Writing Process Blog Tour 2014
Today is my day for the Writing Process Blog Tour, a blog tour where various writers discuss what they are working on and their process, tag the writer who talked them into it and finds other writers to participate. You, the reader, get to follow the various links to discover new writers. I’d like to thank Michael Merriam for asking me to take part. His own post is here.
And there you will get to discover that I'm lazy enough to copy and paste his intro, because he is awesome and I am lazy today, and late doing this.
What Am I Working On?
What I am not working on? Sadly, werewolves, at the moment. But they're not dead, merely resting, along with some other things until after we move my mother into a different facility next week. In the meantime, I’ve got 4 anthology invites that I’m working on stories for, plus the new short fiction collection proposal and the recently completed novel that wants revising, lots of revising. Also floating about: a nonfiction book proposal that wants to get jumpstarted, plus a new guest blog for SF Signal on LGBT SF/F in the 1990s.
How Does My Work Differ From Others Of Its Genre?
Umm…judging from the list above, I can apparently self-diagnose for ADD, but still get things done? Seriously, I’m decently good at compartmentalizing and finishing work. I’m not always very good at organizing it, something I’m trying to correct. I’m also in the process of moving from being a pantser to being at least a high level outliner, so that’s new.
I’m reasonably prolific, particularly with regard to short fiction and articles. Novels take me longer, unsurprisingly. But I like to work on multiple projects at the same time: it keeps me engaged and helps me learn as I go along.
Why Do I Write What I Do?
Your mileage varies. Some stories I write because editors or publishers asked for stories and the call or theme inspired me. Some stories I write because they’re boiling around in my brain and they need a way out. What do I write? Fantasy, erotica, science fiction, romance, dark fantasy/horror, nonfiction and random stuff. What do they all have in common? I generally, but not always, write about characters who are LGBT or Q because those are the characters that speak to me the loudest. Most of my characters are women or mostly female-identified. Why? I like women and I think that there should be better female characters out there. Do I have any overarching themes? Change fascinates me, as does how others perceive those changes. I love writing about transformations of various kinds.
How Does Your Writing Process Work?
Well, it’s evolving at the moment. It used to be: write most of the day almost every Sunday, do plotting and marketing and short scenes a couple of nights during the week after work. Now it’s more like: grab every minute I can for everything, spend a few minutes here or a few minutes there writing or revising, then move on to the next thing. If I have a whole free hour or two, I sit down and crank on a specific word count.
Our cats also influence my process. Since we got our cats, I do most of my writing on the couch, using my Netbook on my lap desk, because it is hard to share the office chair with 1 gigantic and one regular size cat, both squirming and begging for attention (and they heave themselves against the closed door and howl if I’m on the other side). I think this change lends itself well to short pieces, less so to long ones. Training the cats gets me nowhere, so I’m trying to retrain me. It seems to be working but we’ll see how it goes for the next novel-length work.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my part of this blog hop/tour. I now pass the baton off to the lovely and talented Angela Korra’ti, who has a new fantasy novel out this week from her alter ego, Angela Highland. If you would like to be tagged, for a post, let me know and I’ll add you here.