My friend, Belle, of Ms. Bookish tagged me to take part of the Creative Blog Tour for artists and writers. So you get a peek at what I’m working on. There are four questions. So…shall we proceed?

What am I working on? I recently finished plotting the second Culinary Competition mystery. I will be doing Camp NaNoWriMo this year. My very first attempt at a NaNoWriMo event. Luckily, I don’t have to write 50,000 words to “win” camp. That’s a good thing since Pies & Peril will be published on July 8th and I’m doing a blog tour during the month of July. I really doubt I would be able to write 50,000 words, even though I have the book completely plotted, with all of the nervous excitement and blog visiting.

How does my work differ from others of its genre? I write my cozy mysteries with a third person point of view through both the eyes of my main character/amateur sleuth, Amy, and her best friend, Carla. Many cozies use first person point of view, but to be honest, I have a difficult time writing it. I use a deep point of view to help give the effect of a more traditional cozy.

Why do I write/create what I do? I feel compelled to. When I was a child I decided I wanted to be a writer. I held onto that dream quite well through my teens, but then it got lost for a while after I got married, got a stressful job and then went on to have two children within 18 months. After they were born I turned to designing beadwork. I had many patterns published in magazines. Those forays into publishing gave me the confidence to turn my writing away from patterns and back to my first love, fiction. I started out with writing and publishing short, flash fiction and have now moved on to full-length novels.

How does your writing/creating process work? I am a planner. While writing flash I may not write any notes beforehand, but I do think about what I am going to write before sitting down at my laptop. When I moved up to writing novellas and novels, I knew I had to plan everything out. The thought of embarking on that large of a writing venture without a map terrified me. So now I use both color-coded actual index cards on a cork board and the virtual index cards (again, color-coded) in the program I write in, Scrivener. I find that knowing the road ahead is much less stressful and I can write much more quickly. I wrote over 10,000 words in one day earlier this year on a short story I had plotted out beforehand.

8 thoughts on “Creative Blog Tour

  1. I like this post, gives us a little insight to your writing process. You told me about Scrivener before and I need to check it out.
    Since being on vacation and away from computers I am having motivation issues about posting again, getting back on my slow ass computer.

    Looking forward to your book tour.

    1. I always find it hard to come back from a time away from my computer because I have so many emails waiting! If I decide to getaway, I don’t check those and I have to say, hundreds of emails is a bit frustrating.

  2. Sounds very efficient, Janel. I’ll have to try it sometime. I start with a loose outline, but inevitably stop to research something that popped into my head and would somehow add to the manuscript. I don’t know if I could write 10,000 words in one day–wow! I grow weary at about 8,000.

    1. I deviate a bit from what I outline a bit. I don’t think there’s any way to avoid that. You know how we writers tend to get distracted and run off on a side road. 🙂

    1. I’ve been writing using Rachel Aaron’s 2K to 10K writing tips. For her, and me, the key to writing a lot is planning a bit and knowing what you will be writing about before you sit down at the keyboard. It’s definitely been working well for me.

  3. I love seeing your index cards on the corkboard! Ever since I gave the index card method a try and just couldn’t get it to work for me, I have been so in awe of your plotting skills with them.

    1. I go through a lot of index cards when I’m planning a story! I use the colors to designate story lines. So if my board is colorful, I know I have the subplots mixed nicely throughout the book. That being said, I know that some people just don’t like to plan. I say whatever works for you!

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