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My Writing Process

This week I’m excited to announce that I’ve been nominated by the lovely and talented Vanessa Carevale to take part in a blog hop and answer questions about my writing process. It’s a great way to see what other like-minded writers are working on and connect with some amazingly talented writers. So here goes…


What am I working on?

A couple of things. First and foremost I am half way through editing the first draft of my first novel “Rest Stop” . I started off doing a full structural edit but then had a change of plans. I am not doing a simple spelling and grammar edit and then I have decided to send it off for a professional critique from a writing mentor whom I admire greatly. It’s really scary and I’m more nervous than I’ve ever been. Writing is the easy part, even editing although it can be mind-numbing at times is easy; easy compared to putting your work out there and having someone run through it with a fine tooth comb. As a writer you are so attached to your work. It’s like your own flesh and blood and it is awfully hard letting your baby go. But I know it’s what I need and what my manuscript needs.

I’m also working on fleshing out the idea for my next book. It’s still in it’s infancy and while I have the basic story line there are still holes that I need to fill in. Most of it is still in my head at the moment. Locked away in a small compartment as it grows, but it has just about outgrown it’s space in my head so it is time to get it down on paper. I’m a mind mapping kind of gal so that is my next step before I actually start writing – and that is my favourite part!


How does my work differ from others in its genre?

There’s nothing I love more in a book than well developed characters. To me a book isn’t worth reading if the characters are light and fluffy and under developed. Give me deep, sensitive, emotional, fractured characters that are life like and struggling through life’s good and bad times just as every single one of us is. We all have a story to tell and that’s what I want my characters to do. Tell their story. Make the reader want to invest in them and see them through to the end. I guess there are many writers out there who do this extremely well, so I perhaps don’t differ in that respect really, I just want to do it well enough that people want to read my work!


Why do I write what I do?

As corny or cliched as it may sound, the answer is simple: I am compelled to. I have always had a vivid imagination, as a child, and even now. My mind often races away with stories and characters, at times they seem so real. So I write. I never thought I would actually make a career of it. In fact, I never really knew I wanted to be a writer growing up, but now, as I turn my life towards writing as a career, both freelance and fiction, there is nothing else I can imagine doing.


 How does my writing process work?

With my freelancing I do my best writing during the day at my desktop. It is where my professional brain switches on for research, interviewing and drafting and writing feature articles. For my fiction however, I’m a night owl. The house needs to be quiet so I can hear the voices in my head telling me what is going to happen or what needs to happen. I’m half way between a plotter and a panster. As much as I’d love to be able to sit down and just write letting the story take me where it may, I do need some direction in the form of plotting and a basic story structure before I begin. And I love note books. I love jotting down phrases, observations and ideas – which unfortunately usually come at 3am in the morning!!


So there you have it. My writing process in a nutshell. And now it’s my turn to pass on the task to two exciting writers whom I can’t wait to read what they have to say. Take a moment to read their bio’s below and bookmark them so you can visit them next Monday and read what they are up to.

And thank you Vanessa Carnevale for asking me to be involved.


My nominations for next week are….

Francesca Suters

“Francesca Suters is a thirty-something Australian woman who wears many hats. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Newcastle and currently works part-time in a corporate setting. Since she was a child, she has always loved writing. In adulthood, Francesca pursuesd this interest through blogging, a hobby which is flexible enough to fit around her responsibilities as a working parent. Francesca has just published her first novel, Returning, which is available as a paperback and an ebook.

You can follow Francesca on Twitter here, Facebook here and her blog here.


Anna Spargo-Ryan

Anna is a freelance digital strategist, web developer and writer who likes to drink ‘Ice Tea’ but doesn’t understand why it’s not called ‘Iced Tea’. By night and occasionally morning, she eats things, writes things, berates her children, walks her dogs and hugs her chocolate.
Anna’s work has been featured by The Guardian, The Age, the ABC, The Wheeler Centre, MiNDFOOD and many others. This year, she was a presenter at the Digital Writers’ Festival.

You can follow Anna on Twitter, Facebook and on her blog.