The Writing Process Blog Tour
Joseph E. Lerner invited me to blog about my writing process as part of the Writing Process Blog Tour. Four questions are posed: 1) What am I working on? 2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? 3) Why do I write what I do? and 4) How does my writing process work?
1) What am I working on?
I write both fiction and non-fiction and swing between one and the other as the mood strikes. Right now on the fiction front what I’m working on is finding an agent for a fantasy novel I just finished (Symbiosis). I have one short story in submission and if it is rejected, I’ll be submitting it to other magazines on my list. I have another novel to begin, too. The ideas are there and the first 8,000 words or so are down. I find it hard swinging between fiction and non if there’s something on the non-fiction side unfinished. Like it is at the moment. On the non-fiction front there’s always my blog. I write articles for the blog and to publish to Amazon and our online store. But the thing I’m working on that keeps my mind in this realm is a collection of Companion Plant cards. Here’s one of them: Bloodroot.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m not sure. Maybe it’s the voice of my writing? I sure hope readers can tell me apart and want to hear my unique voice if that’s what it is. I have a very strong relationship to the earth around me, to Nature, and I hope that’s what sets my writing apart from others. Going forward my fiction will include more herb and nature lore, and more influence of the hills surrounding me in real life.
3) Why do I write what I do?
What I write is what’s in my heart to be written. I’d find it very difficult to write on demand for any other reason than that there’s an idea I want to explore and express. I write fiction because I can fully explore my imagination. There’s another, more honest reason, though. There’s magic in nature, I’m sure of it, and if I try to write about it outside of fiction I just sound insane. That’s the real reason I write fiction. I write non-fiction because I want to share the beauty and as much of the magic of these Ozark mountains with others as I can.
4) How does my writing process work?
I don’t have a regular schedule to write. Whenever I have spare time, I’m usually writing. Writing usually takes precedence over housework … until the dishes and clothes piling up begins to bother me too much, or I start to feel guilty for being a terrible wife. My husband and I joke about my lack of domestic leanings and we both wish we had a domestic goddess to come do those things for us. I consider designing our online store and website writing. Well, it’s more “marketing”, but without it the writing doesn’t reach much audience. I also consider my blog posts and definitely the articles I post to the blog to be part of my writing. When an article seems particularly good, I’ll usually put that one up for sale at the blog rather than giving it away free, although the ones I give away free are good ones too. I get ideas and then become obsessed with making them real. This happens with both fiction and non-fiction. Right now on the home front we’re pretty busy working on homestead infrastructure projects so my time to write is more limited than it will be when we get caught up with these things. Maybe then I’ll have some sort of a schedule, but for now I write whenever I can.
Click here to view Joseph E. Lerner’s answers, published last week. For next week (Sept. 3 2014), I’ve invited three more writers to participate: Alice White (alicewhiteauthor.com), Velda Brotherton (veldabrotherton.com), Joanna Gawn of Lazuli Portals (http://lazuliportalswriting.wordpress.com/). Joanna mentioned she might be a bit delayed getting to her questionnaire but I’ll be looking forward to what all three of them have to write.