My Writing Process -- Blog Tour

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Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour. Thanks for stopping by! During this tour, writers answer questions about their writing process. Thank you, Deirdre, for inviting me to join in! You can read about her process here: Deirdre Riordan Hall 

What am I working on? 
My former villain > current leading lady is a teenage assassin in a corrupt city on the brink of a second revolution. It's a YA fantasy along the lines of Throne of Glass and Sabriel (The Abhorsen Trilogy).

How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
I love reading fantasy stories, but my WIP isn't 'classic' fantasy. There isn't any romance, magic, or dragons. It actually has strong thriller tones to it. 

Why do I write what I do? 
A few years ago, I spent a month traveling across country reading and writing fiction and travel articles. I stopped in dozens of bookstores along the way, but I could never find what I wanted. There was no specific book in mind. I just had vague ideas of the stories I wanted to read. After a while, I just started writing them myself. 

How does my writing process work? 
I'm trying to get more organized and create a real system, but currently: 
  1. I have a thin softcover moleskin notebook that goes with me everywhere. I take notes in there of random ideas or descriptions. I try to type these up whenever I'm feeling particularly uninspired - usually once a week.
  2. All of my actual writing is in Scrivener. I'm obsessed. It's better than sliced bread. 
  3. I can't write in one position for a long time. Favorites include: Sitting cross legged at a desk (preferably in a swivel chair - I like to spin), laying on the floor, curled up on the couch, laying across the desk, napping in bed...
Basically, it comes down to this:
Scribbles > Rough Outline > First Draft > Reorganize Plot > Rewrite Entire Story > Revise for Quality & Clarity > Copyedit > Send to Beta Readers

Well, that's me! 

On April 21st, be sure to check out two of my favorite ladies: Wendy Irene. I met both of them at the incredible San Francisco Writers Conference this year. 

Wendy Terrien is an author of young adult fiction who has written stories since her age was in single digits. Having studied organizational communication and business, and worked her way up the corporate ladder at a number of organizations, she’s happy to be letting her inner creative self run wild.

Irene (Rini) Pozoukidis was raised by her grandmother in Greece until the age of three. She fell in love with words at an early age and became fluent in both Greek and English. Rini wrote her first story at the age of ten and still has the original copy. She rediscovered her love of writing while in graduate school and recently completed her first picture book manuscript!

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