The ‘My Writing Process Blog Tour’

PicMonkey Sample44Here’s another bonus post! I want to thank the talented E.L. Wicker for inviting me on this lovely blog tour. Check out her blog please! She is a gifted writer. Visit her blog by clicking here.

I would like to thank everyone who has read, commented on, liked, and followed my blog! Being a novelist is my dream and all the support you guys have shown my work has meant so much.

Without further ado, let the tour commence!

1) What am I working on?

Right now I’m working on a contemporary suspense titled Would You Have Believed me? Along with writing for When Readers Write, and writing short stories and character interviews for this blog.

2) How does my book differ from others in its genre?

Would You Have Believed Me? is different because I delve into all of the drama and all of the heart pounding that make a suspense worth reading, but I do so while keeping things PG. Now, my book is not meant for children, the subject matter is very heavy, but if a child were to pick up the book they wouldn’t find graphic scenes or bad language. I believe that if a story is great it need not rely on sex or cussing. My antagonist will make you shudder with fear/loathing while never uttering one foul word. I also put extensive work into crafting my character’s bios and back stories. I don’t want even my small players to be one dimensional.

3) Why do I write what I write?

I write what I write for the love of sharing stories and for the love of readers. When I get an idea in my head, I have to follow it and see where the story goes. I suppose it’s my love of imaginative adventures. It’s also probably the reason I dislike sticking to one genre. I have such fun crafting a story. When I share my work and someone thinks it’s worth reading that is so wonderful to me. I believe my writing ability is a gift from God, and I want everything I write to reflect respect for that.

4) How does my writing process work?

For short stories my writing process is all improve first, and refine later.
For books, I start with an end point and figure out how my characters got there. After I’m a chapter or two in and my characters have started to introduce themselves to me, I write their complete bios from their birth to the start of the story. I include all events that could have shaped them in any way, and I write down their talents, personalities, and illnesses (if they have any). I find myself constantly refining the bios as I write because I’m always discovering some new aspect of the character that fits perfectly, but I hadn’t realized was there.

 

Thanks for reading! Now I will pass the ‘torch’ on to three other awesome bloggers. Once they’re ready, I’ll be adding their links to this post.

Also, check back tomorrow for my response to ‘One Lovely Blog Award.

If you’re new to my blog (or just missed my last story) click here to read Triggered.

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13 Responses to The ‘My Writing Process Blog Tour’

  1. You mention how you’re going to tell a dramatic story without sex and cursing. It’s interesting how such a thing makes a book unique these days. Do you think a lot of authors are using these things to create shock value and they’re getting overdone?

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    • I think many authors have been taught that sex sells, and everything has cursing anymore. I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but psychologically it would make sense for them to want to fit in. It would also make sense for them to worry their writing can’t carry the story without the gimmick of sex and the cursing they probably were chided for as children.

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      • I admit that I use sex or the discussion of the topic in my books. Nothing graphic though, so I don’t try to sell book on it. I wonder if the articles and reports of erotic romance books doing great in the indie circles has something to do with this too. A big Yahoo article came out a month or two ago about how romance authors are still selling a lot during the dry season. Within a few days, several author friends of mine told me about their new erotic romance idea and asked if I was going to write one too.

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      • At the end of the day, I do think it sells a book. But, I’m making the choice not to include it. I believe, for myself at the very least as I can’t speak for anyone else, this is the right thing to do.

        My book has the air of sex at certain moments, if that makes sense, but it’s never discussed and I don’t go into graphic scenes. To me, this is a book without sex.

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  3. Tina J.S says:

    Hey 😀 !
    I have nominated you for the “one lovely blog award” ! Read more about it on my blog : http://tinajs.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/2-one-lovely-blog-award/ 🙂

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  4. emmawicker says:

    I am awe at how you create your stories! You sound so organized, hopefully it’ll rub off on me someday! lol

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    • Thank you, Emma. (-:
      I’ve only learned to be organized in the last few months. Haha Writing on my novel hasn’t been easy for me lately, the words seem to be alluding me, but it does help to have the information about the characters where I can grab for it.

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  5. Thank you for the peek into your writing process, Justina. I don’t comment on your blog often, but I’ve enjoyed reading your short fiction and character interviews. Keep up the good work.

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  6. donnalhsmith says:

    Thanks Justina. Mine is up. You go girl! 🙂

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