My Writing Process
A big thank you to my friend Meg Kingston, who in passing me the baton for this blog-hop/blog chain called My Writing Process, may just have breathed some new life into this blog.
You can read Meg’s blog post (and take the opportunity to read her other excellent posts) at
http://megkingston.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/blog-hop-mywritingprocess/ , and also find out about her books, the latest being a very handy little book, especially if you are just starting out, or in need of reviving a flagging pen (or typing finger), called Just add Writing.
There’s a Twitter tag: #mywritingprocess, where you can find the other posts in the chain.
So what is my writing process about. Hmmm… :
1) What am I working on?
I always have several things on the go at the same time, which is not always a good idea (and I wouldn’t advise it), but I have problems keeping to one genré. I’ve got an eclectic mind, I suppose. So I dip in and out of my ms with the working title The Box, a novel about a lost child, memories re-surfacing in the mind of the now adult sister when a long-forgotten box turns up – and false memories being un-ravelled… set in a small village on the Welsh coast, between the 60s and today. There’s even a little bit of romance, but on the whole, I suppose it’s more literary than romance. Romance is one genré I can’t get a handle on when it comes to writing.
My children’s story/novella Morgetuid and the Dragon gets the odd red pen treatment, and as it takes quite a bit of research (well, what do I know about Norwegian dragons?), it’s slow going.
My ms (the best part of it, at least) Rheumatically Challenged, which I lost it when transferring it from computer to laptop a few years ago, has found its way back home via the editor at a now taken-over publisher who fortunately still had it on file, so I’m tweaking and adding to that, at the same time as work is on-going on the cook-book Seven Times Tables, for people with intolerances to various foods, in particular gluten.
Writing it up, I realise that I have a scary amount of work in progress, to be fitted in between family life and running my other creative business Old Hen’s Nest. I’m also working on marrying my craft business with writing articles on craft.
But – my really different book is Diary of a Would-Be-Protagonist (WBP for short), which I self-published in October last year. The second book in the series, which I hope will be a trilogy of a kind in the end, is under way now. Hopefully it won’t take the years it took to get the first one out there.
The first book is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Diary-Would-Be-Protagonist-1-The/dp/1492357634/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393187547&sr=8-1&keywords=Diary+of+a+Would-Be-Protagonist
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m not quite sure which genré WBP would fit into. As a diary, it is the diary of a character yet to be brought into existence, and his fight to become real, even if in a fictional way, as he strives to get Anna interested in all sorts of things, including different views on The Beginning, the possibilities of the brain, philosophical conundrums – all in an argumentative, but friendly manner (Anna, his writer’s pseudonym, might argue that), and more down-to-earth than you might imagine, from a character being a flight of the imagination.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I never know what comes next, writing wise. I read something, see something, remember something, and the imagination fires up. When it comes to WBP, writing his diaries gives me the perfect opportunity to delve into age-old questions as well as new thinking – without being chained to academia (I once argued that I wanted to write books that people would want to read, not dusty academic tomes) – or even my own persona. WBP has his own life. I just wield the pen.
4) How does your writing process work?
The main body of any of my work is a process of hardly looking up from the computer, just getting the stories, or ideas, down before they evaporate. That’s when I burn that midnight candle. Re-writing and editing is done in pockets of time, fitted in with family and my other business (which keeps me very busy).
I have tried to plan out stories beforehand, but it doesn’t work for me. I have to let my imagination reign.
Well, that is a little about me and how I work (and there are even more full length manuscripts on hold). Now it just remains to hand you over to another writer and poet friend, Dr. Marc Latham, who blogs at http://www.greenygrey.co.uk/blog . His post will be up next Monday, on March 3rd .
Dr. Marc Latham travelled to all the populated continents during his twenties, studied at the University of Leeds in his thirties and has been working as a freelance writer in his forties. Marc has had many articles, stories and poems published, and has several published and self-published books available on Amazon (amazon.com/author/marclatham).