I Have A Writing Process?

I was recently tagged to join a Writing Process Blog Hop by my new friend, Maris Soule. It’s been a while since I’ve played this particular brand of “Tag,” but Maris was generous enough to ask, and this particular one intrigued me. Believe it or not, there are even rules to this!

The Rules: Like I said, it’s sort of like tag. You’re asked to participate, and if you agree, you’re assigned a date to answer 4 questions and asked to find 3 writers to follow you. Not too complicated, right?

Right now I bet you’re wondering…who did Kitt tag? Well, rest easy, it wasn’t you. Just kidding. 😉 Actually, I tagged my awesome long time friend and fellow writer, KerryAnn. I also hit up one of my first blog buddies, author and Mythical Monday extraordinaire, Mae Clair. And last, but definitely not least, one of my favorite Scottish time travel authors, blog friends, and incredible beta reader, Jessi Gage. Don’t worry, their deets will be shared in more depth later…and ya’ll better check them out!

So, before I answer the questions, here’s a little history on the lovely lady who tagged me: Author-Picture-Maris-Soule Maris Soule was born and raised in California. She was working on a masters in art history when she met a red-head with blue eyes who talked her into moving to Michigan–for just a couple of years. She’s still married to that man and still lives in Michigan (though she migrates to Florida in the winter). Soule has had 25 romances published by Harlequin, Silhouette, and Bantam (she’s a 2 time RITA finalists) and 2 mysteries published by Five Star. (Her P.J. Benson mysteries or “Crows” series.) In addition to writing mysteries, Soule has been putting some of her early romances out as e-books, and she recently signed a contract with Robert Hale Ltd. for a suspense about a woman in her 70s with a deadly past. Every Wednesday Soule writes a blog that generally deals with writing.

Check out her blog or Follow her on Twitter!

She’s a very cool lady who I’m fortunate enough to know personally thanks to Florida Writers Association and our Sarasota Writers Group.

Now, on to the questions for yours truly….

Kitt Bio Pic

1)  What am I working on?

Currently, I’m working on 2 projects.

My primary piece is the third part of my Wild Side erotica series. I tentatively named it Happily Unmarried After, and so far it’s stuck. Those of you who’ve read Three For All and Four One Night will be thrilled to see their beloved wild woman, Danielle Monroe, up to her uninhibited ways (and all the fun that goes with it).  Yes, if you click the above links, excerpts will follow. 😉

The other piece is an erotic romance novel, yet to be named. So far it’s just some character sketches and a couple of scenes, but we’ve all got to start somewhere, right?

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

Hmm. Well, I guess I’d have to say it’s the way my characters are portrayed in my books. There are no billionaires or zillionaires in my books, first. Second? The setting is fairly common, and easy to imagine. Finally, my characters are fun and likeable with a playful, bantering dialogue. They don’t take themselves or each other too seriously, which makes them immediately likeable and relatable. I like to think that most people could read my characters and easily insert themselves into one of the characters and their very doable fantasies.

3)  Why do I write what I do?

My initial instinct to this question was to say, “Why not?”

The truth is, I write it because I enjoy it. Yup! For me, writing sex is fun! For as long as I can remember, I’ve been accused of having a gutter brain. I’ve also been gifted with a knack for understanding people and a talent for writing. I figured this was an opportunity to combine all my passions, then share it with others.

The other reason is because I feel very strongly that my books contribute to my belief that a sex positive lifestyle and approach is highly doable. If I can help someone open themselves up to the possibility of embracing their inner sexual goddess, then it’s worth it. It’s meant the world to me when someone’s come to me and told me that something I wrote on my blog or my book helped spice up their marriage/love life…or better yet, reminded them of the joy and sense of adventure that comes from acting out a fantasy. One is never too old for that!

4)  How does my writing process work?

One time recently, I tried to go by the way of plotters. It was a huge mistake. I talked to a fellow writer, planned the story with her over the phone, then headed off to write it. Yeah, that was the first time I sat down at the computer and the words refused to find a natural flow. Everything was a battle. Worse, once I was done, the characters were stiff, the action ‘flat’ and the story, awkward. It also lacked believability. That particular method didn’t work well at all for me.

