering how I get things on the page, read on…
What am I working on?
-Right now I’m working on the final edits of the third Demon Rock book, Siren’s Song. It’s the first time we’re meeting a Muse who’s also a musician, so it’s been a lot of fun writing about rock and roll from that perspective. Mia’s a tough chick and quite a match for a demon. Or two? You’ll have to read it and find out.
How does my work differ from others in this genre?
-I’d say that each writer’s voice is unique, so we all differ from each other in the genre. I keep my stories tight and contained, usually with a fast pace. Whether in paranormal or a real-world setting, I like to have some grit and darkness in the characters. It grounds them and adds more reality to their interactions. While the plot is spinning (and I do like to plot) the people remain the heart of the story.
Why do I write what I do?
-I was attracted to the romance genre by the ultimate sense of hope within it. When you enter into the story, no matter how much paranormal or real-world trouble you throw at the characters, you know they will end up with a happily-ever-after. There isn’t a lot of cynicism there, it’s more a celebration of love and what we have to do to find it and keep it.
The genre is also so appealing because there’s room for so many stories. Readers are voracious, and open to a wide range of ideas. I like to let inspiration come from all kinds of angles, and it seems like there’s always a place for them in romance.
How does my writing process work?
-When I’m not writing, I like to do some basic carpentry (bookshelves, coffee tables, whatever we might need around the apartment) and I apply the process from my workshop to the books. I like to plan. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for inspiration. The writing ideas usually start out with a single element. Sometimes it’s a character, a piece of dialogue, a paranormal trait, or even a book title. From there I build the story out, finding other pieces that fit with the tone and world. Once one character takes shape, the other is formed to foster more conflict, drama and ultimately a deep connection.
After I’ve collected my characters along with scene fragments, tone and other inspirations, I get down to outlining. I like this process, because it allows me to be creative with the story’s flow from a big-picture standpoint. There’s quite a bit of detail in the outline, but it still remains flexible enough for the characters and action to surprise me once I’m writing actual pages.
If things do change during the writing, I do what I call micro-plotting. When I’m done writing for the day I’ll plan out what I’m going to write next time I sit down at the computer. That way I don’t have to start cold at the next session.
Thanks for stopping by. I’m around the internet if you ever want to talk craft. Look for answers to these Writing Process questions next week from:
Zoe Archer is the award-winning author of numerous romance series, including Nemesis, Unlimited, the Blades of the Rose, the Hellraisers, and the 8th Wing. She and her husband, fellow romance author Nico Rosso, live in Los Angeles. http://zoearcherbooks.com
Lucy Woodhull writes funny romances that make bath time (and bedtime) reading more fun! http://lucywoodhull.com.
Rebekah Weatherspoon writes interracial and multicultural erotic and paranormal romance featuring queer and straight couples. If given the chance, she will cheat at UNO. The bulk of her work has been published through Bold Strokes Books. http://www.rebekahweatherspoon.com/