Somehow the stars aligned and yesterday, at almost the same time, our blog friends R.S.A. Garcia and Rachel Carrera both tagged us for the Writing Process Blog Hop! “Hey, that’s actually perfect!” we thought. “There are two of us and we DO have two very distinct writing processes, so let’s each do one!” Sooooo…here’s Kate’s!
What Am I Working On?
I’m in the writing phase of the first official follow-up to Pistils which (you’re reading it here for the first time) will be a novella about Vivian, specifically focusing on her years in the CIA and all that went down during that time. I’ll let Britt share what our other project is!
How Does My Work Differ From Others of Its Genre?
I always do a lot of research about the “world” my characters are living in, so they can move through it organically without infodumps or a lot of exposition. So for the Pistils series (in which I write Vivian’s character), I did tons of research about the CIA as well as Russian and Bulgarian customs, languages, etc. I’m not saying I always get everything exactly right (especially since I’m not in the CIA and I’ve never been to Russia) but I feel more confident that it’s as though the reader is experiencing things with Vivian, instead of just reading what happens to her.
I think too many authors underestimate their readers when they give the research a lick and a promise. Readers are smart, and they won’t hesitate to call you out if you obviously BS’d your way through the little details.
Why Do I Write What I Write?
Because it entertains me, and is a powerful creative outlet. Which is why a lot of people (myself included for a while) write without ever publishing, or write in journals.
How Does Your Writing Process Work?
From the moment I capture the idea, I try to visualize as much as possible. If it’s something I’m really excited about, but I know I won’t be able to do anything with it for a while, I’ll write down the basics. Otherwise I normally just start writing without an outline…I may have a paragraph or a page about the story I want to tell, but otherwise I just go with it, because I can always go back and make changes if need be. Sometimes I surprise myself with where a story goes.
If, as I’m writing, an aspect pops up that needs research to provide authentic detail, I’ll stop and sometimes spend hours looking things up.
As I write, I’m always sending snippets or entire chapters to Britt, she’s hands-down my best sounding board.
When I come to the end of a story, I immediately go back and start making corrections, editing, fleshing out details, etc. And when it’s “officially” done, I have to force myself to let it be. Otherwise I would fiddle with tiny details forever!