My Writing Process--Progressive Blog
So here we go with the questions I need to answer for the blog! First
of all, I’ll tell you what I’m working on now—the second book in my new
“Crystal Green” Rough and Tumble “hot romance” series for Berkley’s Intermix
Digital First line. This book already has a slot (October, 2014) and a title (Down and Dirty), so it’s a contracted
work with a deadline—and it’s a lot of fun to write. You could call it a “What
Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Necessarily Stay in Vegas” book, a romantic romp. I
have six more chapters to go—whoo!
Second, this progressive blog calls for me to tell you how my work
differs from others of its genre. If we’re talking about my current WIP, I
would say that I’ve created a place/world that definitely belongs to the Rough
and Tumble books alone—the stories center around a dive bar on the outskirts of
Las Vegas and the rough-edged men who hang out there. The bar—a saloon,
actually—has a lot of history and Old West dust to it, and so does the lazy,
small town it’s in.
Third—why do I write what I write? Well, if you all are familiar
with me, you know that I have more than one pen name. Currently, I have a new
urban fantasy series out as Chris Marie Green: Jensen Murphy, Ghost for Hire
(book 1 is called Only the Good Die Young).
I also write some new adult/chick lit books under this name (The She Code and connected novellas).
Lastly, I write romances as “Crystal Green.” So why do I write such different
things? Probably because I’ve always been an eclectic reader. Additionally, I write quite a few books per
year, and these different types allow me to stretch my creative wings—every
project is exciting because it’s not like the one before.
Finally, how does my writing process work? Oddly, this also
depends on what I’m writing—or how I’m selling a certain project. If I’m
selling on proposal, I first brainstorm the story, interviewing my characters, using
Goal, Motivation, and Conflict charts to plot as well as a Hero’s Journey grid.
Then I write a synopsis, plus blurbs for any other books I’d like on the
contract. Then I go for the first three chapters, which completes a proposal.
Normally, it takes a little time to sell, so I’ll move onto another project,
coming back to this one after a contract is in the works. However, if I’m doing
something for self-publishing or if I’ve already sold the book off of a pitch
or a blurb, I’ll use “the sticky method.” This means that I go through all my
prep work (charts, interviews, etc.), but I won’t do a sales synopsis. Instead,
I write every scene I think I’ll need on a sticky and arrange them on my closet
door. After actually writing each scene, I get the satisfaction of tearing that
sticky down and saving them in my folder.
As for a day to day writing process, I do what needs doing—usually
I take care of promo and/or editing in the morning and write a chapter at
night, splitting my day in two. It used to be the opposite, but nowadays, the
business of writing has become so important that I can’t concentrate while the
business day is happening!
And that’s the scoop, my friends. J
Next week on March 3, I’ve invited three more
authors to talk about their writing process, and I hope you’ll visit them on
their blogs! Here is their information:
Beppie Harrison is a former non-fiction writer, living in
Michigan, releasing her first novel, The
Broken Heart, in March--the first book of a Regency trilogy set in Ireland.
E. B. Purtill is a writer living in San Francisco. The
Lamb is her first book, coming out in March. She studied law and arts
at the University of Western Australia and is now married and has a daughter.
Her site is at www.ebpurtill.com
Nancy Warren is a USA Today Bestselling romance author known for
her funny, sexy contemporary romances. Her latest releases are Game On for Harlequin Blaze and Kiss a Girl in the Rain, book 1 in the
Take a Chance series. http://www.nancywarren.net. You’ll find
her blog at http://www.nancywarren.net/category/blog/