Often I find myself agreeing to do things that really I should learn to say no too.
Something I very rarely do (but know I must) is as the term goes ‘blow my own trumpet’.
For those who personally know me, will know sarcasm is my middle name, my wit is drier than dry and honestly from me is somewhat brutal. However, I shall answer four questions about my writing progress. Perhaps I might influence the other two writers sharing this site with me to have a go too. Why should I be the only one to rack my brain for answers to four simple but thought provoking questions.
1. What am I working on?
There is not enough time in the day to be working on anything at the moment. However, editing is something I’ve been getting done. Cat got your tongue is being renamed Black Devil and I plan to submit it to various publishers and if it’s not picked up, then I’ll self publish. There’s my collection of short stories I’m editing for sale on Moral Fortitude. My National Novel Writers Month entry last year – Finding Ziggy (a teen romance) wasn’t picked up by the publishers and I’m now sitting on it. Will edit in time and rethink my plans for that story. May publish it as a free read on Moral Fortitude or possibly offer it for sale.
I’ve been working on scripts for the possibility of doing my own web comic. Having to learn about scripting comics has been interesting and now I’m in the process of finding possible artists who are interested in working with me.
In the coming months the third anthology for Moral Fortitude will be under way – topic for that I was thinking may be robots / robotics. But will float the idea closer to submissions date (to be confirmed).
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
How does my work differ – who knows? I write what I want to read. I don’t have a particular theme or setting I stick too. I try to write mature age stories but will occasionally also write late teen romance. I want to be unique with my plots and will often trash stories (sometimes 20 – 30,000 words) if they are not going anywhere.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I’m like ever other writer who came before me and after me. Depression led me to write, teens writing depressing gay stories led me to write gay romance. There is enough negatively in the world and having to read story after story on the internet on sites like Friction Press or Wattpad where gay boys/men are portrayed as weak, fragile, bullied, suicidal and depressed. Enough was enough. Let’s give back positive, feel good, funny, falling in love stories. That’s why I write what I do.
4. How does my writing process work?
An idea, a thought, a word, a dream.
There is not a time when I’m not processing stories.
I think that can be said for all writers and even those who don’t write and should.
Lots and lots of note taking is a mandatory requirement. Time lines, plot planning, character building, researching places, understanding cultures.
Writing is also about learning. The structure of the story, the presentation and the plot itself grows into something incredibly beautiful.
The entire process from the pencil scrawls, outlining of maps, google searching, book marking; the process is one of building a world not only on the screen but in every corner of your life. Evidence that says – this person is a writer and they love to write.
Note taking is not complete without the necessary tools. I thought this note book perfect for the occasion.
Time for Destiny is my first published book, out this July by Dreamspinner Press. Here are some of my ramblings, maybe possible spoilers to the story 🙂