Monday, April 14, 2014

My Writing Process Blog Tour

Yes, you're right, I didn't post on Friday. Well, there is a reason for that. I was invited to jump on the Writing Process Blog Tour and told to write the post today, so here I am.

This sounded like a fun post and want to thank Amanda Harms for inviting me to join! Amanda recently published her first book - Bewildered available on Amazon.

It wasn't to long ago, in fact almost a year, since we published our first book and I understand her excitement and feeling of elation. She deserves to be excited, what an accomplishment and I wish her all the luck in the world!

The idea of this blog hop is to explore different writers process by answering four questions. 

1. What am I working on?

2. How does my work differ with others of it's genre?

3. Why do I write what I do?

4. How does my writing process work?

After I finish answering these questions I will leave you with the name and link of another author who is part of the blog hop and will post next week so that you can follow along and get a real feel of the different aspects of being a writer.

Okay, here goes!

1. What am I working on?

Right now my sister, Toni, and I have several different things going on. We are in the process of rewriting Lore - Book 2 in The Lorn Prophecy series. I wrote the rough draft for this book five years ago, so it needs a lot of extra work. We are in the middle of chapter ten.

Besides the work on Lore, I am plotting out the rest of it so I can begin to write the rough draft of Tale - book 3. I am also writing the rough draft for Lineage - Book 2 in The Djenrye Chronicles, the compendiums to the original series.

We are also working on building a website and other social media marketing strategies to get the word out about our book(s). This part is a long and arduous road and one to not take lightly. Although not my favorite part of being an Indy author, it is nice to meet new people and gain new fans!

Of course there is the side work to writing a series, such as outlines and brainstorming, which can hold you back, or feel like it's holding you back, but that's for another discussion.

2. How does my work differ with others of it's genre? 

When I began to write Fable I wanted the story to be different than the usual YA or NA series out there. Most lately had been with Vampires, or Werewolves, and the like, or now a days the dystopian, and I wanted to create a new world for my readers. I decided to create another dimension parallel to our world and after some discussion with my sister, I realized the Djinni was one aspect that not many had written about.

I didn't want it to be the cheesy Genie in the bottle, but a race of beings that through the centuries the fables of Genie's were based on. I created a female heroine who grew up on this side of the portals that separated the two worlds and finds out that she was more unique than she ever dreamed. 

Yes it's true I do have the basic fantasy elements, but I combine urban fantasy with epic and later there will be some sci-fi also. I don't think there are many books out there that have all these elements in one series.

3. Why do I write what I do? 

This is an easy question to answer, because I love it! I have always loved fantasy books and movies. From Harry Potter, to Lord of the Rings, and my newest love, A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series. 

It only made sense that I would write what I love and what would keep me going. I have always had a wild imagination and I have always loved stories. My love of reading, and I do read other genres, and my yearn to write has always been prevalent in my life.  

It was a no brainer and I have no regrets!

4. How does my writing process work?

Well, it's a process all right! I don't think there has been some regimented way that we write. As time has gone on we finally found what works for us. 

I write the rough draft. Then once I have gone over it once and added in places where it needs it or cut what needs to be, my sister and I get together 3 times a week and go over each line, each paragraph and chapter with a fine toothed comb. Well as fine toothed as we can make it since you can't edit your own work very well.

As we are doing this, we are adding to the Djen language we have created and keeping track of that, along with working on the outline and character outline, too. 

Once we have revised a chapter, we send it off to our two critique partners, Robin and Janet. They make their red marks and suggestions, sometimes brainstorming is part of that process, too, and then give them back to us.

We go through the marks and change what we agree with and sometimes we send it back for one more critique if there was a lot of changes. After we feel the chapter is up to par, it goes to an old friend of mine and colleague, Michael McFadden. 

He is an author himself and very talented in the art of creative writing. He will do his critique and then call me on the phone and we work on the chapter together. 

Then, onto the next chapter. Once we are through the book, it goes to our beta readers, Jessi and Ken. We fix any mistakes with the story or with punctuation, and then off to our professional editor, Susan Uttendorfsky. When we get it back from her, more red marks to fix and then we publish as long as the cover and everything that goes along with that process is ready. 

That's the whole process in a nut shell. Of course things change or new problems arise, but that's to be expected. After we are ready we move onto the next book.

Thanks for being a part of this blog hop. I hope this helps give you the feel of being a writer and the process of creating a novel and self-publishing. I invite you to continue the hop next week with my author friend, Shay West. 

Her link and bio are listed below and she will post for this hop next Monday, the 21st of April. 

Shay West  is the author of quite a few fantasy books. Her Portals of Destiny Series is her most recent.

Shay West was born in Longmont, CO and earned a doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. Dr. West currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her two cats. When not writing novels, she plays with plushie microbes and teaches biology classes at Colorado Mesa University. She is the author of the Portals of Destiny series and the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series. She has also been published in several anthologies: Battlespace (military scifi), Orange Karen: Tribute to a Warrior (fund raiser), Ancient New (steampunk/fantasy).

Thanks for joining us on this blog hop and I hope the rest of the week is awesome for all of you!

Love, Lisa

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the nomination! I loved reading about your writing process and am so looking forward to summer when I'll have time to read! End of semester is always brutal but I am LOVING Fable so far!