7 Things About My Writing Process.

I haven’t done a beautiful people post since March… but these questions looked really good, so I chose some and here we are. 😀

(beautiful people is hosted by Cait of Paper Fury and Sky of Further Up and Further

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

Well… I’ll be honest. All the projects I’m currently working on are in a Trilogy. So deciding which to work on first has been relatively easy: I’m working on them in order. XD All three have been written, but the first book needs to be finished or I can’t pitch the trilogy to an agent.

 

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

Confession time… I have never actually “finished an entire book” until this year. And even then, I’m not sure Sparrow is done yet. I need to read through her again. But to finish a first draft? That usually takes 30 days, because NaNoWriMo is the best.

 

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

I have gone through several writing spots in my life time, (my chair, a desk, my chair covered in a blanket, etc…) That’s really pretty much it. The only other thing I do is music. That was an acquired taste, though. Last January I started to see that people listened to movie soundtracks while writing. I thought that was cool… so I built my own playlist and have been building it ever since. XD

 

4. What time of day do you write best?

My writing time, as of late, has been all over the place. I’ve been writing in the morning (like, 45 minutes after I get up) but also sometimes in the midmorning around 10am. For a long while I wrote around 2pm, when I finished school work… but I also love to write late at night? Ugh. I need to get my game together.

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

I started writing stories because they were in my head, and I wanted to tell them. It’s that simple. I loved to read and I loved stories, so I came up with some, wrote them down, and got hooked. Well… in between my other hundred hobbies. Writing was neglected for a while, until I took it up hardcore at the end of 2015/ beginning of 2016. Now I’m trying to make it more than a hobby.

I keep writing because I have a story that’s written, and I want it to get better and better. I want to share it.

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

Oh man. Probably the death of this girl in a historical fiction novel that I wrote. She and a friend, one of the slaves her father owned, were escaping into freedom… but the girl nearly drowned in a river and escapee friend had to bring her back to the shore… then she died. And the escapee had to deal with the consequences that a white girl drowned trying to save her.

oops lol

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

Well, lemme treat this as my mid-way-through-the-year-goal-check-up and let’s see what goals I set for myself in January…

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  • Finish editing Sparrow Singing // YES. I finished that round of editing. Now I’m on another. oops.
  • Get Sparrow to another round of betas // check check check.
  • Give Truth Remaining a single read-through edit //… um… well, we’re working on this for Camp this month.
  • Prepare all the necessities for querying agents. // this is also in the works! I have a small folder of agents to query, and this month I’m hoping to meet with another author to get some help on this.

 

That was fun! You’re welcome to steal my chosen seven questions, or check out all ten of them over at Cait’s blog.

See ya’ll next Sunday. :3

 

 

Let’s Talk About YA Stuff.

YA is such a prevalent genre these days. Why? It’s awesome. Let’s talk about it.

This is the Voice of YA Tag created by Caitlin LambertMelissa Gravitis tagged me (thanks!) So here we go:

Here are the rules:

1) Thank the person who tagged you
2) Link to the original creator
3) Answer the ten questions
4) Tag AT LEAST two other YA writers/bloggers

 

ABOUT THE WRITERS:

#1 – What draws you to YA?

I think its the variety. Literally, you’ve got fantasy, dystopian, historical fiction, contemporary… all the times and places and things. But not just with adult characters, but with characters in my age range. Often times, they deal with things I struggle with or know about, and I learn from that.

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They’ll also struggle with things like dragons and super powers and murders and overpowering dictators. Which, you know, I can’t relate *that* much too, but hey, you never know. Tomorrow I could discover my hidden powers, slay a dragon (or make friends with one) prepare to go on a quest but be held back by an oppressive dictator with an army of unicorns and labor camps. *shrug*

#2 – Describe your writing process. Do you like outlines and structure, or seeing where the story takes you? 

They’re often a mess, but outlines are my BFFs. I love them. It helps to have a wide overview of where the story is going, not just where its going to take me. Although, the latter does happen quite often.

 

#3 – How long have you been writing? Where are you in your journey?

I’ve been writing since the third grade, where I wrote about a lady bug who lived on an island and there was a waffle stand, a cave with crystals, and an evil cupid flying through the sky. Spoilers, but she ends up on a cruise to FLORIDA (gasp) as the cliffhanger.

You’ll have to wait for book two to see what happens next. 😉

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But I’ve only been writing seriously since November of 2015. That’s when I took a look around, realized I was writing a series, and wanted to do the thing write. I buckled in, learned about editing, tried to find a community of writers, and started blogging.

 

#4 – What do you need to write? Coffee? Music?

Need? I “need” music. I can write without it, of course but it’s so nice to have my soundtrack playlist going for whatever specific thing I’m writing.

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I but things I actually do need are trusty macbook and/or a notebook. Preferably my mac, as I’ve been typing away on this thing since 2012. The majority of my 300k words that have been written during NaNo over the past years have been written on it.

 

#5 – If you could offer one piece of advice to another writer (OTHER THAN “don’t give up”), what would it be? 

Write, even if it sucks. Do NaNo and write a crappy 10k story. Explore ideas and stories and places, and write what you have “in your heart” to write. You’ve gotta start somewhere. No one writes a beautiful star studded absolutely perfect manuscript their first try… even if it does feel like gold while it’s coming out of your fingers.

So yes. Writer, go write. Lay down the iPhone and whatever else distracts you. (creative people? Get distracted? pfft…)

 

ABOUT THE BOOKS:

#6 – What book still has you reeling from its plot twist? (*no spoilers please*)

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Weel… I’d have to say Storm Siren by Mary Weber. I’ve since finished the series, but seriously… that plot twist had me wanting to drive to the library even though it was closed and late at night. O_O

#7 – What books are you most anticipating this year?

Meep. There are so many books that I want to read that already have been published, that it’s hard for me to say! I’ve not looked much into books coming out this year. I’m still catching up on YA books most people have already read. XD

But, that said, I’m most anticipating Renegades by Marissa Meyer, or The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson.

 

#8 – In your opinion, what YA book/series has the most unique premise?

Excluding Harry Potter because, pfft, it set the stage so much…

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I’d have to say the Lunar Chronicles. It’s just so… odd. Fairy tale retellings set in the future and on the moon and with andriods?! I mean really.

 

#9 – What is your all-time favorite quote from YA lit?

I am so horrible at keeping track of quotes… thankfully Goodreads is wonderful at it.

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#10 – What book do you most hope will have a movie adaptation?

I’d have to say the Lunar Chronicles all the way. It would be so stinking cool to see that as a movie. I might be too busy fangirling and pointing out any inaccuracies… but so cool.

ALSO: Not really a YA book, but I think the Percy Jackson series deserves a better movie. One that doesn’t make me want to cringe and scream and point at all the things they messed up.

Ya know.

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I know this is Heroes of Olympus, shhhhh.

Thank you so much for reading!

If this tag looks cool and want to do it, feel free to do so! Takes some of the questions… take half of the questions… just whatever you do, link me to your post so I can read them, too. 😀

See you all next Sunday. ^.^