Four Questions About Writing Process

Author Gina Henning tagged me in this author hop. Y’all know I’m not big on tagging others, so I agreed to just answer the questions and link back.

Here are The Rules: Answer the following four questions regarding your writing process and WIP, and then tag four more writers to carry it on after you. Everyone is giving a shout out to the person who linked them first.

Check out Gina’s blog. I’ve read one of her novellas (to be released) and it was a hoot.

The Questions:

*1) What are you working on?

*2) How does your work differ from others in the genre?

*3) Why do you write what you write?

*4) How does your writing process work?

The Answers:

  1. I’m working on Northern Heat and also book 4 in the Randy’s Diner series E’s Beast (another erotic romance).
  2. Both of these stories are written in the first person point of view–that’s not terribly popular with most of the erotic romance publishers I work with. Some won’t even publish it. E’s Beast also has a bit more humor in it than most erotic romances. As far as my other work, some of my heroes aren’t Alpha males. They’re beta males or lesser, and sometimes have serious flaws (take Drew from Sweetly Bad for example).
  3. I write romance because I prefer things that involve love and romance. If it’s a book, movie, or television show, the only plots that can reliably keep my attention over time are the ones with the promise of love somewhere at the end. I end up writing erotic romance because the situations I put my characters into are often too risqué for regular romance.
  4. Initial process: I come up with an idea and write a rough blurb, usually in Evernote. When I’m ready to write that idea, I move into Scrivener. I’ll build the blurb into a synopsis that includes the main character motivations, story conflicts, and resolution. Character creation for the H/h is then drafted. Some stories I’ll outline ahead of time, others I “pants”. Recently I’ve started using Scapple to brainstorm and quasi outline before I dive into anything.
    Daily process: I snapshot (in Scrivener) what I wrote during the previous writing session. I’ll read that section and I do content edits as I go. And then I start with the new content. This gets me back in the story’s flow and helps me remember what my characters’ POV style is for that story.
    Ending process: Once a manuscript is finished, I set it aside for at least two weeks. I’ll do a content edit in Scrivener and set it aside again. Another content edit is done in Word a few weeks/months later. And then the story goes to beta readers.
    Through all of this I’m always listening to music 🙂

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