Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Writing Process Blog Hop, Take 2!

My lovely agency sister Audrey Lockwood tagged me for this blog hop, and since I'm finally on a new story, I gladly accepted! (You can read my "writing process" for THE MATERIALS MAGICIAN here.)

1. What am I working on?

I just started an adult romantic fantasy that follows a Gorgon, a diviner, and a eunuch. Outside of the romance, it’s about a war between a powerful empire and an outcast species. (I’m only about 3k into it, ha!)
2. How does my work differ from other works in the same genre?

Well, for one, I have a love triangle with a eunuch and a Gorgon. I’m super hoping that hasn’t been done
before. ;) Otherwise, I’m taking a different twist on Gorgons as a species, and I think my smoky-world setting is somewhat original.

3. Why do I write what I write?

I’m going to steal part of Audrey’s answer: to read what I want to read!

I love writing fantasy because I really can create whatever I want. I get to go beyond the bounds of the real world and invent the extraordinary! It’s like being able to go on an adventure without leaving the house. ;)

4. How does my writing process work?

My brain usually conjures up either a magic system or a specific character first. In the case of my current, title-less WIP, I came up with Mikala, the eunuch, first. Initially I was going to make his story its own novel, but I realized that combining it with this blooming Gorgon idea might actually work to the story’s benefit.

From there, I usually start a mini notebook or a PPT presentation and jot down whatever ideas come to mind—usually other characters and setting, and from them I start to form a plot. Then I make myself a Save the Cat board and piece a story together until I have a decent outline. I’m a big stickler for outlines.

After that, it’s typing time. :)

I’m going at this WIP a little differently than usual. I want to write this novel somewhat out of chronological order, with the three characters’ pasts having separate chapters from the present storyline. I’ve decided to write all the backstory first to help me know the characters better before I write the present-day conflict, starting with Mikala. We’ll see how it goes!

To continue the hop, I'm tagging Caitlyn McFarland, mostly because I want to know ALL HER SECRETS. ;)


  1. A love triangle with a eunuch. That, alone, sounds interesting.

    Best of luck!
    IWSG #215 until Alex culls the list again.

  2. My stories usaully come in in the form of a character or an emotion that I want to explore.

  3. Awesome! I love the concept, the sound of the world, and the unique triangle. =) I got tagged over a month ago. I should probably do something about that, right? Um... ;)

  4. Ah! I am so excited! You creative mind, you.

  5. This is fantastic! I love reading what people share with these! And I love fantasy too! It's so fun to have such a broad spectrum of things to choose from! Plus, magic and stuff is just AWESOME!


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