Monday, May 12, 2014

The Writing Process Blog Tour Post - Meet Some #Writers!

                                                      


Welcome and thank you for stopping by my post during the Writing Process Blog Tour. It’s a great way for writers to not only share how our writing process works, but to analyze what we've been doing - and maybe even make some changes! It's also a means to showcase fellow writers and bloggers.  I've tried to include a few that you may not know.

  Special thanks to Corinne O'Flynn for inviting me to participate. I "met" Corinne thru Twitter, Triberr, and the A to Z Challenge.  Drop by her website and check her out! (Some of you may have read her April A to Z series "26 Words Every Writer Needs".)

First, here are the questions which I must dutifully answer.

1. What am I working on?  I started a steampunk novel way back in November.  It ground to a halt after the holidays and is now collecting dust.  Why?  Partly because I had an exhausting work assignment which left me to drained by evening to do anything but eat, read a little and go to bed.  And, as usual, as soon as I lost momentum the project stopped in its tracks.  Will I get back to it?  I hope so.  But in the meantime, I'll go back to writing short pieces for a while.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?  Well, I mostly write flash fiction, which has only one real parameter:  keep it under 1000 words.  (Even that varies.)  I've tried to write in all genres, from folk tales to historical fiction to magical realism.

3. Why do I write what I do?  I write what interests me at the moment.  Because if I'm bored with a topic, or writing something just to get it published, that disinterest transmits itself to the reader as well.

4. How does my writing process work?  Get an idea - from the news, a dream, a conversation, an observation.  Turn it over in my head for a day or two.  Scribble some notes.  Put down what I have - even if it's only a vision of the ending.  Work from there, be it backwards or forwards.  Flesh it out.  If it's too long, either decide that it can be pared down, or move it to the "short story or novelette" file for further expansion work.  Prune, edit, re-read, edit. Ask for input from a beta reader if necessary. Post, or submit.
Gee, its all so simple...
But enough about me.

Now, let me introduce some fellow writers.

Email Joan    Joan Verlezza has been researching and collecting family anecdotes since childhood. She believes every family has stories worth telling. Warming Up is her first novel. Her work has been featured in New England Journal of Poetry and San Diego Woman Magazine. She is passionate about encouraging new writers to spread their wings and fly.



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                                   Helen Howell is a fiction writer, who writes in several genres which include fantasy, noir, horror and humour.

She has written several short stories, flash fictions and poems. Her work has appeared in both e-zines, anthologies and print publications. She has three novellas published Jumping At Shadows, I Know You Know and Mind Noise.


Helen’s blog: Words Written http://helenahowell.blogspot.com.au

You can find more information about her books here:  http://helenahowell.blogspot.com.au/p/helens-books_10.html
  
 
 

11 comments:

  1. I hope you get back to that steampunk novel and/or your work on the dust bowl. Great writing Hope your interest picks up again.

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    1. Thanks Stuart. Maybe when work slows down over the summer. :-)

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  2. Ah, the dreaded lack of momentum. I totally feel that. Like Stuart, I hope you do pick up that novel again. I recently read my first steampunk story and loved it. :)

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    1. I hate when it happens, and the longer it goes the more reluctant I feel to pick it back up again.
      There's some really good steampunk out there lately. The genre has really taken off.

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  3. Does anyone write flash fiction about a "flasher?" And I agree with Stuartnager...get back to that steampunk novel. I'm sure you hear it calling your name! good luck!

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    1. Not that I know of...perhaps you should try your hand? ;-) (At writing, not flashing.)

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  4. And you are a flash fiction master!

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    1. Thanks Alex!!! Much appreciated.

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  5. I too hope you pick up that steampunk novel again very soon! Love your flash fiction. ^_^

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    1. Thanks Helen! You know I admire your work, especially the noir. And you narrate your stories perfectly. :-)

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