Author Writing Process
Beautiful People

Beautiful People is a writing blog meme hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further. They post questions at the beginning of the month generally to do with characters but this month it’s all about me! (in the least narcissistic way possible)

Since I’m currently doing Camp NaNoWriMo, I’ve been writing my current WIP as fast as I can and it’s been going great! I’ve managed to get everything outlined (apart from one subplot) and I should hopefully finish this draft by the middle of August. To anyone else doing Camp NaNo, good luck!

The questions today focus on the writing process and how I go about drafting a novel. I thought it’d be interesting to share this and also see what other writers do as well, seeing if our processes are the same or different. If you want to join in, you can click here for the post so you can post it on your own blog! I’d be excited to see what your answers are.

Author Writing Process Questions
How do you decide which project to work on?

Usually, I choose the project which I’m excited to write about or I choose one that I’ve done the most planning for. I don’t like to tackle multiple projects at once so I decided to file away any plot bunnies that I get and return to them once I’ve finished my current project.

How long does it usually take you to finish a project?

It really depends on the project but I can usually plan and world-build a novel in about 3 months. Then, I write the novel and get a draft done in about 1-2 months. Editing a novel takes about two months including rewriting portions for me but I haven’t fully finished a project with a polished manuscript yet.

I’ll say that this current project I’m working on has evolved from a story from two years ago but I’ve been working with this central plot for about 5 months now? So, I’m working with my schedule at the moment.

Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?

Before I write, I like to make a cup of tea or coffee and put on my writing soundtrack on Spotify. Then, I refresh my memory by reading the summary of the last scene I wrote so that I’m prepared to write. Sometimes, I even eat cake because cake is glorious food that’s inspirational.

What time of day do you write best?

Night. I am such a night owl and I work best in the darkness. However, I think this is purely because of my inner darkness and thirst to take over the world with literature.

Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?

I don’t think so. Personally, I wouldn’t want to have a similar style to other authors. Although, I think it’s inevitable that I might have a similar style to another author but, I want to try my hardest to make my writing style as distinct as possible.

Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?

I’ve loved telling stories and using my imagination to think of worlds that I’d love to explore. I think that I started writing because I wanted a place where I could continue to explore my worlds. It was also a way to improve my vocabulary and writing skills.

However, I keep writing because I have stories that I want to share. I have voices that need to be heard, diversity that needs to be shown and a fantastic world full of magic, powerful women and ambitious dreams.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?

I think writing Kaeneus’ character, perhaps or maybe even Corvus’ Professor. I think this story is perhaps the hardest thing I’ve written because the world is advanced. It’s hard to try and filter in the correct details into the story.

Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?

I have a project that’s like a contemporary but in a fantasy setting? Nothing massive like saving the world, but just some kind of coming of age story within a fantasy setting. However, I haven’t really written much contemporary so I’m going to explore writing in that genre before I tackle this!

What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?

The major writing goals I have posted here. Of those, I’ve managed to complete the following:

  • Trying to draw a map of my world
  • Researching my Author Platform

The ones I have in progress are:

  • Finishing Draft One of A Mirror of Smoke
  • Outline AMOS #2
  • Beating Camp NaNoWriMo and November NaNoWriMo

I’d say they’re going well so far! Plus, I’ve almost finished creating my ideal writing space (Plus, this means I have space for more creative bookstagram photos!

Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!

This gif is me verbally writing my novel.

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What’s your writing process? It was so exciting to take part in this and I definitely think I’ll join in more often!

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  • The Story Sponge

    July 25, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Fantastic post! I love getting to read about my fellow authors' writing processes. It sounds like you do a lot of planning, and I am in awe. (Plan? What is this "plan," precious?) Haha! Your gif at the end was great! I never write my stories out loud, but that looks like a good idea... I love maps of other worlds. I have tried to draw a variety of maps, but I know NOTHING about real maps so those attempts ended in disaster. I tackled the Beautiful People meme this month too! You can check out my post on my blog. Good luck, and keep writing!

    • Joel Rochester
      to The Story Sponge

      July 26, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks! I do an awfully lot of planning and sometimes it does prevent me from getting any actual writing done but I want to make sure I have the bases covered. I love maps too, but I hated geography so it's quite hard when it comes to designing my own maps too haha. I'll definitely hop over to see your post too, happy writing!

  • Ruby Rumsey

    July 11, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    "I have diversity that needs to be shown and a fantastic world full of magic, powerful women and ambitious dreams" I think you just articulated in one sentence what I've been trying to say for months ???? I'm useless at boiling things down to their essence but this is more or less what I want to accomplish, too.

  • Christina @ Happy-Writer

    July 11, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Your blog is GORGEOUSLY DESIGNED, first of all. So polished and professional, I just love it. I prefer writing at night, too. It's calm and quiet, and makes it so much easier to focus. And I love the idea of a contemporary fantasy! So much is mired in medieval trappings, and not every book needs to have apocalyptic stakes. (I say, as someone writing a book with apocalyptic stakes! Is it hot in here, or is it just me?) Good luck on obliterating your writing goals for this year, and good luck on Camp NaNoWriMo!!

    • Thank you so much, Christina! It took a while to get it just how I wanted it and I'm so happy with how my blog looks now. Writing at night makes it easier to sort out thoughts I believe, plus the stars are so pretty if they're out! I totally agree about fantasy not always having to be at apocalyptic stakes but I feel I'm writing one with them too. I definitely think I might be able to write it one day, but it would be a standalone novel. (At least that's what I feel at the moment and it definitely is getting hot in here!) Good luck to you too on completing your goals too! :D

  • Cait @ Paper Fury

    July 7, 2017 at 12:07 am

    Haha! I LOVE your gif at the end there!???? Perfection. hehe. That's how my brain feels when it's putting together a book tbh. Oh oh and I loved reading all of this and just getting to know more behind-the-scenes things of your writing process. ;) It's awesome! Also good luck with that contemporary when you get to tackling it someday. I think people say epic fantasy is hard because of the world building but I reckon contemporary is the hardest.???? BUT WORTH IT. Thanks so much for joining in!

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