My Writing Process Blog Tour - Karina Lawrence
Thanks for the nomination Chris (check out his way better blog post here about his awesomely long list of WIP that rivals my own, and his writing process: he gets things finished! Sigh. He's the better half of our writing partnership, I'm the dawdling toddler that gets easily distracted by - ooh shiny!)
Here goes nothing!
So, I have been nominated for a writing process blog tour, which is ironic, if you know how good I am at being a professional procrastinator.Depending on which way the wind blows I can call myself anything from a lazy writer, to an ambitious writer, or merely a daydreamer...
What am I working on?Currently? A more apt question would be what am I not working on. I have ongoing projects that I started 10 years ago, they're what I call slow burners... I burn time online whilst waiting for them to get finished. I write a weird mix of genres, depending on mood.
In dark moods I work on my horror movie script, working title Top of the World - I'm aiming for it to be a classic B Movie Horror, shower scene included.
I also work on my longest project a fantasy horror novel, Whispers of the Night. It's a story that lives in a dark world with Accursed beings and an ongoing war. I've tried to quit the story a few times, but the characters have lived inside my head for over 10 years, they're not budging. I know the beginning, and I know the end, it's just about how they get there (much like everything in life)
When I'm feeling overly emotional I write dark and twisty poetry (oh the horror), which I then mostly publish on this blog, though lately I've been compiling some stuff for possible future publication... if I ever get around to that.
If I'm feeling in a particularly happy mood (I promise I do sometimes) I've been working on an Adventure Comedy Fantasy novel called The Accidental Quest, it's inspired by my love of all things Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams. I'm about 20k+ into it, and it was my aim to get it out the door by the end of this year, but I guess plans change. Thankfully I have a multitude of other projects to ignore instead... I kid, of course.
If that doesn't seem like enough I have an offbeat romance script on the go, a YA paranormal trilogy that involves gargoyles, a vampire detective novel (more dark and gory than Twilight, I promise) and a pirate novel, which I wrote a short story for last Halloween but never posted on the blog (cannot believe that was nearly a year ago now). SO instead I will be posting the story this year as part of the #10weeksofhorror challenge!
Asides from the above I've got a few side projects with Chris on comics and #FleshRave and the #10weeksofhorror challenge, so I guess I keep pretty busy procrastinating, or some of the above might actually be finished!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?I don't think you should try to be different from others in the genre. Better, yep; a standout, you bet! But maybe not different. I have a degree in English Writing with a focus on Creative Writing (yes, I paid money to do a degree that you don't need to have to be a professional writer, it's depressing) BUT one of the things they taught us was that you need to know what genre you're writing for, what audience, and not to alienate them. It's all very well thinking that writing a romance with pirate teens that all die of gangrene at the end is hilarious, only it won't get you anywhere if there's no one to read it... It's the only time I think of money when I imagine myself as a professional writer.
Why do I write what I write?Passion. Mostly. When I was 7 I started writing short stories. I was competitive from a young age, and creating the best stories was my goal. Once a girl in my class started a short story with one word "Llovía" which translates to "It was raining" (less epic of a start in English) and our teacher could not stop raving about her. That was 20 years ago, and to this day it lights a fire in the pit of my stomach. I had never felt such a compulsion to win at anything else in life, still haven't. My aim after that was to write better.
Fastforward to age 14 and my home life was in pieces: divorce, disowning (disownment?), moving countries (twice) and into a city (from a small village) oh and step-parents. It was tough, and I hid in my writing. That year I met my favourite teacher, Mar. She became the first person to tell me that my writing mattered, that I had a future in writing, if I wanted it, and that I should never stop.
After that I joined an arts college, and all my lessons were art related: writing, painting, drawing, sculpting, graphic design... It was the perfect world for me, I had found my home. Then life cleared its throat and I had to move countries (again) and leave that life behind. So my art college turned into a sixth form, and my dreams of an arts degree from Barcelona University became an English Degree from Lancaster University in the UK...
So I guess that's why I write. Because a part of me still wants to get away, and for me writing is probably the only way to make that happen.
How does my writing process work?
Ah the process!
There are two ways I write a story.
I have an idea whilst daydreaming, write bits of it down in notebooks, post-its, my phone (thanks technology) and eventually that makes its way into a folder. From the folder all the scraps get ordered into some form of chronology and typed up. The first draft is the most difficult for me, because I'm a perfectionist, and hate seeing a rough first draft. So drafting becomes a slow process, I am currently trying my best to get out of the habit of doing this, it's tough. I'll let you know how the rest of the process works when I finish an actual full length novel, or script, and edit it without crying. The process currently involves crying, a red pen, loud music and twitter... any advice???
The second way is I have an idea and type it out furiously. This works best with poetry, short stories, flash fiction, etc. I don't plot these and rarely spend much time on them at all. My head is constantly writing something, I guess in a way I'm lucky I can put my fingers to the keys and they'll type something up. Though the quality of this "stuff" is yet to be judged...
So there you are, I managed it! I wrote a whole post and didn't get sidetracked once (if any of you believe that I'll eat my hat (that's a lie I'm not wearing a hat))
Now, time for nominations...
Well, I nominate Michael Woods (for thinking he'd got away with it, and because I know it'll make Chris laugh)
I nominate Rachael because her mind is fascinating and I selfishly wanna know more!
Also I'm not proofreading this thing, ha!