Thankfully, it wasn’t difficult to get back to what’s worked for me in the past….I write what comes to me. Usually in chronological order, and definitely by the seat of my pants. I follow the story as it paints itself in my mind. My first draft is always rough, and by my second and third, the original is nearly unrecognizable through the growth of my characters, the dialogue, and the drama. I also usually give myself a week or so off from that particular work in progress between drafts so that I can look at my piece with a fresh set of eyes and a little distance. I find my clarity of vision for the WIP is best during those moments.

Introducing my fabulous writer friends:

KerryAnn

KerryAnnKerryAnn writes from her home in New England which she shares with her husband, daughter, and her two American Eskimo dogs who alternate between being her writing companions and writing distractions.  She prefers to write compelling characters in a variety of genres, but mainly contemporary and young adult fiction.  When she’s not writing KerryAnn usually has her nose in a book – family stories that cross generations, romance, paranormal, historical fiction, as long as it has unforgettable characters, she’s all in. Check out her blog or ‘Like’ her Facebook page!

 

Mae Clair

Mae ClairMae Clair opened a Pandora’s Box of characters when she was a child and never looked back.  Her father, an artist who tinkered with writing, encouraged her to create make-believe worlds by spinning tales of far-off places on summer nights beneath the stars. She snagged the tail of a comet, hitched a ride, and discovered her writer’s Muse on the journey.

Mae loves creating character-driven fiction in settings that vary from contemporary to mythical. Wherever her pen takes her, she flavors her stories with conflict, romance and elements of mystery. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about writing, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail and cats.
Discover more about Mae on her website and blog at http://maeclair.net/
You can also ‘Like’ her Facebook page, Follow her on Twitter, or on Google+.

 

Jessi Gage
Jessi Gage headshot2Jessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. She’s a passionate reader of all genres of romance, especially anything involving the paranormal. Ghosts, demons, vampires, witches, weres, faeries…you name it, she’ll read it. As for writing, she’s sticking to Highlanders and contemporaries with a paranormal twist (for now).
Check out her website, visit her blog, ‘Like’ her Facebook page, Follow her on Twitter, or on Google+.
Please check out these ladies and follow their blogs. Next week will be their turns to share their writing processes. I know that I can’t wait to see what they share. What do you think? Does peoples’ writing process intrigue you? Bore you? What genre do you most enjoy reading?
Yes. What that really means is that I’m asking you to be an active participant on my blog. Say whatever you’d like to say. I’m not exactly easily hurt or offended…and you know how I love good dialogue. 😉
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29 thoughts on “I Have A Writing Process?

  1. Gloria Richard Author says:

    I read a lot of genres, including suspense. My hands-down favorite is a romance with humor hits and steam. Lots of steam.

    That’s why I adore your writing, Kitt. It’s also the reason I’m doing the *head*desk*thunk* thing for not knowing you’d already released Four One Night.

    I’ve indulged in a bit of self-sabotage. I’ve dealt with major life change (sale of home & moving tops that list) by isolating. Do you know what happens when my personality is not given the opportunity to mix it up with buddies on and offline? Life sucks!

    YAY for the pansters. When I plod [<=== intentional], I find myself inventing plots that don't fit the character. I plod ahead when I'm stuck, but find the best ideas are developed by my characters. They take the drivel from my outline, twist and turn it, and add layers I wouldn't think of were I not "in voice" with them.

    Sex scenes? I L-O-V-E writing sex scenes. Janet Evanovich [you may have heard of her ;-)] confessed in her book titled How I write that she didn’t like writing them. So, she slams the bedroom door in my face! Love her humor hits, but…

    I want the deets.

    • Kitt Crescendo says:

      I’m just glad you started popping up in comments on blogs we both love (and on mine) again. I really was about to send out a search party, but thought I might be overreacting because I remembered you mentioning moving and know how time consuming that can be.

      I, too, read in a lot of genres…including fantasy & suspense/thrillers. My fave lately has been erotic romances, usually with BDSM and/or ménage. Shocking, I know. 😉

      As for Evanovich…I guess I’m her complete antithesis. I’ve actually been known to start the story or book by writing the sex first, then fill in the story…:-D She is fantastic with her character sketches, though…for sure!

  2. Maris Soule says:

    Thanks, Kitt, for running with this after I “tagged” you. I loved reading about your writing process and I’m now intrigued to learn more about the ladies you tagged.

    • Kitt Crescendo says:

      It was truly my pleasure! I’m honored you chose me to play along. It’s a great way to learn about other writers, and to introduce them to your other friends who may not yet be following them. Again, thanks for inviting me to join in the fun!

