The Writing Process Blog Hop continues. Author Celeste Jones tagged me to explain how I write and charged me to tag up to three other authors to discuss theirs. My answers to the questions are here today. On March 17, you can find out about authors Lisa Medley, Rolling Hand, and Karla Doyle on their blogs.
What am I working on?
I have two stories about to go into editing with my publishers: Terran, the second novel in the Breeder science fiction romance series, and Long Shot, a Corbin’s Bend domestic discipline series novella. Terran, will be released by Loose Id mid May and Long Shot will be released by LazyDay in mid June. I plan to submit Long Shot in a day or two. Once it’s is off my desk (temporarily), I’ll start writing Breeder 3: Warrior.
How does my work differ from others in its genre?
Most (not all) spanking romances focus on the relationship of an individual couple in which spanking is the norm for the hero/heroine, but not necessarily for everyone else around them. While my novellas and novels focus on an individual couple and their spanking relationship, the stories have been set within a spanking community. For instance, in my Rod and Cane domestic discipline series, one or both partners belong to an organization of men who spank their women. In the new soon-to-released Corbin’s Bend series developed by Thianna D, all stories are set in a community where all residents are spankos. The Breeder series takes place on male-dominated planet where corporeal punishment is accepted norm.
Why do I write what I do?
I am intrigued by the fact that most real life couples who practice domestic discipline hide their lifestyle (except when they’re blogging about it!). The kids don’t know, their parents don’t know, their vanilla friends don’t know. The closeted nature of it makes me want to bring it out into the open. And I like dominant, macho men as heroes.
What is my writing process?
I get a story idea and start daydreaming away from the computer. Characters start talking to me. Traits form. Scenes come to mind. I get a beginning and an ending. Then, in just a few words, I jot out a timeline progression and try to fill in the middle. My entire “outline” for Rod and Cane 5, which I placed on hold to write Terran and Warrior, is only 285 words contained on 35 Post-it notes.
Plotting to me feels forced, stilted and makes me uncomfortable. It’s my least favorite part writing.
When I start the first draft of a book, my goal is to write at least 1K every day—but in reality I strive for 10K a week, so obviously most days I produce more. After I’ve put in my word count, I take a walk (3 miles), and I think about my story and more ideas come to mind. I do a lot of plotting while I walk.
If you do the math, 1K per day x 365 days equals 365,000 words in a year. However, you have to deduct for an equal amount of revision time, days spent on publisher edits, promotion, and life demands. In 2013, I wrote almost 220,000 words.
I used to write seven days a week, but recently started a new process in which I write six days a week and then on Sunday I do a week’s worth of blogs and other promo, which frees me up to think only about writing during the week. It has been working well.
The better writer I become—the more time I spend re-writing and editing. It takes me nearly as long to revise, edit and proof as it does to the write the first draft. I wrote Terran (about 60K) in five weeks. It took me another five weeks to whip it into shape for submission.
I love writing when the story is fresh, hot and screaming. Unfortunately, I can’t always focus on those ideas due to contractual obligations and deadlines. A Scent of Longing, Unexpected Consequences, Body Politics and Breeder (and Terran) were screaming hotties.
And that’s how I roll!
Please visit these authors on March 17 to find out about their writing processes:
Lisa has always enjoyed reading about monsters in love and now she writes about them. Reapers. The grim kind. She adores beasties of all sorts, fictional as well as real, and has a farm full of them in her Southwest Missouri home, including: one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees, and a guinea pig. She may or may not keep a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times, including a machete. Just. In. Case.
Her first urban fantasy romance novel, Reap & Repent, is available with Harlequin E.
Karla Doyle grew up in a small town on the shore of the Great Lakes. She trained and worked in the fashion industry, designing and making everything from ladies’ swimwear to dog collars, for most of her adult life. Karla has since traded her needle and thread for a word processor, and now spends her time writing sexy romances. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with family, friends and her pets, as well as reading and hitting the gym. Karla currently has five books available. Read the synopses and first chapters on her website.
Her latest release, A Cup of Sugar, is lighting up the charts on Amazon.
Rollin Hand has been writing erotic spanking fiction since 1999. He writes what he likes to call the “uncommon spanking story.” The idea, he says, is to write stories within other genres including mystery, western, sci-fi, historical drama and paranormal thriller, while organically mixing spanking erotica into the plot line.Rollin’s writings thus cover a wide range of styles and story types. His orientations are M/F, F/F, and F/M, sometimes mixed in the same story. He has written to date over 120 stories, novellas, novels, articles and poems. Although most of Rollin’s works are short fiction and novellas, He has written four longer works, Atonement, a private eye-type mystery; Flash Gordon and the Menace from Mongo, a retro sci-fi adventure; LaForge, a supernatural thriller trilogy; and Pendragon’s Lash, a medieval period/ sci-fi blend.
When he is not writing, he’s attempting to hold down his day job as an IP attorney, playing golf, downhill skiing or jamming on jazz guitar. Rollin hails from the Pacific NW.
You can find some of Rollin’s stories on his blog at www.disciplinarytales.blogspot.com. He also has a number of eBooks for sale at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo and Blushing Books. Check out his author page at http://www.amazon.com/Rollin/e/B009ZJUH50.