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The Writing Process Hop

Posted by on March 28, 2014

Happy Friday y’all!

Wednesday, Bethany Jennings tagged me in a blog hop called the Writing Process. I met Bethany through an online critique group and had a chance to read a bit of her work. Awesome stuff. Can’t wait to see what happens for her and her writing.

writing process blog hop

Getting ready to dig in, except I couldn’t find my baby names book. My most used resource!

So about this blog hop. I’ll answer a few questions and then I get to tag a few other authors. Hopefully, you’ll meet some new faces and find new favorites as well.

1. What am I working on?
Well, THAT is a loaded question. Short story, A Princess No More, just came back from the editor, and I’ve got some polishing to do. The April deadline is fast approaching. Eek! I’m also neck deep in edits for Darkened Hope, the sequel to Secrets Kept. And there may or may not be another short story later this year. We shall see!

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I have no clue. It differs… because I bring my own personal experiences, thoughts, feelings, worldview, etc into the weaving of the story. I know, that doesn’t really help, does it?

3. Why do I write what I do?
Now this question could be a blog post in itself. I love fantasy. I love the depth, the adventure, the creatures and characters that dwell here and its potential. If the end of the world isn’t hanging the balance, it seems a bit mundane. Just kidding! I have an outline for a fantasy series that will not include “the end of the world” type of adventures, but we’ll see.

4. How does your writing process work?
Usually I have a spark of an idea, then I start world-building, character-building, naming things, etc. while I am brainstorming the plot and plot holes. I make a rough outline, and then write hard, write fast. Hello NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This process has given me plenty of ideas for future book series, and I can hardly wait to tackle them! After I have a rough draft, I rewrite. Then edit and polish away! Of course, I’m sure my “process” will grow and change as I do. So we shall see how I tackle future projects.

Alright, now for the authors I will tag:

Robert Mullin, author of Bid The Gods Arise. LOVE this book, and I’m dying here patiently waiting for book two. He joined us last year and asked, Do you believe in Dragons? Why, yes, yes I do. Stop by the article to see what he–the cryptozoologist–had to say.

Nadine Brandes, author of the upcoming A Time to Die. Nadine is awesome. Not only does she write about adventures, but she lives them too. Last year she went sailing  and shared about her experience on her blog. I can’t wait to read her upcoming novel.


Have you voted yet?

It isn’t too late to vote for your favorite adventure of 2013 for the 2014 Clive Staples Award. Explore the nominations here, yes, that is Secrets Kept on there. Eep! And if you’ve read at least two on the list, go vote! The polls close at midnight Pacific time, March 31, 2014.




Awesome writer friend and editor, Ralene Burke, reached 500 likes on her Facebook page and she is celebrating with a $50 Amazon giveaway. Stop by her website and let her know what you’d like to see more of on her blog.



3 Responses to The Writing Process Hop

  1. Bethany J.

    Hurray, it was good to read your post! 🙂 I love the title “A Princess No More” – I’m looking forward to reading it when it comes out. 🙂

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