Monday, May 19, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Hop

Katie Doyle over at Writing, Reading, and Life invited me to be a part of the Writing Process Blog Hop (Thanks Katie!) so here is my post!

What am I working on?
I'm currently revising Slumber, the first book in a YA fantasy quartet. I wrote the second book last summer and have the third storyline dancing in my head. The first three books run parallel to each other and the fourth one will tie all the threads together. I'm also drafting an unrelated YA fantasy story that takes place on the edges of a well know fairy tale.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
  My imagination runs away with me. A lot. I think that gives my stories of twist of their own. 

Why do I write what I do?
  I love the feeling that anything can happen, that I can be anyone, that fairytales are real. I get that when I read and write YA. I also remember how much books influenced me during my teen years. I grew up along side Anne of Green Gables and learned to let my imagination free. I developed a hunger for adventure while following Frodo Baggins to Mordor. I discovered that I didn't have to leave fairytales behind me with my childhood while reading books by Robin McKinley and Cynthia Voigt. The young adult years are so important and incredibly challenging. I like to dream that my writing will encourage someone like my favorite authors encouraged me.

How does your writing process work?

   Usually an idea hijacks my brain and I'm useless until I write the main details down. After that I flesh out my characters and setting. Then I make coffee in my French press and I write the draft, often late into the night. I'm working on outlining my plot better but my characters are stubborn and have different ideas so I follow them through their story. I do plan the main plot points but not the journey in-between. 
  My revisions are a bit more structured. I let my story sit for a month or more before I read over it again, jotting down notes as I go. Then I fix major structural problems, weave in dialogue and flesh out scenes. That's the stage I'm on right now. When I'm done with that  I will go over it again to perfect punctuation and make sure the words have the flow I want them to.

I'm suppose to tag five people but I guess I'm not that social... 
I'm tagging three instead. I hope you check out their posts next Monday!

S. K. Anthony is a writer, a reader and a make-stuff-up-er who lives in New York with her husband and toddler twins. She is a wine connoisseur, which just really means she knows she loves it, and a caffeine addict. When she isn’t busy with her family she finds herself being transported into the world of imagination. Well, either that or running away from spiders . . . she is convinced they are out to get her!
Check out her blog or find her around the internet at:

Brandon Ax  fell in love with fantasy as child after first devouring the entire Chronicles of Narnia series. Born in New Orleans his early life was spent moving from state to state all along the south. Developing a love for people and their stories he began to pursue a career as an author. After years of tuning his craft he finished his first novel ELEMENTAL. Living in South Carolina with his wife, three children and three dogs, he spends his days dreaming up new worlds and fascinating characters. Hard at work on finishing, The Light Bringer Saga, he enjoys the task of molding a story to its completion. 
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Jocelyn Charrette is a world traveling soccer player and writer of a YA sci-fi/fantasy series that she hopes to one day complete and share with others. She also enjoys reading, meeting new people, and eating Swedish candy. You can stalk her on instagram @jlych or twitter @jocelyncharette
She blogs at My Writing Adventure.


  1. Love this: "I like to dream that my writing will encourage someone like my favorite authors encouraged me." It's so important for what we do to feel and know it's okay to follow our dreams. :)

    Thanks for tagging me!

    1. I can't wait to read your post next week :) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Creativity is such a great talent. At the moment I am totally utterly blocked and cannot write a stupid thing. I hope maybe the long weekend coming up with see me with pad on knee and pen in hand happily scribbling something.

    1. Aw! I hope your creativity flows this weekend.

  3. My imagination likes to run away with me, too. I sometimes think I've got a good hold on it... but then it tells me otherwise :p

  4. So nice to meet someone else who has ideas hijack her brain until they are written down! And I write mine down, at times, on the oddest things, since I tend to leave notebooks/ipads/laptops, what-have-you, in the other room. Diana at About Myself By Myself

  5. Thanks for the tag. I also agree about not leaving fairy tales behind. They sure stay with us.