Apr 20

I’m sure you’ve been seeing all the other writers doing The Writing Process blog post lately, and I was nominated by my friend Chloe Banks, who did her post last week. So now you will know all about my writing process.
 
What I’m working on: I have so many manuscripts that need work. I did a lot of writing before I knew how to do it. So these manuscripts will need a ton of work, and eventually I’ll get to them. But right now I’m working on a contemporary YA about two foster kids. I just gave it to two more betas and hope to start querying maybe by summer time.
 
How my work differs from others in its genre: I usually go for stories that are about the struggles of teens, whether it’s by their doing or someone else’s. A lot of time in these kinds of stories, the parents are not ‘good’ parents—which of course leads to those problems, or they’re blind to what’s going on with their teens. With my current story and some others, even though I have those bad parents, I also have ‘good’ parents who have a big impact on the main character’s life.
 

Why I write what I do: I just love to see how my characters grow. Their struggles are real, and they often make bad choices at the beginning, but usually… by the end, the new choices change their lives in a positive way.

 
How my writing works: I’m more of a pantser. I start off with a basic premise and write. More often now, I start thinking about character traits at the beginning, but I don’t necessarily have it all plotted out. Sometimes I’ll have the turning points, but other times I don’t know until after I start writing. Sometimes I won’t have the ending planned out yet.
 
It’s different for all the stories, and since I write fast, I end up spending 10x the amount of time editing.
 
So that’s about it. How about you?

3 Responses to “My Writing Process”

  1. Chloe Banks says:

    Thanks, Suzi. I’m always impressed when anybody has a back catalogue of MSS that need work! I tend to panic if I have more than two things that need attention. Good luck with the current MS.

  2. Thanks for sharing your process! I’m tagged to do this blog hop about writing process next week. It’s interesting to read how each writer goes about it.

    Yvonne

  3. Rachel Schieffelbein says:

    I’m a pantser, too. I keep thinking I should try outlining more, I think it might be helpful, but I never seem to get it done.

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