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The 2014 “Our Writing Process ” Blog Hop

So… I was tagged by the lovely Jay Northcote who has just released her wonderful book Not Just Friends from Dreamspinner Press.

And more information about her, her other releases and to see the answers she gave to the four questions below can be found here! http://jaynorthcote.com/blog/

1)      What am I working on right now?

I never really know how much to say about what I am working on, because sometimes it’s a whole load of different things.  For example the WIP that is in my head at the moment is a 30k novella set in and around the Manchester Pride weekend and is based on a conversation I overheard coming from the three gents stood next to me as the Saturday parade went past.

Let’s just say they were very funny, very sharp and had me giggling and I have an cracking title for it.

I’m also working on a 50k novel (probably will be more I have no doubt) and that’s called Nudge. It’s been in my head for a long time and has a policeman in it and a teacher. My research has led to me stalking the men of Greater Manchester Police and their vehicles so much so I am currently trying to find a way of getting inside one without having to be involved in a high speed car chase.

2)      How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hmmm… a difficult one. I’m very much an unknown quantity even to myself.

I’m very British and very Northern, so most my stories will probably be set in Manchester and the UK (although I do have a short set in Cyprus).  I also love British humour, in particular the Carry On films and shows like Morecombe and Wise and the Two Ronnies. In fact the short that was accepted for the Not Quite Shakespeare anthology touches on this and so I am really hoping readers will ‘get it’. In it, there is references to old comedy routines and has a tongue in cheekiness to it. Plus, it’s set in Blackpool… so cock shaped rock? Yeah, that makes an appearance too.

As for something very different, I also have a deep desire to write a serial killer story. That story already has a title and a MC who is grumpy as anything, bless him. This story started life in 1997 and has been swimming around my head since then in many different guises.

3)      Why do I write what I do?

Because I enjoy it. It’s that simple.

I am new to this genre and it was only 15 months ago that I found a series of books about werewolves that changed my reading habits forever, so to find myself writing it….has come as a bit of a shock.

When I get asked why write about men I say it’s because I just ‘get’ them better. Female characters end up being me and no one wants to read about a neurotic national health service administrator that moans about her drive home every night do they?

I basically write what I know. It might not be hard hitting, it might not be full of gratuitous bonking but I love a happy ending and an epilogue.

4)      How does my writing process work?

Huh. Well it’s slow.

I work full time and do a round trip of 50 miles to and from work every day. I’m tired and sleepy and don’t feel like doing anything when I get home…

But honestly? A writing process? I don’t have one. But as soon as I’d started on this journey the voices refused to shut up. However if I was to pin it down, my process tends to go as follows.

  1. Flash of inspiration (usually something random) usually in the shower, at work, on the drive to work.
  2. I write the first chapter in my head and practice my Oscar speech.
  3. Forget about it
  4. Remember it.
  5. Think about it long and hard on my car journeys to work
  6. Think about it long and hard on my car journeys from work
  7. Set up a playlist
  8. Listen to playlist
  9. Please note at this point I still haven’t written anything down
  10.  Finally think about the ending. I possibly might write it down. This can be either the complete thing or just some notes.
  11. I start it. Knock out 3k and immediately hit a dead end.
  12. Get distracted by something shiny – usually a naked boy or two naked boys, or three if the mood takes me or I end up on Tumblr when I can loose whole days to shiny things… (which reminds me I haven’t visited there today)
  13. Points 8, 9 and 10 get repeated. Lots.

  14. Re-read the original 3k and start again.
  15. I finish it, I submit, then the fretting starts, the panic increases along with the worry and ‘oh boy they got it wrong’.
  16. This lasts a while.

  17. And finally
  18. It’ll be reet.

My current WIP’s are both at number 12 and have amazing songs including Bastille’s Weight of Living Part 1, Neil Diamonds Forever in Blue Jeans and Beyonce’s Drunk in Love on their playlist

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So that’s me.

Thank you for reading and thank you for Jay for tagging me

xx

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