So as I was catching up with Megan this morning on IM, we were talking about the process of writing. I’m of the “I like to write what I want to write when I want to write it” school. But the realities of writing as a career mean you often sell on proposal and sometimes just a synopsis or blurb. Which means you write what you sell based on a series of deadlines. Creating a whole new set of challenges to a writer because, as fun as writing is, it’s a job. So sometimes it’s about writing what I want to write when I want to write it, and sometimes it’s about picking up something for a deadline and falling in love with it in a new way I hadn’t thought of before. Making Chase was the latter. I had a deadline and I wouldn’t have chosen to pick up that particular project at that time. But once I started it, I fell in love with the book and the characters and I’m hella proud of it.
Everything in my life goes into the book I write at any given time. And by that I mean, the book I write today and this week won’t be the same book I write in a month or next year. What happens in my life, if I’m up or down, if there’s a particular phrase or idea that appeals to me, what I see and hear – it all influences my writing right down to my characters and word choice. I can look back at the books I’ve written and see the ebb and flow of my life, even when I work on something over a long period of picking it up and having to set it aside – and see the influences of my life on the page. It’s not even necessarily something blatant, usually not actually. But there are times when I was going through something very dark when it comes out in my writing.
This isn’t earth shattering, just a glimpse into process, LOL. Or rather, my process because everyone is different I suspect.