My Writing Process
Once I can tear myself away from the other things demanding my time, I sit with my laptop on a floral loveseat in my English writing room. It is a lovely space (or was till hubby and tax season got involved). I have a ceramic bust on a piece of furniture, a large portrait on the wall, prints of Blue Boy and Pinky hanging behind me, a Coat of Arms (sadly not my own) plaque, a frilly Victorian parasol, and a pirate flag and megaphone from our production of Pirates of Penzance--to name a few of the decor objects in the room.
What I am Working On
After completing and launching Companion, Skylark was already down on virtual paper in part. I thought it would be done as quickly, but I started on a project that took on a life of its own--a busy one. That is the English Historical Fiction Authors blog. Though many other authors write most of the daily posts, I manage the blog, do some editing, and run some associated Facebook groups.
Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors has been published. The huge number of hours involved in that have been well worth it--the book has been well received, and we have begun work on a Volume II.
Therefore, For the Skylark has taken me not one, not two, but three years to this date. And it is not done.
|This might be me not writing.|
How My Work Differs From Others in the Genre
Companion has been called a "fun read". Skylark has its fun sections but is more dramatic, and it has been called poetic in style. While my books are lightly romantic, the main plot of the story is the development of questions that need answers--like Jane Austen stories with suspense and a surprise ending.
Why I Write What I Do
|For the Skylark's Evangeline|
Or possibly Christine Robertson's
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How My Writing Process Works
I once attended a book signing, and because I wanted to take notes on the author's speech, I bought a beautiful little journal with a metallic design on the cover. The author wrote her email address down in the journal for me, which pleased me to no end. After the notes and her email address, there were many blank pages remaining. I saved that lovely book for some time, wanting to use the later pages for something very special.
The need made itself known.
When I am planning out a story, I can think all day and get nowhere. But once I go to bed and try to sleep, the ideas begin to flow. I learned the hard way that wonderful ideas slept upon disappear into thin air or get whisked away and probably plagarized by shady dream characters. My pretty journal was put next to the bed and is now full of ideas for The Companion of Lady Holmeshire, some used and some not, and for For the Skylark. There are even notes for the distant future The Household Rules of an English Gentleman. When I'm famous, it will be an in-demand collector's item. Alternately, lol, it could be passed down in the family.
I need to know where my story is going before I start on the manuscript. Once I have it in bits in the journal and taking form in my head, I begin to write the book, totalling only a few pages, in paragraphs--each of which is later developed into a chapter. So before I begin with any dialogue or descriptive phrases, the whole story is written, beginning, middle, and end, in brief. Once that is done, it feels pleasant to hit the keyboard and bring forth personality, drama, and humor with no worries about where the story is going.
Until one of the characters defies me. Oh yes. It is usually the leading male who takes off in his own direction, though Skylark's Evangeline is pretty moody, and she can go off on a tangent, too. But we have a deal. They can do what they wish as long as the story ends the way it is meant to end. So far, so good.
Thanks to Wikimedia Commons for images.
Next week visit Judith Arnopp to learn of her writing process!