  3. Mae Clair says:

    Well, that was fun, and I’m delighted to be tagged by you, Kitt. Your writing process sounds just like mine, although I’m going to make a studious effort (er, maybe) to plot more. I had a brief glimpse of how the other half lives during NaNoWriMo and it was actually kind of productive.

    Happy to be included with so many of your wonderful writer friends! 🙂

  4. Emma says:

    I like that your characters don’t take themselves too seriously, Kitt. Means they’re fun to read. I’m not much of a plotter either when it comes to my writing. My characters tend to do whatever they like, dragging me along with them. 🙂

    • Kitt Crescendo says:

      Love it! I’m also glad you enjoy my characters. I think they’re fun, too… And with Dani…you just never know what’s going to come out of that girl’s mouth. 😉

  5. The Regular Guy NYC says:

    Very interesting to see inside your mind and how your writing inspiration develops. Sure, you might have a “gutter brain” but you also know how to convey those images and thoughts into words. That is talent.

    • Kitt Crescendo says:

      As a fan I really enjoy understanding how so many people have so many different ways to approach a story, but in the end, they all share one thing… A piece of work they’re proud to call theirs. 🙂

  6. Patricia Sands says:

    *raising hand quickly* ~ I’m a pantser too, Kitt! Like you, I need to just sit down and let it rip … some days it’s easier than others. Thanks for sharing how you create your stories. I love to hear the differences in how we are inspired and motivated to tell our stories and titillate our readers … one way or the other … Write on, beautiful woman!

    • Kitt Crescendo says:

      Hooray for pantsers! 🙂 I, too, love hearing the differences in how we approach writing. I especially love that there IS no wrong way (well, except to steal someone else’s work, of course).

  7. Jeri Walker-Bickett (@JeriWB) says:

    A panstser I am not. I can pull off writing by the seat of my pants for short stories, but it was the wrong approach to take with my first novel. Everyone’s process varies, but in the end, we all get the writing done… eventually.

  8. Jessi Gage says:

    Thanks for the tag, Kitt! I’m thinking hard about my answers and looking forward to dropping your wonderful name on my blog next week!
    I love learning about other people’s writing process. It’s like taking a walk through the neighborhood at night and peeing in everyone’s windows to get a glimpse of their lives. Love people who leave the blinds open!

  9. Kristy K. James...Where Romance and Fantasy Collide says:

    Sometimes I wish I could be a panster, but I have to have at least a bullet point outline. I rarely use half of it, but it’s like taking off for a weekend trip. I might plan to drive directly to Mackinaw City, but the odds are better than good that I’ll take some detours along the way.

    Even so, the most important part of the process (to me) is making sure I’ve spent enough time with my characters BEFORE I write ‘Chapter 1.’ If I know them like I would a BFF, then books seem to almost write themselves. And they have no problem hijacking a story – and any plans I had for it. Then I’m basically just the secretary taking their dictation. 🙂

    Too cool to find there’s another author in Michigan. I was beginning to think Diane Capri was the only other one. 😀

    • Kitt Crescendo says:

      Aw! I’m glad I could introduce you to Maris, Kristy! She’s a really great lady.

      As for the plotting… I do (usually) have to know a couple of different settings that I think would work, how I want it to begin, and what I intend my ending to generally look like…LOL! The characters? Usually they’ve been marinating a while in my brain…poking at me to tell their story. 😉

      • Kristy K. James...Where Romance and Fantasy Collide says:

        I’ll bet she is. If I can drag myself out of bed early enough, I may try to get to an event she has listed on her website in May. I have family who lives about twenty miles south of there so I could kill two birds with one stone. Of course that’s going to depend on whether I can whip the insomnia into submission by then.

        So, Kitt, what you’re saying here is that you ARE a plotter. You only do the pantsing thing about 99% of the time. 😉

        Okay, seriously, good to know. The thought of anyone just opening a blank, starting with nothing but a vague idea and a couple of names, and then writing a great story is kind of intimidating to those of us who need a bit more info than that.

        Okay, I’m off to see the Wizard, because today is just one of those scarecrow days for me. I either need a nap – or a mission to melt a witch to help me wake my brain up a little more. 😀

        • Kitt Crescendo says:

          LOL! If you get a chance to go, tell her you heard about her through me. I think she’ll get a kick out of how the blogoverse can make such interesting connections.

          As for the plotter…LOLOL! I save the whole blank page and starting with virtually nothing for my poetry. 😉

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