Writing Process Blog Tour
Greetings! Thanks for stopping by for this week’s stop on the Writing Process Blog Tour. This is a neat blog hop where authors answer four questions about themselves, their process, and their current work. Sometimes we find what we were looking for in places we never expected. Maybe you’ll find something like that here.
I’d like to thank my friend Corinne O’Flynn for the invitation to take part in this tour. Clickety-click HERE to go on over to her website and get to know her a little better. Clickety-Click HERE to find out about her books. Corinne and I met at the Northern Colorado Writer’s Conference in Fort Collins, CO in March of this year. She’s a fabulous writer and look for her to breakthrough soon.
This blog tour is comprised of four questions and here they are, along with my answers:
1. What am I working on?
I am working on a couple different projects: Organizing and then editing of my second book of essays, all related to fly fishing
Organizing and editing my first poetry book.
Development of products (book marks, magnets, greeting cards, etc.) based from my first book, And Then I Smiled: Reflections on a Life Not Yet Complete;
Pitching two magazine articles; (Okay, one’s already been rejected. Fingers crossed for the second!)
A couple of new poems;
And waiting for the right moment to re-awaken the beastly-giant that is my first novel, of which the first draft is complete and stuffed with over 151K words.
2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?
And Then I Smiled: Reflections on a Life Not Yet Complete is an introspective look at my life in snapshot moments, and then explores the grace, happiness, humility and self-discovery that I found there. It’s not a how-to live happier book, nor is it a testimonial to those I’ve been influenced by. It’s not a “look at me” or “look at my life” book, but rather a “look at the possibilities around us” book. The book is my way of expressing those possibilities.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I am moment-by-moment, “inspirationaly” driven. I see, feel, hear, think, taste…basically living through my senses and then finding ways to put those sensations into words. Sometimes they escape before I jot them down, while others find their way into an essay, poem or two line quote. I tend to write from the heart and with my emotions on my sleeve, capturing that which makes me smile and/or cry. For some reason, I am driven to share that with the world.
4. How does my writing process work?
Slow and steady with bursts of inspired madness sums it up best. I’m not the best as scheduling my writing time, so I take advantage (most of the time) of those moments when I can work on what feels best. I’m not one to set deadlines, but when they exist I have no problem meeting them. Hmmm…maybe I should think about that one a bit more. Seldom am I ever working on just one project at a time. In fact, before I finished this blog post, I took time to jot down notes for a new short story idea (including character traits and the stories final line.) My process (or lack thereof) might be partially due to the fact I have a “day job,” so my family’s survival isn’t incumbent on my writing skills…to which I know they are eternally grateful!
I also seldom work from an outline (on longer pieces.) My book And Then I Smiled: Reflections on a Life Not Yet Complete started with a list of over 150 essays and 50 poems. After picking the final choices, I spent about one hour putting the order/layout together. There was only one minor change to make the final copy, so I guess it worked out all right. I’m not great with boundaries, but do respect them when I should.
So that’s it. My writing story in four long-winded answers to relatively simple questions. Such is my writing life when editors are not allowed near my work!
Here are three other writers who are participating in today’s edition of the Writing Process Blog Tour:
Anna Tan: Armed with a laptop, Anna Tan loves to set words to the screen, having eschewed the difficulties of working with pen (or pencil) and paper (they’re never around when needed). Her short stories have been included in two anthologies, “Letters to my Ten Year Old Self” and “Campaigner Challenges 2011”. “Stories from A Place To Call Home”, published in September 2012, is her debut flash fiction collection. She also edited Love in Penang, an anthology of short stories, which was published in November 2013.
Chuck Harris: Multi-contest winner who authors books that put the fate of the world into the hands of humanity. He has written in many genres, but he has an affinity for writing adventurous young adult novels that navigate through everything from science fiction and fantasy, to magic that exists right here in the real world.
Lisa Vooght: Lisa started out as a Marine Biology major, pursued a business career, then finally settled down in the field of special education.
Writing was a sporadic hobby until the Washington Post actually published (and paid for) a bit of poetry. Since then she’s had a few poems, short stories and articles published. You can find her throwing ideas around on her blog Flash Fiction
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Next week, be sure to follow the blog hop tour to these great writers:
Kerrie Flanagan is the Director of Northern Colorado Writers, a freelance writer and a writing consultant. Over the past 15 years I have seen many changes in the publishing business; some good and some that are more of a challenge. But one thing that hasn’t changed is my love for writing and my passion for helping writers find success in this crazy and exciting world of publishing. She released her book, Planes, Trains and Chuck & Eddie via her own Hot Chocolate Press and has a co-authored book releasing soon. To list her publishing credits would incur an additional fee on my site for data overload. Check out her credentials HERE.
Richard Keller is the founder of Wooden Pants Publishing and Assistant Director of Northern Colorado Writers. His latest book, Coffee Cup Tales, is available in print and Kindle format at Amazon CLICKETY-CLICK HERE. His next book, Paradise Not Quite Lost, is due out in the summer. In his spare time, Rich likes to climb to the top of the nearest mountain and scream at everyone to be quiet for one minute so he can think