This week I’m thrilled to be part of the Writing Process Blog Hop where different authors connect and share information about their writing processes.
The baton was passed to me by wonderful author and editor, Gina Ardito, who writes lighthearted contemporary and sensual paranormal fantasy romance. Under pen name, Katherine Brandon, she writes sweeping historical romance. In her spare time, she also runs a freelance editing service, Excellence in Editing. Check out her website: http://ginaardito.blogspot.com. It’s chock full of entertaining anecdotes and informative advice on writing, as well as a complete list of her books. Thank you, Gina.
Now, here’s a little bit about me:
What am I currently working on?
I have just finished editing the first draft of my next novel, a contemporary romance tentatively titled Letting Go, about a man who struggles with his son to move on after his wife suddenly leaves them.
How does my work differ from others of Contemporary Women’s Fiction?
I think my stories differ from others who write contemporary fiction in that they are written through my point of view, my “lens”, influenced by my experiences. Everyone has their own perspective on life, love and friendship and that is what makes each person and therefore each story so unique.
Why do I write contemporary Women’s Fiction?
Currently, I am most comfortable writing a story that takes place now or in the recent past because I imagine my characters existing in a world I know and understand. I love stories about wanting and needing something that can’t be easily attained. I enjoy reading about friends and lovers, and that is what I want to write. I am a hopeless romantic.
I do enjoy reading historical fiction and hope to one day, give that genre a try.
How does my writing process work?
I’m a relatively new author, having published my first book only last month (called Both Sides of Love), so I’m still ironing out my writing process. I’ve read countless writers’ blogs and ‘how-to’ books on what writing processes work, what to do and not to do, and I discovered over the past years that what works for others doesn’t necessarily work for me.
When possible, I write every day, finding precious snippets of time between my consulting job and driving two teenagers all over town after school. Evening is the most productive time for me – television takes a backseat to my laptop. I write a complete first draft and then go back to it a few weeks later to try to see it with “fresh” eyes. This is when I start to edit. So far, this works for me. I’m sure as I grow as an author, so will my writing process.
Next, I am supposed to pass the baton to another author, but outside of Gina, I don’t know any personally. So, in the words of L. Frank Baum, of The Marvelous Land of Oz, “Everything has to come to an end, sometime.”
What writing process works for you? I’d love to know.