Hellooooo! I thought I'd poke my head out from the rock I've been under to participate in the "My Writing Process" Blog Tour. A shout-out to the fabulous Precy Larkins for tagging me! Precy is a dear (and incredibly talented) writing buddy of mine, whom I've known for a few years now (bonus: she's a fellow goat posse member!).
I don't think there is a wrong or right way to write, and I definitely don't think my process is anything special. You simply do whatever works best for you. And well, this is what works best for me :)
1) What am I working on?
I'm expecting the content revisions on my young adult paranormal, SPARK (title to change) from my editor any day now, and I have my most recent project out with beta readers, so I guess you could say I'm in between projects right now.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
As for the novel I have coming out, SPARK, I've been told by several people that it has a very strong contemporary feel to it. Some have even referred to it as "light" paranormal, so I think it'll appeal to a wide range of readers--lovers of contemporary and fantasy. Also, the story is about a teenage succubus, which is a topic that hasn't been done to death in the world of young adult paranormal. To answer the question on a larger scale, I think my work is different, because no matter what I write, no matter how serious the topic, I always throw in snippets of humor. That's just who I am and how I write. If I tried to keep things 100% serious, I wouldn't enjoy the process and would probably hate the end product.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Again, in the broad sense of the question, I enjoy writing young adult fiction because it's what feels natural to me and what I'm most comfortable writing. It feels genuine, whereas writing books for the adult market (which I've only done once--my first book) feels...more forced, like I'm not being true to my voice. More specifically, I enjoy writing contemporary and paranormal because I like stories that are realistic or realistic with just a little bit of the fantastical.
4) How does your writing process work?
I have a job and a family, so finding time to write can be difficult, but like I always tell people, if it's important enough to you, you'll make the time. And I do. I try to write or do writing-related work at night for about an hour or two after the kids go to bed and on the weekends. I tend to slack off a bit when I'm editing, but when I'm drafting, I'm much more strict and will make myself write four pages every day (or about 1,000 words/day). My goal is always to finish a manuscript within three months.
This is the part where I'm supposed to tag some people to share their writing process, but I think most people interested in doing so have already been tagged, so I'm going to skip this part :) I hope everyone has enjoyed reading about my writing process. As always, thanks for stopping by!