When you tell non-writers you’re a writer they always ask “so what are you working on?” or “well, what have you written?”. When someone tells me they sell insurance I never ask for one of their policies. If somebody drops that their landscaper I don’t want them to plant shrubbery for me. Writing is work, trust me.
My fellow writers know how this feels and that’s why they come up with ways for us to show off.
My dear friend and writing partner Tara included me in a blog tour where I can highlight my “WIPs” aka works in progress.
My Writing Process – Blog Tour
Step 2: Answer 4 questions about your writing process
1) What am I working on?
My fiction projects are two different stories.
I’m writing a short story that I’m serializing on this blog. It’s called Light Of Day, about two 19-year-old lovers on the run in 1989 Florida. I love noir and have always wanted to write a gritty, dark, realistic murder love story. Here’s some of the story, about 7K words, so far
Also, I’m finishing my third book, a novella called Woman Of Troy, the sequel to my first one, The Ballad of Helene Troy, available on amazon.com for kindle and from lulu.com in paperback. It’s about a female rock musician in 2009 struggling with impending fame and a changing life. Here’s a page.
Anger bull rushed embarrassment when Helene realized she didn’t have enough money to pay for all of the items in her bodega bag. She swallowed then cursed under her breath, holding an internal debate over tampons and cat litter being more important than beer. She picked out the six pack of Guinness and handed it to the cashier. Her sheepish grin revealed new wrinkles around her soon to be 25-year-old mouth. The teenage clerk said.
“Oh my God, it’s you! You’re her, Helene Troy! I saw you at The Maze last week. You were like the most amazing show and like I totally usually listen to hip hop.”
Helene closed her eyes. She lifted her left hand and ran her fingertips over her forehead, causing the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball cap she’d worn to conceal her face to move and allow unwashed brown hair to fall around her face. She adjusted her hat, pushed away strands of hair and replied.
“Yeah, thanks. That was a fun show. I like hip hop, too.”
The cashier took a notepad and pen from beside her register. She shoved them in front of Helene.
“Can I have your autograph. I know that’s so lame but I just love you. My friends would never believe I met you without it.”
Helene laughed and turned to the tall man around her age in line behind her. She rolled her eyes and said.
“Sorry about this.”
He shrugged his shoulders and grabbed Helen’s beer. He acknowledged the cashier.
“I didn’t realize rock stars shopped here. The least I can do is buy her a beer.”
Helene bit your bottom lip and took the package from him. He said.
Helene sighed, picked up the pen, looked at the bodega clerk and asked.
“So, what’s your name?”
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I don’t think either work in progress fall into much of a genre. I think both have original, unpredictable characters that don’t say or do what’s expected of them.
3) Why do I write what I do?
If I knew that, then I probably wouldn’t write. It all sort of just pours out of me. Some would say it oozes from me. I look for something that I would read, then make it grittier and meaner and more unpredictable, then change it all after it’s on the page.
4) How does your writing process work?
I hand write everything in notebooks or legal pads with number two pencils. I usually write while listening to music that the characters would listen to. Sometimes, I’ll just listen to music and plan things out in my head before a pencil is ever picked up.
By the time a computer screen gets involved, the story has been written, re-written, and planned out.
Step 3: Say who is on the week after (your chosen three) AND give a one sentence bio and link to their website.
One of my favorite writers also happens to be my neighbor, Melissa aka @realgirlmelissa from her great blog of serialized fiction and nonfiction rantings and ravings http://melstepp01.wordpress.com/
You, in turn, invite three writers to do the same a week after you, and so on and so forth. Check out Melissa’s entry at her place.
I wrote two books. They got good reviews. The third one, a sequel to the first, Woman Of Troy, is on the way, next month.
The Ballad of Helene Troy, an underdog story about a female musician in New York City, and Soul To Body, about an ex-1990s guitar player trying to raise his teenage daughter after the death of his wife, her mother, are available, digitally, on Amazon.com for your kindles, and in paperback from Lulu.com