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

 

 

A Letter to Future Writing Me

(an intro to this letter: I wanted to write a postcard to my future self, but since that’s not possible, this blog post will have to do. I hosted a twitter poll ask what you all wanted me to blog about, and this was the second place winner. Enjoy!)

Dear Future Jeneca,
I’d call you an author now, in hopes that you’re now published and agented and all of that snazzy stuff, but at the time of writing this letter, June 25th, 2017, you’re already an author.

In the present you are. Today. So in the future, no matter what may happen with your career as an author, you’re still an author. You still wrote a freaking book. Three, actually, but I’m not trying to brag on you. After all, ⅔ of them are a hot mess.

But you know that. Hopefully you’ve fixed that by now. At the time of writing this, you’re just about done with editing Sparrow. Done with editing Sparrow, can you believe that? I can’t. It’s been close to three years… and I’m on the brink of querying. Querying! Three years ago, I don’t think I could have believed myself if I said that I’d have actually finished a book. Started a trilogy.

But I don’t really know what the future holds for you, as I currently stand at the brink of my senior year. You’re graduated by now, of course. Maybe your querying rounds were successful. You could have an agent by now, you could have a contract by now… or, of course, you could have nothing by now.
But no matter what the future holds, it’ll be alright.

Even if you’re not published for another several years, or never, you still wrote a book. A trilogy. You still prayed and cried and planned and plotted and wrote and typed and read and edited and spent countless hours pouring into a world to tell a story about a girl who found hope and realized Jesus is worth the cost.

You told the story that matters, and that’s what counts. You set out to write this thing, and it got written. You go. Trust God in all things, and fix your eyes on him. I don’t really want to paraphrase the verse, so here, read it in all of its glory:

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Also, don’t forget about what we talked about in church today. “Strength is for service, not status.” It’s from Romans 15.

Love,
Past Jeneca.

Have you ever written a letter to your future self before? What did you think when you read it, and how long did you wait to do so?