My First Blog Tour (#mywritingprocess)

When I was first asked to participate in the #mywritingprocess blog tour by my writing buddy and blogger extraordinaire, Middle-Age Butch, I had a little too much on my plate at that moment to accept. So when the opportunity circled back around to me through mutual friend Vicki Gael, I finally joined the tour.

Vicki recently started blogging over at Rumpled Ruminations. She is working on a cozy mystery, a sci-fi space adventure, and a medieval romance adventure with a dash of magic. Such a fertile, creative mind!

Middle-Age Butch has just finished her memoir and has started querying agents. How exciting is that?!

Check out their blogs. They’re funny, insightful, and inspiring. I’m proud they are both members of the Just Write writers group.

So, about #mywritingprocess. . .

What am I working on?

I am currently working on my first novel. It’s a romance, or women’s fiction, or maybe both. I’ve been working on it for two years, but I guess that’s normal. Some days I think I’ll actually finish it. Other days I’m ready to trash the whole thing and start over. But my writer friends won’t let me. They think it might be pretty good. Besides, my mother is waiting for it.

How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?

I’ve never read anything quite like what I’m writing, which I think is part of my difficulty. My protagonist is a middle-aged woman who is agoraphobic. The male character is ten years younger. There are elements of Native American culture and spirituality woven into the story. I believe all of this adds up to something different.

Why do I write what I write?

Crabby baby

I write because I get really crabby if I don’t.

Writing is my salvation. It is catharsis, liberation, healing, and joy. I write about writing to inspire others to write their stories. We all have stories worth telling. I write about grief and fear to overcome them and help others do the same. I write about romance because I like the warm, fuzzy feeling I get from it.

How does my writing process work?

My writing process always starts with a dream or a daydream or a movie in my head. I have to see it before I can write it. Once I have the vision it usually goes something like this: I sit down at my laptop and open my document. I stare at it, maybe rock a little. I get up to pee, get a glass of water, sit back down. Stare some more.

"So you see, imagination needs moodling–long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering." –Brenda Ueland

“So you see, imagination needs moodling–long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.” –Brenda Ueland

After repeating some version of this a few times, I give myself a kick, shut the laptop and pull out my notebook and pen. I set the timer for ten to fifteen minutes and write like crazy until the buzzer sounds. Somewhere in that mess is my starting point.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I am a firm believer in the “shitty first draft.” I had the recent privilege of meeting the much-lauded and prolific Mary Higgins Clark. I told this tiny, lively octogenarian what an inspiration she is to me as someone who is just writing my first novel. Her words of wisdom were, “Just get the story down. You can always fix it later”–words I try to live by, reinforced by a pro.

MHC and Me

MHC and Me

Next on the #mywritingprocess tour:

Ida Arici calls herself “just a woman with a voice.” She blogs over at The Ramblings of a Young Writer where she writes about life after college, job hunting, and dreams. Ida was one of the first members of Just Write, and we miss her when she’s off working temporary jobs and diligently searching for a permanent one.