Beautiful People #26-Author Writing Process Edition

Greetings, chums. Today I am doing my very first link-up. I have never done one before because this blog is still a wee thing and is still gaining experience, so let’s hope I do this legally.

I am linking up with Cait@PaperFury and Sky @ further up and further in for Beautiful People  and I am so proud of myself for having figured out how to do the links in the first half of this sentence that I am going to take a few moments to contemplate my profound skill and perhaps eat a snack.

The Beautiful People meme is usually about our characters and can be used as an exercise for us authors to get to know them better, (because let’s face, it sometimes we have absolutely no clue who these blokes are,)  but today’s Beautiful People questions are directed toward the timid sponge in the corner. That would be me.

Let’s get started, shall we?

1. How do you decide which project to work on?

I am a Bear-of-Very-Little-Brain and I never have more than one project that I feel even remotely capable of working on at a time. I just hover over all of my ghostly prospects and wait for my brain to quiver with the inklings of an idea. When this happens I pounce and write until my brain dies, which unfortunately happens fairly often.

Sherlock

Just imagine that Toby is Inspiration and you will have a semi-accurate picture of how this works.

2. How long does it usually take you to finish a project?

Well….erm…. finish?

Let me think…

I have only ever “finished” one novel shaped thing, but not really because it was only the semi-first draft.

That took me… three years?

I am slower than a sloth, and I know it. When it comes to a single project, I write at the stunning pace of 10,000 words a year.

sloth_rev

3. Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?

Well, sometimes I lock myself in a dank dungeon without food or water for several days. That usually evokes the spirit I am after.

I also often hire assassins to hold me at gunpoint and threaten to drop five tons of dead chickens on my head unless I can churn out 100 words a minute.This is surprisingly motivating.

If no assassins or dungeons are available however, I find it helpful to read books by my favorite authors, watch good movies, and lie on my bed for hours pondering life, the universe, and everything.

4. What time of day do you write best?

Anastasia In the Dark of the Night

No, actually, I don’t have a specific time. I write whenever I can. I write in the morning, afternoon, evening, and the middle of the night. I have written great things in all of these time-frames, and things that are not fit to see the light of day. (Of course, this is awkward when I wrote them in the light of day).

5. Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?

As a young sponge, I was a perfect chameleon and unintentionally mimicked whatever author I happened to be reading at the moment. I hope that I have improved since then and found a semblance of my own voice.

I think at this point my style is a mixture of Roald Dahl, Lemony Snicket, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card.

6. Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?

I have no vivid memory of the moment I decided to become a writer. I suppose I started writing because I grew up breathing stories. My parents read to me and told me stories of their own design before I even knew how to speak. I started writing stories (of sorts) practically as soon as I learned to write my name.

I keep writing because… it would kill me to stop? (Too drastic?) Even when I have no ideas I have this strong desire to put words on paper. I need to write. Sometimes I feel like I will explode if I don’t. There is something inside of me, I think, that needs to come out, and I have to keep writing until I find the right words to express it. This will probably take the rest of my life.

Frodo

(Okay, mate, enough with the melodrama).

7. What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?

Yikes, this is a hard one. Maybe “The answer to number 7 on this blog post?!?!”

Ha ha. Just kidding. If that was true I would have a blessedly easy writing life.

Most of the hard things that I’ve written are things that I actually haven’t written… I am very confused about it. But there is this one short story that I actually completed. It was difficult for me because it takes place in the real world in modern times. That was an absolutely terrifying experience. My one novel shaped thing was also pretty hard to work through at times. So hard in fact that I have yet to finish editing it.

8. Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?

Arthur Dent (2)

Don’t make me cry.

There are so many of these.

The first and most important one is so complicated that my small brain cannot even figure out how to describe it yet. I am actually going to write it with one of my many literary cousins because the original idea was hers. I have helped expound upon the story and develop some of the characters.

It is about powerful evil beings that poison people’s minds and deadly books and ink and writing and death and sacrifice and siblings and terror and I love it so much. We have no idea how to even begin writing it. But when we do it will be haunting and heart-breaking and glorious.

I also have a strange desire to try my hand at historical fiction. The kind that is exciting and emotional and is so much about the characters and the plot that you forget you are reading something of historical value. This will not happen until I actually decide to do research, which is certainly not happening any time in next hundred years.

This list goes on, but for the sake of time and common decency I will desist now.

9. What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?

Goal-making is one of my phobias, but I am trying to get better about that.

For 2017, I made two goals:

  1. Finish my second novel
  2. JUST WRITE SOMETHING FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.

As for the first one, I am making progress. It is slow, but it is still progress. Unfortunately I doubt that I will finish it by the end of the year, but it is still making its way in that general direction. We will get there.

My second goal is less ambitious. I am accomplishing it relatively well. I write almost every day, even if the result is complete nonsense.

10. Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!

Madness. Despair. Exuberance.

Conclusion

The Happiest Millionaire

I hope you gained a glimmer of understanding into the writing life of a sponge.

I want to say buckets of thanks to Cait@PaperFury and Sky @ further up and further in for creating this beautiful meme, and thanks to anyone who reads this post! I am grateful to you all. Have a fantastic day devoid of rabid caribou, and keep writing!

