writing process blog tag

I was tagged in this blog-hop by EE Montgomery, a lovely writer and a beautiful person.

So here are my answers to the 4 questions of this hop:

1. What am I working on? Well, right now I am deep (I mean DEEP) in my Love’s Landscapes project. What I thought would be a quick 10k story is already 18k and at least 3k from done. I am really liking this story, though. And when I like something, I can get a tad… obsessive.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? I will admit I am not super widely-read in my genre. I read a lot, but I pick about half Romance, half fantasy for genre. And I do also read some hetero-Romance, still. So my m/m bookshelf is not as extensive as some people’s. But if I could pick out one difference it is that I try to make my male characters average guys. Not especially hunky or strong or smart or hero-ish. Just typical. And I also try to make them act naturally, as far as talking about their feelings, or standing up for themselves, or just being human. I have read a lot of stories in my genre where the guys are really macho, alpha types. Or supernatural studs. Or insanely smart and skilled in some way. And often there are crazy misunderstandings or action packed plot twists. I know there is a market for that, but I can’t do it.

3. Why do I write what I do? Good question. I think I have talked about this a lot, probably more than anyone cares to hear. I won’t even link to the posts here, just know this blog is full of rambling nonsense on this subject. Whatever the reason, it is out of my control. I just have to be me.

4. How does your writing process work? The tiniest idea, maybe a scene or a thought, a phrase or a picture, is how it begins. Then I expand outward until I have a longer scene. then I just keep thinking ‘what happens next?‘ or ‘what made this happen?‘ until I have a story. It’s really a shoddy technique, and I would not recommend it.

Tagging these blogger friends:

Charley Descoteaux

Heloise West

Kira Lyn Blue

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