My Writing Process Tour

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My passion to write began as mere daydreams, when I was a little girl. If I did not like the ending of a book I dreamed up new endings. I am honoured to be apart of the blog tour challenge.  I accepted an invitation to take part in the #mywritingprocess tour, an exercise in which writers share insight into their writing process. I will remind you that I am still on the learning path, but I will share with you what I have learned thus far.

I wish to thank Jennifer Kelland http://jenniferkellandperry.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/a-virtual-writing-tour/

Please read her post on this challenge.

Jennifer is a fellow blogger I follow that nominated me. She is a wonderful writer and poet. Jennifer blogs about life in a beautiful part of Canada the Newfoundland and Labrador, Province. The blog is a platform for her personal thoughts and observations on life and events, in the form of poetry, prose, musings and both local and travel photography. Also she writes about her family, her gorgeous cats and the journey on writing her novel Calmer Girls

ME what am I working on? If you have read earlier posts you know about my picture book Sugar and Spice. When I need a break from picture book art and pencil shavings, I dive into my mystery The Whitby Files.

The odd thing is the process is the same. I still need to push myself to give quality work, no matter what I am attempting. Each work of art needs to be shaped and molded with waves of editing, I go over things too much that is my weakness. (we all have one). Also I am my own worst critic.

How does my work differ from others of its genre? It has all been done before (they say) I guess with the Whitby Files I am trying to marry up unique but contrasting character’s like young and old. I see young people thinking old people have nothing to give. But rarely do the young believe an old person actually had an interesting life. I people watch when ever I can and see human nature in all of its complexities. I dream up  secret pasts, maybe that old woman sitting on the park bench use to be a trapeze artist in a circus or a spy? I want my elderly characters to blow the minds of the young, maybe they have had more exciting lives than we could imagine. As for the genre I believe you cannot think about the latest hit, I write stories that I would want to read. (selfish I know).

Why do I write what I do? I don’t plan my stories, they just burst into my head at any given moment. The Whitby Files evolved from one crazy scene I day dreamed at the kitchen sink.

I dreamed of an evil man planning to murder his rich Aunt, each day he was poisoning her with her favourite sandwich. (I googled oleander poisonings and found plenty of scenarios). The day he planned the last deadly dose they had organised a picnic. On his way there to meet her, a branch falls on his head, leaving him with a short-term memory loss. His Aunt does not know who he is because she has alzheimer’s disease. He does not know her and eats the lunch in his own confusion, murdering himself. That scene, (Crazy as it is) started my mind reeling about a young man who is forced to live in an old people’s home. What if he had extra keen abilities to notice things others did not? What if he discovered the elderly residents were not dying of natural causes? That one little daydream has now evolved into a book, it has a very small part to play in the big event but it was an image, an idea that would not leave me be.

How does my writing process work? I rise at 5am each morning. I may as well as the husband is my alarm clock when he gets up with the cows. At the moment I am editing my story, I found the process of the NaNoWriMo challenge invigorating and I produced The Whitby Files story from it. Editing is different, waves of editing happen for me. Firstly structure, then depth in characters and story, shaping it and choosing better words or cutting the flowery stuff. Punctuation and grammar I leave until last. The best tip I can give….. READ it out loud, you know when something does not sound right. I read every day and my biggest hope is that the reader will care about my characters. Most of all don’t panic when things seem grim. Usually if I get up the next day it is not as bad as I first thought. Don’t forget in the end, it’s all about productivity, I tell myself keep going, even if I can only squeeze in fifteen minutes a day. WRITE SOMETHING.

Next up on the #mywritingprocess tour are Patricia, Christina, and Dana, three bloggers who have graciously agreed to take part: I hope you bookmark and/or follow these unique bloggers next week (they are all so different) when they present their own personal takes on the #mywritingprocess tour.

Website:http://mojitoandme.com/

Patricia Storbeck: Patricia is about to set sail on her boat Mojito and I follow along as she and her husband go on many adventures (Here is a sample). http://mojitoandme.com/rome-my-love/#disqus_thread. She writes like no other, painting a vivid picture of a small village in Tuscany one day and a wild night on the ocean on the next. Patricia is my writing buddy and I would have not finished the writing challenge if I did not have such a determined friend.

Website: http://christinaannehawthorne.com

Christina Hawthorn: Christina is a fantasy writer who first went on a journey to dismantle the fantasy genre and rebuild it, modifying some parts, adding new elements, and discarding what didn’t work for her. The first result is a free online story that’s available on her website, I am reading it, loving it and following along. Nearing completion is an even more ambitious novel set in the same world. First, though, is The Renaissance Cycle, a poetry collection centered around achieving happiness that’s due as soon as the Indie publishing process can be completed. Christina has many talents and poetry is second nature to her.

