Monday, August 4, 2014

Writing Process Blog Hop

Hi guys! It's been a while, hasn't it? Needless to say, lots of stuff has been going on and it's been super busy over in Meghan-Land (what kind of monster invented the root canal!). 

Anyway, my very good friend Trees from Adventures of a Girl from the Naki tagged me in a blog hop! I've never done a blog hop before, really, but this one is pretty special - it's all about the writing process! Now you know how important writing is to me, so I jumped at the chance to answer these questions (also I just really like questions). 

1. What are you working on?

Right now I'm working on several things. I'm trying to get myself inspired to start back with this website- I don't know if you noticed, but I've even purchased now. I miss blogging, but at the same time I've lost my voice a little. I don't know if I have much to say, but I'm trying.

In addition to that, one of my close friends and I are discussing/toying with the idea of opening our own 'publisher' where we share free e-books we've written. I am very proud of our writing, and I really hope one day I can share that with you. We write together nearly everyday and are constantly coming up with new ideas. 

In addition to both of those things, I'm still working on my series of books as well as a few short story compilation novellas. I have decided to release these as digital books on my own, without a publisher, despite some negative feedback I've had from authors on publishing without representation. I don't feel this makes me less professional or serious about my writing than any other author, and I hope that I have the passion to continue writing fiction. It's hard, though. You have to learn computer coding to do the CSS on epub files, you have to design or have someone design book covers, you have to learn all these rules for uploading and reviews- and then promote your book. All while being both the writer AND the editor. It's a lot of work, but I feel I could become invested in this. 

2. How does my work differ from others in the genre?

As far as my blog goes, I feel I'm different than other blogs because I'm theme-less. I don't want to call my blog a fashion blog, because I don't wear anything in fashion. It can't be a lifestyle blog, because I have no life to style. Right now it's random, and I do hope to streamline that into something more productive. When I had my blog so strongly tied up in my last job, I felt stifled. Like, because customers of the store read my personal blog I couldn't say things I wanted to because they would read them and ask me about it. In that same way, right now I have nothing to say because I deal with depression and many of my thoughts and words are unpleasant, and I don't want to vent that and have readers deal with that. Blogging is a hard balancing act to manage. 

My own fiction writing is very intense and often involves fantasy or paranormal elements. Fairy tales, I really like fairy tales. I can't say that my work differs from other authors in the urban fantasy genre except that I write the same way I speak, I write from my perspective, and because my perspective might be different from someone else, that sets me apart. You can ask three people to tell you the same story but you'll never hear it the same way. My perspective sets me apart, and my mission sets me apart.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I don't know.

No, that's true.

Writing for me is a lot like sewing- I have been writing stories since I was very young. Probably too young to even really know that I was writing. I think my first 'fan fiction' was a multi-chapter book I wrote in the sixth grade or so, and I started (and finished but never shared) my first complete novel in early high school. I've been writing short stories and making up stories all my life. I don't know why I write, I just know that I do write. 

I like stories. I like to tell stories. That's the bottom line, really. 

4. How does my writing process work?

My writing process varies depending on what I'm writing. If I'm composing a blog post, I like it to be quiet (or at least somewhere I can't be distracted) and I like to focus entirely on what I'm writing, because a blog post it like an article. It's a short, concentrated look into what's going on, usually in my life. 

When I'm writing with my friend, there are often gaps in between 'my turn' and 'her turn'. So I can sew, paint, write other things if I'm feeling focused, or make jewelry as we plan and write our dialogue. I really like to have music on, or TV for background noise, because sometimes I watch shows and write with her at the same time. It's amazing, kind of like playing a really complicated game of chess. 

When I write my personal novels, I like music and no interruptions, which is hard to get. But hey, it's what I like. I have specific playlists for specific pieces that I write and music influences me a lot. I usually outline in a notebook on my lunch break and come home to write full scenes and do editing/rewrites. 

No matter what I'm writing, I really like to have coffee while I do it. Coffee is my ultimate comfort drink and I rely on it. 

Now its time to continue the blog hop: 

I am supposed to tag three people, but I only asked one. I love Ally, she's one of my closest friends and I really find her perspective on her blog to be entirely unique. She's original and funny and insightful- I don't know, I just admire her writing and presentation so much. So I asked my pal to continue this hop and she said she would! I can't wait to read her answers. 

(Isn't she beautiful?) 

Find her blog here. 


  1. Yah! I am so happy you did this - I knew you would be just perfect and you are! I LOVE that first picture of you, beautiful. I only write my blog (outside of work) so it was interesting to read you have different "zones" (I guess that's the right word) depending on what you're writing. I can't wait till we can all read your books :D Also how amazing is Allie's dress? I want a fancy prom dress too :D

  2. Yay! Great answers. You're as interesting as you are cute. And thank you for the kind words about me. *blushing*

  3. This was fun to read! I like learning about how others work! I can't wait to see what Ally says!