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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Writing Processes Blog Hop

Hello Everyone,

Today I will talk about something that I don't like to talk about. My writing processes.

A big thank you to the generous and talented K. M. Scott for inviting me to take part in this Writing Process Blog Tour. There are only four questions, but they'll give a little insight into my writing and how I do it.

What am I working on?

I am currently working on Regency Risks #3 which I plan to title: Perilous Risk.
This will be a novel length work set in London, 1824 and will feature a new main couple. I plan to release this work in mid-June 2014.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don’t really like the way the question is asked. I’d like to focus more on improving and refining my own writing style than compare myself to others. Comparing ourselves to others, trying to impose uniform "rules" about writing processes and absolute terms like Pantser and Plotter and all these articles proclaiming "Things all writers MUST do now!"--- And aren't so many of these just too much distraction on the path? They make so much daily noise that one can no longer hear their own inner creative voice. If I have one resolution for this year, it is to try and be more faithful to my own path and to respect my inner voice more. How successful have I been at that so far? Well, I keep trying!

I tend to write about flawed characters. My heroines are often those who have trouble fitting into the society around them. Maybe they are painfully shy or maybe they are too impulsive or too bold. It really depends on the story that comes to me.

My stories tend to be shadowed by darker emotions and a little bit more of the grittiness of historical settings. I don't gloss over the historical views of marriage or the aspect of inequality between men and women and the overall inequality between social classes. I study a lot of social history and I have a real passion to explore and experience those elements in my stories. My historical studies give me such tantalizing glimpses into worlds that have passed away. I want to walk in my daydreams through those worlds.

Most of my stories contain graphic depictions of erotica and frank yet period appropriate sexual slang combined with a high level of emotional tension.

I used to just daydream and explore characters' lives for my own enjoyment. Eventually I began to feel a compulsion to write the stories down, to make them more real somehow. And my husband began to ask why I didn't try to publish these stories?

I didn't know if anyone else would really care to read my romances or not. I write a bit off-beat from the usual expected formula for a historical romance. More a Elizabeth Gaskell than a Jane Austen-like story world. (Just using those authors for reference on story tone, not attempting to compare myself to their talents or skill.)

However, in the spring of 2011, I submitted Grey's Lady. In April, Totally Bound Publishing (formerly Total-e-Bound Publishing) offered me a contract on Grey's Lady and then in May, Ellora's Cave offered me a contract on Waltz of Seduction.

I am currently focused on self-publishing.

Why do I write what I do?

I write the stories that come to me in daydreams. I spend time where I just allow myself to have vivid daydreams, I can see, taste, feel everything the characters feel, their every emotion echos in my heart and it can take a lot of energy to experience. If I can't get the daydreams coming like this, I won't be able to write that story. Not very well at least.

If I feel enough energy and interest for a particular story, I write down what I have daydreamed and then begin to develop it. Why do certain stories come to me? I am not exactly sure. Sometimes I explore a certain story more deeply and develop it into a novel because I want to experience that issue through the eyes of those characters. I want to learn what it feels like to be them, at that time, dealing with those issues right down in their guts. I write sometimes to entertain myself sometimes. I don't necessarily write to fulfill some kind of wish or fantasy of my own, I often write to understand the wishes and fantasies of others. I write to learn and grow.

How does your writing process work?

I research and then I daydream extensively and take notes. After that, I write a rough draft, and then I work on building the story progressively in layers. Then I ask for feedback from my critique partners and after that I edit extensively and revise as needed. I no longer keep hourly or daily word counts and I don't do timed "sprints" or "1k/1hr challenges." I find these things foster a mindset of word production that is counterproductive to the way my creative process works.

 Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a great week.

 Next week, look for the following writers and their Writing Process posts:

Tarah Scott: Award winning author Tarah Scott cut her teeth on authors such as Georgette Heyer, Zane Grey, and Amanda Quick. Her favorite book is a Tale of Two Cities, with Gone With the Wind as a close second. She writes modern classical romance, and paranormal and romantic suspense. Tarah grew up in Texas and currently resides in Westchester County, New York with her daughter.

Nicole GarciaHappily married and mother of four. I currently write Contemporary and Fantasy Romance, but will soon venture out into the Paranormal Romance genre. Hope you will join me in all the fun ahead.

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TRUST ME is currently #36 on the *Top 100 Hot New Releases* for Regency Historical on Amazon US.

Drama. Angst. Romance. Erotica.

"Mesmerizing characters, who I fell in love with in A Measured Risk. Their story is so emotional and consuming..."  5 stars from Lusty Penguin Reviews

Anne and Jon's story continues.

"This story...goodness. I know I can always count on Natasha to give me a story that is above and beyond what I usually expect in a historical romance." ~ 5 Stars by Sharonda of Salacious Reads. If you'd like to check out her review for Trust Me, please click here.

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TRUST ME, Regency Risks Book Two
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Alex's Angel, Erotic Romance

Georgian Historical Set in USA

1 comment:

  1. You mention that you work on building your story progressively in layers. I'd love to learn more about how you approach this.

    Great post!


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