Posted by jennifer gibson on Monday, March 10, 2014
I was recently tagged by talented author Melissa Groeling (http://melissagroeling.blogspot.ca/) as part of a Blog Hop. The purpose is to answer several questions and tag other authors to do the same ;)
Here are my responses to some of those curious questions:
What am I working on?
For the past few months, I've been writing a series of fun short stories that I'm hoping to publish someday. It's a great writing exercise and keeps my creative mind sharp. My next goal is to complete a science fiction book with my mother that is currently in progress. It's a very exciting challenge for both of us!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
The novel that I'm working on now is quite a departure from my trilogy series since it's science fiction as opposed to young adult. It has given me more freedom to tackle different characters in a completely new setting and time period. Here's a hint: it's based on a existing series. Which means that we have to adhere to a set of rules that are already in place. It may not make any sense right now, it will be once it's released.
Why do I write?
It's such an energizing process, there is so much fun in coming up with the most hilarious dialogues and situations! I often feel stronger and more sure of myself once I've completed a project like this. It gives me a sense of reassurance that I'm doing the right thing. I think it's pretty cool to get paid to use my imagination!
How does your writing process work?
Usually it's a stray dialogue that's running around in my head that gives it a head start towards a story. It often hits me when I least expect it, quite often when I'm doing mundane errands such as taking a shower or going for drive. It's times like those when I find it frustrating that I can't write down those thoughts right away. By the way, I write my stories the old fashioned way: with a pen and paper. I find that it's much easier for me to keep up with the running commentary that way. Afterwards, I can type it in and make any necessary changes at that point without worrying about losing the feel of the characters.
For the larger stories, such a trilogy series or full length novel, I often know how it will begin and end. I have a firm idea in my head of the overall arc, it's simply a matter of filling in the blanks in the middle. Those stories tend to write themselves.
I have to say this: I'm in awe of those writers who come up with amazing scripts for TV shows. To keep those episodes fresh and witty every single week is quite a remarkable achievement, particularly since it happens in such a short period of time. Wow!
I'm tagging 3 other authors in this Blog Hop: Joss Landry, Nana Prah and Aneta Cruz.