#MyWritingProcess Blog Hop

I was recently tagged by Rebecca Mowry for the ‘My Writing Process’ blog hop. So, here we go.

1. What I’m working on

Gerald

I have several projects on the go at the moment. But my main focus is on Gerald, an upper MG, humorous fantasy.  This novel recently gained a full request from a publisher and I am beavering away working on revisions. The changes have been quite dramatic and I’m really pleased by the amount I’ve managed to trim, hack, slash, from Gerald. Reading through I can see how streamlined these edits have made the novel and it’s nearly ready to send back.

My other projects are Jaguar, a contemporary fantasy, viewed from the jaguar’s point of view and a MG Medieval Fantasy, Wilfrid. The first chapters of all three novels can be seen under the ‘Queries and Preview Chapters’ category of this blog.

2. How does my work differ from others in the genre?

With Gerald I have taken the standard fantasy format but added a few extras, including the fact that Gerald is probably the most incompetent wizard ever to be born. The rules for a wizard’s greatness is based on their height, which means I had a lot of fun making Gerald grow and shrink depending upon his success.  If he’s demoted below four-feet-eight then he can’t be a wizard any longer and needs to grow naturally to that height before starting all over again.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I have a great love for fantasy and animals and my novels are books I would love to read within those areas. Although I enjoy reading huge epic fantasy, I prefer humor and if a book can make me laugh then I’m a fan of that author for life. Jaguar, on the other hand, expresses my feelings about wildlife. To me they should remain free.  We have cameras and TV, so that is how we should see them, not pacing around a fenced enclosure. I have the same feeling about animal trophies.  They look way better on the animal and should not be seen on a wall or on someone’s back.

4. How does my writing process work?

My process is very simple.  I come up with an idea and jot it down.  If it requires research, as Jaguar and Wilfrid did, then I scour books and the internet for information on setting and habits of the proposed characters.  From that point on I follow a loose plot in my head. I’m definitely a pantser and I prefer letting my characters dictate the pace of the story for me. I feel they become fuller that way.  Once the first draft is done then I go through many revisions to fine tune the manuscript.  Gerald, for instance, has undergone at least twenty passes to get it to the stage it is at now.

Thanks for dropping by, feel free to comment.

Coming soon, the next author in this blog hop series.

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