Saturday, March 29, 2014

My Writing Process

I've been tagged by the lovely Isabella Leigh and Rena Olsen to write a blog post, answering a few questions about my writing process.

What am I working on?

Tuesday begins the first day of the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo, which is similar to the one that happens in November, but you can pick your word count and there's a few more bugs at the campsite. I'm going to be working on a YA Contemporary Romance, tentatively called Cursed.

Alanna never meant to interact with anyone, let alone stand up for the biggest geek in school. But Jared is different, he doesn't make fun of her scars or mock her hearing aid. He's kind and she finds herself interested in someone, when she thought humanity was all evil. Because if Alanna doesn't break the curse by the time she turns eighteen, she'll be dead.

It's a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a hearing impaired girl and a geek. I'm super excited about it! :) I'm learning quite a bit about deaf culture and it's really interesting! I'm hoping the story will come across correctly.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I'm awesome. Err, I'm amazing? Well, I think my work is different because I'm a different person. Okay, it is different because it comes from me. My characters are usually a bit awkward, just like me and somewhat nerdy. I like to think my books have a lot of myself in them, but they uniquely have their own characterizations and a personality created for each individual character. I feel like some writers have characters that are all very similar, but mine are very diverse!

Why do I write what I do?

I'm currently working on different contemporary romances with a fairy tale twist. I've always been interested, okay I admit it, I love fairy tales and things outside of our realm like faeries and dragons. Everything I write has a fantasy twist. I love writing romance for young adults because it is such a fun time for love and romance! They experience their first kisses, first dance dates, and first real heartbreak.

How does my writing process work?

Coffee, lots of coffee and blueberry muffins. I've found that I write the best when I'm not in my apartment. I drive to my favorite local coffee shop, order my favorite iced caramel latte and one of their delicious blueberry muffins.

But my process itself is write and edit later. If I have an idea, I have a tendency to plot out a few things on the notebook I keep in my purse and then that day or the next, I will write those scenes. Writing is much easier if I have some plots written down, but I'm not a complete plotter. I do enjoy writing by the seat of my pants. :) I love finding inspiration in daily things and weaving them into my stories. :)

I'm tagging anyone who would like to participate and hasn't been tagged yet! :) Are you participating in the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo or in the Blogging A to Z Challenge? Good luck to everyone!


  1. I like your writing process. It seems like a lot of fun. No blueberry muffins for me, though :)

    Good luck with Camp NaNo!

  2. So exciting on your upcoming book birthday. Congrats!

  3. I loved reading about your process! I admire those of you who can write in coffee shops and other public places. I have so much trouble with that.

    Have fun with Camp NaNo. I'm not participating in either this year because of the baby and all. I wish I were...

    Happy Monday!

  4. *sigh* Love Beauty and the Beast...