My Writing Process – FINALLY HERE

Thoroughly pleased to have been tagged by Kristina Lloyd for this little bit of fun. If you’re of a mind to do so, you can follow the links all around the Interweb and find out all about the different ways writers write. Admittedly this post should have been up about 36 hours ago, but there’s the very first glimpse into my, er, writing process. It sometimes involves being unable to get online at intended times…

1) What am I working on?
Right now I’m in the middle of a steampunk-erotica story, though that’s really Other Me (as in it will be published under my other pseudonym – if the publisher likes it, that is). But I have just heard today that the novella I wrote about sex and Morris dancing (yes, really) has been accepted by Xcite, so that should be out soon. Watch this space.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think some of my characters are a lot more sweary than some people’s, for one thing. I tend to write more about characters who are slightly non-mainstream, such as tattoo artists, bikers, pagans and Morris dancers, because those are the sort of people I’m most comfortable with in real life. I can’t really be arsed with the handsome-billionaire-bastard types. And my heroines tend to be quite tough, as well – or at least, they’re not going to fall hopelessly in love without checking out what’s on offer.
I do ‘dabble in politics’ a bit with my stories, partly because I think that writing erotica at all is a bit of a political act and always has been.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Funnily enough, when I was an unpublished (and unpublishable) teenage novelist, I read an interview with an author (I think it might have been Sally Beaumont, but it may have been someone else) who said that it was important to show what your characters did in the bedroom, or if you didn’t describe it in detail, you should at least have thought about it, because otherwise you couldn’t really know who they were. At the time I was a bit, eww! Not for me, thanks! Everyone knows how to do sex and does it the same way! I hasten to add that I hadn’t really acctually had any sex myself at that point. Later on, when I started writing about sex and sexuality I found it was more interesting than other stuff, and I’ve been doing it for a couple of decades at least, now. Also, as a relatively new genre, erotica allows you to play around and experiment, and there’s that other very important aspect, which is that erotica publishers are actually seeking out new authors all the time.

4) How does my writing process work?
It’s changed a lot over the years. It used to be a rambling first draft in longhand and then, if I ever actually finished everything, I would type my second draft and edit fairly heavily. And I never used to have a plan, I’d just start with an idea and go blundering along. Then, when I started paying more attention to what was going on and submitting properly, everyone wanted a synopsis and I started to write those before I wrote the story, and still do. These days I only make vague notes in longhand as I have arthritis which has completely buggered my handwriting. I type straight into the laptop every evening… well, most evenings, and then when it’s finished, or nearly finished, I print it out and sit with the printout and a coloured pen, marking the bits that need changing
I have a day job which involves a lot of walking, delivering leaflets, and I find I get a lot of ideas and solutions to storyline problems when I’m wandering the streets. It stops me getting a saggy arse and cabin fever, and does wonders for my Vitamin D levels as well.

I tagged Meg Philip for next week, along with a Mystery Author who will be doing her number on this blog, as she’s so new to the scene she hasn’t got a blog up yet.
Meg’s latest collection of extremely saucy short stories, Monique’s Tumescent Tantrums, is available now. She draws her inspiration from daily sights, her travels, those naughty but nice conversations she overhears. So, if Meg ever leans her head and smiles at you, you may have just inspired her next piece.

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