I was recently invited to be involved in a writing blog tour to discuss my writing process. Thanks Denise for inviting me! You can check out her blog and her responses here. I am supposed to pass this torch on to other bloggers, but dropped the ball (because I’ve been so busy working on my novel) and didn’t send out my invitations to other bloggers in time for this to post. So I thought I would open this up to any of my readers who would like to keep the flame going. If you would like to answer these questions and post on your blog (on next Monday), feel free to do so. Just post in the comments below or use my contact page to email your blog link to me, so I can post your link on this post.
So let’s get started with these questions…
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Here is a flash story I wrote from a writing challenge my critique group took part in a while back. I decided to dust it off and post it. This story was written from the writing prompt…You hear a baby crying, but you know you are alone… I didn’t stick strictly with the prompt as you will see when reading the story, but it got the wheels in my head turning and this is what I ended up with. Enjoy!
By: Cynthia Dawn Griffin
The wail came from everywhere and nowhere at once. The sound jerked me awake from a dead sleep. My blood froze as I looked about my darkened bedroom. The chilling noise came again, and it propelled me into action despite the fear twisting in my gut. I fumbled for the light by the bed, but my trembling hands refused to cooperate with the switch. I stumbled from my bed.
About a year and a half ago, I started out on an incredible journey writing a science fiction novel. As the story unfolded in my head and onto paper, I realized I did not want to write a strictly science fiction story, but felt the pull to make it into something more. I wanted to add elements of fantasy in the tale. In doing that, my novel transcended from straight up science fiction to a lesser known genre called science fiction fantasy.
This sub-genre is not well defined, and some believe it has an element of actual fantasy like Tolkien’s Lord of the Kings complete with dwarfs, elves, and talking trees. Some science fiction fantasy stories might have these things, but that’s not the kind of fantasy I’m talking about here. The sort of fantasy I’m referring to can seem “magical” to some because there is no satisfactory explanation to call it anything else.
The first thing to learn in the writing journey is that not all writing is the same. There are several types or stages of writing, and each of them requires a certain mindset and set of skills to accomplish them. And just because you’re good at one type of writing, doesn’t make you good at the other types, and making the transitions to each can be difficult to accomplish or there might be difficulty in determining when to make the transition.
This is the kind of writing most people assume writers do (but in reality it’s just the first step in a larger process). It’s the fun stuff. The part were you let everything just explode out of your head and onto the page. It’s an everything goes kind of thing where no idea is a bad idea and anything can happen. It can be a most uplifting experience, especially if you’ve done a lot of thinking about the story before ever placing pen to paper. If you’ve been there, you know what I mean. It’s where that thing called a writer’s high happens, and it’s a great place to be!
This writing stage doesn’t require a whole lot of special knowledge. Just an idea of what makes a good story, what makes compelling characters, and how to write a beginning, middle and end of a story. Much of this can be learned simply by being an avid reader, or taking some writing workshops on story structure and character development.
I stumbled across this post on re-writing and couldn’t help but share. This post pretty much sums up what I’ve been doing for the last few months. Enjoy!
Overcoming The Re-Write Rut
Well, it sure is cold here in the North East, but I haven’t been hibernating. I’ve been re-writing my young adult novel. As a mom, full-time attorney and writer, something has to give and if I need to write, it usually has to be other writing…
I don’t know about anyone else, but I have this problem in a terrible way every single year. I call it the January Blues. Some call it a bad case of writer’s block, but its more than writer’s block. It’s a mental jam and physical debilitation that leaves me with no motivation whatsoever. I always tell myself it won’t happen next year, and then next year arrives and guess what? Yep. Never fails. It really starts in December and sometimes even overlaps to February, but I spend weeks (months even) in a terrible writing funk. It usually ends up being my least productive time of the year, and it’s infuriating. Sound familiar?
What causes this state of “January Blues”? It’s a combination of weather, shorter days, getting less sunlight, getting over the stressing holidays, changes in diet, changes in sleep patterns, new year goals (some that even might be unrealistic), ect. It’s a state of depression that’s hard to break without a little extra help. People from all walks of life get it, but it can be crippling for those in the creative profession.