Monday, April 28, 2014

I've been tagged!

Apparently someone noticed this space visiting the land of unused, misfit blogs because I've been tagged to talk about my writing process by the always gracious and extremely talented Sheryl Scarborough. This game of writing process tag reached Sheryl from our friend and VCFA classmate and super-writer Ellar Cooper. Ellar was tagged by someone else, who was tagged by someone else, who was tagged by someone else, who was (deep breath), you get the picture. I could probably ransack the internet to find the origins of this exercise, but I wont for various reasons, some of which will come up later in this post.


(Yes, I'm trying to make my process sound important by all-capsing, bolding, and italicizing this section)

1) What am I working on?

I'm working on a YA dystopian political thriller. I'm also working on about thirty-seven other projects in the back of my head at various times throughout the day.

2) How does my work differ from others in its genre?

My current project has two main characters living in two different places. One is wrapped up in a dystopian struggle, the other a contemporary political mess. By having two characters confront their own individual problems, my hope is that a reader won't think each character is involved in too many things at once.

In other projects, many of which involve sports, I like to focus on minorities. I don't mean racial, political, or religious minorities, either. I mean the kid who often lives on the fringe of his team because he thinks too much: about who he is, about violence, about how he supposed to act or who he's supposed to like... stuff like that. That was me. I think it's a lot of kids and teens.

3) Why do you write what you do?

My gut reaction is to say that I have no idea.

My next reaction is to say that I write it because I have to, which means that it's what I'm thinking about and forces itself out of me and onto the page. I rarely write something that is a brand new idea, meaning that what I write is usually something that has been in my head for a while and won't let up. It may start as a tiny glimpse of something that gets jotted down as just a couple of bullet-points in my notebook before slowly snowballing into something that screams at me until I start really writing it down (typing).

I also write things that I want to read. I use the I to mean me at every possible age. I might write something that I'm currently thinking about, but I usually write something that I think a younger version of me would have craved. I don't think I'm being conceited when I say that I know if I like it, then others will like it. I don't believe in writing for others (real or imagined) to try to create some sort of "product." I believe in writing for others through me. I always have to start with me. Which is one of the reasons I haven't written here in a while. I didn't feel I needed to. I've been writing for a hockey website, and I've done some guest blogging for others (some conversation creating stuff), and it just didn't feel like I had anything to say to myself. I didn't really need this space. I've been so engrossed in trying to finish my current project that I haven't needed to reflect. Not right now. I haven't really been online much, either, unless it's for work or news or hockey scores (it's playoff time!).

4) How does your writing process work?

I just write.

When I can (usually late at night). Where I can (so many places). I rarely outline until way later in the process. I just let that screaming snowball of an idea pour out of me for a little while. Sometimes it works.

~I've failed at passing on this game of tag just like I failed at chain letters in fifth grade. But please check out the links on the other blogs I mentioned above. They have better tag skills than I.