 

32 thoughts on “Beautiful People #26-Author Writing Process Edition

    1. Wow, thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed it! Writing is one of my greatest passions. I am so happy to hear what you have to say that I leap for joy (in my heart- I do not actually leap unless there is something on the ground that wants to eat me and I must leap to get away).

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  1. I think that the first novel length thing takes longest for most writers. I think my first first draft took me a couple years. I then went on to finish my second in a couple months. My finishing first draft rate hasn’t really dropped since then though so *shrugs*.

    Best of luck to you with your writing endeavors!

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    1. Thanks, that is really encouraging! I love writing so much, but sometimes I wonder if I should really be a writer if I am so slow. It is good to be reminded that it is possible to get faster! Then again, perhaps the world needs some sloth writers… Thank you for commenting!

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      1. Yes, I think every writer is a little different and should write at there own pace.

        Some people are slow and some are fast. It’s not a reflection on them as a writer. What matters most is writing and finishing something in the first place.

        You’re welcome!

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    1. Thank you muchly! The thing that’s funny is that the cooler my book ideas get the more afraid I am of writing them because what if they don’t turn out as absolutely amazing as I am picturing them?!?! It is a terrible dilemma. Thanks for commenting! I appreciate your appreciation for the Anastasia reference.

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  2. This was so much fun to read! You made it hilarious–and I relate to a number of points!
    “Finish”…hahaha *trails off into sobbing*
    Your writing style sounds absolutely unique!
    I found it nerve-wracking to write stories set in the modern day…I think it’s because there are SO many sensitive issues out there (legitimate or not) that to accidentally offend someone will condemn your soul to be crushed on tumblr. Or because people are so devoted to their preconceived ideas that they will either praise or shred your novel by page one rather than approaching the story with an open mind. Fantasy and historical fiction removes that problem, putting the reader a few steps away from the issues they see every day. Kinda like reflecting something in a mirror rather than looking at it head-on.
    Great post! Keep writing! 🙂

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    1. Thank you muchly! (Spell-check tells me that “muchly” is not a word, but I say it is.) Those are some really good points about writing modern day stories. That’s partly why research is so important.
      Aside from the practical aspects of difficulty in writing contemporary fiction, I tend to not like reading it as much either. I have an affinity for other-worldly stories myself, so maybe that is partly why writing modern fiction is so hard for me. I would rather have something hinted at through metaphor than have it spelled out for me.

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  3. Drop dead chickens on your head if you don’t write hahahah! That would surely prove to be super motivating!

    Don’t get yourself down if you write slowly! Some people are tortoises and some people are hares, and that’s totally okay! Remember, even a half a page is more than zero pages! Every little bit helps. ❤

    And your idea you plan on writing with your cousin sounds amazing and epic! I have faith you will be able to do it soon! And readers will love it. 🙂

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    1. Wow, thank you for the encouragement! I have been pushing myself recently to JUST WRITE, and shockingly it is actually working. It is so true that half a page is more than none, and I am making progress that way! I shall be a proud tortoise.
      Thank you for commenting, and thanks again for your kind words!

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      1. You’re so welcome! Wear your tortoise shell proudly haha. Sometimes I tell myself to “just write”, too. I always tell myself I can edit something crappy into something better…but I can’t edit nothing, so just put something on the page haha.

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  4. Dahl, Tolkien, Card, and Snicket are a nice mix! Sometimes I feel the same way with having something inside me that I just NEED TO WRITE. Sometimes I just get this powerful desire to write something down and pour everything I have into my word document.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, writing is more of a NEED than a hobby. I hate it when I get the Most Intense Urge To Write in combination with the Most Sinister Writer’s Block. That kills me. (I think I learned to capitalize the first letters of normally arbitrary lists of words from A.A. Milne? Maybe?) Thank you for commenting!

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      1. Omg that is the worst!! And whenever I have an amazing idea for a book and plot it out in my head… but I’m in the shower and forget most of it by the time I’m out

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      2. Yes! That happens, and it is horrible. IS MEMORY EVEN A THING??? Sometimes I am suspicious that I do not have one. The sufferings we must endure as writers are sometimes beyond reason. But it is a comfort, however meager, to know that there are other authors out there who relate to our trials.

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  5. Ooh the story you’re planning with your cousin sounds brilliant, you have to write it!!! 😀 Love all your answers, this is such a great writer linkup, the character questions are so helpful for getting into your MCs head. Looking forward to hearing more about your WIPs next month 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed it.
      I can’t wait to write that story, but I am also terrified that we will not do it justice, hence procrastination and phobia of mentioning it aloud.
      Thanks for stopping by! I hope to participate in more Beautiful People linkups in the future. I’m excited about it.

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  6. #3 is too funny! I wish I had those things to motivate me. I started writing as a kid in school and then again in middle school when my best friend started writing a story and I wanted to join in. I would spend all day writing in those days, but when high school and stress hit I’ve been forced to stop and it sucks. I’m hoping to get back into it again soon, maybe after college applications. The hardest part of writing is finding the time to do it. Awesome post!

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    1. Thanks!
      I know how it is to be too bogged down by the stress of school to write. I had a terrible slump when I first started college where I did not write AT ALL. I nearly died. But writing is important to me, so I am finally doing it again and I am so glad that I am! You are right though, it can be really hard to find time to do it. I hope that you can find time to write again soon!
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

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