My Writing Process

My Writing Process

I’ve been invited to answer a few questions about my writing process by the fabulously talented Renea Mason! This particular blog hop is all about authors offering others a glimpse into their work, their work schedules, and perhaps their innermost thoughts.

So if you’d like to find out about Renea’s writing process, you can check her blog post out here, or pick up her books or connect with her social media below.

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Q. What am I working on?

What aren’t I working on? I have a crime drama trilogy at second draft stage, a fantasy romance (book one) about half written, a contemporary romance short story receiving some final edits, a contemporary erotica in final draft stage and about to be sent to my lovely beta readers, a paranormal erotica simmering in the background, a new series of drafted erotica novels being fitted for covers, and a few other side projects that are currently hush hush.

So if everything goes to plan, I’ll have several books released later this year.

Q. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I’m a firm believer that if you can master spelling, punctuation, and grammar, then the other “rules” for writing that often get thrown about need not apply so strictly, no matter what genre you’re writing in. For example, I don’t write what I know. What would be the point of that? One of the reasons I write is because my life is a little boring and repetitive (children will do that to you!) and I like to imagine I have other, more exciting lives elsewhere πŸ™‚ . I also like leaning slightly away from the typical male/female relationships. I like strong women, and I like a bit of sarcasm, cheek, and zing between my leading characters, which is why I tend to skimp on descriptive details of the scenery and go straight into what happens to the characters and how it connects them.

Q. Why do I write what I do?

The simple answer is because I have to. At the risk of sounding like every other author out there, I have characters in my head that won’t shut up unless I write them down. And that’s how a story always starts for me. Someone new stops in to say hello before I go to sleep, and when I wake up – a story. Unfortunately this does happen most nights so I just can’t write them all. Usually I placate them by writing their story down and filing it away for later πŸ˜‰ .

Funnily enough for the person doing the typing, I don’t get to choose if they are in a crime novel or a paranormal romance. I rarely even get to choose their name. The main character always comes to me fully formed all the way to their “The End”. It is, however, up to me to get them there. Easy, right?

Q. How does my writing process work?

As I’ve said above, it all starts with the main character. I write down what I know about them, and the ideas percolate 24/7, creating settings, plot twists, and secondary characters.

When I get the time to write, I make a cup of tea and sit for a minute, work out what I feel like writing, and then find a character that suits, and write. If I have unfinished works (which I currently do) then I limit the choice to those. It’s not easy finding that time though, as I have three school-aged children who have sports and music and endless permission slips, two businesses to run (other than writing), and am primary carer for my husband. I’m also in the middle of renovating our home, revamping our business brands, and have just been volunteered to be a coaching co-ordinator for our children’s sports club (love that).

So not only do I not have time to waste on writer’s block, but I have so many things I need to write, that I simply don’t get it. What little writing time I have is precious and I use it all up, sometimes into the wee hours of the morning, often resulting in a few thousand words, and several cups of cold tea.

Q. Who will you meet next week?

I have 5 fabulous authors ready to spill their secrets! If you’d like to follow or get in touch with them, please use the social media icons below, or click their lovely covers to check out their books! πŸ™‚

Kerry J Donovan – an up-and-coming crime author will be answering these questions on his new website as well as launching an event for his new book, The Transition of Johnny Swift.

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Lea Bronsen – a fantastic Evernight author, who has already answered these questions on her blog, so check out her answers here!

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Noelle Clark – a fellow Brisbanite author, who writes romantic suspense for the lovely publishing house, Etopia, will be answering the questions on her blog.

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Roberta Pearce – with two books published, has just started a Goodreads blog and will be answering these questions there.

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Lan LLP – a new rising author with one book published on Amazon, will be answering these questions on her blog.

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Until next week,
MM xx

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  1. Totally agree about writer’s block, Michaela πŸ™‚

    • MM

      Cheers Ash! Thanks for stopping by my blog πŸ™‚

      • πŸ˜€

        So, ‘hush, hush’ projects huh? Any clues?

        • MM

          Nope not yet πŸ˜‰

  2. You didn’t mention all the work you do for our Coffee Talk Writers group. Keep up the amazing work, Michaela. Can’t wait for your work to come out this year.

    • Agreed, Aubrey – rah, rah, Michaela. Well done indeed. πŸ™‚

      • MM

        Too sweet, as always, Kerry πŸ™‚

    • MM

      Thank you Aubrey! And you’re very welcome – I love my CT girls πŸ™‚

  3. Michaela…are you seriously a Brisbanite?? I live at Wello Point.

  4. I always gain great ideas from other writers. This is a great post. Thanks for sharing Michaela. Hope I can do justice when it’s my go. πŸ™‚

    • MM

      Thanks Noelle! I’ve just seen your blog post and it’s fantastic! Thanks for joining in the chain πŸ˜€

      And yes – I’m over in the western suburbs πŸ™‚

  5. Loved the insights here MM, and will try to be as interesting with my answers. Although I don’t know whether that’s possible – πŸ™‚

    Warm regards,
    Kerry

    • MM

      Thanks Kerry! And I’m sure your answers will be great! πŸ™‚

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