Monday, April 14, 2014 | By: Angela Brown

My Writing Process

Carrie Butler of So, You're a Writer, Forward Authority and The Mark of Nexus fame tagged me in this interesting meme, er, game. I don't normally get to do these but this is one that I'll have to jump on.

The Questions


What am I working on?
I just finished my Confessions of a Sex Fiend series written under my Rayven Godchild pen name so I'm working on a story I plan to republish and beginning work on my third story in the Shadow Jumpers series, published under my name.

How does my work differ from others of its category/genre?
This may sound a little egocentric, but my characters are mine, well, mine and the readers'. I built an afterlife-twining-with-now-life that may be similar to other stories but have their own rules of engagement.

Why do I write what I do?
Something that is easier said than explained is how I love different genres and adore the chance to write them. I think it's the world building that attracts me to fiction overall. Whether it's fantasy, steampunk, sci-fi, dystopia or otherwise, there is a new world to discover and to bring forward to myself through the act of fleshing out the story then publishing it so readers can enjoy it.

How does your writing process work?
Often, it is observation leading to inspiration. Most times, I let the idea marinate for a while. It bounces around in my head shaking loose new little tidbits I can add to the concept and build out the premise to something with steam. Then I get to brainstorming questions to build out more to the "new idea" so that I have something to work with.

Once I'm ready to write, I sketch a skeleton outline to give me an idea of the various turns on the writing road I want to take. From there, it's muse-driven. So this also means that even with a skeleton road map to follow, I may take detours to discover great plot angles to deepen the drama, draw out the tension and really go crazy.

That's the first draft.

After some revising, rewriting, beta reading and more revising from feedback, then more reading and editing and writing...yeah, a few washes later, the draft should be at a pretty good point to bring it out to the world.