Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Writing Process Blog Tour

Thank you Gemma Seltzer for inviting me on the Writing Process Blog Tour. Here goes!

What am I working on?

I'm editing my novel originally called Spray Painted Bananas for Harper Impulse. Rumour has it it's going to be called The Temp.  

The novel is a romantic comedy about Amber, a broke temp working in a catering firm who after one too many evenings scrounging free wine from whacky art galleries with best friend Farrell, decides to become a conceptual artist. 

The Temp should be out this Summer 2014.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

Erm, it has spray painted bananas in it...

I'm not trying to be experimental or clever. If you gave me a book without punctuation I'd give it back to you. I'd also quickly lose interest if a novel had beautiful descriptions but no story.

My aim is to entertain the reader. I want them to feel something. I want them to laugh, to cry. Mostly I want them to escape for a while and feel good about life. I've watched more romantic comedies than read them and if I can make the reader feel what I do when I watch You've got Mail or Sleepless in Seattle then I'll be happy. 

Why do I write what I do?

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Because either I feel compelled to write it or like romantic comedies, it makes me happy.

My short stories can be triggered by anything from events in the news or conversation overheard on a bus. Often they deal with emotions or situations I don't feel like inhabiting for the duration of a novel. Not all of them are dark or sad, one of my most read ones is about the Queen locking herself in the toilet to avoid the jubilee celebration. I had a lot of fun writing it so maybe I should just stick to comedy!

How does my writing process work?

Oh you know, I ring bells, light incense, invoke the gods of creativity and always wear my lucky knickers.

Not really. I just get up, set myself a word count and I write.

For plotting, I often use post-its or scribble pen to paper. When I get stuck, I do something physical, like cleaning the flat or running.

I try to meditate most mornings to put things into perspective, because I'm an impatient person and I need to remember the journey is more important than the destination.

Check out the following lovely writers who will be blogging about their writing process next week!

Hannah Emery

I have written stories for as long as I can remember. I love writing about how fragile the present is and how so much of it depends on chance events that took place years ago. I studied English at the University of Chester, and I now work in a College where I mentor degree students. 

The most important things in my life are my family, my friends, books, baking on a Saturday afternoon, getting glammed up to go out for champagne and dinner and having cosy weekends away. I live in Blackpool with my husband and our little girl.

Follow Hannah on Twitter @hannahcemery 

 F D Lee

I live in London with my husband, two cats (George and Mango), rabbit (Cassius) and Guinea pig (Spot). Remarkably, we all manage to get on well! I have a Master's degree in Applied Linguistics, which makes me the life and soul of any party, especially one made up of the kind of people who like a joke about the passive (it's all fun and games until an eye is lost - bah dum). I've been teaching for ten years, and currently work as a Lecturer in Academic Writing and Literacy.

Faith blogs at www.fdlee.co.uk/
Follow Faith on Twitter  @faithdlee 

Amy Brown

I'm a Creative Writing student at the University of Winchester, aspiring to be an editor and novelist. I also works for Thursday Identity, an online magazine, run a university writers' society and help out with a writing prompt blog called 'Story Challenge.' Currently, I'm feeding my passion for folklore by researching fairy tales for my dissertation.

Follow Amy on Twitter: @amyelizewriter 

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