IC Publishing Blog Tour: Navigating the Writing Path.
First I must say ‘thank you very much’ to Carolyn Dennis Willingham for inviting me to participate in the IC Publishing Summer Blog Tour.
Carolyn is the author of ‘No Hill For A Stepper’, a wonderful coming of age story, and is currently writing a ‘must-read’ novel about a bordello, set in San Antonio in 1901. I am very much looking forward to having this on my bookshelves. Find out more and follow her blog.
Whilst writing this post I am sitting here, with a view on one of the most famous Tuscan towns – San Gimignano. Not bad, eh?
How do you start your (writing) projects?
14th century Tuscan Bassinet
This differs every time I begin a new project. Sometimes I have a line of dialogue that kicks things off, sometimes a picture – like those above – will inspire me, or, more often than not, I will have a vague idea floating around my head which I do not write down. I like to give these ideas time to coalesce. Whether they will end up being a short story, a novel or a vignette, I don’t know until I begin to write. On a more practical note, I often begin my writing periods by reading. I like to ‘settle in’ to writing, get comfortable, as it were. As a Scribophile addict, I tend to surf the forums or write a critique before I begin my own writing. I find this helps me focus, and I can learn a great deal from critiquing other people’s work.
I find that my projects usually begin with a conflicted character and how their lives are impacted by other people in their lives, and then discover whether this character survives with their own morals intact, or whether they must adapt.
How do you continue your writing projects?
I am a pantser, and love the thrill of discovering characters and their arcs. My first draft can be dialogue and action heavy as I discover the story, then I have to go back and edit in the various reactions, descriptions, and anything else missing. I have a great group of friends who read everything I write and make very good suggestions, then often beta read for me.
If I get stuck whilst discovering the story, I find I need to go back to the beginning and edit through, this usually kicks me back into the zone. When I am in the zone, it doesn’t matter what’s going on around me, I can ignore it. This isn’t always a good thing when you have two young boys…
How do you finish your project?
Short stories and vignettes tend to be finished in one sitting otherwise I lose the momentum. I have finished my first medieval romance – The Traitor’s Legacy – and am in the process of querying whilst working on my second, currently titled ‘Annie’. Although I say ‘finished’, I continue to go back every so often and do another edit run through. It’s amazing what mistakes or awfulness I find after a month or so of ignoring it!
I don’t find it easy finishing projects. Sometimes it’s a matter of simply laying down the metaphorical pen and saying, ‘That’s it.’
Choose an object you love or hate in your home. Now choose an emotion, a time period (contemporary, medieval etc), a character (man, woman, child), a scene (wedding, funeral etc) and write a short story or vignette.
I’d love it if you would then post it on your blog and email me a link at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Passing the Pen
I am thrilled to introduce two exciting writers:
Sue likes traveling to exotic locations, good food and wine and excellent conversation. Since she doesn’t often get to enjoy any of those things, she invents them in her books. Find out more and connect with Sue at:
DL Hungerford. Born and raised in Southern California, DL Hungerford began writing right about the time you would expect. She honed her skills through fanzines, epic letters, and minutes for various clubs. She also wrote newsletter submissions for clubs, as well as movie and book reviews.
She loves the world of fiction, expecially Regency England, but hopes to explore other horizons as time permits. She still lives in Southern California with her husband, a spoiled cat, and a flock of parrots, canaries, and button quail. Follow one of her blogs here, and the other, here.