Website: http://celiackiddo.wordpress.com/

Dana Schwartz: Dana is a writer who lives in Brooklyn, New York with her family. She started her blog, Celiac Kiddo as a way to cope with the changes in life after her daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2011, and it has since evolved into a place to muse about writing, family, and of course gluten-free recipes. Dana has a unique style all of her own. She is balancing the mum thing as am I and we both know our time is precious when we do actually get to write. I love her recipes and her posts about the challenges we all face in our writing. She has been an amazing supporter of my blog and I love the links across this world that I now share.

Want to read about my journey in writing the NaNoWriMo challenge read it here. http://wp.me/p2ZjFY-xU

And as always thank you for reading my words…without readers I would be a very lonely writer.

About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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33 Responses to My Writing Process Tour

  1. Thank you for carrying the tour forward! It’s a great way to get to know writers and bloggers, and what makes them tick.

    I love your ideas, Kath, especially the story behind the Whitby files. What I can’t imagine is getting up at 5! You must go to bed early to manage that. 🙂

    • If I don’t get up Jennifer I lie there thinking about writing lol and I burn the candle at both ends going to bed at about ten some nights….early mornings and night time are my imaginary time.

  2. Thanks for the introductions, Kath. I always love to discover new blogs. Like Jennifer, I’m a huge fan of NaNoWriMo. I’ve written two stories participating…of course, they need to be completed. 🙂

  3. Thank you for the introduction, Kath. In my associating with other writers my biggest surprise has discovering how many fail to read out loud and then wonder why it sounds awkward. Worse, when others suggest reading out loud they decline, saying it would be embarrassing or they’d feel silly doing it. No such problem for me…I talk to my cats all the time. I’m not embarrassed in front of them because they already think I’m crazy. Reading aloud is a valuable skill to have as a writer and all the more so if you become successful since people will want you to read in public. 🙂

  4. Audrey Chin says:

    Thanks for sharing your process Kath. I’m in awe of the discipline of waking up at 5 each morning, especially in the dark of winter. I love that story about oleander poisoning. It could be a short story all by itself!

  5. All I can say is…. you have such an amazing imagination. I am in awe.

  6. Thank you for the introduction to My Writing Process and the Blog tour, Kath. 5am – not everyday, especially when it’s cold, dark, and scary outside and especially not when I’ve been on watch. Two hours on two hours off through the night….but that doesn’t happen often. I’m growing fat and lazy on land. Just kidding.
    I’m honored and proud of you, writing buddy, friend & confidant. Can’t wait to read Chapter one of Whitby and see the finish Sugar & Spice.
    We’ll it’s cold, dark and stormy outside. Road trip to France and Venice for James’s 50th birthday this week.
    Got to run.
    Much love and hugs,
    Patricia

    • Its all I have that first quiet hour before the munchkins are up…… Slow and steady on both books but I will get there. Thank you for wanting to read it friend, I will send it to you this week.

  7. leamuse says:

    I loved the tour inside your head! While I have been looking forward to the adventures of Sugar and Spice to share with a very special young lady, you have certainly sparked my interest with the Whitby Files! Now I’m off to post and then look into some of these recommendations! 🙂 x

  8. Such an interesting post Kath, and also fascinating for me. I just started writing poetry only a couple of years ago and still have no idea what Im doing. But I enjoy it and that’s the bit that keeps me alive. But a novel or even short prose writing would be a massive challenge for me. Ive done a few short pieces but I haven’t got it in me to write a novel so I will stick to my poems. But never say never…! 😊

  9. Thank you Kath and Lea for your encouragement 😊 x

  10. Thank you so much for your kind introduction! I feel very honored that you asked me to join the tour and happy to be in such good company! I really enjoyed hearing about your process and more details about the Whitby Files. Can’t wait to post next week 🙂
    -Dana

  11. I like what you said about ideas bursting into your head at any given moment. 🙂 And I’m with you on the people watching!

    • Coleen I think like a writer, now I have to act like one and work hard to finish the things I have started this year. People watching has been an obsession for many years. When I lived in London I use to sit in a cafe and watch the world walk by, everybody visits London at some point. Wish I could snap my fingers and go back there for an hour of watching.

  12. What a wonderful peek into your writing, Kath. Your story sounds fascinating–very fresh. I’m amazed you write such different genres.

    • Jacqui I actually started writing fiction YA novels way before I had the idea for Sugar and Spice and I started the picture book thinking it would be easier and I would learn many things….I have learnt that everything takes time and hard work lol My dreams are filled with untold stories.

  13. I was very interested to read about your writing process – if only I could write at 5am! I’m really intrigued by the Whitby Files – love the title and the concept and hope to read it at some point in the future!

  14. G. Olivo says:

    Great post Kath. I can definitely identify with lots of the things you mention here. Waking up at 5 to write is not something I would be able to do though. But I admire you for it. The Whitby Files story you’re working on has really grabbed my attention. I hope you will put it up for sale as an ebook. Would love to read it!

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