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So, it’s not often you come across a group of questions that can be answered with the same phrase. In this particular case, that phrase would be:
You got me.
Along with a shoulder shrug.
But since these questions are part of the blog hop, I will give them a go.
1) What am I working on?
I’m working on a story that has been knocking around in my head for about four years now. It’s … whimsical. Also, it’s not YA. But one day, I said to myself: why not write it? Nearly 80,000 words later … I think I’m nearing the end. It’s been a lot of fun and a great exercise in third person POV. I spent last year writing a lot of first person POV, so I felt out of practice with third.
In the end, this may simply be a practice novel, but I’m having too much fun with it to care.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
You got me. Seriously. I don’t know. Anyone want to answer this one for me?
3) Why do I write what I do?
I’m tempted to answer: Because it comes out that way.
More seriously, I write what I do to fill some sort of hole. I want to hear a story this way, or see a character do that. The opposite is also true. I often write to get something out of my head (see #1 above re: the story knocking about in my head for four years). If my thoughts keep returning to a character, story, situation, it means I’m not done with it yet.
4) How does my writing process work?
I’ve been writing long enough that it’s clear (at least for me) that there is no one perfect process. Each story is different. I’m a different writer after I finish each story. The one thing, however, that is crucial is this:
It doesn’t matter so much how you finish the work, just do so. When I reviewed what I did last year with Write 1/Sub 1, my biggest regret was over the stories I didn’t finish–mainly because, at the time, I thought they were stupid or silly or not good enough.
And really, what you think about a story in the moment has little or no bearing on what it really is or what it might become. So. Finish.
That is all.
Next up is Shelli Cornelison. Shelli lives just outside of Austin with her husband, too many dogs, and just one cat. They’re occasionally graced with the presence of a college student home for the weekend in search of food and money. Shelli is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Writers’ League of Texas.
She primarily writes picture books and young adult novels, but she sometimes ventures off into a short story. Her young adult short fiction has been published in the literary journal, Sucker Literary and at Young Adult Review Network (YARN). You can find her on Twitter at: @Shelltex.
Jumping back on board with day #8. Today’s prompt:
Post about your writing routines / rituals / habits or quirks – or – your writing origins story
The key word in the above is routine. Not rut. Not chore. But routine, like exercise routine. (See post #6 in this challenge where I write about exercise.) The benefit of a routine–or habit–is that you remove the decision-making part of the process–and the angst that surrounds it. Now is the time I exercise. Now is the time I write. Now is the time on Sprockets when we dance.
You know, like that.
Anyway, after I eat my lunch, then I write. Since I’ve been doing this on a regular basis, I’ve discovered that some of my best days happen when I walk in without any idea what to write. I do mean nothing. Not a clue. No muse. No inspiration. But! It’s time to write. So. I go do it. Often, I have a conversation that goes like this:
Me: You’ve got something brewing back there, right?
Unconscious Mind: Don’t I always?
UM: No, really, I do. It’s only when you force it and think too hard that I don’t. I’m shy that way.
UM: I always have your back, as long as you don’t think.
Me: I’ll stop thinking.
UM: Good girl.
Or something like that. The hard part is trusting yourself to do this. But this idea is hardly original to me. In fact, I’ve borrowed this idea from Ray Bradbury. On a card I carry with me, I have these three rules from Zen in the Art of Writing:
- Don’t Think
Need a bit more convincing? Here are seven more rules from Mr. Bradbury. See if they don’t resonate.