My Writing Process

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Yay for being tagged!

So this is being put up late, but it’s still the same day!

K.R. Green over at http://krgreen.co.uk/ tagged me with this to talk about my… you guessed it, Writing Process. So here goes, yeah?

1. What am I working on at the moment?

Well…. I’m both working on writing a series of short stories (and posting them at seventhsanctumshorts) that are a practice in insanity. If I had to describe them, I’d say Doctor Who, but less cohesive.

Also, I am currently working on finishing/rewriting my 2011 NaNoWriMo project which was then titled… well I don’t remember what, it’s changed titles so often. It used to be called Shadows and Lies, then it was Shadow’s Fall, now I think it’s called Chasing Shadows. I’m bad at titles.

Chasing Shadows is part post-apocalyptic, though at first glance you wouldn’t tell. Part dystopic. The idea came from reading Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy and wondering, “What if they hadn’t killed the Lord Ruler?” Upon first write it seemed too much like the Mistborn trilogy, so I changed my magic system. Changed the backstory of the world. And changed so much that if I didn’t tell you that’s where my inspiration was, you might never know.

 

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Well, for one, when I first get an idea and am writing, I don’t think in terms of genre. It’s mostly fantasy, but it has, like I said, bits of Post-Apocalypse and Dystopia sprinkled in. As well as some Science-Fiction from a pair of siblings who drop in from another dimension and are just trying to get home.

So it depends on which genre you choose. If you’re asking how it differs from Fantasy… well, it’s not your normal sword-and-sorcery. It’s practically set in modern day, but with magic. Though it’s not Urban Fantasy, either. The City (as it is called in the novel) is completely isolated, kept so by the Dark Skins that they fight constantly. It’s a mix of genre’s.

 

3. Why do I write what I do?

You’d be better off asking me why I breathe. Or why I feel.

I do it because I must. In each of the books/stories that I write. There is something about them that I entirely believe. Whether it be a theme (Not everything is as it seems, in Chasing Shadows). A character (sometimes a character comes to me, and I just have to tell his/her story). A plot (these are less frequent. If I don’t love the characters involved, there is no way I’ll write it, no matter how awesome the plot is.)

I love something about every book that I write. And they’re pounding on my head to be let out. I have to oblige, otherwise I might very well go insane.

 

4. How does my writing process work?

You tell me.

Seriously, though. I’m still trying to figure that out. I have been in a bit of a slump recently, feeling bad about not writing, but still not writing. Honestly, it’s kind of pathetic. So I’ll be giving you updates as I get it figured out. I’ll be posting (hopefully) weekly updates on the blog again, as well as updating the Seventh Sanctum Shorts tumblr as I continue writing those.

Working overnights it’s difficult to stay up late or wake up early but, I will be writing after work each day (from 7am to noon) and see if I can’t make that a habit.

 

Sadly, I don’t have anyone to tag. Especially as how I was late to get this up on my blog. If you would like to participate, you can answer the questions in the form of a comment or do so on your own tumblr/blog and post a link in the comments and I’ll be sure to check it out!

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