#mywritingprocess

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Blog Tour (#mywritingprocess)

I’m going to be honest with you…I’m totally freaking out about this Blog Tour thing.  When Middle-Age Butch asked our writing group if anyone wanted to participate in a blog tour,  I thought, “Yeah!  That sounds like fun!”   Yet as the week approached for me to write my post, I got cold feet (or fingers).  I convinced myself to just start laying down some words.  It went much better than I expected and I actually enjoyed writing the post.  So without further ado…

 

What I’m Working On?

I have several projects going at once…a cozy mystery, a sci-fi space adventure, and a medieval romance adventure with a dash of magic.  I like working on several projects because it allows me to bop between worlds so I’m never bored.  If I hit a wall with one story, I just switch to one of the others.

 

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My cozy mystery has flavors of Donna Andrews’ Meg Langslow series, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum   series and a hint of Jane Austen, but is uniquely me.  The sci-fi space adventure was inspired by the original “Star Wars” movie with the humor of “The Princess Bride” but as the story continues to progress, it resembles neither now.  The medieval romance is still in the early stages and it differs from other medieval romances in that it is a story features three couples.  There is a main plot line that flows through the book, but the book is divided into three parts.  Each part highlights one of the three couples and then, in the end, they all join forces to defeat the villain.  Huzzah!

 

Why do I write what I do?

I love romance, adventure and mystery…and romance.   These are the elements I enjoy in the stories I read, so it only makes sense that I would want to incorporate them into my own stories.  I write what I enjoy and I enjoy what I write.

 

How does my writing process work?

My story ideas are sparked from books, movies or events in real life.  I get inspired by certain tropes, characters, or situations.  After the spark, comes a hint of a plot line.  The essence of a character.  A wisp of a new world.  As these illusive aspects become more formed and concrete, I  either jot down the ideas in a notebook or, if I have a more fully developed premise, I start a new project in Scrivener.  I’ll then work on character descriptions, backstories and explore the world in which the story takes place.  If I have scenes in my head, I write them done as well.  Nothing fancy.  Just a brain dump.  I’ll then develop an outline of proposed scenes and start typing away.  The most difficult thing for me is to let my story just be what it wants to be.  I usually have a preconceived idea of how I want to the story to go, but as I come to know the characters better, the story sometimes goes off in a new direction as it did with my space adventure.  I need to learn to let go and be ok with the story as it unfolds.

 

Up next on the #mywritingprocess tour:

Patty Kline-Capaldo is my good friend and fearless leader and founder of our weekly writing group,  Just Write where she brings writers together for mutual encouragement and inspiration.   Patty loves to meet other writers and hear their stories and is currently teaching a writing class called “Jump Start Your Novel”.  She enjoys writing short stories, memoir, and the occasional poem, but most of her writing energy is focused on finishing her first novel, Leaving Home.

J. Miles Wagner – Jon writes novels about people that control their own destiny.  It is a power inside everyone, not just for those in fantasy and sci-fi stories.  His first book, Undo! The True Legend of Eugene the Misconceived, is a farcical fantasy that follows Gene Gryzkewski as he attempts to undo the mess he made after acquiring godlike powers on his forty-fifth birthday.

 

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The What Ifs

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Are you struggling, as I am, with writing your story?  Do you come up with a thousand different reasons to avoid writing?  Do you convince yourself that there just isn’t enough time and that other things in your life are more important?  And does your mind always circle back to the dreaded…“What ifs”?

“What if my story sucks?” “What if I can’t figure out a decent plot or develop interesting characters?”  “What if I go through hell to write my story and can’t find an agent or a publisher?”  “What if I get the book published and no one reads it?”  Or worse yet, “What if people read it, hate it, and then write reviews for all the world to see, stating my story is just crap.  And I should go back to my day job.  And leave the story telling to the real writers.”

These are the “what ifs” that continuously wear down our self-confidence and hold us back from our true calling…to Write.

What you really should be thinking is “What if I never write my story?”  “What if I’m destined to be a well-read author but I never try?” “What if my story holds the key to unlocking the great mysteries of the universe and beyond and all of humanity will die without it?”  “What if I ignore my passion and live the rest of my life plagued by urge to write?  All those characters in my head whose stories are so desperately wanting to be told, all of them crammed into my brain.  Year after year after year…until it explodes.  Making a mess that no one will want to clean up.”

 

Avoid the mess.

 

Accept your destiny.

 

Just write.

 

 

Word Throwdown

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(Ain’t No Bobby Flays Here)

Believe.

One word.  That’s all it takes.  Just one word thrown out there and it’s bound to attract others.  Like lemmings or…minions.

Words are social creatures.  They like hanging together, attracting attention, causing a ruckus.  It’s what they do.  Roaming in their natural habitat, they make no sense.  They’re wild, rambunctious, obstinate.  And they’re all out there.  Every. Single. One.  Easy pickins’.

No???

You are a writer.  A crafter of stories.  A teller of tales.  You take words, string them together, coax them, shape them into memorable characters and unforgettable worlds.  The stuff dreams are made of.  All with the magic of your mind and the stroke of a pen or click of the keys…

Pure magic.

And it’s with one word I begin this blog.  Stringing words together that hopefully make sense.  Attract you, interest you.  Make you want to string your own words together to make some magic.

My intent is to provide a supportive haven for writers like you to hone your craft, write every day, and overcome the obstacles that prevent you from being successful (however you interpret being successful) .  We’re all in the same boat, riding the emotional seas of the literary world.  Why not ride along with me?

I’ll be exploring why and how of writing, the creative process, the art of practice, mindfulness, and my two favorites…procrastination and fear…along with whatever is on my mind.  My ruminations are, as the title of my blog states, rumpled.

At the very least, I hope to inspire you, make you think, make you want to wrestle some words together into ideas and stories.  Get you flexing your writer’s muscle to keep it loose and producing.

All you need is one word.  Throw it down.