I was asking to answer the following questions about #mywritingprocess
What am I working on right now?
I wrote my first contemporary romance 4 years ago. I've spent a lot of time since then “polishing” it in terms of line edits, but I failed to realize my plot needed work. I've worked with a lot of critique partners on it but until a few months ago none of them told me the plot had issues. I've fixed those issues and ohmygodmybookisahundredtimesbetter. At this point I'm going over the whole thing, adding in some new flavor and waiting to hear back from an agent who has a partial.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I write contemporary romance (and YA) and my characters are very real. Everyday people. People you would know, but with incredible love stories written around them. Also, while I consider my audience adult and not so much New Adult, my characters are mostly on the young side. Very early twenties. However, these aren't college stories. I'm really tired of those from the NA category and I hope that if I'm able to get published, NA readers will read my books.
Why do I write what I do?
This is an easy question for me. The main reason I write (aside from the voices in my head) is because there aren't enough romance books where I don't find myself scoffing at the character tropes. So many of the heroes are billionaires or FBI agents or underground cage fighters. I've enjoyed a few of those stories but quickly got bored with the repetition of those types of characters in so many books. It's easy to write a story around a billionaire. He can fly the heroine to exotic locals, have an evening dress delivered straight from Vera Wang, and to hurdle the final obstacle in winning her heart, all he has to do is change his playboy ways. Yawn. I want my hero to be an everyday guy and the harder he has to work, the better. For me, finding a novel with realistic characters is like finding a rare gem, and that's why I write what I write.
How does my writing process work?
My writing process has changed a lot, especially recently. When I first started writing, I was a pantser. My stories always start with the characters. A hero and heroine are born in my imagination and I spend a lot of time inventing their backstories in my mind. After I'd done that, I used to hit the keyboard and begin telling their present story without knowing where it was going to go. This has always led to weak plots for me. For Nanowrimo 2012, I was anxious to start writing the YA novel I’d dreamt up characters a loose story idea for, but I had about a week to wait. For the first time, I plotted. I filled out a very bare bones 7 point story structure outline. That novel is hands down the most successful story I've written. As of now, I'm still not a thorough plotter. I write down my 7 points but sometimes I leave one or two blank, to be filled in later. I also do GMC (Goal, Motivation, Conflict) boards for all of my characters. All of this is a huge help throughout writing a manuscript but I'm still holding onto my pantser roots. I don't do chapter outlines. A lot of times I don't know how I'm going to get a character for point A to B. Also, I spend just as much time learning about the craft as I do actually writing. As writers I don't think we should ever become comfortable or think we know enough.
Next week on the Blog Tour the following writer's will be answering these same questions:
Jenna-Lynne Duncan graduated with degrees in Political Science, International Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. She is the author of the young adult series Hurricane. She is currently working on a fourth Hurricane novel as well as another YA series. Besides writing, Jenna-Lynne likes children and travelling. Preferably together.
To know more about Jenna-Lynne, please visit her website at www.Jenna-Lynne.com
Author social media links:
Twitter: @JennaLynneD or www.Twitter.com/JennaLynneD
A.J. Bell was born and raised in Coahuila, México. Although her city, Monclova used to be the Capitol of Coahuiltexas, literally speaking she was not born in Texas but became an official Texan as soon as she could! The Lone Star State is her home now and where she resides with her three kids.
Just like most women, she claims all the chocolaty goodness that enters her home and considers eating chocolate a great tool to keep her life running smooth. She loves to sit down and read a good and entertaining book specially if there is a good amount of Romance and Adventure in it.
The Everlands Chronicles is her first published novel and she would love to hear what you think about it, so please drop a line or two about your thoughts and feelings about her story.