life and times of angel

Writing Process Blog Hop

The always encouraging and inspirational L.S. Mooney tagged me!

1.) What am I working on?
I’m working on a contemporary two-book series (can you call companion novels a series?). The first book is YA, and the second would probably be categorized as NA.

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my current revision binder!

2.) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I wrote the second book first, and its focus on friendship was something that I wanted to delve into deeper in the first book. It’s a very personal set of stories because I grew up without a solid group of friends, and I’ve only discovered what that’s like in the last ten years. So it will come as no surprise that I wanted to write about how friendships develop and fracture and mend over the course of a lifetime.

part of the collection of notepads and printouts from the last year of writing this story

part of the collection of notepads and printouts from the last year of writing this story

3.) Why do I write what I do?
I write older characters because I like writing myself into corners. As we get older, it’s harder to do the things we want even when technically, we have the freedom to do them. I like writing characters into situations that challenge them, and I think that the cynicism/pessimism that develops as you grow older makes for some really meaty plot growth. At least, I hope it does.

I write friendships more than romance because the strongest relationships I’ve had in my life are friendships. Most of them probably wouldn’t have developed in any other time period, so I like exploring the connections that keep them going.

I write in general because it helps me work out my own thoughts about the world. I like telling stories because I think we can learn about ourselves that way, in how we search for the truth about people and ideas.

4.) How does my writing process work?

I write to music 99% of the time. I don’t always plan my stories, but the four most recent ones I’ve done have had vague outlines at the very least. I do jump around in scenes, mostly because I’ll think of lines while trying to work out something else and then I have to write those lines or I’ll lose them.

I also tend to use longhand for my first drafts because I like the connection of pen to paper. Typing is nice (and fast), but there’s a comfort in physically creating the words, and being able to scratch things out in the middle of a quick scribble is pretty cathartic. I’m honestly bad at finishing things, so I need a deadline and writing/crit partners to kick my butt every day. After I finish a first draft, I leave it for at least a month before going back and revising. I also really like writing drabbles in the same universe to keep my head in it and develop my characters and world even further.

Not tagging anyone in particular, but if you’d like to do it, feel free!


3 replies »

  1. I don’t like calling companion novels a series because they’re *not* but apparently, Goodreads does *thinks about Kristin Cashore and Miranda Kenneally* I longhand too. GO US!!! I loved seeing your process, Angel! This is a cool idea! Maybe I’ll do it next week ❤

  2. We have similar writing style. Oh, I called my two books duology instead of series 🙂 cause I guess they say you can’t call that a series because it’s not long enough. Anyhoo, good luck with the writing and wish you all the success.

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