Monday, 16 June 2014

Writing Process Blog Tour

A couple weeks ago I was invited to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour by fellow writer Penny Gotch. Basically, once nominated you have to answer four questions about your writing process, then tag three other bloggers/writers to do the same next week.

You can see Penny’s post here.

So without further ado, here’s my contribution:

What am I currently working on?

In short – a lot!

I’ve recently organised all of my ideas and half-written drafts into neatly ordered folders in an attempt to: a) stop losing things, and b) realise what I’ve actually got to write! This was something I really needed to do, but it’s slightly scary now that I can see just how much is waiting to be written...

However, the project I’m focusing on most at the moment is an upcoming Apocalypse Anthology with Melissa, Edd and Mark.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I like to think my work is unique because I don’t just stick to one genre - I’m one of those people who like to dabble in everything. I mostly write fiction (YA is probably my favourite, though I do write a variety of genres), as well as non-fiction articles and feature pieces. I’ve also been known to write poetry, and I have a few play/screenplay ideas in the pipeline...

I’m also a stickler for detail. Everything I write tends to be very descriptive and detailed, to the extent that I often have to cut excess description from my work. I think this makes my writing more interesting but it’s also a central part of my writer’s ‘voice’ – it’s just how I write.

Why do I write what I do?

Simple. I write because it’s always been the thing I’ve most wanted to do.

I write non-fiction because I want to share my opinions. I write poetry because I want to share my thoughts and feelings. And I write fiction because my favourite books have always been like good friends to me, and I hope one day to write a book that will be the same to someone else.

How does my writing process work?

Assuming it’s not a uni assignment or an article that urgently needs writing, I tend to write quite slowly. That’s because I proof-read and correct as I write, so I average less than 500 words of fiction a day, with edits. Saying that though, I do make a point of writing at least a little every day – I know that if I didn’t I’d never get anything written!

And now - this is the lovely writer who's agreed to participate next. Keep an eye out for her post next week!

Harriet Clifford

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Harriet Clifford is an 18 year-old aspiring journalist who hopes to study English Literature at University in the next couple of years. She contributes to several online magazines, including Kettle Magazine, My Student Style and Eat More Cake, as well as regularly updating her two blogs. When she isn’t writing, she is baking, sewing, reading, watching TV, drinking tea or playing with her cat.

Follow her on Twitter: @hclifford29 
Also check out her blog: The StudentSurvival Kit
And her personal blog: HarrietClifford 

Are you a writer? What's your writing process? Let me know in the comments below!

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