Here are the questions that I'll be answering:
1) What am I working on?
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
3) Why do I write what I do?
4) How does your writing process work?
What am I working on?Funny you should ask. Lately I've been focusing all my efforts in on blogging and haven't been writing any fiction *GASP*. The reasoning behind this is two-fold.
I was really taken with the plot idea that I had been writing. I was moving along swimmingly and then somewhere at the 45 000 mark, I had a rude awakening that the story I was writing was painfully similar to a book that I absolutely loved. I didn't even realize that I was "copying" parts of the plot. I never understood when other writers expressed the fear of "copying" an idea, until then. It was a major mental setback.
I've been working two jobs for the past six months (to save for school in the fall) which puts a severe limit on my time. I decided to take a break from writing fiction until the fall and focus on blogging. I felt like a bit of a cop-out, but it was the right decision for where I was in my life. I have thrown myself into blogging and I'm happy with the results. I think A Splash of Ink has had better content and more consistency over the past few months.
I needed to step back from my story (that is going to need some major rewrites) and get some perspective. I happy to report that over the past few weeks the story has been working its self out in my mind. I have a few ideas on how to rework the plot, but keep the essence the same. After a long break, I'm on my way.
But what am I working on?
I'm working on a story about a girl who's a librarian in a fantasy-esque city who has deal with family issues, friends and (hopefully) learns how to be a strong woman who believes in herself. Of course there's a war, some kidnappings and other action-y bits thrown in there too. I know that sounds cheesy, but it's a work in progress right now.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I'm writing a fantasy, but not a fantasy that's heavy on magic. I want to focus more on the fantasy world I created and not so much on the fantasy gifts characters have. The story will probably end up with a few references to stuff like magic, but all of my main characters are just normal humans. I'm also setting my fantasy book in a library. There are probably fantasy books that are set in libraries, but I haven't read. I thought that was an interesting setting to add to the normal fantasy worlds that writers create.
Why do I write what I do?
I write my stories because I want to feel things. I'm inspired by other creators whose art makes me laugh or cry or smile or scream or get mad or do any combinations of those. I am inspired by books that make me think and feel for a minute. I want to produce art that will make people feel something and think something, even if it's only for a second. I also write my stories to escape from normal life. My life may be boring, but my character's life sure won't be.
How does your writing process work?
If I figure that one out, I'll let you know. Okay? ok. (inadvertent tfios reference, haha)
What is your writing process? Why do you write what you do? Let me know in the comments! Or just tell me whatever you'd like. All comments are good comments around here. And if you feel like answering these questions in length on your own blog, feel free, but be sure to leave a link so I can read it! I love seeing other people's writing processes.
Reading: How To Be A Heroine (Or, what I've learned from reading too much) by Samantha Ellis
Listening: Mumford and Sons
Watching: Rookie Blue