Learn About my Writing Process

Happy Monday! My regular Music Monday post has been replaced by this blog meme and will return next week. “My Writing Process” is a blog tour which takes place every Monday. Here, you will discover an individual author’s writing process based on four simple questions.

I was invited by author Raymond Bolton, who posted his writing process last Monday. I’ve featured Raymond on my blog previously when he released his novel, Awakening.

Below are the questions and my answers:

What am I working on?
My very first novel. Wheee! I’ve written and published anthologies, novellas, short stories, and flash fiction up until now, so this full-length novel has been a real challenge. It’s also a different genre from what I primarily wrote in. I’m moving from erotica to mystery.

Double whammy, but hey, I love a challenge, or maybe I’m just mad.

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How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I’ll be honest. I hate this question. As a writer who’s penned erotica, romance, thrillers, I’m all about the storytelling and I could give a rat’s ass about genre. Genre is an old dividing line for readers, with some stories categorized as plot-driven and others as character-driven. Mysteries are normally classified as plot-driven, along with thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, and romance. There’s a lot of judgment in this type of categorization, with the assumption that character-driven stories are more “literary,” and plot-driven “genre” stories are entertaining but not well written.

To this, I say, Bullocks! And I’m not even British.

mysteryIt’s ridiculous to pit one against the other, and that’s why the argument of genre becomes tiresome for me.

I don’t write to fit my work into a genre. I’ve classified my upcoming book as a psychological mystery because there are complex characters and interplay between them. There is also a plot that moves them forward. There is no detective, but there is suspense. The end product has both conflict and growth. Whether you love the “Whodunnit” mystery or prefer the psychological interaction between characters, I think you’ll enjoy my book.

Why do I write what I do?

I’m not crazy about this question either (I’m beginning to wonder why I’m on this tour 😉 ). The best answer I can come up with is my writing is fuelled by interests outside of writing. Some of these things are: the human psyche; foreign destinations; music; culture; current events; travel; life and death; love; sex; life in general. Until now, I’ve written erotica because I had the stories, and I liked telling them. Sex is a provocative and universal subject.

Now, I have another story to tell. It’s not erotic. It’s mysterious. Can you tell I really don’t like being labeled?

How does my writing process work?

In previous interviews, I’ve said I don’t deconstruct my writing, and that’s the god’s honest truth, but there are a few things I do regularly which steep me in the discipline.

Writing everyday is important. Reading is important. Right now, I’m on a word count schedule because it’s important to know I’ve reached milestones in my book, but that’s as strict as I get. The internal pressure to finish my book is great, but I also know myself. As a full time writer, I can easily become obsessive and self-absorbed if I don’t have a balance in my life. For this reason, I pursue external endeavours that have little to do with writing. 

One last tidbit, though I consider writing a serious business (and it should be if you want to earn a living from it), it needs to be fun. Here’s a piece of writing humour you might enjoy.

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Next week, you can discover the writing process of three more authors. Visit their sites and see how amazing they are, then you’ll know why I chose them for this tour. I’ve included their Twitter handles too, so you can follow them now.

They will each post on Monday, February 24th to their individual sites, so watch for them!

Annetta Ribken ~ A professional editor of over ninety novels, Annetta Ribken has also been writing since a tender young age, when letters were chiseled on stone tablets, and is currently living and working just outside St. Louis with her evil feline overlord, a rescued shelter cat named Athena. Twitter: @netta50

Cameron Garriepy ~ Romance novelist, genre-crossing short story author and indie publisher. Twitter: @camerongarriepy

Victoria Dougherty ~ She comes from the ultimate Cold War family – daring escapes, backyard firing squads, Communist snitches, bowlfuls of goulash, gargoyles, spies, killers and dangerous pursuits, all part of her recent family history and explain why she writes Cold War thrillers. Twitter: @vicdougherty

My sincere thanks again to Ray for inviting me on this tour.

~eden

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26 responses to “Learn About my Writing Process

  1. I feel the same way about genres. As I write I don’t have many rules or make a list. Many of the things you’ve listed can be added to a story(novel) in a manner unexpected and they work. In access is a key to avoid, for me.

    Write, write, read– you are so right.

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  2. I love when you say all the things I think. It happens frequently when you talk shop.

    I write romances. Yes. I follow certain genre tropes and reader expectations, but ultimately I think I write more “character-driven” stories.

    Thanks for inviting me to follow you, Eden. Looking forward to it!

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    • Hi Cameron! I can’t wait to read about your process next week. Your writing is very much character driven, with a story. It’s beautifully written and poetic. Sometimes, I think people just need to compartmentalize authors, but it doesn’t mean all writers fit into just one genre or another, or that they can only write in one genre.

      I was never one to color inside the lines as a kid. I suppose that expresses itself as an adult too. 😉

      eden

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  3. raymondboltonauthor

    Eden, as always you’re a hoot! That’s why I invited you. You follow your own rules, get the job done with a flair and always manage to impart genuine information in the process. Luv ya, hon!

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  4. This great, Eden. One, I always love to read about the processes of people I admire. That’s a carry-over from my basketball coaching days and because I’m a nosey nudge ex-reporter. Two, I’ve just been asked if I would like to participate in the same blog meme. So now I have a great frame of reference. And, as always, I love your voice.

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  5. This was fantastic, Eden. Now I want to read your erotica (don’t take that the wrong way or anything 🙂 )

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  6. Great as always, dear lady! I’m with you on the genres… Sorry to be a bit tardy in responding… Looking forward to next Monday’s ‘taggees’! Also looking forward to that psychological suspense thriller! (What was the genre again?) 🙂 Ha, touched two of your sore points – parenthetical/genre! I’m a baaad boy! xox
    P.S. I happen to like alliteration, so there, my most marvelous maker of melodious, mirthful, musing, movies of the mind, etc. (Two more points scored!) 🙂

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  7. Haha, Billy Ray, you just provided me with my laugh for the day! 😀 And I LOVE alliteration too, you most shrewd, sharp-witted, savvy Southerner!

    eden

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  8. Fabulous post, Eden!

    Who wants to be pigeonholed into one genre to begin with?

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  11. Another author tagged me for a “hop” with these same questions. I like your answer about genre much better than my own. I’m not a fan of restrictive labels, either; tell the story and let others worry about what to call it. Looking forward to reading your upcoming book!

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