Monday, 3 March 2014

Blog Hop: My Writing Process

A friend from my local writers' group, Dave Sivers, crime novelist, asked if I'd like to participate in a 'blog hop', entitled 'My Writing Process'. I agreed and Dave sent me the questions. Last week Dave wrote about his own writing process in his blog here: www.davesivers.co.uk/Blog.html. Read on for my contribution to the 'blog hop':

What am I working on?

In the last few weeks I've been writing about lemurs, a lady who left an investment bank to become a zoo keeper, and I've been writing about the industrial revolution. It's been interesting. I've learnt about endangered species and conservation programmes, about the money-culture in an investment bank, and about the history of industrial growth in England during the 18th and 19th centuries.

I am also actively promoting my new book, 'Freelance Writing on Health, Food and Gardens'. You can view my profile and the book on Amazon here: www.amazon.co.uk/Susie-Kearley/e/B00H6EI87U

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don't really stick to a genre, so that's a difficult one to answer. I write whatever I can sell. However, I would say that my freelance writing book differs from others available. Firstly, it's part autobiographical, which I think makes it more interesting. It's not full of rules and instructions, but instead, it's full of anecdotes and real-life experiences in publishing. Most of these experiences don't fit the traditional rule books or comply with the instructions in writer's manuals! In fact, if I'd stuck to all the rules that writers are supposed to comply with, I'd never have succeeded. Also, the book is clearly focussed on writing for three key markets: health, food and gardens - although many of the principles apply across all non-fiction genres.

Why do I write what I do?

I love writing. It's a great way of learning new things, exploring new ideas, and expressing yourself creatively. The subject matter is largely dictated by commissions from editors, which in turn is driven by what they think their readers are interested in.

How does my writing process work?

I sit down and I get on with it from 8am to about 5pm every week day. I don't spend time procrastinating or worrying about writer's block. If I can't think how to get started, I just write drivel - then I return to it later to improve upon my drivel. Eventually it turns into something good. I am very disciplined. I have to be, or I'd never get anything done.

I do jot down ideas to return to later. When I'm working on a book it usually ends up as a muddle of ideas - a bit of a brain dump. It takes a lot of sorting out later! I write books in my spare time (evenings and weekends) because I don't want books to detract from my journalism work in the daytime.

Blog on...

Now I'm supposed to pass these questions on to three more writers to write their own blogs in another week and keep the chain going. If anyone would like to volunteer, that would be lovely as I haven't found anyone to pass this on to yet!

Update 8/4/14: I've had a volunteer, Ruth Holroyd, who has kindly posted her Writing Process blog, here: http://whatallergy.com/2014-04/blog-hop-my-writing-process-by-ruth-from-what-allergy

9 comments:

  1. You are certainly doing a good job.
    I personally write non fiction for Christian magazines but I also write fiction whenever I'm off duty because I have another job that pays the bills. I have not yet reached a level where I can fully depend upon writing even though I enjoy it.

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    1. Well done you. I've done a fair bit in Christian magazines too. Keep at it. You sound like you're succeeding already. :-)

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  2. Hi Susie
    Thanks for an interesting post - the things I like about the blog hops are hearing about what others write and how they write it. We are all so different.

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    1. Glad you liked it. Thanks for the comment Evonne. :-)

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  3. "When I'm working on a book it usually ends up as a muddle of ideas - a bit of a brain dump" - Brilliantly put and story of my life! Thanks for sharing this. Writing is such a personal thing so it's incredibly interesting to find out how the cogs of other writer's brains work.

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  4. I wish I'd seen this before - we belong to the same writers group and I'd have been happy to have joined in the 'Blog hop' - probably too late now! I really should check out our FB group more often but I was finishing up the revisions of a much overdue WIP! It's always interesting to read other authors' writing process, thanks for sharing. By the way, if you or any other author would like to guest on my Blog, you're very welcome, just leave me a message, contact details are on the blog. I write Science Fiction and Fantasy Romance, but I'm open to most other genres.
    www.hywelalyn.blogspot.com

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    1. You're welcome to join Lyn. No-one else has posted a follow on to mine, and late is better than never! :-) Thank you for your comments.

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  5. Susie, I finally did it! Better late than never. http://whatallergy.com/2014-04/blog-hop-my-writing-process-by-ruth-from-what-allergy

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    1. Thanks Ruth. I tried to leave a message, but it said, "You have entered an incorrect CAPTCHA value". Hmmm. But thanks anyway. Interesting read. I will now amend my blog to say I'm passing on to you! :-)

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