There’s been a meme going around for a while now, about writing process. I was tagged by the wonderful Harper Bliss (Check out her new series, “French Kissing”. Go on, what are you waiting for?).
The meme asks these questions:
1) What am I working on?
I have a few things on the go. I’m working on a couple of different lesbian short stories for a couple of different anthologies (yes, Harper, including yours!). Both are around 75% completed to first draft, but that’s when the real work starts.
I also am playing around with writing something longer. Long novella, I think. All I’ll say about this is that it’s lesbian erotica, and it’s not for any particular call, and it doesn’t have a home. It may never have a home if I don’t stop wiffling about it and finish it.
And of course, I’m also editing an erotica anthology, Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire which will be published by Ladylit later this year. I’m very excited about that!
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
To be honest, I don’t know. I read others’ work and I can see their trademark style: humor, a particular way of telling a story, favorite words or scenes, but I can’t see those same pointers in my own work that would enable anyone to pick it.
I do have a liking for giving stories a very strong sense of place. Maybe that’s my trademark. Maybe not.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I started writing erotica 14 years ago – my first published story was in 2000. Back then, I wrote erotic short stories as a way of writing about life and characters and how they react in different situations. Life through sex-colored glasses. That’s still my reason for writing what I do.
4) How does my writing process work?
I’m a pantser who is trying to become a bit more organised. Generally, I let an idea roll around in my head for a while before I start to write, so that I’ve a good feel for the characters and what’s going to happen (apart from A meets B, they have sexxx. The End). I like to put my characters into a situation and see what happens, which is all well and good, but before I start writing I have to know that there’s a full story in there, rather than just a reaction (or a one line gag, or a description). Sometimes I will start writing to find that the story won’t work, in which case I shunt it over to my huge ‘unfinished’ folder where it may sit for years. This folder is normally my first stop when I want to write something specific. I check it to see if there’s something I can finish in a different direction. Often there is. My story in “A Christmas to Remember” was first started back in 2007. My story in “Cowboy Lust” has several much longer drafts dating back to 2008 before ending up as the current version.
There’s also several jottings, opening lines, and character descriptions that I hope will someday find their way into a story.
My first drafts are always horrible, but I edit a lot. A LOT.
I’m supposed to tag someone else for this meme, but everyone I asked had already been tagged or was standing aside on this one. If there’s anyone out there who still wants to play, shout and I’ll link you in.