Tuesday, 4 March 2014
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Do you carefully plot your stories, or do you plot as you write? Why do you think this particular ethos works for... you? I am definitely part plotter, but I am mainly a pantser. As in fly by the seat of my pants. I create a rough plot and detailed character histories and then let the characters loose and follow where they go. Often, they take off in entirely different directions from what I had intended. I like to think that this is because the characters are so real that they refuse to act against their natures. More likely, it is an indication that I didn't plan as well as I thought I did. The worst case is a minor character in one novel who became so strong, he kept demanding more face time, so I had to cut him and set him aside for his own story.
Is there a particular genre (within romance) you could never write? Why? I have a million ideas rattling around in my head. Everything from sci-fi romance, futuristic, historic, time travel, contemporary, erotic romance ... and the list goes on. I think I could write just about any kind of romance. I don't read much in the shape-shifter lines, so they would be difficult to write, but with enough research, I could do it. I write the ideas that pop into my head, although typically they morph into something quite different from the original idea. I like to let the story, characters and ideas create themselves. With one exception ... I detest abuse of any kind, but have written about the results of such heinous acts. I have tried to read a novel about a woman who falls for the man who raped her, but it repulsed me, so I guess I would be unable/unwilling to write that type of story.
Interested in another author's take on these questions? Check out Dani Jace. She is a marvellous writer with her own unique perspective. You can follow the links around our little loop of author friends and perhaps find yourself some new author to fall in love with.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
What is my writing process like?
I am a hybrid author. Part plotter, part pantser (as in fly by the seat of my pants.) Usually, I have a germ of an idea sparked by a dream or overheard tidbit of conversation. Characters form in my mind and I begin creating their back stories. I rough plot out the story and then set the characters loose and follow them where they lead me. Occasionally, one of them becomes difficult and refuses to adhere to my guidelines. If I can't smack them back into place, I set them aside for their own story later. I write in fits and starts, a few words here and there, an hour here and there, then full days on end when inspiration overcomes me and I can't stop the words from flowing. Fits and starts drive me nuts. Flowing words is my nirvana.
Do you listen to music to enhance your writing?
Well, yes and no. I generally write in silence, or at Humpty's restaurant during the breakfast rush. For whatever reason I can tune that noise out, but music distracts me. If I start listening to music, my feet start tapping, my legs get twitchy and before long I am shaking it all over the living room. Don't envision that, it is NOT a pretty sight.
I do find inspiration from music. Lines from a song, old or new can trigger an emotion or scene in my head that gets absconded into my work. I love old rock, sappy love songs, and country music. I won't get into a discussion of the weirdness that lives on my music player ... frankly it is a total embarrassment ranging from kids songs, to sea shanties, to hard rock.
What two songs best describe your overall body of work?
I can't think of any. What songs describe total chaos and mental breakdown followed by excitement, exhilaration and completion. (Sexual innuendo not intended.... but my mind went there anyway.)
Check out the work of my writing buddy Victoria Barbour. See where her creative process takes her. Just click on her name to visit her blog. Follow our writing group through the loop and see just how strangely creative we romance writers are.