Hello everyone and welcome to my special Friday post. I’ve been invited to take part in the “My Writing Process Blog Hop” by my friend from across the pond, Sheryl Browne. This hope is a great opportunity to be introduced to new authors and bloggers. If you’re joining me from Sheryl’s site, welcome! If you’re a regular welcome back! As part of this hop, I’ve been asked to answer a few basic questions. Feel free to post any additional ones in the comments section below and I’ll be sure to answer as best I can.
What am I working on?
I’ve just started working on a new YA novel. It’s about a young woman who has influence over the dreams of others. In order to rescue her mother and gain control of her power, she has to outsmart the Thieves before they get her. Want to hear more? Well, I have to write more, so that’s all I’ve got for you right now. Stay tuned!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
All of my books have some element of magick, mythology, or the paranormal in them. However, I try to ensure that my heroes and heroines don’t rely on those gifts in order to get out of a jam. Instead, they are forced to rely on their own raw courage and intelligence to overcome their own challenges. Each work also incorporates the concept that magick lies just beyond our reach, if we are only willing to search deep enough and to stretch our minds a little further. In addition to the magic, however, the people are normal, broken people, with everyday challenges. My characters are flawed and they each have hurdles to overcome. They’re real.
Why do I write what I do?
For me, as a teen growing up, I read for one reason only. Escape. I wanted to step out of my everyday environment and live in a completely different world. As an author, creating these worlds not affords me the same outlet I found as a reader. When you write anything with magical realism in it, as I do, you have the unique privilege, in many cases, of setting your own rules, building your own worlds, and defining the status quo. Wouldn’t we all like to do that in our everyday lives? There’s never been any question that I’d stray as far away from the norm as possible.
How does my writing process work?
This is something I’ve been working on defining over the past few years, but I think I finally have my preferences down. Usually, this is the way things go for me:
- Idea: I get an idea and mull it over for weeks on end, talking about it to anyone who will listen.
- Plotting: Once I have a few key concepts, I use a Mind Mapping tool, Freeplane, to map out the book. Usually, I’ll come up with a rough idea of the plot during the Mind Mapping Process. Then I’ll import my map into a program called Scrivener, which lays out my map into a nice synopsis.
- Writing: After the overall outline is complete, I set a deadline for the book and write daily. I monitor the word count vs. the deadline every time I write. I belong to a critique group, and I receive weekly feedback on the book as I’m writing it.
- Chocolate: I don’t think this requires a description, but consistency is important.
- Rewrites: With the first draft finished, I export the book from Scrivener into a .mobi format and load it onto my Kindle. I read the book and make notes directly into the Kindle file. I make changes as needed, often reading and rewriting several times.
- Swearing and Hitting Inanimate Objects: This step could happen out of sequence depending upon how the re-write process is going.
- Critique Review: The manuscript goes to my critique group to review only after I feel I’ve corrected it as much as possible.
- More Chocolate: Yeah, you’re good.
- Rewrites: After I receive the critique group’s feedback, I add in any changes they have.
- Editor: And it’s of to an editor for polishing and, ugh, more rewrites!
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Joshua David Bellin has been writing novels since he was eight years old (though the first few were admittedly very short). SURVIVAL COLONY NINE is his first published novel, but the sequel’s already in the works! Josh is represented by the fabulous Liza Fleissig of Liza Royce Agency. Website | Twitter