I was invited by the lovely Cameron Garriepy to take part in a “My Writing Process” blog tour. This is an ongoing tour with new writers posting each Monday. Cameron’s post was published on February 24th on her blog: http://camerondgarriepy.com. She invited me to participate, so here goes.
1. What am I working on?
Currently I’m working on the second draft to my story about Akira and her lover. It is currently untitled, but my partner Kameko has been tasked with that responsibility. I am terrible at titles. This novelette tells the story of Akira, a young woman diagnosed with bone cancer, from the perspective of her girlfriend.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I don’t know that it does just yet. I struggle, on a daily basis, with the feeling that my stories are average and unoriginal. I’m hoping that the relationship between Akira and the woman who loves her stands out.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I write because I have to. Whether it’s an entry in my journal, a blog post, or a short story, I feel at my best when I am being a writer. I enjoy stories from all different genres, but I have a special place in my heart for those that tell the story of ordinary people. They are not superheroes or fantastical in any way. They are the “Every Man/Woman”, and still their stories can be extraordinary.
4. How does your writing process work?
I start with a name. I love names. The name comes first, and then the character behind the name. I usually start with some flash fiction piece (lately inspired by Write on Edge, Studio 30 Plus, or Tipsy Lit) that later tugs at me and demands to be expanded. I don’t outline and I don’t plan anything. I just let the character(s) guide me. My writing is scattered, which is why second drafts prove to be so difficult. It all becomes about putting the pieces together, finding what’s missing, and maybe even finding an ending that fits. Then it sits on a virtual shelf where I ignore it. At least that’s what’s been happening lately.
Wasn’t that fun? Now I’ve invited the writer below to join me on this blog tour. Her Writing Process post will go live next Monday, March 10th. If you’re interested in joining the tour, go for it!
Kirsten Piccini: Kir is a daydreamer and storyteller who loves books, TV, cupcakes and high heels. She also harbors a deep affection for Broadway musicals, NYC and romantic comedies. When she’s not writing romantic fiction, parenting her 6-year-old twins or dreaming of shoe sales, Kir is working full time, with her fingers on her keyboard and her head in the clouds.